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    Smile "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    I suspect the following to two phrases originate from Chinglish, but now they generally are accepted by English world.

    * Long time no see!

    * Many thanks!

    Could you please comment? Thanks!

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    Default Re: "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    The first possibly, the second definitely no. Itis a shortened version of a sentence such as I offer you many thanks for your assistance.

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    Smile Re: "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your answer.

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    Default Re: "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The first possibly, the second definitely no. Itis a shortened version of a sentence such as I offer you many thanks for your assistance.
    I read somewhere recently - but can't trace the quote - that 'long time no see' came from a pidgin; not sure whether it was Chinglish.

    The second is just an abbreviation, as Anglika has said. It seems to me possible that that particular abbreviation became popular in Am E before Br E, because of German immigrants who already had the expression Vielen Danke.

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    Default Re: "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    Actually, it's Vielen Dank ( singular form of a masculine word in the accusative)
    'Danke schoen' (here 'Danke' is a verb: ich danke dir/Ihnen: (literally: I thank you / you, sir/madam)

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    Default Re: "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    I toyed with Vielen Dank'. That would have been wrong too, but at least it shows my hearing's OK.

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    Default Re: "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I read somewhere recently - but can't trace the quote - that 'long time no see' came from a pidgin; not sure whether it was Chinglish.
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    I've just been watching a DVD called The Adventure of English - by Melvyn Bragg. There was a 'book of the series' (about 5/6 years ago) that had the same name, though I haven't seen it.

    In this he says that "long time no see" was a loan translation from a Native American language.

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    Default Re: "Long time no see" & "Many thanks"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I toyed with Vielen Dank'. That would have been wrong too, but at least it shows my hearing's OK.

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    Absolutely ok.

    It's Vielen Dank or simply Danke. Danke schön / sehr is comparable with Thank you very much, the politest form.

    It seems that "long time no see" has already been discused elsewhere too.

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    long time no see - WordReference Forums

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