Often a formal demand is required from mysterious strangers abroad, such as the French shopgirl retrieving perfume from the glistening display case, the delightful florists engaging in ikebana in Kyoto, or a hotel assistant crawling up the lanky palms to cut down fresh coconuts for her pleasure. While these requests should always be followed by a native “thank you,” they should also begin with a simple and essential “pretty please,” accompanied with goodwill and benevolence.
The word can go a long way. Luckily for her sake, “please” is similar between several languages and can also mean “thank you” in certain nations, such as Sweden’s “tack.” Here, The Embarkiste lists the formal way of saying “please” in French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Japanese; though she also recognizes that the word may vary or change within informal conversation between friends. Regardless if it is a “s’il vous plaît” or “s’il te plaît,” she makes sure her cheeks are rosy and her pearly whites are on parade with such a request.