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How do you say ‘thank you’ in Spanish?
This one was very easy, indeed.
If you thought that learning one phrase to say ‘thank you’ in Spanish is done, you are all wrong.
There are many different ways to express thankfulness in Spanish.
Just like in other languages, good manners don’t mean only saying ‘gracias’ to someone and your work is done.
There are many other ways you can say ‘thank you’ to someone in Spanish and express gratitude and show good manners.
In the following lines, we will show you 16 different ways you can say ‘thank you’ in Spanish. While you are boosting your vocabulary, don’t forget that pronunciation is as important as learning new words and phrases. And to master pronunciation, there is no better way than with real people, native Spanish speakers. So, book a lesson with Spanish tutors and start polishing your skills right away.
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People are social human beings, taught from the first moment in this world, to have good manners, be polite, and express gratitude.
When we started to talk, our parents taught us that we can’t even say our own names without saying please or thank you.
Therefore, this polite form of speech exists deep inside every one of us.
No matter if you speak English, German or Spanish, things about politeness, such as ‘please’ ‘you’re welcome,’ or ‘thank you’ are part of our everyday conversations.
Expressing thankfulness to someone shows your good manners, your respect toward the person you are talking to.
So, in Spanish as well, you have to be well-equipped with good manners and using expressions of gratitude and thankfulness. Besides Spanish travel phrases, no matter which Spanish-speaking country you want to go to or whether you want to learn Mexican Spanish, learning to say ‘thank you’ in different ways in Spanish is among the basic and most useful phrases every Spanish learner should know.
Meaning: Thank you.
Literally, this phrase means thanks. It is the most commonly used phrase to say thank you in Spanish.
Meaning: to give thanks
This verb is the most commonly used verb to express thankfulness.
Used both in formal and informal situations when you want to express your gratitude, its literal meaning is 'to give thanks.'
Example: Queremos darte las gracias por tu ayuda. (We want to thank you for your help.
Meaning: thank you very much
When you’re very thankful, you can add to the word 'gracias' 'muchas,' which means 'very much, muchas.'
Meaning: Thank you very much, thanks a lot
In Spanish, when you add the augmentative -ísimo/-ísima to the words, it makes everything bigger and more important.
In this case, 'muchísimas gracias' is thank you but much more.
Meaning: a thousand thanks
Some also use ‘un millón de gracias’ (thanks a million) if they want to thank someone. 'Mil gracias' is an informal way of saying thank you very much, so you can often hear it among family members and friends.
Meaning: thank you/thank you very much for everything
Everything is about the word 'gracias.' You can add augmentative, like in one of the previous examples or you can add more words to express your gratitude.
This expression is a very common way of thanking someone for everything. It is even better because you don't have to be specific to thank someone for what they've done for us.
Meaning: I’m very thankful
As you know, in Spanish, gender and number have to agree so depending on your speaker, you have to use 'agradecido' for male and 'agradecida' for female.
Meaning: I thank you
When you use the verb 'agradecer' which means 'to thank,' this verb is mainly used in the first person singular.
As for 'te' you use it informally, with family and friends, while the word 'se' you use in formal speech.
Meaning: You’re welcome
The phrase ‘de nada’ is the most common way of saying you’re welcome in Spanish. It literally means ‘of nothing.
Meaning: Thank you
Even though there is a word ‘gracias’ in this phrase, it is a way to answer someone who thanked you.
So, when someone says ‘gracias’ you can answer with this phrase.
As you may see, it can be used informally and in that case, you use ‘a ti.’ For formal situations, use ‘a Usted.’
Meaning: you’re welcome
This phrase literally can be translated as 'there is not from what.' It is a very common way of answering someone who’s thanking us.
Meaning: no problem
This phrase is usually used in informal speech instead of ‘you’re welcome,’ ‘no problem’ or ‘don’t mention it.’
Meaning: a pleasure
When you want to tell someone that it’s your pleasure and to express that it was your pleasure to help him, you can use ‘un placer.’
Meaning: the pleasure is mine.
If you want to show the person who thanked you for the help that you were willing to be there for him, you can use a more emotional phrase and say ‘el placer es mio.’
Meaning: with pleasure/a lot of pleasure.
This phrase is a synonym of ‘un placer’ so you can use either of these two.
This one people usually use when they want to tell you that they are happy to help.
Meaning: don’t worry, don’t mention it
This phrase is one more common way of saying 'you're welcome.' It literally means don’t worry, but it’s commonly used as a way of saying you’re welcome.
Depending on which word you use ‘te’ or ‘se’, unlike in English, you can use this phrase both in formal and informal conversations.
Good manners are essential no matter which foreign language you learn.
Besides learning vocabulary in that foreign language, you help with cultural awareness because you learn about the culture and customs of those people, which is an inevitable part of learning languages.
With Spanish ways to say thank you, you can see which expressions are commonly used, which ones are better for formal, and which ones are great to use among family members and close friends.
The best way to memorize all these phrases is through situations where you can use them. That’s why Spanish tutors are great friends for that. So, book a lesson with them today and start improving your Spanish.
Gracias, Muchas Gracias, Muchisimas Gracias, Mil Gracias, Gracias/Muchas Gracias por Todo, Estoy Muy Agradecido/Agradecida, Te/Se lo Agradezco
Muchas Gracias, Muchisimas Gracias, Mil Gracias
De nada means You're welcome in Spanish.
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