How to ask for the bill in nearly ever country in the world

Asking for the bill in the language of the country you’re in is a nice touch to show your respect for the culture. Whilst it’s not essential (and you can normally act out the signing of a bill on you hand which works just as well), it gives you a chance to show your language skills. Below is a list of ways to ask for the bill in all dialects. 

(If you notice a mistake, or think there is a better way to ask for the bill in your country, please feel free to comment below). 

English speaking: The bill please.

(Countries that use English as there main language are: United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati,  Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Monserrat, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvala, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin islands and Zambia & Zimbabwe). 

Spanish speaking countries: La cuenta, por favor. 

(Spain, Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Hondurus, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uraguay and Venezuela).

French speaking countries: L'addition, s'il vous plait.

(France, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, French Polynesia, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Switzerland Togo and Wallis and Futuna).

Portuguese speaking countries: A conta, por favor.

(Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe).

German Speaking countries: Die Rechnung, bitte.

(Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein). 

Arabic speaking countries: Mumkin el hesab min fadlak?

(Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara and Yemen). 

Italy, Vatican and San Marino: Il conto, per favore.

The Rest of the world

Albania: Mund të më sillni faturën, ju lutem!                                   

Armenia: Hadjis hashive per.                         

Aruba: De rekening, alstublieft.                     

Bangladesh: Eta koto daam.              

Belarus: Kali łaska, padrychtujcie moj rachunak.                   

Bhutan: Gadem chi mo.                                 

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Račun, molim.                               

Brunei: Darussalam Sila dapat bil.                             

Bulgaria: Smetkata, molia.                                                                

Cambodia: Som kot loy?                                                                                                         

China: Qing jiezhang.                         

Cyprus: Poso Kani.                               

Czech Republic: Platit, prosim.                                   

Denmark: Ma jeg fa regningen, tak.                                                              

Estonia: arve, palun.                           

Finland: Saanko laskun.                                                                      

Greece: To logariasmo, parakalo.                              

Hong Kong: Ng goi, mai dan.                          

Hungary: A számlűt kérem.                            

Iceland: Get ég fengið reikninginn.                            

India: Kitne rupei hue.                        

Indonesia: Minta bon.                         

Iran: Soorathesaab, lotfan.                             

Israel: Heshbon, b'vakashah.                                                  

Japan: Okanjo onegai shimasu.                                  

Kazakhstan: Bizben eseptesinizshi.                            

Laos: Thao da̖i?                                   

Latvia: Rēķinu, lūdzu.                          

Lithuania: Galima prasau saskaita.                            

Malaysia: Berapa harga.                                

Maldives: bill génes dheebala.                                   

Moldova: Nota (de plată), vă rog.                              

Myanmar: Zey beh lout le?                                                                

Netherlands: De rekening, alstublieft.                                                                       

Norway: Kan jeg få regningen.                                                                                   

Poland: Rachunek, poprosze.                          

South Korea: Kyesanso chuseyo.                                

Romania: Nota (de plată), vă rog.                             

Russian Federation: Chek, pozhaluysta.                                                                     

Serbia: Račun, molim.                                                                                                                        

Sri Lanka: kee yȧ dhȧ.                                                 

Suriname: De rekening, alstublieft.                           

Sweden: Notan, tack.                         

Taiwan: Qing jiezhang.                                   

Thailand: Check bin ka.                                                                                               

Vietnam: Cam on, ngon lam.                                                 

There are often various ways in each culture you can ask for the bill, so don’t be surprised if you hear someone asking for it in a different way. There are also some countries where you more than one language is spoken, however, sticking to the above should get you the bill brought to you in no time!