Languages translated

Having been lucky enough to work and travel in a host of different countries, I’ve learned the value of being able to speak even just a few words in a foreign language – particularly the less spoken languages that people do not expect you to know. So as part of my quest to complete 50 Goals in a Year I’ve set myself the challenge of learning to say ‘hello’, ‘thank you’ and ‘cheers’ in 30 different languages.

I’ve copied the list below should you wish to join me on this challenge. It was surprisingly difficult to compile this list as there is so much ambiguity over the precise meaning and translation (particularly ‘cheers’), so please, if you spot any mistakes, then please let me know…

Language     Hello             Thank You           Cheers*
Arabic       assalamu alaikum  shukran             fisehatak
Belarusian   pryvitannie       dziakuj             ŭra
Bengali      ohe               tōmākē dhan'yabāda  ciẏārsa
Czech        ahoj              děkuji              na zdraví
Danish       hej               tak                 skaal
Dutch        hallo             dank u              proost
Finnish      hei               kiitos              kippis
French       bonjour           merci               sante
Gaelic       dia duit          go raibh maith agat slainte
German       hallo             danke               prost
Greek        geia sas          sas efcharisto      jamas
Hebrew       shalom            toda                l'chaim
Hindi        namastē           sukriyā             ciyarsa
Italian      ciao              grazie              salute
Japanese     kon'nichiwa       arigatō             kampai
Malay        halo              terima kasih        sorakan
Mandarin     nín hǎo           xièxiè              gan bei
Polish       cześć             dziękuję            na zdrowie
Portuguese   olá               obrigado            saúde
Punjabi      sat sri akal      sukriya             a al sature
Romanian     alo               mulţumesc           noroc
Russian      privet            spasibo             budem
Spanish      hola              gracias             salud
Swahili      harbari           asante              afya
Swedish      hej               tack                skaal
Tamil        vanakkam          naṉṟi               ciyars
Turkish      merhaba           teşekkür ederim     şerefe
Ukrainian    pryvit            spasybi             budmo
Zulu         sawubona          ngiyabonga          oogy wawa
*Cheers is often translated as 'to your health' or other variations

About Jon Maiden

Founder of Goalvanise which enables people to create their Life List online, and inspires and supports them to achieve their life goals. Check out the Goalvanise blog here or my personal blog here.

3 responses »

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  2. HowToSay says:

    Here is a list of hello in 70 languages!

  3. Nabil Marcos aho says:

    To whom it may may concern
    Warm greetings from the Holy Land ,hope this email finds well.
    Is it possible to add another language which is Aramaic the language of Jesus and which I am very proud I do speak it.
    Hello which means Shlomo
    Thanks means Tawdi
    Cheers means Hubo
    All the best and thanks a lot

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