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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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Find another word for thanks. thanks*. interj. thank you, I thank you, much obliged, ta* (British). Thanks, I really appreciate you listening to my tale.

Worldly Ways To Say “Thank You”

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If you’ve seen any popular Japanese movie or TV show, you must have heard the word ‘arigatou’. ‘Arigatou’ is a fast and easy way to say Thank you in Japanese. Yet, there are even more ways to say Thank you and it depends a lot on who you say it to!

In Japan, your social status means a lot. And how you talk to people depends on where you stand in this social class. If you are talking to someone in a higher social class than you, you would use a more polite form of the phrase.

If you are talking to someone at the same or lower social level than you, you would use a more simple or casual phrase.

It can also change based on when you gave thanks. If you are giving thanks for something that happened in the past, then how you would say thank you also changes!

It can get complicated, but we have some great examples and sample audio to help you through this.

A Simple Thanks

This form is the one you hear in all the TV shows and movies. Arigatou (ありがとう) is a fast and easy way to say Thank you in Japanese. You should only use this when speaking to one of your peers and it’s somewhat casual.

For example, if one of your friends lends you a pencil, then you could say Arigatou (ありがとう) .

A Little Bit More Formal “Thank You Very Much”

If you need to emphasize your thanks, then you can use the phrase, “Doumo Arigatou” (どうもありがとう). This phrase is more formal than before. You could use this if someone did something that helped you a lot and it might have been an inconvenience for them.

If one of your friends woke up early in the morning to take you to the airport, that would deserve a “Doumo Arigatou” ( どうもありがとう).

Saying “Thank You” to your Superiors

What if your teacher came by and showed you how to solve a difficult math rpboelm? You would not want to use one of the phrases above. They are too casual for such a situation. “Arigatou Gozaimasu” (ありがとうございます) is the right phrase to use in such a situation.

This is the first form of thank you when speaking to someone in a higher social class than you in Japan. Other people that would fall under this category would be your boss or a policeman.

Saying “Thank you very much” to your Superiors

Your boss walks by your desk and gives you a promotion! She’s taking a big chance on you but knows you’ll succeed. Remember how adding “Doumo” to “Arigatou” emphasizes a thank you? You can do the same with “Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu” (どうもありがとうございます)!

Getting Casual

Sometimes even saying “Arigatou” is too much. Who has time to deal with four syllables? When you are in a rush or don’t want to put in the effort, a simple “Doumo” (どうも) will do the trick.

Be warned! Don’t use this phrase if you are talking to someone higher up than you! They could become offended that you didn’t take the time to thank them in the correct way. You can use this phrase with people lower than you as well, such as your younger sibling.

A slang form of “Thank you”

Slang language is words and phrases you would use in a very casual environment. In English, you wouldn’t use the word, “Yo” to your teacher. In Japan, there is a slang word for “Thank you” that you can use in very casual settings. A simple “Azasu” (あざす) will do the trick.

Saying “Thank you” for what happened in the past

Sometimes you forget to say “Thank you” or did not have the chance. If you need to say thanks for an event that happened in the past, you can use the phrase, “Arigatou Gozaimashita” (ありがとうございました). This is past tense version of the similar phrase you learned earlier. You can learn all about past tense usage in our Japanese lessons!

Did your friend throw an amazing party last week? Now is the time to say “Arigatou Gozaimashita” (ありがとうございました).

Thanking someone for fixing your mistake

People make mistakes. And then there are people kind enough to help fix those mistakes. If you find yourself in a situation where you failed and there is someone to help, you can say “Sumimasen” (すみません).

“Sumimasen” ( すみません) can mean “sorry” and “excuse me”. It can also mean “Thank you” when you are thanking someone for helping you pick yourself up off the ground.

An awe inspiring Thank You

When someone has done an act that amazes you, you need a phrase that captures your gratitude. “Osoreirimasu” (おそれいります) is a phrase you don’t want to use often. This phrase used for special occasions and for very formal situations.

Saying Thank You with Japanese text messaging

We all shorten our sentences when we’re texting, and Japanese is no different. Often you will see these different forms of the expressions above:

あざす or あーと or ありー are used as short forms of “Arigatou Gozaimasu” (ありがとうございます).

In English you can even type AZS which is short for azasu!

Sometimes, the rules don’t apply

Like any language, you sometimes need to bend the rules to fit the situation. The phrases you’ve learned are good to learn and the way to use them are straight forward. But the time will come where you may feel you need to use a certain phrase in a situation that isn’t described. That’s okay! Try it out!

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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.

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