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November 12, 2018 Teacher Thanks 1 comment

How to say thank you! List of 65 powerful ways to say Thank You in English with ESL pictures. Learn these thanks synonyms to enlarge your vocabulary and enhance your communication skill in English.

Thank You Synonym

Learn how to say thank you in English with pictures.

Ways to Say Thank You

1. Thanks

2. Many thanks

3. Thanks a lot

4. Thanks a bunch

5. Thank you very much

6. It’s very kind of you

7. I really appreciate it

8. Thank you for everything

9. I owe you one

10. I really appreciate your help

11. I’m so grateful

12. Thanks a million

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13. Thanks for everything

14. Thanks so much

15. I can’t thank you enough

16. I cannot express my appreciation

17. I appreciate your time

18. A million thanks to you

19. I owe you big time

20. I truly appreciate you

21. Thanks a ton

22. How thoughtful of you!

23. I’ll forever be grateful

24. Please accept my deepest thanks

25. You’re too kind

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26. You are an angel

27. You are the best

28. You have my gratitude

29. You made my day

30. You saved my day

31. You’re a dear

32. You’re a life saver

33. You’re awesome

34. You’re great

35. You’ve saved my life

36. Accept my endless gratitude

37. All I can say is, Thanks!

38. All my love and thanks to you

39. Consider yourself heartily thanked

40. How can I ever possibly thank you

41. How can I ever thank you enough

42. How can I show you how grateful I am?

43. I couldn’t have done it without you

44. I do not know what I would do without you

45. I don’t know what to say!

46. Oh, you shouldn’t have!

47. I humbly thank you

48. Please accept my best thanks

49. I’m grateful for your assistance

50. I’m really grateful for your help

51. It is hard to find words to express my gratitude

52. It was so awesome of you

53. I really appreciate everything you’ve done

54. I really want to thank you for your help

55. I thank you from the bottom of my heart

56. I thank you most warmly

57. I want you to know how much I value your support

58. I wanted to thank you as soon as possible

59. I will never forget what you have done

60. I wish to thank everyone who pitched in

61. If anyone deserve thanks, it’s you

62. Your generosity overwhelms me

63. What would I do without you?

64. Words can’t describe how thankful I am

65. My gratitude knows no bounds.

How Say Thank You Pictures

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Learn how to say thank you with American English pronunciation.

It’s important to show thanks when someone does something for you, or gives you something. But what we say depends on the person and situation. Here’s how to say thank you in different situations.

Common ways to say thank you

Thanks / Thank you
A: “Can I get you another coffee?”
B: “Thanks” / “Thank you!”

A: “You look great in that dress!”
B: “Thanks!”

Thanks / Thank you you very much!
A: “I booked your table for dinner.”
B: “Thank you very much!”

Thanks a lot!
A: “I saved you the last chocolate!”
B: “Thanks a lot!”

Be careful with the intonation of “Thanks a lot”. If you speak with a lower voice, “thanks a lot” can sound like you’re not happy at all and the “thanks” sounds sarcastic. Here’s an example.

A: “Sorry, but we didn’t save you any chocolate.”
B: “Oh, thanks a lot.”

Ta (British English, pronounced /tar/)
A: “Here’s your tea.”
B: “Ta!”

Ta very much
A: “I ordered you a cheese sandwich. Hope that’s OK.”
B: “Ta very much!”

Thanks ever so much (British English)
A: “I got you the paper you wanted.”
B: “Thanks ever so much!”

Note: “Thanks ever so much” is considered non-standard English, but you’ll hear it a lot in the UK.

Cheers! (British English, used both in speaking and in emails)
“Cheers!” (when someone holds the door open for you, for example)

More formal ways to say thank you

Thank you so much
“Thank you so much for coming to the meeting tonight.” (spoken to a group of people)

“That’s really kind of you. Thank you so much!”

Much obliged (Often used when we’re expecting a particular “service” as part of normal behaviour)
(Shop assistant) “I’ve put your refund back on to your credit card.”
(You) “Much obliged!”

I appreciate it
“Thank you for your help. I greatly appreciate it.”

Thank you for your kind words
A: “You’re one of the best teachers I’ve had!”
B: “Thank you for your kind words.”

How to say thank you to a friend

Great / Brilliant / Wonderful. Thanks!
A: “I’ve got us tickets for the concert.”
B: “Brilliant, thanks!”

Thanks – you’re a star!
A: “I’ll look after your kids for you if you want to go shopping.”
B: “Thanks – you’re a star!”

Cheers!
A: “I’ll get this round in.” (i.e. at a pub)
B: “Cheers!”

Nice one! (typically British English)
A: “I booked the restaurant for this evening.”
B: “Nice one!”

How to say thank you to a colleague at work

I owe you one! (Informal, meaning “I owe you a favour now”.)
A: “Dave asked me where you were, but I said you were with a client.”
B: “Thanks! I owe you one!”

I appreciate it
“Thanks for covering for me yesterday. I appreciate it!”

I’m very thankful to you for…
“I’m very thankful to you for helping me with the presentation. It made a huge difference.”

How to say thank you in a card

Thank you so much for …
“Thank you so much for helping us when Sue was ill.”

You can continue with:

“I was really touched by …”
… your kindness
… your thoughtfulness
… your help
… your support

I really appreciate it
“Thank you so much for looking after my grandmother in hospital. I really appreciate it.”

How to say thank you for money

It’s really kind / generous of you
A: “I can lend you the money you need, if you like.”
B: “Thank you! That’s really generous of you.”

How to say thank you for a present

When you write a thank you letter or card for a gift you’ve received, you should aim to write a few sentences. For example:

Thank you very much for the present / gift you sent me

Then give some more details, such as:
It’s absolutely beautiful.
It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time.
It’s just the right colour / size, etc.

You can continue with:
It was very generous of you.
I’ll think of you every time I use it.

When you’re face to face you can say:

Oh you shouldn’t have!
A: “I got you this for your birthday.”
B: “Oh you shouldn’t have!”

How to say thank you for help / support / hospitality

Thank you so much for all your help
“Thank you so much for all your help when we were restructuring the department. It made things a lot easier.”

I don’t know what I would have done without you
“You’ve really helped me out over the last few weeks. I don’t know what I would have done without you.”

You don’t know how much it meant to me
“Thank you so much for organising the flowers for the funeral. You don’t know how much it meant to me.”

Thank you for all / everything you have done
“Thank you for everything you’ve done in the last month. You’ve made my life so much easier!”

Thanks for everything
“We had such a lovely holiday with you. Thanks for everything!”

Thanks for being there (for me)
I just wanted to say thank you for all your help recently. Thanks for being there for me!”

I’m really / very grateful
“I’m really grateful to you for all your help this last week.”

How to say thank you to a group

Thank you everybody
“Thank you everybody for making the launch such a success!”

Thanks everyone
“Thanks everyone for coming.”

I’d like to thank you all
“I’d like to thank you all for your help in getting the office ready for the party.”

How to say thank you to a client

Thank you for taking the time…
“Thank you for taking the time to see me today.”

Thank you for your (continued) support
“Thank you for your support during our recent merger.”

I greatly appreciate
“I greatly appreciate all your feedback.”

We are very grateful to you
“We are very grateful to you for your continued support.”

In emails

Here are some ways to say thank you:

Many thanks for
“Many thanks for getting back to me.”

Just wanted to say thanks
“Just wanted to say thanks for the lovely meal last night.”

I can’t thank you enough for…
“I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to…”

Saying Thank You Quiz

Level: Elementary and above

1. You have a very heavy suitcase and someone helps you to carry it. You say to the person
2. You help someone with a heavy bag. They say ''thank you'' and you reply
3. A friend gives you his umbrella when he sees that you're going out when it's raining. You say:
4. You're in a department store and the store assistant asks you if you'd like to try a new perfume sample. You say:
5. Someone writes you an email with the answer to a question you asked. You reply to their email and say:
6. You are really busy at work, but your colleague tells your boss in a meeting that you should start a new project. You are angry and say to your colleague after the meeting:
7. Someone gives you a big or unexpected gift and you feel a bit embarrassed. You say:
8. You're in a street and notice that the person in front has dropped a wallet. You pick it up and give it to the person who says to you ''Ta very much!'' You reply:
9. You suddenly realise that you forgot to post a letter. Your friend says that he'll post it for you because he's going to the post office. You say to your friend:
10. When you want to say more than just ''thank you'' you can say:

You can find everything from formal ways to say thank you in a business email You've really inspired me. I have so much gratitude for you.

Saying thank you is a simple and often overlooked way to show someone how much they mean to you. The gesture is made even more special when you’ve taken the time to include a small gift and handwrite a nice message in order to express your gratitude.

We’ve shared some of our favorite ways to say thank you that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

To say thank you for a thoughtful gift

Did you just have a birthday, wedding or baby shower and want to thank your party guests for showering you with gifts? A thoughtful note is a great way to share your gratitude. Make the sentiment really special by telling them specifically how they’ve brightened your day. Don’t be afraid to have some fun or admit how excited you are to use their gift!

Start your letter with one of these sentiments:

  • I just wanted to write to say thanks a bunch for the gift!
  • Thank you for the beautiful blouse, I can’t wait to wear it this weekend.
  • Thank you for coming to my birthday party, it was more special getting to celebrate with you.
  • The new picture frame will look perfect in my college dorm room, thank you!
  • This is exactly what I’ve been wanting, thank you so much for getting it for me.
  • Thank you for the gift card, it will help me get everything I need for my upcoming move.
  • The coffee mug you sent is so me. Thank you for making my mornings brighter.
  • I’m so grateful for the housewarming gift you sent, our place is one step closer to feeling like home because of it.
  • I know you spent a lot of time picking out the perfect gift for me and I feel blessed to have such a thoughtful friend in my life.

To express your gratitude for a kind deed

Whether a friend, family member or stranger has gone out of their way for you, surprise them with a small gift to show that their kind deed didn’t go unnoticed! A candle or incense are both inexpensive options to add to your thank you note for a little something extra.

You can customize one of these for your situation:

  • I can’t even begin to explain how much your help meant to me.
  • Thank you for always stepping in to help when I need you most.
  • Thank you for taking the time to help me, it really meant a lot.
  • Thank you for sharing your home with me, I had such a great time catching up.
  • My stomach (and I) want to thank you for that delicious meal.
  • You made me feel so at home that I forgot I wasn’t! Thank you for having me.
  • Thank you for putting a roof over my head this weekend, it was so kind to invite me into your home.
  • Thank you for hosting my event, my day just wouldn’t have been the same without you!
  • Thank you for the raving letter of recommendation, I can’t wait to start my new job.

To tell a friend “thank you for being you”

They are your partner in crime and have your back no matter what. Let your bestie know how much they mean to you by putting together a gift basket that’s just for them. Customize it with their favorite drink, a gift card to that boutique they always talk about, or items like bubble bath, an eye mask and slippers for a relaxing night in. Play with silly puns or recount your favorite memory with them to show how much their friendship means to you.

Here are some other ways to let a friend know how great they are:

  • Have a drink on me.
  • You’re a peach! Thanks for your help.
  • Where would I be without a friend like you?
  • What you did for me was kind of a big deal. Thank you.
  • How did you become so wise? Thanks again for all of your advice.
  • You are my angel, thank you for your kindness and compassion.
  • You know all my secrets and weird quirks, yet you’re still my bestie. Thank you.
  • I don’t say it enough, but I just wanted to say thank you for always having my back.
  • Do you have to train to be so amazing? Because you are definitely the best friend anyone could ask for!
  • You’re my partner in crime, thanks for always supporting my crazy ideas!
  • You are a ray of sunshine to me and everyone else around. Thank you for brightening my day!
  • Words can’t even express my thanks, but I hope this gift will help show you how grateful I am for a friend like you.
  • Thank you for helping me through that difficult time. If you ever need a shoulder to cry on, I have two for you.

To say thank you to your significant other

Do you have a spouse or significant other that is always surprising you with kind acts? Take the time to tell them how much you love them by baking a sweet treat or buying them their favorite dessert. Add a short note with three reasons why they are amazing and watch their smile light up the room.

Get inspired to tell your sweetie how much you love them with one of these kind thoughts:

  • I appreciate you.
  • I’d be lost without you.
  • You make my heart smile.
  • Thank you for being my superhero!
  • How can I make your day amazing?
  • How did I get so lucky? I’m so grateful you choose to be with me.
  • I have a big bear hug waiting for you the next time I see you!
  • You’re the sweetest! Thank you for everything you do!
  • I already made dinner tonight, thank you for being so wonderful.
  • When I think about things I’m grateful for, you are always on the list.
  • It’s a rare thing to find someone as generous and kind as you. Thank you.
  • Thank you for supporting my dreams, no matter what. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.
  • Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more, you did that. Thank you for being so amazing!

To say thank you to your boss or colleague for their support

There are a few different moments when it’s appropriate to take the time to tell your boss or colleagues how much you appreciate them and their work. Maybe you just finished a project that you know you couldn’t have done without a co-worker’s expertise or your manager just lent valuable advice. Say thank you by giving some savory snacks to the person that needs a mid-afternoon pick me up or a new coffee mug to the early riser.

Here are a few ideas for telling someone that you are grateful for their contributions:

  • Thank you for helping me with this project.
  • Thanks again for meeting with me today.
  • Thank you for taking the time to explain this.
  • Thank you for leading by example.
  • Thank you for being such a great leader. The other team members and I are really inspired by your actions.
  • I truly enjoy being a part of your team.
  • Thank you for being such an inspiration to me and others around you.
  • Thank you for entrusting me with this project.
  • I appreciate your dedication.
  • Thank you for sharing your honest feedback about the project.
  • We are grateful for your dedication to the team and company.
  • Thank you for making this such an awesome place to work every day!
  • Thank you for having confidence in my abilities.
  • I really appreciate your flexibility and willingness to work with me on this.
  • Thank you for the opportunity to work here. I will do my very best to exceed your expectations of my abilities.
  • Thank you for your email, it was really appreciated.
  • Thanks for your attention on the matter.
  • I want to express my gratitude for everything that you’ve helped me achieve here.
  • I appreciate you considering me for this position. I look forward to hearing from you.
  • Thank you for sharing your opinion. I value your honesty and will respond as quickly as possible.
  • Thank you for always going above and beyond to ensure the success of a project.
  • I appreciate your hard work and want you to know it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Other ways to say thank you in any occasion

The great thing about saying thank you, is that it just needs to be sincere to matter. For those times where a simple, heartfelt reminder of your gratitude is all that’s needed, these will do the trick:

  • I appreciate what you did.
  • Thank you for thinking of me.
  • Thank you for your time today.
  • I value and respect your opinion.
  • I am so thankful for what you did.
  • I wanted to take the time to thank you.
  • I really appreciate your help. Thank you.
  • Your kind words warmed my heart.
  • I just want to say thanks for helping me with my project.
  • It was so nice to hear from you. Thank you for reaching out.
  • Thanks a lot for your help – I couldn’t have done it without you!

If you really want to make someone’s day, include a gift basket or some tasty treats that you picked out just for them to enjoy. No matter how you say it or what gift you surprise someone with, they are sure to appreciate your gratitude.

Click here to download our free printables that will give you nine great ways to say thank you, like with a gift tag or coffee sleeve!

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Let’s play a little game.

I want you to count how many ways you can say thank you in different languages.

Go on, take out your fingers and start counting!

Merci. Arigato. Gracias. Kamsahamnida. Xie xie. Danke

Still counting?

You might be surprised how many languages you can say thank you in, even if you don’t actually speak those languages.

It’s easy to understand why the words thank you are often among the first few words you learn in any language.

A simple thank you is the most basic form of politeness, recognized all over the world.

It’s amazing how those two words can open many doors, connecting you to people everywhere.

Often, there are different ways of saying thank youin one language. This is definitely true of the English language.

Today I’ll be showing you many interesting words and phrases you can use for expressing your thanks in English. But before that, let’s look at how you may choose to communicate your thanks.


How to Best Communicate Your Thanks

Thanking someoneface-to-face is often considered the most sincere and personal way of communicating your gratitude (appreciation).

However, it’s not always possible to thank someone in person. Maybe it’s inconvenient to meet, or maybe they’re far away. Not to worry, though, there’s always the phone. While texting is also an option, calling someone to thank them directly will probably appear to be much more personal and sincere.

When dealing with official matters, such as after a job interview or a conversation with a company or business, it’s best to say thanks in writing, either in an email or letter. According to a survey reported in Business News Daily, sending a thank-you email within 24 hours of a job interview could increase your chances of getting the job.

When you receive a gift or invitation from someone, it’s always a nice personal gesture to send them a thank-you card with a hand-written message. The Today.com article “6 right ways to say thank you (in a note)” offers tips on how to write the perfect thank-you note.

Of course, mastering customs like this in a different language is always a little difficult. FluentU is a great tool to learn how native English speakers say “thank you” sincerely and in different situations. FluentU provides real-world English videos, like TV clips, dialogues, commercials and more—then transforms them into personalized language lessons.

Watch this cute cartoon to hear a couple of different ways to say “thank you” (both of which we’ll cover below). If you sign up for a FluentU account, you’ll get tons of extra learning features while you watch. For instance, you can click any word in the interactive subtitles for an instant definition. FluentU will also show you other videos that have the word, so you know how to use it in any context. Check out the full video library to learn ways to say “thank you” and much more just like native speakers do.

25 Ways to Say “Thank You” in English

Right, so let’s now look at 25 different ways to say thank you in English. After that, we’ll also look at five ways to respond when someone thanks you. Are you ready?

Thanking someone casually

The checkout clerk rings up your items at the grocery store. Your friend or co-worker hands you a cup of coffee or a sandwich. A random stranger gives you directions for getting to the nearest train station. What do you say?

Below is the simplest and most basic way of saying thanks. You can’t go wrong with this. It’s suitable for both casual and formal situations.

(1) Thank you.

Below is a shorter, more casual form of thank you that you could use with friends, family and peers.

(2) Thanks!

To emphasize (stress) your thanks, you could say:

(3) Thanks so much.

With close friends and family, you could use this even more casual version:

(4) Thanks a million.

When someone has done you a favor

When someone does you a favor (helps you with something), they’re often not only willing to help but sometimes they may even offer to help without you asking. For example, you might request help with your class project from another student, or your neighbor might offer you a ride to the train station if it’s raining or snowing outside.

Here’s how you can thank them for their kindness and help:

(5) That’s very kind of you.

Or, if they made your day a little less unpleasant and more bearable (by keeping you from getting caught in the rain or snow, for example):

(6) You made my day.

Or, if you want to thank them for being such a wonderful and caring person:

(7) You’re awesome!

When someone does something unexpected for you

Has someone ever done something for you that you didn’t expect? Your brother who never cleans his own room offers to clean your house and do your errands after noticing how busy you are. Your friend drives 100 miles to visit and bring you a housewarming gift after you move to your new job in another city. Surely that would have you both surprised and grateful at the same time.

You could even be so surprised at someone’s thoughtful words or actions that you simply can’t find the words to thank them enough. In that case, you could say:

(8) I don’t know what to say!

Though you may be pleasantly surprised, you may also be feeling a little awkward or shy about someone having gone out of their way to be so thoughtful towards you in their words or actions. Here are a couple ways to express that feeling:

(9) Oh, you shouldn’t have!

(10) How thoughtful of you!

When someone has helped you achieve an important goal

Achieving success or an important goal isn’t always easy. Oftentimes, it’s the encouragement and support of people around you that push you to succeed. Maybe it’s your parents who have cheered you on, your friends who have been there for you or your team members who have put in their time and effort.

Here are some ways to thank those people who have played a part in your success:

(11) I couldn’t have done it without you.

(12) I really want to thank you for your help.

(13) I really appreciate everything you’ve done.

When someone has helped you through tough times

We all know what a relief it is when someone comes to your assistance during tough (bad) times. Whether you lost your job, were hit by a natural disaster (like an earthquake or flood) or had to deal with financial (money) issues, you’re grateful to people who reach out to help.

To tell them how much you value their support, you could say:

(14) I’m really grateful for your help.

(15) This means a lot to me.

(16) Thanks for having my back.

When someone has your back it means that person is there watching out for your well-being and supporting you.

This is the phrase you would use to thank someone you feel indebted to (feel you owe something) and hope to repay someday when you get the chance:

(17) I owe you one.

Thanking someone for something specific

To thank those who have shared their knowledge, wisdom and experience with you, you could say:

(18) Thank you for your guidance.

(19) Thanks for explaining this to me.

To thank someone for visiting your house, office, etc. to see you in person, you could say:

(20) Thank you for stopping by.

If you’re thanking someone for something specific that they’ve done for you, be sure to mention what it is so that they know exactly what you’re thanking them for.

For example, you could say:

(21) Thanks for [finding my dog].

Feel free to adapt this phrase to your needs.

Thanking someone formally

When you’re dealing with companies, businesses or official matters, you may want your message to sound more formal. To thank someone for responding to you, you could say:

(22) Thank you for contacting me.

(23) Thank you for your prompt reply.

You can also use formal words like appreciate and grateful to show your thanks. The word feedback is similar in meaning to “reply” or “response,” and assistance is a more formal word for “help.”

Here are some examples of how you could use those words:

(24) I appreciate your feedback.

(25) I’m grateful for your assistance.

How to respond when someone says “thank you”

Now that you’ve learned many ways to thank someone, what do you say when someone thanks you for something you’ve done for them?

While this is the most formal way to respond, it can also be used in casual situations:

You’re welcome.

In casual and less formal settings such as with friends, family or even strangers, you could say:

Don’t mention it.

No worries.

Not at all.

If someone thanks you for a meal or a service, you could express that you’re pleased that you’ve had the opportunity to dine or work with them by saying:

It’s my pleasure.

With this long and varied list of words and phrases in your vocabulary, you can now begin adapting them to your own use.

Whenever you come across other ways of saying thank you, be sure to take note and practice using them.

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125 Other Ways to Say Thank You

‘Thank you’ is one those phrases that makes both the speaker and listener happy. Saying ‘thank you’ to express our gratitude makes us feel happy that we’ve recognized someone’s good deeds, and likewise, being appreciated for your help makes the person being thanked happy. ‘Thank you’ in Korean serves the same purpose, and similar to English, there is more than one way of saying ‘thank you’ in Korean, so let’s find out.

In this article, we’ll explore three levels of formality when saying thank you in Korea. Then, we’ll help you learn a few useful phrases you can use in response to someone saying “thank you” in Korean.

Two formal ways of saying ‘thank you’ in Korean

There are two standard ways of saying thank you in Korean.

  • 감사합니다 (gam-sa-ham-ni-da),
  • 고맙습니다 (go-map-seup-ni-da).

Both mean the same, and they’re both very commonly used.

When to use it

We use these expressions when expressing our gratitude to people we aren’t familiar with, or with people who are older and/or are senior in rank in an organization. So if you want to say ‘thank you’ in Korean to a stranger, to your grandparents, or to the CEO of your workplace, you can say 감사합니다 or 고맙습니다.

Although both mean the same and are commonly used in Korea, people often say that 감사합니다 is more formal than 고맙습니다, so it is a little more common to say 감사합니다 than 고맙습니다 when you want to say ‘thank you’ in a formal situation.

An even more formal ‘thank you’ (though rarely used)

Now although an average Korean learner is unlikely to say this, there is actually an even more formal way of saying ‘thank you’ in Korean:

The meaning

대단히 means ‘very much’, ‘greatly’, and ‘extremely’, and when this word combines with thank you 감사합니다 and becomes 대단히 감사합니다, it means ‘thank you very much’ or ‘I’m really grateful to you’. 대단히 is commonly used with 감사합니다, but it’s rarely used with 고맙습니다.

When to use it

Okay, so when do people say 대단히 감사합니다? In what kind of situation would people say this extremely formal version of thank you in Korean?

Now, imagine that you’re a real estate agent, and you’re hosting an open house. Not many people have showed up, but all of a sudden, in comes your first customer. To say ‘thank you very much for coming’ in Korean, you could say ‘와 주셔서 대단히 감사합니다.’ (wa-ju-syu-seo gam-sa-ham-ni-da). 와 주셔셔 means ‘for coming’, or ‘because you came’, so the whole phrase means ‘thank you very much for coming’.

Polite way of saying ‘thank you’ in Korean

Although there are two formal ways of saying ‘thank you’ in Korean, only one of those can be conjugated into a polite form of ‘thank you’.

We can change 고맙습니다 to…

When to use it

This is a polite way of saying thank you in Korean. However, ‘고마워요’ has limited uses. It’s too formal to use with friends, and it’s not formal and polite enough to use with people who you’ve just met, people who are older than you, or people who are senior in rank than you in an organization.

So when can we use 고마워요? 고마워요 is commonly used with colleagues who you are familiar with, or are of the same level as you in a work environment because it’s important to be polite and maintain a level of respect at work. You can also use 고마워요 with people whom you’ve met a few times and are of the same age, and you may also use 고마워요 to people who are younger than you because you want to be polite.

Casual ‘thank you’ in Korean

When speaking Korean, it’s important to know when to use the formal language and the polite language. However, it’s just as important to know when to use the casual language. Like the polite form of thank you in Korean, we can conjugate 고맙습니다 to make the casual form of ‘thank you’ in Korean, and it’s…

When to use it

고마워 is casual and informal, and it means ‘thanks’. This casual form of Korean is often called ‘반말‘ (ban-mal).

반말 is a form of language that’s only used with people who you are close to, such as friends or your siblings, and using 반말 can come across very impolite when used with people you shouldn’t be using it with. 고마워 is also used with people who are younger than you but only if you are familiar with them or the person who’s younger than you is a child. 고마워 is never used between two adults who aren’t familiar with each other, even if there is a big age gap between the two people. This is because, as mentioned already, it can come across very rude and it’s important to be respectful when speaking to people in Korea.

Modifying ‘thank you’ in Korean

We’ve already learned to modify 감사합니다 with 대단히, but 대단히 is very formal, and it’s only used to modify the formal thank you 감사합니다 – and quite frankly, an average Korean learner is unlikely to use this word.

However, we can also modify the polite form 고마워요, the casual form 고마워, and the formal 감사합니다 and 고맙습니다 with the words 정말 (jung-mal) which means ‘really’. So we can say:

  1. (Formal) 정말 감사합니다/고맙습니다 – really thank you,
  2. (Polite) 정말 고마워요 – really thank you,
  3. (Casual) 정말 고마워 – really thanks.

Additionally, we can use modifiers ‘진짜‘ (jin-Jja) which also means ‘really’:

  1. (Formal) 진짜 감사합니다/고맙습니다 – really thank you,
  2. (Polite) 진짜 고마워요 – really thank you,
  3. (Casual) 진짜 고마워 – really thanks.

And ‘너무‘ (neo-mu), meaning ‘too’:

  1. (Formal) 너무 감사합니다/고맙습니다 – thank you so much,
  2. (Polite) 너무 고마워요 – thank you so much,
  3. (Casual) 너무 고마워 – thank you so much.

Although the English ‘too’ is often used to express something negative, as in ‘too expensive’ or ‘too hot’, this use of ‘너무’ in Korean is used to express that someone feels grateful very much.

Now, so far we’ve learned the two forms of thank you in Korean 감사합니다 and 고맙습니다, the three different levels of formality and how we can conjugate 고맙습니다, and the modifiers we can use with ‘thank you’ in Korean. Let’s now look at how we can respond to someone saying ‘thank you’.

‘You’re welcome’ in Korean

If you type, ‘you’re welcome’ in a dictionary, you will learn that the Korean version of ‘you’re welcome’ is…

천만에요 is a VERY formal way of responding to someone saying thank you, and unless you’re in an incredibly formal setting, you’re unlikely to use this phrase – even Koreans rarely use this phrase.

A more common, yet still formal way of responding to someone saying ‘thank you’ is…

  • 별말씀을요 (byul-mal-sseum-eul-yo).

‘별말씀을요’ means ‘don’t mention it’. This phrase is formal and more commonly used than 천만에요.

Finally, the most commonly used response to ‘thank you’, which is less form, but a polite response, is…

‘아니에요’ means ‘not at all’, and of all the three phrases, this is the most commonly used expression when responding to ‘thank you in Korean’, mainly because it can be used in less formal settings.

So the three responses to thank you are:

  1. (Formal) 천만에요 – you’re welcome,
  2. {Formal} 별말씀을요 – don’t mention it,
  3. (Polite) 아니에요 – not at all.

Great, before we end this article on ways to say ‘thank you’ in Korean, here’s a bonus expression. When someone offers something, and we want to say ‘no’, in English it’s common to say ‘no thank you’. So how do we say this in Korean?

‘No, thank you’ in Korean

In Korean, there are two common ways to say ‘no thank you’ and one of them we’ve learned already.

The first way to say ‘no thank you’ is…

아니에요, which we can use in response to someone saying ‘thank you’, can also be used to say ‘no, thank you’. 아니에요 is the polite form, and we can conjugate it to a more formal form ‘아닙니다’ (a-nim-ni-da).

The second way of saying ‘no thank you’ in Korean is…

괜찮아요 means ‘that’s okay’. This expression can also be conjugated to 괜찮습니다 (gwen-chan-seum-ni-da) to become a more formal form.

The two forms of ‘no, thank you’ are commonly used, and you can use the formal and less formal forms, depending on who you’re speaking to.

Wrap up!

So in Korean, there are four levels of formality when saying thank you in Korean.

  1. Formal thank you: 감사합니다, 고맙습니다.
  2. Polite thank you: 고마워요
  3. Casual thank you: 고마워

It’s very important that you know which one to use with whom, as it can save you from a potential embarrassment for yourself, and from offending someone unintentionally.

We also learned a super formal way of saying ‘thank you’ in Korean – 대단히 감사합니다.

Then, we learned three ㅡ modifiers we can use to emphasize how thankful we are. And lastly, we learned three ways of saying ‘you’re welcome’ and two ways of saying ‘no, thank you’ in Korean as well.

Remember, practice is everything when learning a language – so don’t forget to practice Korean daily with the Clozemaster app! 감사합니다 for reading this article!


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    JurgNovember 18, 2018 11:29 PM

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