Do you know Ariana Grande’s song “Thank you, next?”
Even she, while saying goodbye to an ex-boyfriend, shows perfect manners by thanking him.
I bet most of us wouldn’t do the same.
As much as I love her, we’re not here to talk about Ariana or her discography.
We’re here for the thank you part, the good manners part.
Saying thank you is an inherent human trait. Granted, other species have their own different ways of showing gratitude, but we’re the only ones who can utter it aloud and choose the moment when and the way in which we want to say it.
In this post, I’ll teach you 15 unique ways to say thank you and you’re welcome in Spanish!
But first, why is saying thank you so important?
The Importance of Saying Thank You in Spanish
From the time we’re born, our parents teach us good manners.
We’re not even able to spell our own names when we have the words please and thank you ingrained in our brains.
We’re a social species, and as such, our interactions with other human beings are of vital importance.
No matter the language you speak, expressions like thank you and you’re welcome come up over and over again.
We have different ways of thanking depending on the person we’re talking to, the context of the conversation and even the register.
Whether you’re an American woman born and raised in Texas or a 5-year-old-kid from the Philippines, you show your gratitude by giving thanks, thus making your interaction with your interlocutor much more pleasant.
Thankfulness is a sign of good manners and of appreciation for the other person, and it’s an excellent way of making someone a little bit happier.
If you’re learning Spanish, it probably means that sooner or later you’ll have to be thankful in the language.
Maybe you’ll go on vacation and want to thank the receptionist for giving you clean towels. Perhaps you’ll find a job in Argentina and want to say thank you to the person who told you about it.
No matter the situation, it’s very possible that you’ll be in need of some tools to say thank you in Spanish, and that’s what this post is about to teach you.
Mind Your Manners! 15 Ways to Say Thank You in Spanish (Plus Phrases for You’re Welcome)
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And now, here are some great ways to say thank you in Spanish!
3 Verbs You’ll Need to Say Thank You in Spanish
As I’ve mentioned before, each language has different ways of showing gratitude.
Spanish is not different in this respect, and it has a set of gratitude verbs that you can use in order to shine around your Spanish-speaking friends.
Agradecer (to thank, to appreciate)
The verb agradecer literally means to thank or to appreciate.
It’s an irregular verb that’s conjugated like conocer (to get to know), and even though conjugating it isn’t the main way of saying thanks in Spanish, I really recommend you learn how to do it.
Agradecer, as you’ll see below, can be used as a normal conjugated verb or it can be the basis for the past participle and adjective agradecido (thankful) or the noun agradecimiento (gratitude).
When conjugated, it’s normally used in the first person, both singular and plural:
Le agradezco la ayuda. (I thank you for your help.)
Le agradecemos la ayuda. (We thank you for your help.)
Agradecido, on the other hand, appears in the expression estar agradecido (to be thankful), and it’s also normally used in the first person.
Bear in mind that agradecido is an adjective, so it has to agree in gender and number with the subject of the sentence:
Estoy muy agradecido por su ayuda. (I am very thankful for your help. — male speaker, formal)
Estoy muy agradecida por su ayuda. (I am very thankful for your help. — female speaker, formal)
Estamos muy agradecidos por su ayuda. (We are very thankful for your help. — male or mixed speakers, formal)
Estamos muy agradecidas por tu ayuda. (We are very thankful for your help. — female speakers, informal)
Finally, the noun agradecimiento can be used in rather formal contexts. It’s not used very often in everyday conversations, but when it appears it tends to be part of the expressions mostrar agradecimiento (to show gratitude) and en/como señal/muestra de agradecimiento (as a token of gratitude).
Quiero mostrarles mi agradecimiento a todos los voluntarios. (I want to show my gratitude to all the volunteers.)
Le envió flores como señal de agradecimiento. (He sent her flowers as a token of gratitude.)
Apreciar (to appreciate)
The verb apreciar means to appreciate, and it’s, much like the verb agradecer, not very commonly used in everyday transactions.
It’s a regular verb, so there’s no drama in the conjugation department.
We use this verb when we want to say a little bit more than just a simple thank you.
Apreciar is not just used and disposed of. When you use this verb, you explain why you’re thankful and mention the thing for which you’re appreciative.
Aprecio mucho tu honestidad. (I really appreciate your honesty.)
Aprecio que hayas venido a verme. (I appreciate your having come to see me.)
Dar las gracias (to give thanks)
Dar las gracias is probably the most commonly used verb of the three on this list.
It literally means to give thanks, and it’s used both in formal and informal situations when you want to mention what you’re thankful for.
Queremos darte las gracias por tu ayuda. (We want to thank you for your help.)
Me dio las gracias por decir la verdad. (He thanked me for telling the truth.)
15 Ways to Say Thank You and You’re Welcome in Spanish
Apart from the above three verbs, we have a series of fixed expressions and ways of saying thank you and you’re welcome that are, without a doubt, the most common ways of expressing gratitude and answering it in Spanish.
The following list does not include all of them, but it’ll definitely be a great starting point for your Spanish adventure.
1. Gracias (thank you)
This is the most common way of thanking someone in Spanish. It literally means thanks.
2. Muchas gracias (thank you very much)
When you’re very thankful, you can literally give many thanks to the other person.
3. Mil gracias (a thousand thanks)
This is quite an informal way of saying thank you very much with a twist. You can also say un millón de gracias (thanks a million) if you’re really, really, really in the mood for thanking someone.
4. Muchísimas gracias (thank you very much, thanks a lot)
Have you ever heard of the augmentative -ísimo/-ísima in Spanish? Since it makes everything bigger, saying muchísimas gracias makes the expression much more intense than a simple thank you.
5. Gracias/muchas gracias por todo (thank you/thank you very much for everything)
This is quite a nice expression and a very common way of thanking someone for everything they’ve done for us without having to be specific.
6. Te/se lo agradezco (I thank you)
As I mentioned when I explained the verb agradecer, the first person of the verb agradecer is the most commonly used.
We use te with friends and family and se with people we’re not so close to.
It’s also very common to add one of two expressions to the end of this construction:
de (todo) corazón — from the bottom of my heart
en el alma — lit. “on the soul” or thank you from the bottom of my soul
These expressions mean you’re deeply and honestly thankful.
7. Estoy muy agradecido/agradecida (I’m very thankful)
Remember to choose the correct form of the adjective agradecido, depending on the gender and number of the speaker(s).
8. De nada (you’re welcome)
The expression de nada literally means “of nothing.” It’s the most common way of saying you’re welcome in Spanish.
9. No hay de qué (you’re welcome)
This expression literally means there is not from what, and it’s also a very common way of answering someone who’s thanking us.
10. No hay problema (no problem)
This is an informal way of saying you’re welcome, no problem or don’t mention it.
11. No te preocupes/se preocupe (don’t worry, don’t mention it)
This expression literally means don’t worry, but it’s commonly used as a way of saying you’re welcome. However, while the English don’t mention it feels a little bit informal to me, in Spanish you just need to substitute te for se in order to make the expression totally formal.
12. Un placer (a pleasure)
Quite self-explanatory, we use this expression to tell the person thanking us that it has been a pleasure to help them and we would do it again.
13. Con gusto/mucho gusto (with pleasure/a lot of pleasure)
Same as un placer, we use this expression to tell someone we’re happy to help.
14. El placer es mío (the pleasure is mine)
We enter into a loop of gratitude with this expression since it normally is the answer to un placer. Use this expression when you want to say it’s a pleasure for you to thank someone after they’ve told you it’s a pleasure to help you. Hashtag motion sickness!
15. Gracias a ti/a usted (thank you)
This is also an answer and not really a way of thanking someone. When someone tells you thank you and you want to express your gratitude because they’ve also helped you somehow, answer with gracias a ti (informal) or gracias a usted (formal). In English, you would say thank you with special emphasis on the word you.
As you can see, there are many different ways of showing we’re well-behaved, have good manners and have been raised properly.
Saying thank you, although it seems to be a thing of the past, is nice and really shows the kind of person we are, regardless of the language we speak.
So, learn these expressions, engage in some nice conversation with your Spanish-speaking friends and put the phrases to use!
Keep being thankful, my friends, and as always, happy learning!
Francisco J. Vare loves teaching and writing about grammar. He’s a proud language nerd, and you’ll normally find him learning languages, teaching students or reading. He’s been writing for FluentU for many years and is one of their staff writers.
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