How to Say Thank You and You’re Welcome in Spanish
“Thank you for reading this article!”
If these words look familiar to you it’s because you’ve read some of my articles and, honestly, thank you for taking the time!
Showing gratitude and getting it can make anyone feel humbled. Personally, every time I meet a foreign colleague or peer, even if I don’t speak it, I ask them to teach me how to say thank you in their language.
What if you met a Spanish speaker? It would be significant to say thank you in Spanish. The literal translation to “thanks” or “thank you” is gracias. However, in this article we will go a little bit more in-depth to learn about other ways to express appreciation.
Thanking others is one of the most heartfelt reactions we can demonstrate as human beings. It means we acknowledge having achieved something through the support from others.
We naturally thank the people whose help was critical in attaining a goal.
The most neutral way of saying thank you in Spanish is gracias, and it goes perfectly well in any situation. Whether you’re at work talking to your boss, your friend, a senior citizen or anyone else, gracias works perfectly well.
Gracias por la invitación a almorzar, jefe.
Thanks for inviting us to lunch, boss.
Gracias por las indicaciones, señor.
Thank you for the directions, mister.
Estoy bien; gracias por preguntar.
I’m good, thank you for asking.
Here is another way of saying thank you in Spanish. With muchas gracias (which translates to “thank you very much” or “thank you so much”) you can show a bit more gratitude because of the emphasizing quantity adverb muchas.
This phrase applies to practically any situation, and you will want to use it if you want to sound more polite.
Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad el fin de semana.
Thank you very much for your hospitality over the weekend.
Muchas gracias por haber venido a la función.
Thank you very much for coming to the show.
Muchas gracias por haberme enseñado a tomar fotos.
Thank you very much for teaching me how to take pictures.
Mil gracias can be literally translated to “a thousand thanks,” and it can be taken to mean “thank you so much.” You might think that this one is much more polite than muchas gracias, but they both sound great.
The difference will be dictated by the intonation rather than by the words. We use it often in Latin America.
Mil gracias por hacérmelo (o dejarme) saber.
Thank you so much for letting me know.
Mil gracias por responder a mi correo (electrónico).
Thank you so much for replying to my email.
Mil gracias por el regalo que me diste; estaba muy bonito.
Thank you so much for the gift you gave me. It was very pretty.
Gracias por Todo
Thanks for everything can be expressed as gracias por todo in Spanish. Just like in English, we use this phrase when we’re saying goodbye to someone who has been nice to us. Gracias por todo can have a casual connotation when used to say farewell to your friends after you’ve visited and spent a delightful evening with them.
It could also be used in heavyhearted situations such as emotional goodbyes. For instance, when a close friend moves abroad and you won’t see them for a long time.
Gracias por todo. La cena estuvo deliciosa.
Thanks for everything. Dinner was delicious.
Gracias por todo. Te voy a recordar siempre.
Thanks for everything. I will always remember you.
Gracias por todo lo que nos enseñó estos tres años, profe, no lo olvidaremos.
Thanks for everything you taught us these last three years, professor, we won’t forget you.
This means “thanks to”. In this case, we need to include a proper noun (such as a name) or a direct object pronoun (pronombres personales tónicos) right after the preposition a. If you’re still unsure of what I’m talking about, check out the following examples.
Conseguí este empleo gracias a ti también.
I got this job thanks to you too.
Tengo todo lo que tengo gracias a tu apoyo.
I have everything I’ve got thanks to your support.
Gracias a María estamos metidos en este gran problema.
We’re in big trouble thanks to María.
Gracias de antemano
Okay, I’ll admit this one is a bit different. What does de antemano mean? This one can be translated as thank you in advance. You’ll use this in more formal ways of communication. For example, when writing an email to your boss or writing a formal letter to an institution of some sort.
Gracias de antemano por leer mi carta.
Thank you in advance for reading my letter.
Gracias de antemano por adjuntar las fotografías que le solicité.
Thanks in advance for attaching the photographs I requested.
Gracias de antemano por su comprensión.
Thanks in advance for your comprehension.
Gracias por hacerme saber que…
Gracias por hacérmelo saber means thank you for letting me know. This one is a bit in between formal and not formal. You can use it with both friends and coworkers depending on the situation.
Gracias por hacerme saber que no vendrías el lunes.
Thanks for letting me know that you wouldn’t come on Monday.
Gracias por hacerme saber que Estefanía me traicionó.
Thanks for letting me know that Estefanía betrayed me.
No sabía que los reportes no estaban listos. Gracias por hacérmelo saber.
I didn’t know that the reports weren’t ready. Thanks for letting me know.
PRO TIP: When we use the phrase gracias por hacérmelo (with the -lo at the end) saber, it means that we’re referring to something previously mentioned (the fact that the reports weren’t ready, in this case). If we haven’t addressed anything yet, we simply say gracias por hacerme saber or gracias por dejarme saber.
¡Eres el mejor!
Wait, here it says you’re the best, doesn’t it? Yes, it does—but this is another way of thanking someone.
What if your friend picked you up when your car overheated and you couldn’t go anywhere? Or they stayed up all night studying with you even if they were already prepared for the exam? Aren’t they the best?!
¡Eres la mejor por haberme comprado el chocolate que me gusta!
You’re the best for getting me the chocolate bar I like!
¡Sos el mejor por haberme invitado a la pizza! Tenía mucha hambre.
You’re the best for treating me to pizza! I was very hungry.
Son los mejores por apoyarme siempre.
You’re the best for always supporting me.
(Reflexive Pronoun) + Agradezco.
The word agradezco is the conjugation for the verb agradecer in the first person. When we use it, it can be translated to I thank (this person). Before saying it, make sure you choose the necessary direct pronoun. Check out these examples.
Le agradezco por el consejo que me dio, fue muy útil.
I thank you for the advice you gave me—it was very useful.
Les agradezco por estar hoy aquí conmigo.
I thank you (all) for being here with me today.
Te agradezco sinceramente por nunca rendirte.
A heartfelt thank you for never giving up.
Se agradece is a somewhat impersonal way of saying thank you because it does not mention a direct subject for the action. It can be literally translated as the passive voice “it is thanked.” However, when speaking Spanish, people will understand it as a single “thanks.”
It may be considered a bit “cold” in comparison to other ways of expressing appreciation or gratitude.
Se agradece el gesto.
Thanks for the gesture.
Se agradece que hayas intentado alegrarme.
Thanks for trying to make me happy.
Se agradece de todas maneras.
Is this another way of saying thank you in Spanish? Technically not since it translates literally to “very lovely” or “very kind.” However, in Spanish we do use it in such a sense because it conveys the meaning of gratitude contained in the phrase “that’s very kind of you.”
Eres muy amable por ayudarme a cargar mis libros.
You’re very kind for helping me carry my books.
Muy amable, señorita.
That’s very kind, miss.
Es muy amable por ayudarme a encontrar el pasillo correcto.
You’re very kind for helping me find the right aisle.
De Nada or Por Nada
As you might already know, de nada is how Spanish-speakers say “you’re welcome.” Por nada is pretty much the same, with only a small tweak on the preposition. This is the most neutral answer to a thank you.
Simply say de nada when someone says gracias to you.
PRO TIP! You might want to avoid stating the reason why you’re thankful in Spanish since it may be perceived as sarcasm.
Cuando quieras means “whenever you want,” but if you translate it more semantically, it would be “anytime.” This is another great way to respond to a thank you in Spanish.
No hay problema
This is another way of replying to a thank you in Spanish. It means that “(there is) no problem.” So if someone says something like muy amable, you can reply by saying, no hay problema. This phrase is not informal but it is not highly formal either—so you wouldn’t want to use it with your boss, but rather with your friends or coworkers.
Slang to Say Thank You in Spanish and You’re Welcome
In Guatemala, you can thank your friends by saying buena onda por… This phrase sounds a bit like “it was cool that you…”
Unlike de nada, stating the reason why you’re thankful is not always considered sarcastic—it will depend on your tone.
You may try something like:
Buena onda por poner las sodas (gaseosas).
Thank you for paying for (or bringing) the soft drinks.
Dale literally means “give it” in Spanish. Argentinians use it a lot to mean something like “come on.” When speaking informally, though, you can tell someone de nada by saying dale, no te preocupes.
Take a look at these examples.
Buena onda por llevarnos al estadio.
Thanks for taking us to the stadium.
Dale, no te preocupés.
That’s cool—don’t worry about it.
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