86 new ways to say thank you and you’re welcome in French

Learning how to say thank you and you’re welcome in French should be one of your top priorities, whether you’re just visiting Paris for a week or are just starting your language-learning journey.

Unless you consider yourself to be a rude person (which we know you don’t!), thank you, and you’re welcome should be one of the first few words you learn in any new language. If you’ve just started learning French, we applaud you for taking the time to properly thank people and respond to them when they thank you.

If you’re just looking to survive in a French-speaking region, then learning how to say these two things will take absolutely no time. However, what’s the fun in learning a new language without exploring all the different variations of a specific word?

Just as in English, the French use countless variations to say thank you and you’re welcome. After all, language would be dull and transactional if you only used the exact same words over and over, right?

In this guide, we’ll show you dozens (More than 80!) of different ways to say thank you, and you’re welcome in French. We’ll include the IPA spelling as well as a pronunciation guide so you can start thanking people right away.

Read on to learn more!

Why you should learn how to say thank you in French

Woman saying thank you in French to cafe staff.

Before we keep going, you should know why learning to say thank you, and you’re welcome in French is such a good idea. At Berlitz, we strongly believe that learners should always be excited to learn a new language. This can be reflected in our online French classes, where our teachers always strive to find real-world applications to all our curricula.

Here are three of our top four reasons why you should know how to say thank you and you’re welcome (and at least a few variations!).

1. Make life interesting

We promise we’re not trying to be deep and philosophical here. But think about it—how boring would life be if we only had one word for each thing we wanted to say?

Variety is what keeps us on our toes. It helps us engage with people in genuine and meaningful ways instead of just operating like actors in a scripted play. Knowing how to say and understand several variations of words will allow you to break through and add some spice to your everyday life.

2. Help us express ourselves

Variety also helps us express ourselves with more sincerity. If you’re a laid-back person, you probably use variations like ‘no problem’ more often than ‘you’re welcome.’

Have you ever seen a small child try to be polite? You notice how forced it comes across? Of course, the child is trying their best as the parents are probably trying to drill politeness into the kid. Eventually, though, the child grows out of this awkward phase and starts using words expertly. You should also grow out of this awkward phase whenever you learn a new language.

Learning different ways of saying the same thing will definitely help you feel more comfortable as you speak a new language. It’ll help your personality come through, which will, in turn, help you claim ownership of the language as your own.

3. Adjust to context

How you say thank you and you’re welcome varies widely depending on who you’re speaking to. If you’re talking to a close friend, then you probably want to use some slang and more informal phrases. But if you’re talking to your boss—that’s a different story.

Learning a few ways to say thank you and you’re welcome will help you be more context-specific when you speak French with your friends, colleagues, and even strangers.

4. Be a more thoughtful person

Sometimes, a simple thank you goes a long way. Other times, it just doesn’t cut it. If a close friend did you a really big favor, the least you can do is thank them appropriately with your words.

By the same token, you also want to share that you were happy to help after doing your friend a favor. You don’t want to just say, “you’re welcome,” you want to say something like, “glad I could help!”

Even if minor, different words have nuances that make them unique. How you choose to express your feelings of gratefulness will affect how others perceive you, and knowing more variations will only allow you to be more thoughtful.

Woman saying thank you in French to her partner.

How to say thank you in French

You’ve probably already heard that merci is how you say thank you in French. However, there are dozens of ways to say the same thing beyond a simple merci. You can express different levels of gratefulness using different phrases, which will help you match your words to the action more accordingly.

So, whether you’re hoping to become a pro or simply want to learn some simple phrases like how to say “thank you, have a nice day” in French, we’ve got your back.

Here are over three dozen ways to express your thanks.

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
Thank youMercimɛʁsiMair-see
Thank you (emphasis on you)Merci à toimɛʁsi a twaMair-see ah too-ah
Thank you (emphasis on plural you)Merci à vousmɛʁsi a vuMair-see ah voo
Thank you very muchMerci beaucoupmɛʁsi bokuMair-see bo-coo
Thank you so muchUn immense merciɛ̃n‿ immɑ̃s mɛʁsiAhn e-mans mair-see
No thank youNon, mercinɔ̃ | mɛʁsiNoh mair-see
Okay thank youD’accord, mercidakɔʁ | mɛʁsiDah-corr mair-see
Thank you my friendMerci, mon amimɛʁsi | mɔ̃n‿ amiMair-see moh ah-me
Thank you, have a nice dayMerci, bonne journéemɛʁsi | bɔn ʒuʁneMair-see bon zhoor-nay
Thank you for everythingMerci pour toutmɛʁsi puʁ tuMair-see poor too
Thank you allMerci à tousmɛʁsi a tuMair-see ah too
Thank you, have a nice dayMerci, bonne journéemɛʁsi | bɔn ʒuʁneMair-see bon zhoor-nay
Thank you for your helpMerci pour votre aidemɛʁsi puʁ vɔtʁ‿ ɛdMair-see poor votr ed
Thank you for coming to see meMerci de venir me cherchermɛʁsi də vəniʁ mə ʃɛʁʃeMair-see de veh-neer may sher-shay
Many thanksBeaucoup de mercisboku də mɛʁsiBo-coop duh mair-see
A thousand thanksMille mercismil mɛʁsiMeal mair-see
Thank you a thousand timesMerci mille foismɛʁsi mil fwaMair-see meal foo-ah
A big thank youUn grand merciɛ̃ ɡʁɑ̃ mɛʁsiUh grand mair-see
Thank you for the giftMerci pour votre cadeaumɛʁsi puʁ vɔtʁə kadoMair-see poor votr ca-doh
Thank you for listeningMerci pour m’écoutermɛʁsi puʁ mekuteMair-see poor may-coo-tay
Thanks in advanceMerci d’avancemɛʁsi davɑ̃sMair-see dah-vahns
Thank you for your serviceMerci pour votre servicemɛʁsi puʁ vɔtʁə sɛʁvisMair-see poor votr ser-vis
Thank you for the mealMerci pour le repasmɛʁsi puʁ lə ʁəpaMair-see poor luh ruh-pah
Thank you my brotherMerci mon frèremɛʁsi mɔ̃ fʁɛʁMair-see moh frer
Thanks a lotMerci bienmɛʁsi bjɛ̃Mair-see be-ah
Infinitely thank youMerci infinimentmɛʁsi ɛ̃finimɑ̃Mair-see ah-fi-ni-mah
Thank you from the bottom of my heartMerci du fond du cœurmɛʁsi dy fɔ̃ dy kœʁMair-see doo fond doo corr
A big thanks to…Un grand merci à…ɛ̃ ɡʁɑ̃ mɛʁsi aUh grand mair-see a
Thank you, that means a lot to meMerci, ça compte beaucoup pour moimɛʁsi | sa kɔ̃t boku puʁ mwaMair-see sa compt bo-coo poor moo-ah
That’s very kindC'est gentilsɛ ʒɑ̃tiSay zhan-teal
It is very touchingÇa me touche beaucoupsa mə tuʃ bokuSa muh toosh bo-coo
Thank godDieu, mercidjø | mɛʁsiDiuh mair-see
Thank you, beautifulMerci, ma bellemɛʁsi | ma bɛlMair-see ma belle
Thank you, MrsMerci, Madamemɛʁsi | madamMair-see ma-dame
Thank you, SirMerci, Monsieurmɛʁsi | məsjøMair-see moh-see-uhr
Thanks toGrâce àɡʁas‿ aGrass ah

How to say thank you in French formally

Man saying thank you in French, formally.

If you’re in a business environment or anywhere you’d have to be formal and polite, you’ll want to be very careful with your words. A simple ‘thanks’ may not be the most appropriate way to thank a big client or your father-in-law, so knowing a few formal ways to say thank you will prevent you from making a faux-pas.

In general, the verb remercier is a lot more common when you’re trying to thank someone formally. You can think of it as the verb form of merci, as the words are very closely related. In fact, you can even spot merci in the verb remercier!

You can then conjugate remercier like any other regular verb to say things like “I thank you” (je te remercie). Of course, you can also use the formal vous to make things even more formal, but remercier works just fine with tu as well.

Let’s take a look at the table below to learn some formal ways to say thank you formally.

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
Thank youJe vous remercieʒə vu ʁəmɛʁsiZhe voo ruh-mur-see
Thank you (slightly less formal)Je te remercieʒə tə ʁəmɛʁsiZhe tuh ruh-mur-see
Thanks for comingJe vous remercie d’être venuʒə vu ʁəmɛʁsi dɛtʁə vənyZhe voo ruh-mur-see deh-truh veh-noo
With all my thanksAvec tous mes remerciementsavɛk tu me ʁəmɛʁsimɑ̃Ah-vec too meh ruh-mur-see-mah
That’s very kind of youC'est vraiment gentil de votre partsɛ vʁɛmɑ̃ ʒɑ̃ti də vɔtʁə paʁSeh vreh-mah zhan-teal duh voh-truh par
I send you my most sincere thanksJe vous adresse mes plus vifs remerciementsʒə vuz‿ adʁɛs me ply vif ʁəmɛʁsimɑ̃Zhe voos ah-dress meh ploos veefs ruh-mur-see-mah
Thank you for your businessNous vous remercions pour votre entreprisenu vu ʁəmɛʁsjɔ̃ puʁ vɔtʁ‿ ɑ̃tʁəpʁizNoo voo ruh-mur-see-oh poor voh-truh ah-ter-priss
(We) Thank you for your attentionNous vous remercions de votre attentionnu vu ʁəmɛʁsjɔ̃ də vɔtʁ‿ atɑ̃sjɔ̃Noo voo ruh-mur-see-oh duh voh-truh ah-ten-see-oh
I wanted to thank you for your attentionJe voulais vous remercier de votre attentionʒə vulɛ vu ʁəmɛʁsje də vɔtʁ‿ atɑ̃sjɔ̃Zhe voo-lay voo ruh-mur-see-eh duh voh-truh ah-ten-see-oh
Thank him on my behalfRemerciez-le de ma partʁəmɛʁsjelə də ma paʁRuh-mur-see-eh-luh duh ma par
Thank her on my behalfRemerciez-la de ma partʁəmɛʁsjela də ma paʁRuh-mur-see-eh-la duh ma par
I would like to send my thanks to him/herJe voudrais lui adresser mes remerciementsʒə vudʁɛ lɥi adʁɛse me ʁəmɛʁsimɑ̃Zhe voo-dray lui ah-dray-seh meh ruh-mur-see-mah
I am thankfulJe suis reconnaissantʒə sɥi ʁəkɔnɛsɑ̃Zhe sui ruh-co-neh-sah
I am thankful to youJe vous suis reconnaissantʒə vu sɥi ʁəkɔnɛsɑ̃Zhe voo sui ruh-co-neh-sah
I don’t have the words to say thanks to youJe n’ai pas les mots pour vous dire merciʒə ne pa le mo puʁ vu diʁ mɛʁsiZhe neh pa le mo poor voo dir mair-see
That’s very thoughtfulC’est très attentionnésɛ tʁɛz‿ atɑ̃sjɔneSay treh ah-tah-see-oh-nay
Thanks to your kind heartÀ votre bon cœura vɔtʁə bɔ̃ kœʁAh voh-truh boh corr
I want to express my gratitude to youJe tiens à vous exprimer ma gratitudeʒə tjɛ̃ a vuz‿ ɛkspʁime ma ɡʁatitydZhe tee-ah ah voo ex-pree-mer ma gra-tee-tood
I don’t know how I could thank youJe ne sais pas comment vous remercierʒə nə sɛ pa kɔmɑ̃ vu ʁəmɛʁsjeZhe nuh say pa co-mah voo ruh-mer-see-eh

How to say thank you in French slang

You cannot learn French without spending some time learning about French slang. From argot to verlan, there are many different informal ways to express gratitude.

Keep in mind that these are more suited for teenagers, young adults, and those with very relaxed personalities, so be careful not to say something that would seem out of character for you!

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
Thx (for texting)Mcimsi-
I owe you oneJe te dois une fière chandelleʒə tə dwa yn fjɛʁ ʃɑ̃dɛlZhe tuh duah oon fee-er shan-del
You’re the bestT’es le besttɛ lə bɛstTeh luh best
Thank you for the rideMerci pour la balademɛʁsi puʁ la baladMair-see poor la bah-lad

How to say thank you in Canadian French

If you’re wondering how French Canadians say thank you, you’re already thinking two steps ahead. Canadian French can be quite different from metropolitan French, and people in Québec tend to use words drastically different from those used in other francophone regions.

However, thank you is not one of those words. French Canadians say thank you just as French people do. So, if you’re wondering how to say thank you in Canadian French, rest assured that it is no different from standard French.

If you insist on making your French more Canadian, you can add a common Canadian French word after you say thank you. Something like merci, mon chum (thank you, my friend) would help you really nail down the Canadian French dialect.

Woman saying thank you in French to her friend when they get caught in the rain.

How to write a thank you note in French

The French are generally not the most expressive people. If you’ve studied the ways to express love in French, you know that they tend to be a lot more indirect with showing love, affection, and appreciation. The same is true for saying thank you, which is why sending thank you notes is not that common in France.

With that said, you can still send a thank you note to someone if you’re truly appreciative. It won’t raise any eyebrows, and the receiver will likely appreciate the gesture. Just don’t take it personal if you don’t receive any thank you notes from French people!

Here are some ways to write thank you notes for different occasions.

Example 1 - This is a letter you would write to a business colleague, client, or vendor who recently helped you in some capacity with a work project.

Dear *name*,
Thank you so much for your advice last week. I really appreciate everything you’ve done to help get this project moving forward.
Cher *name*,
Je vous adresse mes plus vifs remerciements pour vos conseils la semaine dernière. Je vous suis reconnaissant pour tout ce que vous avez fait pour aider à faire avancer ce projet.
Je vous prie d’agréer, cher *name*, l’expression de mes salutations distinguées.
*Your name*

Example 2 - 
This is something company management would write to attendees of a company event—in this case, a company anniversary party.

Dear *name*,
Thank you for being with us to celebrate the fourth anniversary of our business. We are very grateful for all the help.
Please accept our warm regards.
*Your name*
Cher *name*,
Merci d'être à nos côtés pour fêter le quatrième anniversaire de l'entreprise. Nous vous sommes reconnaissants de votre aide pour l’entreprise.
Nous vous prions d’agréer, cher *name*, l’expression de nos salutations dévouées.
*Your name*

Example 3 - 
This is a letter you would write to a good friend of yours, just as a token of your appreciation for helping you with something.

Helo *name*,
How are you? I hope you’re doing well.
I wanted to take the time to thank you one more time for all the help you’ve given me.
Best regards,
*Your name*
Salut *name*,
Comment ça va ? J'espère que tu passes du bon temps.
Je voulais prendre le temps de te remercier une fois de plus pour toute l’aide que tu m’as fourni.
Meilleures salutations,
*Your name*

Example 4 - 
This is a thank you note you would write to one of your favorite college professors—someone whose class you really enjoyed and want to thank tremendously.

Mrs/Mr *name*,
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for a great school year. I believe that your help has been truly helpful in my academic life.
Please accept my warmest regards.
*Your name*
Madame/Monsieur *name*,
Je tenais à vous remercier de tout mon cœur pour une grande année scolaire. Je crois que votre aide m’a été vraiment utile dans ma vie académique.
Je vous prie d’agréer, Madame/Monsieur *name*, l’expression de mes sentiments distingués.
*Your name*

How to say you’re welcome in French

Now that you know how to say ‘thank you’ in a million different ways, you need to make sure that your vocabulary is just as diverse when it comes to saying you’re welcome. Just as there are different levels of intensity to saying thank you, there are varying degrees to which you can say you’re welcome.

We’ll break down the different ways of saying you’re welcome into formal and informal phrases. As a bonus, we’ll include a fun and unique way to say you’re welcome in Canadian French! Keep reading.

Bartender saying, you're welcome in French.

You’re welcome in French formally

The formal way to say you’re welcome in French usually involves the verb prier. Although the word literally translates to “pray,” it more closely resembles the meaning of “beg.” It may sound dramatic to American ears, but in French it’s commonly used as a short way of telling someone “I beg you not to think too much of it” or “I beg you to stop thanking me.”

Keep in mind that both je vous en prie and je t’en prie can also mean “please,” especially in a situation where someone is providing a service.

Here are some formal ways to say you're welcome.

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
You’re welcomeJe vous en prieʒə vuz‿ ɑ̃ pʁiZhe voos ah pree
You’re welcome (slightly less formal)Je t'en prieʒə tɑ̃ pʁiZhe tah pree
Don’t worry about itNe vous en faites pasnə vuz‿ ɑ̃ fɛt paNuh voos ah fet pah
My pleasureAvec plaisiravɛk plɛziʁAh-vec pleh-seer
My pleasureÇa me fait plaisir sa mə fɛ plɛziʁSa muh feh pleh-seer
I should be the one thanking youC’est moisɛ mwaSay mua
It’s me who is thanking youC’est moi qui vous remerciesɛ mwa ki vu ʁəmɛʁsiSay mua key voo ruh-mer-see
Thanks to youMerci à vousmɛʁsi a vuMer-see ah voo
At your service (Switzerland)À votre servicea vɔtʁə sɛʁvisAh voh-truh ser-vees
You’re welcome (Belgium)S’il vous plaîtsil vu plɛSeel-voo pleh

You’re welcome in French informally

Informally, French can be just as creative as English when it comes to saying you’re welcome. The general gist of these phrases is to let the other person know that it's not a big deal or it’s nothing to thank you for. Just as in English, there are many ways to say no problem and you’re welcome.

Here are some of our favorite informal ways to say you’re welcome.

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
You’re welcomeDe riendə ʁjɛ̃Duh ree-ah
No problemPas de problèmepa də pʁɔblɛmPah duh proh-blem
It’s nothing at allC'est rien du toutsɛ ʁjɛ̃ dy tuSay ree-ah doo too
It’s nothingC’est n’est riensɛ nɛ ʁjɛ̃Say neh ree-ah
Don’t worry about itT’inquiètes pastɛ̃kjɛt paTahn-key-et pah
Nothing to thank me forIl n’y a pas de quoiil nj‿ a pa də kwaEel knee ah pah duh koo-ah
Of courseC’est normalsɛ nɔʁmalSay nor-mal
Don’t worry about itT’en fais pastɑ̃ fɛ paTah feh pah
Nothing to thank for my friendIl n'y a pas de quoi mon amiil nj‿ a pa də kwa mɔ̃n‿ amiEel knee ah pah moh ah-me

You’re welcome in Canadian French

If you’re visiting Québec for the first time, you need to prepare by learning a few French Canadian words and phrases to get you by. Otherwise, you’ll be struggling to understand what they’re trying to say as they tend to use words and phrases very differently from the rest of the Francosphere.

Saying you’re welcome is a perfect example of this. Instead of saying de rien or je vous en prie, the most common way to say you’re welcome in Canadian French is bienvenue. Yes, as in bienvenue à bord (welcome aboard) and bienvenue à Paris (welcome to Paris).

French Canadians tend to borrow words from English or use French words as if they were speaking English. This is one of those cases. Bienvenue is used to say you’re welcome in the same way “welcome” can be used in English.

The problem is, most non-Canadian French speakers would be wildly confused if they said merci and got hit back with a bienvenue. It just doesn’t work outside of Canada. But, now that you’re familiar with it, you won’t be surprised next time you visit Montréal or have a conversation with your French Canadian friends.

FAQs about saying thank you and you’re welcome in French

How do you reply to merci beaucoup?

The most common ways to respond to merci beaucoup are de rien and je vous en prie. Both mean you’re welcome, but the former is more informal while the latter is more polite and respectful.

Is merci bien grammatically correct?

Merci bien is a grammatically correct way to say thank you. It is slightly more formal than merci beaucoup, so it’s generally only used in situations where you want to be polite but not necessarily warm and fuzzy.

Can I just say merci?

Yes! Merci is by far the most common way of saying thanks in French, and you don’t need to follow it with anything else. A simple merci really goes a long way. If you want to sound more warm or happy, you can extend the -i at the end: merciiiiiii.

Merci for staying through the end!

If you’ve read the entirety of this blog, you’re now well-equipped to express sincere gratitude in French. With over 80 ways to say thanks and you’re welcome, you can now be exceptionally polite in your French conversations!

That’s the end of this blog, but make sure to check out our wonderful (and free!) French resources in our French blog.

As always, feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about learning French.

Merci a tous !

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