How to say "Thank You"

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How to say "Thank You"

Post by egon » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:42 pm

I'd just like to be able to say "Thank you." I've gotten so many results when looking for a translation of either "thanks" or "gratitude" and I have no idea how to choose the right one or even if any of them are correct. Just an informal expression of gratitude would be perfect.

thank : thometi ; pasaṃsati ; abhitthavati . thomita ; pasattha ; abhitthuta .
thankful : kataññū ; thutipara .
thankfully : kataññutāya .
thankfulness : kataññutā ; thutiparatā .
thankless : akatavedī .
thanklessness : taveditā .
thanks : (f . ; plu .) thuti ; thomanā .
thanks giver : anumodāpaka .
thanks giving : thutipūjā .
thankworthy : thometabba .
दिट्ठा ; diṭṭhā ; This is an exclamation expressive of joy , Thank heaven!


and then:

gratitude : katavekitā .
अनुमोदति ; anumodati ; To approve , to receive with satisfaction , to rejoice at , to express gratitude , to thank
कतञ्ञुता ; kataññutā ; gratitude .


Would any version of the above words say "thank you?"

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by pitakele » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:43 pm

katam + ñū = lit. knower of (what) done

kataññ'omhi (kataññū + amhi)
I am the knower of (what) done -> thank you
now here = nowhere

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by egon » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:43 pm

pitakele wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:43 pm
katam + ñū = lit. knower of (what) done

kataññ'omhi (kataññū + amhi)
I am the knower of (what) done -> thank you
Thanks! That's fascinating! So it's an acknowledgement of something that someone has done for you? Pretty cool.

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:24 pm

'thank you' or 'thanks' is often such a disingenuous thing to say, it's often a hollow gesture without real gratitude. acknowledging and praising someone for an act of kindness is much better like the above
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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by egon » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:05 pm

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:24 pm
'thank you' or 'thanks' is often such a disingenuous thing to say, it's often a hollow gesture without real gratitude. acknowledging and praising someone for an act of kindness is much better like the above
Yup, that makes sense.

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by Dhammanando » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:45 am

ScottPen wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:42 pm
I'd just like to be able to say "Thank you."
In his Aids to Pali Conversation and Translation Rev. A.P. Buddhadatta gives “Thuti atthu,” – most likely a modern coinage.

https://dhamma.ru/paali/aids_to_pali_conversation.pdf

In Pali texts the idiomatic functional equivalents would be “anumodanā” (when the person being thanked has done something meritorious), “sādhu”, and “sundaraṃ”.

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by SarathW » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:51 am

Thuti atthu
Interesting.
Sinhalese say "Sthuti" to say thank you.
And say you (Oba) means atthu.
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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by egon » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:22 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:45 am
In Pali texts the idiomatic functional equivalents would be “anumodanā” (when the person being thanked has done something meritorious), “sādhu”, and “sundaraṃ”.
OK so if the person being thanked has done something meritorious it's "anumodanā." That sounds like a bigger thank you than I'm considering. I'm thinking about what you would say to someone who ... gave you directions for example.

In what circumstances would I use "sādhu" or "sundaram?"

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:24 am

"Magnificent, Master Gotama! Magnificent! Just as if he were to place upright what was overturned, to reveal what was hidden, to show the way to one who was lost, or to carry a lamp into the dark so that those with eyes could see forms, in the same way has Master Gotama — through many lines of reasoning — made the Dhamma clear. I go to Master Gotama for refuge, to the Dhamma, and to the Community of monks. May Master Gotama remember me as a lay follower who has gone to him for refuge, from this day forward, for life. Let me obtain the going forth in Master Gotama's presence, let me obtain admission."
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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by Dhammanando » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:39 am

ScottPen wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:22 am
In what circumstances would I use "sādhu" or "sundaram?"
On any occasion when you wish to express approval or appreciation for what another has said or done. If what has been said or done has been said or done for your benefit, then saying "sādhu" would be a speech-act identical to saying "thank you".

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by Vimalayaka » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:37 am

ScottPen wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:22 am
OK so if the person being thanked has done something meritorious it's "anumodanā." That sounds like a bigger thank you than I'm considering.
usually for this we say "sadhu". for thanking someone who told you directions in the street it's possible to say "anumodami". this is the closest thing to the common "thanks".

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by egon » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:11 pm

Sādhu to everyone who helped me clear this up! :thanks:

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Re: How to say "Thank You"

Post by justindesilva » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:44 pm

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:24 pm
'thank you' or 'thanks' is often such a disingenuous thing to say, it's often a hollow gesture without real gratitude. acknowledging and praising someone for an act of kindness is much better like the above
We buddhists here in sri lanka after an act of generosity or help or an act which needs gratitude , reply as " pin sidu wewa" translated as may merits( kusal) be on you.
I think , it is a wonderful gesture.

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