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The language of gratitude: 11-27-14



Or, as they say in Portuguese: Obrigado.

Or in Swedish: Tack.

Or in French: Merci.

Or German: Danke.

Or Hindi: धन्यवाद।

Or Russian: Спасибо.

Or Afrikaans: Dankie.

Or Arabic: شكر.

Or (traditional) Chinese: 謝謝。

Or Esperanto: Dankon.

Or Hebrew: תודה.

Or Japanese: ありがとうございます。

Or Spanish: Gracias.

Or Greek: Ευχαριστώ.

Or Hmong: Ua tsaug.

Or Italian: Grazie.

Or Korean: 감사합니다.

Or Latin: Deo gratias. (But, given that Latin is a dead language, say that only to dead people.)

Or Welsh: Diolch.

Which covers only a few of the roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world -- each one representing a people who know they need, sometimes, a word to express gratitude. What a concept. Pass it on.

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And if you're looking for a feel-good Thanksgiving story about someone willing to give to others, I've got you covered right here. After you read it, go and do something likewise.

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P.S.: My latest National Catholic Reporter column now is online here.


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