Say ‘Thanks’ on Thanksgiving in 50 Languages

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, family and friends would definitely look into their family traditions. Even though Thanksgiving is associated with many traditions in different countries, it is a holiday celebrated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November as a harvest festival. It celebrates the story of the Pilgrim’s meal with the Native Americans and is reserved as a day to spend with loved ones and for giving thanks. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”.

The most widely practiced ritual is the Thanksgiving meal. This usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pies, but many feasts differ between families and cultures.

Teach about Thanksgiving brings challenges in providing the students with a balanced tale of the pilgrim’s first harvest in the new world. Indeed, many books tell the traditional Thanksgiving story from the perspective of the pilgrim settlers. But here, we are not going to detail on the ‘First Thanksgiving’ as written in many books. We are here going to think from the ‘thanks’ perspective of thanksgiving and learn to say thanks in 50 different languages.

  • Afrikaans                             Dankie
  • Albania                         Faleminderit
  • Arabic                                     Shukran
  • Armenian                            Chnorakaloutioun
  • Bosnian                                Hvala (Hvah-Lah)
  • Bulgarian                            Blagodaria
  • Catalan                                 Gràcies (Grah-Syuhs)
  • Cantonese                          M̀h’gōi
  • Croatian                              Hvala (Hvah-Lah)
  • Czech                                      Děkuji (Dyekooyih)
  • Danish                                   Tak (Tahg)
  • Dutch                                     Dank U
  • Estonian                              Tänan (Ta-Nahn)
  • Finnish                                  Kiitos (Kee-Tohss)
  • French                                    Merci
  • German                                  Danke
  • Greek                                       Ef-Hah-Rees-Toh)
  • Hawaiian                              Mahalo (Ma-Ha-Lo)
  • Hebrew                                 Todah (Toh-Dah)
  • Hindi                                     Dhanyavād / Shukriya
  • Hungarian                         Köszönöm (Kø-Sø-Nøm)
  • Icelandic                             Takk (Tahk)
  • Indonesian                       Terima Kasih. (Tuh-Ree-Mah Kah-See)
  • Italian                                  Grazie (Graht-Tsyeh)
  • Japanese                            Arigatô (Ah-Ree-Gah-Toh)
  • Korean                                Gamsahamnida
  • Latvian                               Paldies (Puhl-Dyehs)
  • Lebanese                           Choukrane
  • Lithuanian                       Ačiū (Ah-Choo)
  • Macedonian                   Blagodaram (Blah-Goh-Dah-Rahm)
  • Malay                                   Terima Kasih (Tree-Muh Kah-Seh)
  • Maltese                                Grazzi (Gruts-Ee)
  • Mandarin                           Xièxiè
  • Mongolian                         Bayarlalaa
  • Norwegian                        Takk
  • Polish                                    Dziękuję (Jenkoo-Yen)
  • Portuguese                        Obrigado [Masculine]  / Obrigada [Feminine] (Oh-Bree-Gah-Doo /Oh-Bree-Gah-Dah)
  • Romanian                         Mulţumesc (Mool-Tzoo-Mesk)
  • Russian                                Spuh-See-Buh
  • Serbian                                Hvala (Hvah-Lah)
  • Slovak                                    Ďakujem (Jah-Koo-Yehm)
  • Slovenian                          Hvala (Hvaa-Lah)
  • Spanish                               Gracias (Grah-Syahs)
  • Swedish                               Tack
  • Tamil                                     Nandri
  • Thai                                        Kop Khun
  • Turkish                                Teşekkür Ederim (Teh Shek Uer Eh Der Eem)
  • Ukrainian                         Dyah-Koo-Yoo
  • Welsh                                   Diolch (Dee-Ol’ch)
  • Yiddish                               A Dank
  • Zulu                                       Ngiyabonga
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