Thanking someone in German

Thank you is one of the most important words to know in any language. Think about it … How often do you find yourself thanking someone every day? This shows you, how important these tiny little words and phrases actually are.

Today we want to take a look at how to say thank you and you’re welcome in German. Just like in English, in German there are many possibilities how to say thank you and you’re welcome. The two most basic ones are:

GermanEnglish
DankeThanks / Thank you
BitteYou’re welcome

However, based on that there are also many other possibilities how to thank someone and how to say you’re welcome in German – just like in English.

Let’s start with the ways to say thank you:

GermanEnglish
DankeThanks
DankeschönThank you
Vielen DankMany thanks
Danke sehrThank you very much

Just like with saying thank you, in formal situations you tend to use some of the versions at the bottom, while in informal situations you’ll most likely simply say “danke” .

Now, let’s have a look on how to say you’re welcome in German:

GermanEnglish
BitteYou’re welcome
BitteschönYou’re welcome
Bitte sehrYou’re welcome
GerneWith pleasure

Here again, in formal situations you tend to use some of the versions at the bottom, while in informal situations you’ll most likely simply say “bitte” .

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