When learning a new language or traveling to another country with only minimal conversational skills, most language experts say the phrase "Thank you" should be one of the first things you learn. It's right up there with "Hello" and "My name is ______."
Saying thank you shows you care. It shows respect and gratitude. And regardless of the language in which it's said, a thank you means the same thing worldwide. Take a look at the 12 different countries below and their versions of thank you:
1. Afrikaans: dankie
2. Albanian: faleminderit
3. Arabic: shukran (shoe-kran)
4. Armenian: Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun
5. Bosnian: hvala (HVAH-lah)
6. Bulgarian: благодаря / blagodaria
7. Catalan: gràcies (GRAH-syuhs)
8. Cantonese: M̀h'gōi
9. Czech: děkuji (Dyekooyih)
10. Chinese: xiexie (shye-shye)
11. Croatian: hvala (HVAH-lah)
12. Danish: tak (tahg)
It's incredible how diverse the spellings, pronunciations, and even the characters of some languages are, yet all mean the same thing: "Thank you!" Maybe that's because saying thank you is more than just words; it's an expression of gratitude shared between the giver and receiver. And gratitude has no territorial or cultural boundaries has no other language but its own.
Speaking of gratitude, the universal language, Arriving in Style's Thanks A Million Gift Box is especially designed with gratitude in mind. The special featured item in this gift box is the hardcover book that expresses "thanks" at the turn of each page, perfect for enjoying and then passing along. The specialty goodies and other specialty items say "thank you" in more ways than just one. And it's not our only curated gift box designed to deliver your thanks. We've designed lots more!
We all have things for which to be thankful. And since science reveals that an attitude of thankfulness increases our personal happiness, the more we show it, the better we feel. It's a win/win situation!
So, whether you're a corporate giant, a mom-and-pop business, or a stay-at-home mom, showing how thankful you are for someone or something is important. Here are some practical gift-giving opportunities to say thank you:
For the realtor who sold your house
For the realtor who assisted you in purchasing your new home
For corporate appreciation day
For the employees who landed your company that big contract
For always being a good neighbor
For taking care of your dog or cat while you went on vacation
For showing support during difficult times
For remote workers who do excellent work without daily supervision
For excellent services rendered
For any reason you want
The key to being thankful is knowing that we do nothing in isolation here on this planet, so there's always someone or something to be thankful for. Stephen King, that great master of the macabre, recognized this when he said, "Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone."
So for all those who have helped you along the way, say "Thank you!" with Arriving in Style.