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      When traveling to a new country, it’s easy for things to become lost in translation. This is especially true in Africa, where there are between 1,500 and 2,000 recognized languages. If you want to transcend the language barrier, however, learning to say a few words in the native tongue is a great first step. African societies are typically both polite and respectful, and so being able to say thank you is key when it comes to making new friends and establishing a good rapport with the local people.
      Since most African countries are multilingual, it’s always best to use the country’s official language if you’re unsure about a local dialect. Where there are multiple official languages or an unofficial language that is still widely used, this guide will include these translations as well; however, this list is by no means exhaustive.
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      Angola
      Portuguese: Obrigado (Thank you, when speaking to a man)
      Portuguese: Obrigada (When speaking to a woman)
      Botswana
      Setswana: Ke a leboga
      English: Thank you
      Burkina Faso
      French: Merci
      Mossi: Barka
      Dyula: I ni che
      Cameroon
      French: Merci
      English: Thank you
      Cape Verde
      Cape Verde Creole: Obrigadu
      Portuguese: Obrigado (Thank you, when speaking to a man)
      Portuguese: Obrigada (When speaking to a woman)
      Cote d’Ivoire
      French: Merci
      Egypt
      Arabic: Shukran
      Ethiopia
      Amharic: Amesegënallô
      Gabon
      French: Merci
      Fang: Abora
      Ghana
      English: Thank you
      Twi: Me daa si
      Kenya
      Swahili: Asante
      English: Thank you
      Lesotho
      Sesotho: Ke a leboha
      English: Thank you
      Libya
      Arabic: S hukran
      Madagascar
      Malagasy: Misaotra
      French: Merci
      Malawi
      Chichewa: Zikomo
      English: Thank you
      Mali
      French: Merci
      Bambara: I ni ce
      Mauritania
      Arabic: Shukran
      Hassaniya: Shukram
      Morocco
      Arabic: Shukran
      French: Merci
      Mozambique
      Portuguese: Obrigado (Thank you, when speaking to a man)
      Portuguese: Obrigada (When speaking to a woman)
      Namibia
      English: Thank you
      Afrikaans: Dankie
      Oshiwambo: Tangi unene
      Nigeria
      English: Thank you
      Hausa: Nagode
      Igbo: Imena
      Yoruba: E se
      Rwanda
      Kinyarwanda: Murakoze
      French: Merci
      English: Thank you
      Senegal
      French: Merci
      Wolof: J erejef
      Sierra Leone
      English: Thank you
      Krio: Tenkey
      South Africa
      Zulu: Ngiyabonga (Thank you to one person)
      Zulu: Siyabonga (Thank you to several people)
      Xhosa: Enkosi
      Afrikaans: Dankie
      English: Thank you
      Sudan
      Arabic: Shukran
      Swaziland
      Swati: Ngiyabonga (Thank you to one person), Siyabonga (Thank you to several people)
      English: Thank you
      Tanzania
      Swahili: Asante
      English: Thank you
      Togo
      French: Merci
      Tunisia
      French: Merci
      Arabic: Shukran
      Uganda
      Luganda: Webale
      Swahili: Asante
      English: Thank you
      Zambia
      English: Thank you
      Bemba: Natotela
      Zimbabwe
      English: Thank you
      Shona: Ndatenda (Thank you to one person), Tatenda (Thank you to several people)
      Ndebele: Ngiyabonga (Thank you to one person), Siyabonga (Thank you to several people

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          When traveling to a new country, it’s easy for things to become lost in translation. This is especially true in Africa, where there are between 1,500 and 2,000 recognized languages. If you want to transcend the language barrier, however, learning to say a few words in the native tongue is a great first step. African societies are typically both polite and respectful, and so being able to say thank you is key when it comes to making new friends and establishing a good rapport with the local people.
          Since most African countries are multilingual, it’s always best to use the country’s official language if you’re unsure about a local dialect. Where there are multiple official languages or an unofficial language that is still widely used, this guide will include these translations as well; however, this list is by no means exhaustive.
          © TripSavvy
          Angola
          Portuguese: Obrigado (Thank you, when speaking to a man)
          Portuguese: Obrigada (When speaking to a woman)
          Botswana
          Setswana: Ke a leboga
          English: Thank you
          Burkina Faso
          French: Merci
          Mossi: Barka
          Dyula: I ni che
          Cameroon
          French: Merci
          English: Thank you
          Cape Verde
          Cape Verde Creole: Obrigadu
          Portuguese: Obrigado (Thank you, when speaking to a man)
          Portuguese: Obrigada (When speaking to a woman)
          Cote d’Ivoire
          French: Merci
          Egypt
          Arabic: Shukran
          Ethiopia
          Amharic: Amesegënallô
          Gabon
          French: Merci
          Fang: Abora
          Ghana
          English: Thank you
          Twi: Me daa si
          Kenya
          Swahili: Asante
          English: Thank you
          Lesotho
          Sesotho: Ke a leboha
          English: Thank you
          Libya
          Arabic: S hukran
          Madagascar
          Malagasy: Misaotra
          French: Merci
          Malawi
          Chichewa: Zikomo
          English: Thank you
          Mali
          French: Merci
          Bambara: I ni ce
          Mauritania
          Arabic: Shukran
          Hassaniya: Shukram
          Morocco
          Arabic: Shukran
          French: Merci
          Mozambique
          Portuguese: Obrigado (Thank you, when speaking to a man)
          Portuguese: Obrigada (When speaking to a woman)
          Namibia
          English: Thank you
          Afrikaans: Dankie
          Oshiwambo: Tangi unene
          Nigeria
          English: Thank you
          Hausa: Nagode
          Igbo: Imena
          Yoruba: E se
          Rwanda
          Kinyarwanda: Murakoze
          French: Merci
          English: Thank you
          Senegal
          French: Merci
          Wolof: J erejef
          Sierra Leone
          English: Thank you
          Krio: Tenkey
          South Africa
          Zulu: Ngiyabonga (Thank you to one person)
          Zulu: Siyabonga (Thank you to several people)
          Xhosa: Enkosi
          Afrikaans: Dankie
          English: Thank you
          Sudan
          Arabic: Shukran
          Swaziland
          Swati: Ngiyabonga (Thank you to one person), Siyabonga (Thank you to several people)
          English: Thank you
          Tanzania
          Swahili: Asante
          English: Thank you
          Togo
          French: Merci
          Tunisia
          French: Merci
          Arabic: Shukran
          Uganda
          Luganda: Webale
          Swahili: Asante
          English: Thank you
          Zambia
          English: Thank you
          Bemba: Natotela
          Zimbabwe
          English: Thank you
          Shona: Ndatenda (Thank you to one person), Tatenda (Thank you to several people)
          Ndebele: Ngiyabonga (Thank you to one person), Siyabonga (Thank you to several people

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