Gujarati Quick Learner – 02: Thank You in Gujarati (And Other Polite Sh*t)

Gujarati Quick Learner - 02 - Thank You & Polite Words in Gujarati

 

Before learning how to say Thank you in Gujarati, can we first explore WHY you want to say Thank you in Gujarati?

In fact, why do we say “Thank you” at all, in any language?

Apart from the  boring “To sincerely express my gratitude and appreciation blah blah…” type of answer, one main reason is simply this:

To avoid coming across as an obnoxious and impolite A-hole.

No one wants that, right?

 

I personally have always had a phobia of being called rude or impolite…

Probably because starting from a very early age, my parents instilled in me the importance of being a well-mannered little boy (and taught me to always use an asterisk when I write the word “sh*t”).

That’s why whenever I travel to a new country, I try to at least find out how to say “Thank You”, “Sorry”, and “Please” in that language… in addition to the obvious “Where the hell is the toilet, I’m about to burst”.

But when it comes to India, I must point out that I’d find it very hard to imagine anyone who will ever get offended just because you didn’t say thank you, especially if you’re a foreigner. That’s how easy-going I’ve found them to be.

But that’s no reason to knowingly be impolite, albeit passively, especially when all you need to do is just memorize a few weird sounding syllables, don’t you think?

So therefore, I thought I’d give you this “all-you-need-to-know” collection of polite words that you could say to a Gujarati speaker whenever you want to ‘sincerely express your gratitude and appreciation’ and all the other stuff.

 

Don’t forget my “Mini Assignment” at the end of this post.

 

Let’s begin:

 

“Thank You”

thank youaa∙bᴴaar1      

My Random Notes:

1 Or you can just say “thank you”

 


 

Please

1. When Making A Direct Request To Someone

please #1“please”2      

My Random Notes:

2 Proper Gujarati word   =   ‘kru∙pa  kȧ∙ri∙né’. We’ll see this right after we learn a few sample phrases below:

 

Sample Phrases:
Note: In any of the following 6 sentences you can replace “please” with ‘kru∙pa kȧ∙ri∙né’

Please give(formal)3“please”   aap∙sho
(informal)4“please”   aap
Please come(formal)“please”   aa∙vo
(informal)“please”   aav
Please go(formal)“please”   jaa∙o
(informal)“please”   jaa

My Random Notes:

3 Whenever I mention “formal”, it shows you the words to use when speaking to or referring to someone unfamiliar or older than you

4 Similarly, whenever I mention “informal”, it shows you the words to use when speaking to or referring to someone familiar and/or of a similar age as you

 

 

2. For Formal Announcements (e.g. That you’ll hear at the train station)

please #2kru∙paa  kȧ∙ri∙né5      

My Random Notes:

5 You’re almost never going to use this but I’m including it since you might hear it in announcements.

 

Sample Phrases:

Please go to platform 3kru∙paa  kȧ∙ri∙né   “platform number”   thrȧn6 pȧr   jaa∙o
Please try again laterkru∙paa  kȧ∙ri∙né   thᴴō∙di   vaar   pȧ∙chᴴi7 ko∙shish   kȧr∙sho

My Random Notes:

6 FYI, ‘thrȧn’ = “three”. You’ll see this in a later blog post when we do “Numbers in Gujarati” some day.

7 ‘pȧ∙chᴴi’ = “later”. Again, we’ll cover see this in a future post.

 


 

Sorry

sorry“sorry”      

 


 

Forgive me

forgive (me)(formal)maaf   kȧ∙ro      
(informal)maaf   kȧr      

 


 

Excuse Me

excuse me“excuse me”8      

My Random Notes:

8 You could also say ‘ḗk minute’ (“one minute”) to get someone’s attention

 


 

BONUS SCENARIO: Politely Refusing Something

If you’ve ever been invited to dinner in an Indian home you might be able to relate to this.

Let me set the scene for you:

You’ve met the sincere but painfully-generous host of the evening (perhaps it’s your future mother-in-law, perhaps it’s an aunt of your partner, sometimes an uncle of a colleague who’s genuinely fascinated by any foreigner) who just cannot understand that your stomach is full and you can’t eat anymore.

And they’ll insist on giving you one more serving of food before finally your partner or friend has to intervene, sometimes even physically having to intercept that food that is headed towards your plate.

 

That’s me on the right having dinner with my Indian in-laws

 

For those instances, here’s a polite way of refusing when someone wants to erm… generously stuff food down your throat.

 

“No, thank you” (When Refusing An Offer)

no, thank younaa,   aa∙bᴴaar1      

My Random Notes:

1 Or you can just say “no, thank you”. Also, you might remember from the Gujarati Quick Learner 01, that ‘naa’ = “no”.

 


 

Test Yo’Self: Gujarati Flashcards

 

excuse me

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

“excuse me”

      

forgive (me)

(informal)

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

maaf   kȧr

      

forgive (me)

(formal)

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

maaf   kȧ∙ro

      

sorry

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

“sorry”

      

please #2

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

kru∙paa   kȧ∙ri∙né

      

please #1

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

“please”

      

no, thank you

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

na,   aa∙bᴴaar

      

thank you

Click to see it in Gujarati
Click to see it in English

aa∙bᴴaar

      

 

And there you go.

In addition to saying Thank you in Gujarati, I think that’s all you need to know to make a good impression and avoid making enemies unnecessarily.

But of course, these words can only do so much…

You see, despite using them, deep down you still could be an obnoxious A-grade A-hole… but at least thanks to these words, it’ll be a while before people figure it out.

You’re welcome

 

Get involved!

Mini Assignment: What To Say In Other “Polite” Scenarios

In the comments section below, tell me:

What other scenarios can you think of where you felt you needed to be polite?

I’ve already given the examples of street vendors, taxi drivers, and lunch with the in-laws but what else comes to mind?

Also, what are the words you’d need to use? (Write them in English, obviously, and I’ll get them translated).

 

kru∙pa kȧ∙ri∙né leave all your comments and questions in the comments below. Also, suggest any other polite words or expressions you might want to use. aa∙bᴴaar in advance.

 

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15 Responses to Gujarati Quick Learner – 02: Thank You in Gujarati (And Other Polite Sh*t)

  1. dilip December 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Easy to adopt word by word.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

      Glad you find it easy, Dilip. May I ask, what’s your 1st language? Asking in case you find any similarities with Gujarati.

  2. Parvathy Ramesan December 10, 2017 at 7:48 am #

    It was easy to understand…Thank you for using very simple language

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 12, 2017 at 4:27 am #

      You’re welcome, Parvathy. I also personally hate unnecessarily complicated words. Hurts my tiny brain.

    • Farhana November 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

      Please help me translate
      -‘Thank you,we had a lovely time’

      -‘ We have to go/leave now’

  3. Amy March 12, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

    I have a really good Gujarati friend (I’m also married to one). I asked my friend’s dad how to say Thank You in Gujarati, and he told me when you are family, there is no need to say these things. It is understood.

    Has that been your experience as well?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 25, 2018 at 7:12 am #

      Yes Amy, and if you thank them they’ll even say “Come on, stop. No formality” but my experience is they appreciate it (like anyone would) and regardless, I personally would rather be over-polite than impolite. See what I mean?

  4. April LaFramboise September 7, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    I was wondering how to say “Nice to meet you” and also is that something that is said when meeting someone in the Indian culture? I am so happy I found you so I can better talk with my Gujarati friends! Thank you!

  5. Farhana November 22, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    Please tanslate this :
    ‘ We had a lovey time ‘
    ‘We have to leave/go now’

  6. Alice November 25, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    Thank you, everything is easy))

  7. claire \b cotts November 30, 2018 at 1:35 am #

    to someone who serves you food, someone who gives you directions, someone who gives you piggyback rides

  8. Saurabh March 1, 2019 at 4:37 am #

    This is easy to learn and understand tthank you

  9. Oguz Ozkan March 6, 2019 at 12:51 am #

    Thank you Dilshan, you are a good teacher.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 7, 2019 at 4:23 am #

      You’re welcome, Oguz. Thanks for the best compliment I could hope for 🙂

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