thank you in italin

9 Ways to Say Thank You in Italian

Expressing thanks in Italian is as easy as saying “grazie!”

Of course, you can say “thanks so much,” “no, thank you” and even “thanks for nothing” in Italian as well.

You’ll find all that and more below.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Italy or just want to expand your Italian a little, you’ll definitely be grateful for this list.

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1. Grazie (Thank you)

The simplest form, grazie, can be used in everyday interactions.

When the barista gives you the espresso you ordered, you’ll say grazie. 

After you’ve finished your espresso, you might say this as you leave the café:

Grazie, buona giornata. (Thank you, have a good day.)

An important note about the pronunciation of grazie: the “e” is essential. 

If you sound out the whole word, it’s pronounced GRAHT-see-eh.

Leaving the “e” off is a common mistake that can quickly become a bad habit, so be careful! You can turn to Forvo for help with further pronunciation assistance.

And, regardless of the region or dialect, the basic word for “thank you” in Italian is always grazie. Don’t confuse it with the singular form grazia (grace), which is never used to express gratitude!

2. Grazie mille (Thanks a million)

Grazie mille adds more flourish to your expression of gratitude. If a friend has given you half of her sandwich because you forgot your lunch, you’ll want to say:

Grazie mille, stavo morendo di fame! (Thanks a million, I was starving!)

It’s also easy to use grazie mille sarcastically. Perhaps your spouse has just given you a stack of bills that need to be paid. Now’s the time to roll your eyes and sigh, “Grazie mille.”

3. Molte grazie (Thank you so much)

The adjective molto means “much,” “very” and “many.”

In Italian, adjectives must agree in gender and quantity. So the basic form molto becomes molte when used with grazie to become molte grazie (thank you very much)!

If you really want to add emphasis, you can add an –issime to the end of molte.

For example, if you’re super grateful that your friend took great care of your dog, you could say:

Moltissime grazie! (Thank you very super much!)

4. Tante grazie (Thanks a lot)

When earnest and heartfelt, tante grazie is really no different than molte grazie. But if you’re looking for a sarcastic zinger, this is the phrase for you.

If a colleague has withheld information about an important meeting, now’s the time to say:

Tante grazie per la tua schiettezza! (Thank you so much for your forthrightness!)

5. No, grazie (No, thank you)

When declining an offer, a simple no, grazie is sufficient.

Vuoi un tè? (Would you like a tea?)

No, grazie. (No, thank you.)

6. Grazie per/di… (Thank you for…)

If you want to thank someone for something specific, you’ll begin with grazie per and complete the phrase with a noun.

Perhaps you have an amazing colleague who covered for you when you arrived an hour late to work.

Grazie per la tua discrezione. (Thank you for your discretion.)

You can also use grazie per with a verb. Imagine your friend comes to visit you. She even cooks for you! To really thank her you can say:

Grazie per aver cucinato per me! (Thank you for cooking for me!)

Grazie per essere la mia migliore amica! (Thank you for being my best friend!)

Similarly, you can use grazie di before a verb. If you wish to continue thanking your amazing colleague or friend, you can say:

Grazie di avermi aiutato. (Thank you for helping me.)

On the other hand, if you’re feeling a bit sarcastic and want to say “thanks for nothing,” you can use grazie di niente!

Maybe the repairman that was supposed to fix your refrigerator just ended up breaking the freezer too. In your (understandable) frustration, you might say to him, “Grazie di niente! (Thanks for nothing!)”

7. Ti ringrazio (I thank you—when speaking to friends or family)

The verb “to thank” in Italian is ringraziare. This verb is used when thanking someone in a more formal situation. 

You can use ti ringrazio when you’re especially grateful for something done by someone you’re close with. Maybe your brother donated his kidney to you! This would be the time to say:

Ti ringrazio dal profondo del mio cuore per il rene! (I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kidney!)

8. La ringrazio (I thank you—when speaking to a superior)

When thanking a superior for anything, the most respectful form of thanks is a simple:

La ringrazio! (I thank you!)

If your friend’s grandmother bakes you a cake for your birthday, you’d want to say:

La ringrazio per la bellissima torta! (I thank you for the beautiful cake!)

9. Vi ringrazio (I thank you—when speaking to a group)

On occasion, you may wish to formally thank a large group of people. Maybe you’ve just won an award. You’d say:

Vi ringrazio per questo onore! (I thank you for this honor!)

Or perhaps you’ve been nominated for class president. This would be a perfect opportunity to say:

Vi ringrazio per questa opportunità! (I thank you for this opportunity!)

 

In any country and in any language, learning to express gratitude is essential.

Kindness, politeness and gratitude go a long way anywhere in the world.

Thank you for reading this post on how to say thank you in Italian—now go out there and be kind to one another!

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