‘Thank you’ is such a powerful phrase to say to yourself and others. Just like saying sorry, this term can significantly impact our lives. It can also have a positive effect on your relationships with other people.
Taking the time to tell someone you are thankful shows how well-mannered you can be. So, why not learn to say thank you in Spanish?
If you need to communicate with your Spanish-speaking friends, or co-workers, or survive during a vacation trip to Hispanic countries, this vocabulary is one of the most essential to learn.
In this post, I’ll teach you the 25 ways you can use the next time you wish to communicate how grateful you are towards someone, or even towards yourself, in Spanish.
Why Is It Important To Learn These Words?
Studies have shown how saying ‘thank you’ enormously reduces stress and depressive symptoms, making you happier.
Whenever you feel gratitude, and you express it openly, you bring positive energy into your life. It is because you are allowing yourself to notice the good things happening to you.
And if someone did something for you, and you tell them how much you appreciate it, you will surely bring a smile to their faces. Everyone loves to hear a ‘thank you,’ even if they do something for you without waiting for anything in return.
Learning Words For Gratitude In Spanish!
How To Say Thank You In Spanish With These 3 Verbs!
- Dar [las gracias]: To give (Thanks)
- When you say thank you, you are literally giving your gratitude to someone. That is why the verb ‘dar’ (to give) is used for this term. So you will often see the conjugated variations in sentences like ‘te doy las gracias por todo’ (Which literally translates to ‘I give you my thanks for everything.’)
- Quiero dar las gracias. (I want to thank you/Literal translation: I want to give thanks)
- Agradecer: To thank
- Apreciar: To appreciate
25 Ways To Say Thank You In Spanish
How you say thank you in Spanish will always depend on the situation. In formal situations, you should always use formal speech while conversing with elders or people of higher ranks.
For example, instead of ‘tu’ (you) use the word ‘usted.’ Instead of ‘te’ (you- personal pronoun) use ‘le.’ And instead of ‘tu’ () use ‘su.’
If you don’t get it now, don’t stress. Practice will make you perfect in this!
In many Spanish-speaking countries, speech formality is important.
So before you travel, an excellent piece of advice is to research how people in that specific country tend to speak with their elders or in general formal situations.
This way, you will know how to address people from the beginning and avoid awkwardness or misunderstandings.
That being said, let’s learn all the common ways to say thanks.
- Gracias. (Thank you. —Neutral)
- Gracias a ti. (Thank you. — Informal)
- Gracias a usted. (Thank you. Formal)
- Le doy las gracias. (I thank you. —Formal)
- Muchas gracias. (Thank you very much.)
- Gracias por todo. (Thanks for everything.)
- Muchas gracias por todo. (Thank you so much for everything.)
- Mil gracias. (A thousand thanks.)
- Millón de gracias/Un millón de gracias. (Million of thanks.)
- Gracias de antemano. (Thanks in advance.)
- Muchísimas gracias (Thank you very much.)
- Se agradece. (It’s appreciated it/Appreciated.)
- Se lo agradezco. (I thank you —Formal)
- Te lo agradezco. (I thank you —Informal)
- Le agradezco. (I thank you. —Formal)
- Te agradezco (I thank you)
- Te agradezco mucho. (Thank you so much.)
- Estoy muy agradecido/agradecida. (I’m very thankful – Masculine form & Feminine form.)
- Agradecido/Agradecida. (Grateful.)
- Muy agradecido/agradecida. (Very grateful.)
- De verdad lo aprecio. (I really appreciate it.)
- Gracias de todos modos. (Thanks anyway.)
- Gracias igual. (Thanks anyway.)
- Gracias de todo corazón. (Thank you from the bottom of my heart.)
- Gracias por nada… (Thank you for nothing… —Informal)
Decorating Your Gratitude With Extra Phrases
Decorating words is something we usually do in Latin America. Sometimes, saying ‘thank you’ is not enough, and we want to say even more.
In those moments, you can get creative and say phrases like:
- ¡Eres el mejor!/¡Eres la mejor! (You are the best!)
- ¡Qué amable! (How nice!)
- ¡Qué amable eres! (How nice you are!)
- ¡No sé qué haría sin ti! (I don’t know what I’d do without you!)
- ¿Qué haría sin ti? (What would I do without you?)
- No sé qué decir… (I don’t know what to say….)
- ¡Te debo una! (I owe you one!)
- ¡Me salvaste! (You saved me!)
- Has sido de mucha ayuda. (You have been very helpful.)
Even so, there can be so many occasions where the words we are looking for to say thank you do not exist because our gratitude is often so immense that there’s no word that could express it!
But at least, you are ready with some great phrases to use.
How To Respond To Thank You In Spanish
Easy! Just say ‘De nada’!
This term is the standard answer when someone is telling you they are thankful, and it is used in formal situations or informal situations.
But if you are looking for a great Spanish expression among all the ways to say ‘you are welcome’, read this article on the 20 fail-proof ways to say you are welcome in Spanish. From ‘n hay de qué,’ to ‘por nada,’ you will find the perfect way to answer depending on the context of the conversation.
Start practicing all learned phrases with your native Spanish speaker friends right away.
Now You Can Say Gracias And More!
As you can see, there are so many ways to say thank you besides ‘gracias.’ It will always depend on who you are talking to and in which context.
Once you master these phrases, you will have a sense of achievement. Besides knowing the basics, you will also understand the colloquial expressions that natives use.
And that’s exactly what you need to learn to gain fluency in a language! Learn how the natives speak, what phrases they use, and how they use them. So, you are on the right track!
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