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Gratitude in Chinese / Japanese...

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Gratitude / Thanks

gǎn xiè
kan sha
Gratitude / Thanks Scroll

感謝 is gratitude; the feeling of being grateful or thankful.

You can think of this as being a formal way of expressing thankfulness in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.


gǎn jī
Thankfulness Scroll

感激 is thankfulness or being grateful for what you have.

It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. Appreciate the little things that happen around you and within you every day. Think positively. Thankfulness brings contentment.

Different meaning in Japanese - more like "deep emotion," "impression," "inspiration" - not recommended for a Japanese audience.

Thank You / Xie Xie

xiè xie
shie shie
Thank You / Xie Xie Scroll

謝謝 / 謝々 is how to say thank you in Chinese. It is pronounced a bit like "shea shea" as in the English word for shea butter. Except you pronounce the X like "sh" but with your tongue firmly at the bottom of your mouth.

Unless you are putting this wall scroll near the exit of your store or restaurant to thank customers for coming, it is a bit of an odd selection. A gift of thanks to another person should be a more personal selection with more meaning than a simple thank you. Although common to write xie xie inside a card or letter of thanks.

Technically, this can be pronounced in Japanese but in Japan, it’s still the Chinese way to say thank you. It’s like an English speaker saying "gracias" (Spanish word for thank you).

Thank You / Arigato

Thank You / Arigato Scroll

ありがとう is the simple way to say thank you in Japanese.

It's pronounced "Arigato".

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Hiragana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.


Politeness, Gratitude and Propriety
Respect Scroll

We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school, and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

礼 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

礼, beyond respect, can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship or an expression of gratitude.

禮 Chinese RespectPlease note that Japanese use this simplified 礼 version of the original 禮 character for respect. 礼 also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. While 禮 is the traditional and original version, 礼 has been used as a shorthand version for many centuries. Click on the big 禮 character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese and older Japanese version.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also:  Confucius

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
感謝kan sha / kanshagǎn xiè / gan3 xie4 / gan xie / ganxiekan hsieh / kanhsieh
Thankfulness感激kangekigǎn jī / gan3 ji1 / gan ji / ganjikan chi / kanchi
Thank You
Xie Xie
謝謝 / 謝々
shie shie / shieshiexiè xie / xie4 xie / xie xie / xiexiehsieh hsieh / hsiehhsieh
Thank You
reilǐ / li3 / li
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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ēn / en1
 on / おん
Respect Scroll
favor; grace; kindness
favour; favor; obligation; debt of gratitude; (given name) Megumu
Grace, favour; compassion

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 rei / re / れい
Respect Scroll
(1) (See お礼・1) thanks; gratitude; (2) manners; etiquette; (3) bow; (4) reward; gift; (5) ceremony; ritual; (personal name) Reiji



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gǎn xiè / gan3 xie4
kan hsieh
 kansha / かんしゃ
Respect Scroll
(express) thanks; gratitude; grateful; thankful; thanks
(noun/participle) thanks; gratitude



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yì lǐ / yi4 li3
i li
 giri / ぎり
Respect Scroll
doctrine (esp. religious); argumentation (in a speech or essay)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) duty; sense of duty; honor; honour; decency; courtesy; debt of gratitude; social obligation; (can be adjective with の) (2) in-law; relation by marriage; (given name) Yoshimasa

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zhì / zhi4
 kokorozashi / こころざし
aspiration; ambition; the will
(1) will; resolution; intention; ambition; aim; goal; (2) kindness; goodwill; kind offer; (3) gift (as a token of gratitude); (female given name) Yuki
Will, resolve, 志意; 心志; also data, records; resolution

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zhèng / zheng4
 shou / sho / しょう
to admonish; variant of 證|证[zheng4]
(1) mark; sign; (2) symbol; emblem; (3) badge; crest; flag; (4) evidence; proof; (5) (kana only) token (of gratitude, affection, etc.); (1) proof (e.g. of love, of innocence); evidence; testimony; vindication (of innocence); (suffix noun) (2) license; membership card; permit; (1) proof (e.g. of love, of innocence); evidence; testimony; vindication (of innocence); (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (2) to testify (usu. Christian religious context); (given name) Shou

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míng / ming2
 mei / me / めい
to cry (of birds, animals and insects); to make a sound; to voice (one's gratitude, grievance etc)
(female given name) Mei
Cry, sound, note of a bird, etc.; Oh ! alas ! to wail; to cry


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 orei / ore / おれい (1) (polite language) thanks; gratitude; (2) (polite language) manners; etiquette; (3) (polite language) bow; (4) (polite language) reward; gift; (5) (polite language) ceremony; ritual


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 eshaku / えしゃく (noun/participle) (1) slight bow (as a greeting or sign of gratitude); nod; salutation; (2) consideration; thoughtfulness



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bā zhǒng / ba1 zhong3
pa chung
 hasshu / やぐさ
(place-name) Yagusa
(布) 施 Eight causes of giving―convenience; fear; gratitude; reward-seeking; traditional (or customary); hoping for heaven; name and fame; personal virtue; eight kinds


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 negirai / ねぎらい appreciation; thanks; gratitude


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 kousha / kosha / こうしゃ (noun/participle) deep gratitude



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bào dé / bao4 de2
pao te
to repay debts of gratitude; to repay kindness



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bào ēn / bao4 en1
pao en
 houon / hoon / ほうおん
to pay a debt of gratitude; to repay a kindness
(noun/participle) repaying a kindness; gratitude
To acknowledge, or requite favours; repaying kindness


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dà ēn / da4 en1
ta en
 daion / だいおん
great debt of gratitude; great obligation
great mercy


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 onrei / onre / おんれい    orei / ore / おれい (1) (polite language) thanks; gratitude; (2) (polite language) manners; etiquette; (3) (polite language) bow; (4) (polite language) reward; gift; (5) (polite language) ceremony; ritual


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 bii / bi / びい (humble language) small token (of gratitude); my (humble) feelings


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 katajikenamida / かたじけなみだ tears of gratitude


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ēn chóu / en1 chou2
en ch`ou / en chou
debt of gratitude coupled with duty to avenge



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ēn shī / en1 shi1
en shih
 onshi / おんし
(greatly respected) teacher
(honorific or respectful language) teacher (to whom one owes a debt of gratitude); mentor; one's former teacher
beneficent master


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ēn yuàn / en1 yuan4
en yüan
gratitude and grudges; resentment; grudges; grievances



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ēn yì / en1 yi4
en i
 ongi / おんぎ
feelings of gratitude and loyalty
obligation; favour; favor; debt of gratitude


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 ongi / おんぎ obligation; favour; favor; debt of gratitude


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gǎn pèi / gan3 pei4
kan p`ei / kan pei
 kanpai / かんぱい
to admire with gratitude
(noun/participle) deep gratitude; heartfelt appreciation; not forgetting to express one's gratitude


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gǎn kuì / gan3 kui4
kan k`uei / kan kuei
to feel gratitude mixed with shame


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 kanrui / かんるい tears (from being deeply moved); tears of gratitude


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gǎn yù / gan3 yu4
kan yü
gratitude for good treatment; to sigh; to lament


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 shurei / shure / しゅれい {sumo} hand motion indicating gratitude


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 shinsha / しんしゃ (noun/participle) deep appreciation or gratitude; sincere apology


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 negirai / ねぎらい appreciation; thanks; gratitude

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