LEARNING how to say thank you in Spanish is one of the most useful expressions you can add to your Spanish language skills. Who likes an ingrate, right? No one.

To say thank you in Spanish, you say Gracias. Gracias (pronounced grah-syas) is the plural of the word gracia, whose definitions range from grace to joke. Curious, isn’t it?

If you are very grateful, you can say muchas gracias. Muchas (pronounced moo-chahs) means a lot, many, much. So muchas gracias means thank you very much or many thanks. Even more grateful? You can say muchísimas gracias (pronounced moo-chee-see-mahss) or un millon de gracias (pronounced oon mee-yon deh grah-syas), which literally translates into a million thanks.

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Another way to say thank you in Spanish is a bit more of a tongue twister. Let’s say you are grateful for someone’s help – perhaps they saved you from hours of going in circles looking for that little out-of-the-way bar in Barcelona you heard so much about. You could say Le agradezco su ayuda I am grateful to you for your help. Le (leh) is you formal, which is proper to use when addressing a stranger. Agradezco (ah-grah-des-koh or, since we’re pretending to be in Spain, ah-grah-deth-koh, pronouncing the ‘z’ as if you have a lisp) is the first person conjugation of agradecer, the infinitive form and meaning to appreciate, to be grateful for. Su (soo) means your (formal). And ayuda (ah-yoo-dah) means help.

Don’t worry if you don’t dare to try that out when you need to say thank you in Spanish. A simple gracias – and a smile – will do!

 

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