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How to say “Be Kind” in Multiple Languages

Kindness is universal. In the spirit of uniting humanity over kindness, here are ways to say "be kind" in several languages.

Author: Inspire Kindness Team

kindness in other languages

They say kindness is a universal language. No matter where you are in the world, an act of compassion can be recognized by all, regardless of language or cultural barriers. 

From teaching kindness to young children to growing to be a better person as an adult, it’s important to embrace this concept and remember the global significance of simply being kind.

In the spirit of uniting humanity over kindness, here are some ways to say “be kind” in multiple languages:

 English: be kind

be kind in english

French: etre gentil

Mongolian: эелдэг бай

Indonesian: berbaik

German: sei freundlich

be kind in german

Russian: будь добрым

Irish: Bí cineálta

Arabic: كن طيبا

Spanish: se amable

be kind in spanish

Chinese: 善待

Hungarian: legyen kedves

Korean: 친절하게 대해

Portuguese: seja gentil

be kind in portuguese

Italian: Sii gentile

Greek: να είσαι ευγενικός

Norwegian: vær snill

Japanese: 親切にする

be kind in japanese

Czech: být milý

Croatian: budite ljubazni

Ukranian: бути добрим

be kind in ukrainian


The ROI of Kindness

Ever wonder if there’s an ROI of Kindness? We say…yes! Learn helpful nuggets like the one below, plus how to create a Kindness Value Proposition (KVP) at your organization in this simple book by Inspire Kindness founder Mac Anderson and Brian Biro, The ROI of Kindness.

Fact: Turnover reduction/employee retention…The average annual turnover in the Quick Service Food Industry is 170%. The two companies that constantly focus on kindness as the “magic” ingredient more than any other in their cultures average 14% and 24% annual turnover. In other words, these two companies retain their employees 8 to 10 times more than their competitors.