When travelling abroad, there is no other phrase that will get you as far as a simple ‘ thank you’. Here are many ways you can say it.
‘Merci’:French- With the Norman conquest in 1066, French became the language of the Nobility in England and continued to reign supreme until King John lost possession of the province of Normandy. This began a decline of French usage in England, and by mid 1300s both commoners and nobles were speaking the same language.
‘Gracias’: Spanish- It is even spoken in Turkey, where a medieval form of Spanish is kept alive by Spanish Jews who ere exiled from Spain over 500 years ago.
‘Danke schon’: German- means ‘Thank you very much’ or ‘Thank you Kindly’. The word Danke means ‘Thanks’ and the word ‘schon’ means pretty, lovely or nice
‘Grazie’: Italian- is the closest relative of Latin, the language of ancient Rome. There are several spoken languages today that are derived from Latin. They are Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portugese, Romansch ( spoken in Switzerland) and Romanian.
‘Obrigado’: Portuguese- Quite a few terms in Japanese can be traced back to Portuguese. Tempura the famous Japanese dish came from Portuguese word ‘temporas’. Portuguese were the first westerners to visit Japan.
‘Ar khun’: Cambodian or Khmer- is a member of the Australasian Language group. Although this family contains over 200 languages, only Khmer and Vietnamese are recognized as National Languages.
‘Spasiba’: Russian- The Russian Cyrillic alphabet is named after St Cyril . It has a total of 33 alphabets.
‘Hvala’: Serbian & Croatian- now growing apart due to Yuoslavia’s breaking up in 1990s. Serbia uses the Cyrilliac alphabet and Croatian uses Roman alphabet.
‘Tesekkur ederim’:Turkish- In the past one could travel from Balkans to Beijing and hear Turkish Language being used along the route. Turkish was originally written in Arabic script but now written in Roan alphabet. The change was initiated by the great Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk in 1928.
‘ shay shay nee’: Chinese- has seven different main dialects which in fact are more like separate languages, mutually unintelligible to non native speakers.
‘cam on’: Vietnamese- is a tonal language with six separate tones. As far as language origin is concerned it is similar in background to Khmer and is quite difficult to master. Originally they used Chinese characters to write in their language but changed over time to a romanized script towards end of the 19th century thanks to the French missionaries.
‘ce zu tin ba deh’: Burmese- Myanmar is a diverse country with many different ethnic groups that speak their own distinctive languages. Burmese is in the same language group as Tibetian.