28 Ways to Teach Children to Say Thank-you (in Different Languages)

Dear Dr. Robyn,
I want to make my teacher a card for gratitude month and Teacher Appreciation Week. He’s so cool and nice that I want to say thank you in all different ways around the card. I’ll draw all the different ways big and small on the card. Do you know how to say it in Chinese? I knew you would know the answer. Thanks! (Joey Kay, N.J., age 9)

Here you go, Joey! I’m sure your teacher will love the card. I hope you and your friends will show us a copy of some of your cards or pictures! Take a picture of your pictures/cards and send them to us! We’d love to share any Teacher Appreciation messages (from any child or parent) with the Powerful Words Family. We’re all ears!
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Language

Spelling

Pronounciation

Africaans

Dankee

Dahn-kee

Arabic

Shukran

Shoe-Krahn

Chinese, Cantanese

do jeh

daw-dyeh

Chinese, Mandarin

xie xie

syeh-syeh

Czech

dêkuji

deh-ku-yih

Danish

tak

Tahg

Finnish

kiitos

kee-toas

French

Merci

mehr-see

German

danke

dahn-kah

Greek

efharisto

ef-har-rih-stowe

Hawaiian

Mahalo

Ma- hollow

Hebrew

toda

Toh-dah

Hindi, Hindustani

sukria

shoo-kree-a

Italian

grazie

gra-see

Japanese

arigato

ahree-gah-tow

Korean

kamsa hamnida

kahm-sah=ham-nee-da

Norwegian

takk

Tahk

Philippines (Tagalog)

salamat po

sah-lah-maht poh

Polish

dziekuje

dsyen-koo-yeh

Portuguese

obrigado

oh-bree-gah-doh

Russian

spasibo

spah-see-boh

Spanish

gracias

gra-see-us

Sri Lanka (Sinhak)

istutiy

isst-too-tee

Swahili

asante

ah-sahn-the

Swedish

tack

Tahkk

Thai

kawp-kun krap/ka’

kowpkoom-krahp/khak

Turkish

tesekkür ederim

teh-sheh-kur=eh-deh-rim

Vietnamese

Cam O

caam-ungh

Have a Powerful Month!

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  1. Sabri da Asian
    Sabri da Asian says:

    Ummm, im not trying to be judgmental, but do jeh and xie xie are acually pronounced Doe Jeeye and shyeh shyeh. Just trying to help. :)

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