Giving Thanks in 16 Languages

Grateful for travels past and future

Update November 2020: Mr. TWS and I have been staying close to home the past several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic so we haven’t added any new languages to our basic foreign phrases portfolio. But we are very grateful for our health and have hopes of turning our travel dreams into realities in the not-too-distant future. We are also grateful for travels of the past which provide us with wonderful memories every day.

How to say “thank you” in different languages

Can you say “thank you” in the language of the countries you’ve visited? The people you meet will be very grateful if you do.

Tack, Sverige (Thank you, Sweden)

— for being the homeland of my maternal ancestors. Thanks for Stockholm’s great museums, Gamla Stan (Old Town), and beautiful cityscapes. You can be sure that I’ll be back to explore more.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Dziękuję Ci, Polska (Thank you, Poland)

— for your vibrant cities, deep history, Copernicus, Chopin, lively beer houses, and delicious Pierogi,

Old Town's Market Square, Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Kiitos, Suomi (Thank you, Finland)

— for composer Jean Sibelius (and the amazing sculpture honoring him), korvapuusti (Finnish cinnamon buns), and for Helsinki’s cathedral, bustling Market Square and cool vibe.

Tram on a busy city street in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Спасибо, Россия (Thank you, Russia)

— for the baroque and neoclassical architecture, opulent palaces, awesome Metro system, and world-class ballet of beautiful St. Petersburg, your “Venice of the North”. Vodka, too!

Building with a red bow along the river in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia

Aitäh, Eesti (Thank you, Estonia)

— for the medieval Old Town of Tallinn with its inviting shops and restaurants on the main square and along its cobblestone streets. There was character and beauty everywhere we walked.

Flower market outside of Old Town Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Our previous expressions of thanks in different languages

Köszönöm, Magyarország

Thank you, Hungary, for the gorgeous architecture, deep historythermal springs spas, and international intrigue of Budapest that keep me returning.

"Chain Bridge over the Danube linking the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest at night"

Chain Bridge over the Danube linking the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest

Obrigada, Portugal

Thank you, Portugal, for cities of colorful ceramic-tiled buildings, the vineyards of the beautiful Douro River, and delicious Pastel de Nata!

Red-tiled roofs cover the colorful buildings of Porto

Red-tiled roofs cover the colorful buildings of Porto

Danke, Deutschland and Austria

Thank you, Germany, for amazing walks through history and my wonderful Christmas market experiences in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Lubeck, Nuremberg, Passau, Regensberg, and Prien am Chiemsee.

"Gendarmenmarkt WeihnachtsZauber in Berlin"

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, Berlin

Thank you, Austria, for the romance of Vienna, the splendor of Salzburg, and the high spirits of a Heurigen evening.

Heurige Wolff, an old-style Viennese Heuriger, a family-owned winery/restaurant in Vienna, Austria

Getting cozy with Mr. TWS at Heurige Wolff in Vienna

Děkuji, Česká Republika

Thank you, Czech Republic, for Kafka, castles, the Vltava River, and goulash. I was able to check off a big one from my must-see list when I first visited Prague several years ago and was grateful for a return visit a few years later.

"Prague, often called the Golden City of 100 Spires"

Prague, the “Golden City of 100 Spires”

Grazie, Italia

Thank you, Italy, for always making me feel at home. From the magical cities like Venice to the hilltops of Tuscany to the white cities of Puglia, I’ve discovered something new to love every time I visit.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Merci, France

Thank you, France, for everything about Paris!

The Eiffel Tower across the Seine River at night, Paris, France

Paris at night

Also, thanks for fine wines of Alsace, the charming villages of Brittany, and the rich Christmas traditions I experienced in Provence.

Locals going about their day on Rue du Jerzual in Dinan, France

Locals going about their day on Rue du Jerzual in Dinan, France

Gràcies, Catalunya

Thank you, Catalonia, for Salvador Dalisumptuous flavors, Barcelona’s “rauxa i seny character, and Mediterranean beaches.

"Mediterranean Sea in Roses, Catalonia"

Roses Beach on the Mediterranean, Catalonia

Gracias, Spain and Mexico

Thank you, Spain, for a glimpse of authentic Spanish culture, world-class museums, art and architecture in beautiful Madrid.

"Museo del Prado"

Museo del Prado, Madrid

Thank you, Mexico, for cultural traditions, beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, adventure, history, and tequila (even when it’s not Tequila).

Couples performing traditional Mexican dances at El Meson de los Laureanos in El Quelite, Mexico near Mazatlan

Traditional Mexican Dancers at El Meson de los Laureanos in El Quelite

Buíochas a ghabháil leat, Éire

Thank you, Ireland, for warm people, villages where my ancestors lived, lush landscapes, the craic (conversation), Guinness and the Blarney Stone.

"Kissing the Blarney Stone"

Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland

Dank je, Nederland

Thank you, Netherlands, for Amsterdam’s bikes and boats, honoring the story of Anne Frank at Anne Frank House, iconic windmills, and your countryside fields of flowers.

"In Amsterdam Bikes and Boats are seen everywhere"

Amsterdam bikes and Boats

And finally, in my native language…. thank you, USA, Canada, and the U.K.

Thank you, USA, for 50 states to explore by plane, train and automobile through deserts, mountains, plains, and cities. I am thankful that you are my home.

Hiking along the Carson River on the River Fork Ranch Trail, Carson Valley, Nevada

Hiking along the Carson River on the River Fork Ranch Trail, Nevada

Thank you, Canada, for being our friendly neighbor to the north with vibrant cities like TorontoHalifax, and Vancouver. (And a heartfelt “merci” for the amazing food, wine, art, and natural beauty of Québec.)

Vancouver views at Coal Harbour, Vancouver, Canada

Coal Harbour, Vancouver Waterfront

Thank you, United Kingdom, for the Thames, historic landmarks, cheerful pubs, cottage pie (I crave it), and holiday spirit.

A boat passes the Tower of London on the Thames River in London

The Tower of London on the Thames

Here’s to learning more ways to say “thank you” in different languages!


Gondolas on the canal in Venice, Italy

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