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Gratitude / Thanks

China gǎn xiè
Japan kan sha
Gratitude / Thanks

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.

Thankfulness

China gǎn jī
Japan kangeki
Thankfulness

Thankfulness is being grateful for what we 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

China xiè xie
Japan shie shie
Thank You / Xie Xie

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

Japan arigato
Thank You / Arigato

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.

Respect (Japanese / Simplified version)

Can also be a sign of gratitude
China
Japan rei
Respect (Japanese / Simplified version)

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.

禮 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

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

Chinese RespectPlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of the character for respect - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese version.


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


See Also:  Confucius


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin ēn / en1
Taiwan en
Japanese on / おん
Chinese favor; grace; kindness
Japanese favour; favor; obligation; debt of gratitude; (given name) Megumu; (female given name) Megumi; (female given name) Megu; (surname, given name) On; (personal name) Oshimi
Grace, favour; compassion
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Japanese rei / re / れい Japanese (1) (See お礼・1) thanks; gratitude; (2) manners; etiquette; (3) bow; (4) reward; gift; (5) ceremony; ritual; (personal name) Reiji; (female given name) Rei; (given name) Rai; (given name) Yuzuru; (female given name) Yuki; (male given name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hiro; (personal name) Iyabu; (female given name) Ayano; (female given name) Aya; (female given name) Akira

感謝


感谢

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Mandarin gǎn xiè / gan3 xie4
Taiwan kan hsieh
Japanese kansha / かんしゃ
Chinese (express) thanks; gratitude; grateful; thankful; thanks
Japanese (noun/participle) thanks; gratitude
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Gratitude / Thanks

義理


义理

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Mandarin yì lǐ / yi4 li3
Taiwan i li
Japanese giri / ぎり
Chinese doctrine (esp. religious); argumentation (in a speech or essay)
Japanese (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
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin biāo / biao1
Taiwan piao
Japanese maaku / maku / まあく    hyou / hyo / ひょう    shirube / しるべ    shimegi / しめぎ    shimeki / しめき    shime / しめ    kozue / こずえ
Chinese mark; sign; label; to mark with a symbol, label, lettering etc; to bear (a brand name, registration number etc); prize; award; bid; target; quota; (old) the topmost branches of a tree; visible symptom; classifier for military units
Japanese guidance; guide; (1) mark; sign; (2) symbol; emblem; (3) badge; crest; flag; (4) evidence; proof; (5) (kana only) token (of gratitude, affection, etc.); (1) (Shinto) (abbreviation) rope used to cordon off consecrated areas or as a talisman against evil; (2) (archaism) cordoning off; cordoning-off sign; (female given name) Maaku; (surname) Hyou; (surname) Shirube; (surname) Shimegi; (surname) Shimeki; (surname) Shime; (female given name) Kozue
Signal, flag, banner; the troops under a particular banner; a notice, list, signboard, ticket; to publish; to explain

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Mandarin zhèng / zheng4
Taiwan cheng
Japanese shou / sho / しょう    satoshi / さとし    katsuhata / かつはた    isamu / いさむ    akira / あきら    akashi / あかし
Chinese to admonish; variant of 證|证[zheng4]
Japanese (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; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Katsuhata; (given name) Isamu; (given name) Akira; (female given name) Akashi

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お礼

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Japanese orei / ore / おれい Japanese (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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会釈

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

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八種


八种

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Mandarin bā zhǒng / ba1 zhong3
Taiwan pa chung
Japanese yagusa / やぐさ
Japanese (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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労い

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Japanese negirai / ねぎらい Japanese appreciation; thanks; gratitude

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厚謝

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

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報德


报德

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

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報恩


报恩

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

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大恩

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Mandarin dà ēn / da4 en1
Taiwan ta en
Japanese daion / だいおん
Japanese great debt of gratitude; great obligation
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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御礼

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Japanese onrei / onre / おんれい    orei / ore / おれい Japanese (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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微意

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

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忝涙

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Japanese katajikenamida / かたじけなみだ Japanese tears of gratitude

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恩仇

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

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恩怨

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

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恩義


恩义

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

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恩誼

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

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感佩

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

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感愧

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

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感涙

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Japanese kanrui / かんるい Japanese tears of gratitude

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感遇

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

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手礼

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

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深謝

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

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犒い

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Japanese negirai / ねぎらい Japanese appreciation; thanks; gratitude

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申謝

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Mandarin shēn xiè / shen1 xie4
Taiwan shen hsieh
Chinese to express gratitude; to thank

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粗品

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Japanese sohin / そひん    soshina / そしな Japanese (1) inferior goods; low-quality article; (2) (humble language) trifling gift; (3) gift given out by companies to customers as a token of gratitude; marketing incentive

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Search for Gratitude in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Gratitude
Thanks
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
谢谢
shie shie / shieshiexiè xie / xie4 xie / xie xie / xiexiehsieh hsieh / hsiehhsieh
Thank You
Arigato
ありがとうarigato
Respect (Japanese
Simplified version)

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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