The name Thankfulness in Chinese / Japanese...

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 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.

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.


Politeness, Gratitude and Propriety

Respect Scroll

礼 is one of the five tenets of Confucius.

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

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 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 versions.

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

See Also:  Confucius

Thank You / Xie Xie

 xiè xie
 shie shie
Thank You / Xie Xie Scroll

謝謝 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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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gǎn xiè
    gan3 xie4
kan hsieh

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Gratitude / Thanks
(express) thanks; gratitude; grateful; thankful; thanks
(n,vs,vt,vi) thanks; gratitude; appreciation; thankfulness

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favor; grace; kindness
favour; favor; obligation; debt of gratitude; (given name) Megumu
Grace, favour.

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 reiji / reji

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(1) (See お礼・1) thanks; gratitude; (2) manners; etiquette; (n,ctr) (3) bow (i.e. bending of the body); bowing; (4) reward; gift; (5) ceremony; ritual; (6) (abbreviation) (See 礼金・2) key money; (personal name) Reiji

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to thank; to apologize; (of flowers, leaves etc) to wither; to decline
(surname) Ja
To thank; return (with thanks), decline; fall; apologize; accept with thanks.



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yì lǐ
    yi4 li3
i li

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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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xiè ēn
    xie4 en1
hsieh en

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to thank sb for favor (esp. emperor or superior official)
(n,vs,vi) (expression of) gratitude


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dà zhàng fu
    da4 zhang4 fu5
ta chang fu

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Man of Character
a manly man; a man of character
(adjectival noun) (1) safe; secure; sound; problem-free; without fear; all right; alright; OK; okay; (adverb) (2) certainly; surely; undoubtedly; (int,adj-na) (3) (colloquialism) no thanks; I'm good; that's alright; (4) (だいじょうぶ only) (archaism) (See 大丈夫・だいじょうふ) great man; fine figure of a man; (given name) Masurao
a great man

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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.

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prop; support (for weight); rest (e.g. arm rest); thanks to; to hold in one's hand; to support in one's palm; to give; to base; to commit; to set; torr (unit of pressure)
To carry on the palm, entrust to.

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to answer; to reply; to respond
answer; reply; response; solution
A bamboo hawser, to draw out, to respond, reply, return thanks.

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 shou / sho
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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 mei / me
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.


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 orei / ore
(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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(noun/participle) many thanks; sincere apologies


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


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yī méng
    yi1 meng2
i meng
thanks to



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bā zhǒng
    ba1 zhong3
pa chung
(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.


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appreciation; thanks; gratitude


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 kourei / kore
heartfelt thanks


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 kousha / kosha
(n,vs,vt,vi) deep gratitude


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 houtoku / hotoku
repayment of someone's kindness; showing one's gratitude; moral requital; (place-name) Houtoku



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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
to pay a debt of gratitude; to repay a kindness
(noun/participle) repaying a kindness; gratitude
To acknowledge, or requite favours.



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duō kuī
    duo1 kui1
to k`uei
    to kuei
thanks to; luckily



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duō xiè
    duo1 xie4
to hsieh
many thanks; thanks a lot
(noun/participle) (1) many thanks; hearty thanks; (noun/participle) (2) profuse apology


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dà ēn
    da4 en1
ta en
great debt of gratitude; great obligation
great mercy



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fèng huán
    feng4 huan2
feng huan
 houkan / hokan
to return with thanks; to give back (honorific)
(noun, transitive verb) restoring to the emperor; (place-name) Houkan


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 onrei / onre
    orei / ore
(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
(humble language) small token (of gratitude); my (humble) feelings


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tears of gratitude

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Thankfulness感激kangekigǎn jī / gan3 ji1 / gan ji / ganjikan chi / kanchi
感謝kan sha / kanshagǎn xiè / gan3 xie4 / gan xie / ganxiekan hsieh / kanhsieh
reilǐ / li3 / li
Thank You
Xie Xie
謝謝 / 謝々
shie shie / shieshiexiè xie / xie4 xie / xie xie / xiexiehsieh hsieh / hsiehhsieh
Thank You
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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