Learning to say thank you in different languages expands our understanding of other cultures. It improves our ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, and cultivates empathy, gratitude, and a global perspective.

Why do it?

  • It encourages language development.
  • Being able to listen is a very important skill that supports learning and strengthens relationships.
  • Listening games are a fun way to develop listening skills.
  • It shows the importance of saying thank you.
  • Helps them learn about the world they live in.
a cartoon globe saying kia ora
a cartoon globe saying kia ora

How to do it

You’ll need: Great manners and the desire to say “thanks” in different languages.

Try the word slowly, try it together, then see if you can say it on your own.


Language Word How to say it
Te reo Māori KEY-a-or-a
Samoan Fa’afetai Far-ah-feh-tie
French Merci MER-see
Tongan Mah-loh
Fijian Vinaka Vin-AH-ca
Spanish Gracias GRAH-see-iss
Japanese Arigato ardei-ga-toe
Chinese Xiè xiè Shee shee
German Danke DAHN-ker

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
Kia ora Thank you
Talk, communicate