This blog will allow you to explore words and phrases that you have probably never heard before. We often use different terms to say 'you're welcome' in Spanish instead of telling the most common way, 'de nada.'
Has it ever happened to you that someone says 'thank you,' but you can't remember what to answer since your vocabulary is limited? Perhaps the only thing left for you at that moment is to laugh so as not to seem rude.
There is nothing wrong with going through those kinds of circumstances. After all, we are all basic level in a language at some point in our lives! But we can constantly improve.
But don't get confused! Saying 'de nada' is not wrong. Moreover, you are likely to hear this phrase often since it is a formal and courteous way of responding to someone who is thanking you.
In addition, it is perhaps one of the shortest and fastest ways to express that what we have just done for the other person has not been a problem for us and that we have finished it.
A: '¡Muchas gracias!' (Thank you so much!)
B: '¡De nada!' (You are welcome!)
Still, you will encounter many people that will have their preferred way of saying you're welcome in Spanish. Many of them may not use 'de nada' at all.
Also, as you may already know, people talk pretty differently in each Spanish-speaking country, and we have a lot of slang. It would be best if you were prepared to listen to various forms of saying the same expressions.
Spanish-speaking people like to embellish words and phrases. We love to include more emotion and more expressiveness. Latinos are mainly very expressive when we speak and make it noticeable in the words we choose. So often, just a 'de nada' may not be enough. We need more!
Just as in how we have many phrases in English, in Spanish, you will be able to select from more than 15 options for every single occasion.
Do you want to learn all those phrases? Let's see the following guide and save it whenever you require it!
Today you will learn useful phrases from the shortest to the longest. Aside from that, these are words that you will hear in a casual setting every day. These are not 'awkward' phrases that people never use, but the opposite. So leverage the list and learn it!
If you learn these phrases and practice them with your Spanish-speaking friends, you will start the journey to achieving fluency.
This phrase to say you're welcome in Spanish-speaking countries is one of the easiest. You can use it in formal and informal settings. For example:
A: Gracias por las flores, me gustaron mucho. (Thank you for the flowers, I liked them a lot)
B: Por nada. (You are welcome)
A basic form that you can use if you are in a hurry. It is considered casual, so it is safe to use it in any situation. As a piece of advice, try smiling while you say it and use a gentle tone to offer more charm and politeness.
Yes, a smile and the tone of voice can indeed make a difference in how others perceive you.
With this short and easy phrase, let people know that you will be glad to help at any time if they need it.
In a different context, this phrase will mean something different. For example, if Spanish speakers invite you to go out sometime, you can say, 'claro, cuando gustes.' And it is considered a cordial reply, just like when it means 'you are welcome.'
It is always polite to say that you are available to help. Just as in English, we say 'happy to help,' in Spanish, we can say 'con gusto.' The literal translation would be 'with pleasure.'
You can also say 'con mucho gusto' (with pleasure) which accentuates how happy you are helping the other person.
Although its literal translation is 'Thanks to you,' saying 'Gracias a ti' can also mean you're welcome in Spanish. Learning Spanish can be rather complicated. Still, suppose you are around native speakers practicing all the time. In that case, you will understand the general meaning and use it appropriately sooner.
When both of you have done something for each other, and you would also want to express how grateful you are towards them, you can choose to say 'gracias a ti' or 'a ti.'
An example to understand this phrase better would be:
A: 'Gracias por cuidar de mi gato.' (Thank you for taking care of my cat)
B: 'Gracias a ti por haberme ayudado el otro día.' (Thank you for helping me the other day)
With this common phrase, you can let the other person know that the favor was not too difficult, or if it was, by saying this, you are showing that you have been able to do it.
You can use this phrase in any situation, but it's not so common among friends because it sounds a bit more formal.
For example: Es un placer ayudarte. (It's a pleasure to help you)
A very cordial phrase that you can choose to use in more formal situations, such as at work.
A: 'Gracias por su ayuda.'
B: 'No hay de qué.'
This phrase expresses that you believe the person shouldn't thank you, even if there is a reason for them to do so.
When a person says 'Gracias,' you can answer with 'Ni lo mencione,' (formal), or 'Ni lo menciones' (informal), which expresses that you helped without expecting anything in return.
Without context, it cannot be easy to understand this phrase. It's the abbreviation of 'no es un problema en lo absoluto' (It's not a problem).
A quick alternative to saying 'you're welcome' when the person thanking you emphasizes that they may have asked too much from you. So, you can let them know it wasn't a problem for you.
This phrase is used similarly to the previous one.
This phrase is only common in business. For example, if you have bought something in a store and thank the seller for his service, he will respond with 'a la orden.'
Another way that people use at stores to say you're welcome in Spanish is 'para servirle.' Its direct translation is 'To serve you.' It implies that you are there to offer your best service to the customer, and so if they say 'Thank you,' any of these two phrases can be your answer.
Imagine the following situation. An old lady asks for help because her cat climbed a tree and can't come down. Nobody is helping her, so you tell her 'Yo la ayudo' (I will help you).
After you 'save' the cat (which most likely will climb the tree again), she will be so grateful that she will even want to invite you to eat something. She will tell you ‘Muchas gracias por su ayuda, joven’ (Thank you so much for your help, young man), and you can say ‘En cualquier momento’ (Anytime).
You know that she might need help again anyway, so why not go the extra mile and show her that you can be there for her if she needs you the next time.
This story might sound unusual, but it is a typical example of a situation with a Latina old lady.
Esta frase la puedes usar antes de realizar lo que te estan pidiendo.
A: Puedes ayudarme por favor (Can you help me please)
B: Si, ¿qué necesitas? (Yes, what do you need?)
A: Podrías ayudarme a llevar mi maleta al tercer piso. Le agradecería mucho. (Could you help me carry my suitcase to the third floor. I would really apreciate it.)
B: Claro. Con gusto te ayudaré. (Of course. Glad to help!)
Sometimes the person who asked you for a favor may feel that what they have asked of you has been too complicated. In that case, after doing them a favor and thanking you, you can tell him that he shouldn't worry.
Esta frase es una de mis favoritas porque me recuerda a mis abuelos. En mi país las personas mayores la suelen utilizar muy seguido, e incluso incluyen al final ‘mijita/o’ which is a slang for ‘son’ or ‘daughter,’ commonly used in some Latin American countries.
For example. '¿De qué agradeces, mijita?' roughly translates to, 'What are you thanking me for, kid.'
A meaningful phrase commonly used among friends. If a close friend asks you for help with something, you can assure them by saying, 'para eso estamos los amigos.' You can say this before or after doing what they asked you to do.
For example, if someone tells you: 'gracias por venir a ayudarme' (Thank you for coming to help me), you can answer 'para eso estamos,' or 'para eso estamos los amigos.'
If someone has thanked you, and you don't think it was necessary, you can say, 'No hay por qué darlas.' It is, in fact, quite a friendly phrase that implies that you are willing to help the person no matter what they require.
When saying you're welcome in Spanish, some people often combine some previous phrases with 'de nada.' That is acceptable and can be used when you need to accentuate that you were glad to help the other person. For example:
Learning to say you are welcome in Spanish and other basic phrases to communicate with the natives is essential to mastering the language. If your purpose is to increase your vocabulary for daily conversations during your trip, practicing at least 10 minutes a day will make the difference.
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