How to Say "Please" and "Thank You" in 5 Languages

When it comes to traveling abroad for business or leisure, knowing the cultural norms of the country you are visiting enhances your ability to be a polite tourist and pleasant corporate partner.

Of course, there are many useful phrases to learn when traveling abroad, but two of the most important are simply "please" and "thank you." After all, a little courtesy can always go a long way, and whether you need directions to the nearest ATM, access to your hotel's WiFi, or help deciphering the menu, you'll want to be able to respectfully request what you need and thank natives for their assistance.

Here's how to say please and thank you in 5 languages: French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish.

French

Please: s'il vous plaît (see-voo-PLAY)

Thank you: merci (mehr-SEE)

German

Please: bitte (bih-tuh)

Thank you: danke (dahn-kuh)

Italian

Please: per favore (pehr FAH-voh-ray)

Thank you: grazie (graht-zee-eh)

Mandarin

Please: qing (ching)

Thank you: xie xie (SHEE-eh SHEE-eh)

Spanish

Please: por favor (poor faw-VOOR)

Thank you: gracias (GRAH-see-ahs)

If you'll be relocating abroad for business, our destination services or multicultural training options can provide great tools to help you prepare for life and work in your new host country. 
Dec 30, 2020, 17:24 PM by CORE Team
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