How to say thank you in all 11 South African languages
Why say thank you? Well, we do it partly because we’ve been taught from a young age that it is the right thing to do. We learn to say thank you to those who offer us help, who give things to us and who provide guidance or support.
We say thank you for gifts, thank you for special favors, and thank you for assistance in times of need. But it’s not only the big things where thank you matters. We also say thank you as we’re handed our change in the store, thank you to someone who holds the door for us, and thank you to the person who passes us the salt at dinner.
It’s a phrase that is pretty much ubiquitous. But it’s never unwelcome, and it can mean so much.
Here is a list of how to say thank you in all 11 official South African languages.