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Say “Thank You” 500 Ways

Say “Thank You” 500 Ways

I’m not sure how to wrap my mind around it. Is this someone’s cool and quirky hobby? The product of someone who is just so very grateful? The result of an odd obsession? It’s actually the brainchild of one Jennifer Runner, who collects how to say things in many many languages.

Among other handy phrases, you can learn how to say “please” in more than 270 languages, “welcome” in more than 325 languages, and apropos for today: “Thank you” in over 500 languages. So if you’re looking for a novel way to say “thanks” today–visit Jennifer’s Language Page and express your appreciation anyway from Abenaki (Wliwni ni) to Zulu (Siyabonga).

Vinaka vakalevu, Jennifer!

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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12:27PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Two simple words that mean so much and are important to always remember. Thank you!

7:52AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Dhanyabaad in Nepali

2:11AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Tesekkurler! Thank you in Turkish.

7:39PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Gracias ! :)

9:20PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Wow I love it...thanks so much I'm checking out her page!

9:01PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

yay! i love this article. thanks, grazie, merci, danke, gracias, todah....

12:32PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thanks for sharing - DANKIE! - I just LOVE other languages! (Dankie is Afrikaans for thank you)

8:47AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Wonderful, Thank You!

6:33PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

A friend would say greetings in other languages. I thought it was because he could speak all those languages until his wife told me he just knew how to say greetings in a lot of other languages. I was still impressed.

8:57AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Thank you

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