The words 'Thank You' is used to express gratitude for help received or expected to be received. The foundation of thank you was laid in ancient religions including Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam etc. The feeling of gratitude was expected to reinforce positive behavior in the respondents. The word 'Thanks' is derived from old Proto – German 'thankojan'. The first usage of the word 'Thank You' was in 1400 AD.
Response to a Thank You:
When a person thanks you in English, you are expected to say the following:
Sanjay: Thank you so much for nominating me.
You: You are welcome/ you deserve it/ Glad to help/ it's my pleasure.
Suraj: Thanks man for helping me out.
You: No problem/ it is nothing/ don't mention/ it was my pleasure/ See you later/ anytime.
The common factor in any situation involving thanks is that it is to be said by giving a bright smile. Let the recipients know that you are happy to help them out. It also helps to build long lasting rapport with your friends, colleagues and others.
At times, the situation may be a hectic one where you may not get a chance to respond. In such scenarios, it is enough to just smile and nod. This simple sign language can help to build relations between human beings.
Many people make the mistake of just walking away. It is an insult to the person who has expressed gratitude to just ignore the compliments. Be sure to reciprocate the gesture in an appropriate manner.
For your information, below are different ways to say thank you and its response in different languages.
Thank You – Dankie/ Baie Dankie
You are Welcome – Dis 'n plesier
Thank You – Faleminderit
You are welcome – Ju Lutern
Thank You – Eskerrik asko
You are welcome – Ez da eser
Thank You – Merci/ Merci beaucoup
You are welcome – De rien/ Avec plaisir
Thank You – Kiitos/ Kiitoksia oikein paljon
You are welcome - Eipä kestä/ Eipä kestä kiittää
Thank You – Danke/ Danke schön
You are welcome – Bitte/ Bitte schön
Thank You – Gracias/ Muchas gracias
You are welcome – De nada/ No hay de qué
Thank You – Grazie/Molte grazie
You are welcome – Prego
Thank You – Khublei
You are welcome – Ymleilei
Thank You – Terima kasih
You are welcome – Sama-sama
Thank You – Shukuriyaa
You are welcome – Maruhabaa
The above examples give you an idea on how a thank you is reciprocated around the world. It will give you an idea on how to be an ideal human being in any part of the world. You should specifically concentrate on English conversational aspect of showing gratitude as it is a global language. You can practice English conversations with the help of an online English tutor or with a friend. You can even take the help of free English lessons available over the internet for guidelines and practice. Consistent learning and practice is absolutely necessary to gain improvement over spoken English.
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- By Monika Agarwal
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