“Takk“, tusen takk”, or “takk skal du ha”?
There are many ways of saying “thank you” in Norwegian. You have probably noticed this if you live in Norway and maybe wondered about when to simply say “takk” or “takk skal du ha”. This guide will help you say “thank you” in various ways in different situations in Norwegian.
Most common way to say “thank you”. Simple and easy. Maybe used to thank the cashier in a shop or when you are given something or served at a restaurant. Also used a lot when answering people who compliments you.
2. Nei takk! / Ellers takk!
When you want to reject something offered or served to you.
3. Ja takk!
When you want to accept something offered or served to you.
4. Tusen takk!
Literally means “a thousand thanks” and sounds a bit more friendly and grateful than just “takk”.
5. Tusen hjertelig takk!
In situations like when a person finds your wallet and gives it to you. “Hjerte” means “heart” so it’s basically a “thank you” form the bottom of your heart to show your gratitude.
6. Takk skal du ha!
Common to use in situations when you are given something and want to express your appreciation more than just “takk”. It literally means “you shall have thanks”.
7. Mange takk!
Not super common, but still used by some people. Similar as “tusen takk” and it literally translates to “many thanks”. Could sound a bit formal.
Tips/facts: “Takk” in different situations part 1
Takk for sist!
Literally means “thanks for the last time” (we saw each other). You would say this to a person you have met before and it’s an important way to maintain a good connection with the person. It’s a way to acknowledge your last meeting and say that “we had a fun time”. We wouldn’t use this to our close friends we often see, but maybe a person you haven’t seen for a while.
Takk i lige måde! / takk det samme!
This would be your response to many “thank-you sentences”. It means “likewise”/”the same”. For example if a norwegian says “takk for sist”, you can show off by replying “i lige måde”.
Takk for alt!
Be a bit careful with this one. It means “thanks for everything” and is used at funerals as a farewell to the deceased. Not the best way to end your date night.