How to say thank you in Swahili: ahsante

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How to say thank you in Swahili: ahsante

Learning Swahili for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say thank you in Swahili: ahsante
Say it out loud: “ah sahn tay

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Some more helpful words in our Swahili Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – choo  (chōh)
come with me – kuangalia tu  (koo ah nn gah lee ah too)
do you speak english? – Kiingereza?  (kin geh reh zah)
excellent – bora  (boh rah)
excuse me – kumradhi  (koom rah dhee)
excuse me (to get past) – nipishe  (nee pee sheh)
good / bad – nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
how do you say…? – jinsi ya kusema?  (jeen see ya koo say muh?)
how much is this? – bei gani  (bay ee gah nee)
may I? (point at chair, door) – naweza  (na weh za)
maybe – pengine  (pen gee' nay)
no problem – hakuna matata  (ha koo nuh muh ta ta)
please – tafadhali  (tah fah dah lee)
sorry – pole  (poh lay)
thank you – ahsante  (ah sahn tay)
thanks – shukrani  (shook rah nee)
what is that? – nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
where is… – wapi  (wah pee)
yes / no – ndio / la  (n dee' oh / lah)
you are welcome – karibu  (kah ree' boo)

And here’s how to say thank you in other languages!

Arabic–Shukran lak  (shuk ran lak)
Chinese–Xièxiè!  (Shiye Shiye!)
Croatian–hvala  (hvah luh)
Czech–Děkuji  (DYA kwee)
Finnish–kiitos  (kee eh tos)
French–Merci  (mehr see)
German–danke  (dahn kuh)
Italian–grazie  (gratz ee eh)
Japanese–Arigato Gozaimasu  (Ah Ree Gah Tow Goh Zai Mass)
Korean–Gamsahapnida.  (Gam Sa Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–dziękuję  (jen koo' yeh)
Portuguese–Muito Obrigado/a  (moo-ee too oh bree gah doo/dah)
Russian–Spasibo  (Spah сee bah)
Spanish–gracias  (grah see ahs)
Swahili–ahsante  (ah sahn tay)
Thai–Khop Khun Khrap/Kha  (kop koon krahp/KAH)
Turkish–teşekkür ederim  (teh shake kur' dur im)
Vietnamese–Cảm Ơn  (Kam Uhn)

The phrase "thank you" (ahsante) is perhaps the most important thing to learn in Swahili or any other language. Showing gratitude for a simple act, like explaining directions, serving food, help with luggage, is among the most valuable means of connecting with others in a foreign culture. If you have the option of learning multiple versions of "thank you", such as a formal means of saying it and a more casual version, learn both and learn what situations to use each version.

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