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Thank You In Spanish: 25+ Fail-Proof Ways

‘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!

  1. 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)
  2. Agradecer: To thank
    • The verb agradecer is one of the most used by Spanish speakers in formal contexts.
    • Quiero agradecer por… (I want to thank for…)
  3. Apreciar: To appreciate
    • Sometimes you wish to express gratitude by saying how much you appreciate
    • Debemos apreciar lo que tenemos. (We must appreciate what we have.)

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.

gracias thank you in spanish

That being said, let’s learn all the common ways to say thanks.

  1. Gracias. (Thank you. —Neutral)
    • Gracias por la comida. (Thank you for the help. —Neutral)
  2. Gracias a ti. (Thank you. — Informal)
    • Gracias a ti por tu ayuda. (Thank you for your help. — Informal)
  3. Gracias a usted. (Thank you. Formal)
    • Gracias a usted por mantenerme informado. (Thank you for keeping me informed.)
  4.  Le doy las gracias. (I thank you. —Formal)
    • Le doy las gracias por haberme traído al aeropuerto. ()
  5. Muchas gracias. (Thank you very much.)
    • Muchas gracias por tu tiempo. (Thank you very much for your time.)
  6. Gracias por todo. (Thanks for everything.)
    • Gracias por todo lo que has hecho por mí. (Thank you for everything you have done for me.)
  7.  Muchas gracias por todo. (Thank you so much for everything.)
    • Muchas gracias por todo tu apoyo. (Thank you very much for all your support.)
  8. Mil gracias. (A thousand thanks.)
    • Mil gracias por enseñarme a hablar en español. (Thank you so much for teaching me to speak Spanish.)
  9. Millón de gracias/Un millón de gracias. (Million of thanks.)
    • Un millón de gracias a todos quienes asistieron a mi evento. (A million thanks to everyone who attended my event.)
  10. Gracias de antemano. (Thanks in advance.)
    • Puedes comprarme un café en el camino? ¡Gracias de antemano! (Can you buy me a coffee on the way? Thanks in advance!)
  11. Muchísimas gracias (Thank you very much.)
    • Muchísimas gracias por su esfuerzo en el proyecto. (Thank you very much for your effort in the project.)
  12. Se agradece. (It’s appreciated it/Appreciated.)
    • Se agradece su cooperación. (Your cooperation is appreciated.)
  13. Se lo agradezco. (I thank you —Formal)
    • No lo hubieramos logrado sin usted. Se lo agradezco de todo corazón. (We couldn’t have done it without you. I thank you with all my heart.)
  14. Te lo agradezco. (I thank you —Informal)
    • Conversation example:
      • A: Le ayudé a tu hija a hacer su deber. (I helped your daughter do her homework.)
      • B: ¡Te lo agradezco muchísimo! (Thank you very much!)
      • A: ¡Con gusto! (My pleasure!)
  15. Le agradezco. (I thank you. —Formal)
    • Le agradezco su comprensión. (I appreciate your understanding.)
  16. Te agradezco (I thank you)
    • Te agradezco por la hermosa velada. (I thank you for the beautiful evening.)
  17. Te agradezco mucho. (Thank you so much.)
    • Te agradezco mucho por llevarme a mi restaurante favorito. (Thank you so much for taking me to my favorite restaurant.)
people talking waitress customer phrases to say thanks in spanish
  1. Estoy muy agradecido/agradecida. (I’m very thankful – Masculine form & Feminine form.)
    • Estoy muy agradecido contigo por haberme perdonado. (I am very grateful to you for forgiving me.)
  2. Agradecido/Agradecida. (Grateful.)
    • Estoy gradecida con las personas que donaron al hospital. (I am grateful to the people who donated to the hospital.)
  3. Muy agradecido/agradecida. (Very grateful.)
    • Estoy muy agradecido con esta etapa de mi vida. (I am very grateful for this stage of my life.)
  4. De verdad lo aprecio. (I really appreciate it.)
    • De verdad aprecio el sacrificio que hiciste. (I really appreciate the sacrifice you made.)
  5.  Gracias de todos modos. (Thanks anyway.)
    • Gracias de todos modos, la intención es lo que cuenta. (Thanks anyway, It’s the intention that matters.)
  6. Gracias igual. (Thanks anyway.)
    • Conversation example:
      • ¡Perdón, no tuve tiempo de hacer el favor que me pediste! (Sorry, I didn’t have time to do the favor you asked me!)
      • No te preocupes. Gracias igual… (Don’t worry. Thank you as well.)
  7.  Gracias de todo corazón. (Thank you from the bottom of my heart.)
    • Gracias de todo corazón por salvarme. (Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving me.)
  8. Gracias por nada… (Thank you for nothing… —Informal)
    • Entonces, gracias por nada… (Well, thanks for nothing…)
    • Note: Only use this with people that you are very close with as it can sound rude. You can say this expression when the person promised to help you but didn’t or when someone didn’t turned out to be as expected.

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….)
      • It usually ends with a ‘Gracias.’
      • Example: ¡Wow! no sé qué decir… ¡Muchas gracias! (Wow! I’m speechless… Thank you so much!)
  • ¡Te debo una! (I owe you one!)
  • ¡Me salvaste! (You saved me!)
  • Has sido de mucha ayuda. (You have been very helpful.)
conversation between two people gratitude phrases in spanish

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!

Keep going! But what’s next?

 

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