How to say "Thank you" and "You're welcome" in German in 6 Different Ways

Easy German Phrases: How to say “Thank you” and “You’re welcome” in German

“Thank you” and “You’re welcome” must be the most common phrases in our life, except perhaps “Hello”. While you’re learning a new language, these two are definitely on your list of “10 Must-Know Phrases”.

Today, we’re going to learn how to say “Thank you” and “You’re welcome” in GERMAN.

German phrases for saying thanks

First, let’s have a look at ‘Thank you’. Literally, the verb ‘thank’ in German is ‘danken’ (to thank). So to say ‘thank you’ in German, it always involves this word and its variations. Here are 6 common ways to say it:

1. Danke!

The most common way to say “thanks”.

2. Vielen Dank!

This one expresses more gratitude, which means “thanks a lot”. And literally, it can be translated into “many thanks”.

3. Danke schön! or Danke sehr!

Both “Danke schön” and “Danke sehr” mean “Thank you very much”.

“Schön” actually means “beautiful, pretty”. “Sehr” means “very much, a lot”.

4. Tausend Dank!

Use this to express your million thanks! “Tausend” is the German word for “thousand”. They look quite alike, don’t they? Just because it’s less than a million does not mean less gratitude!

5. Ich danke Ihnen.

A more formal form of “thank you”. “Ich” means “I”, and “Ihnen” is the polite form of “you” in the dative case. So the sentence means “I thank you (formal)”. By changing “Ihnen” to “dir”, you get the casual form of this expression.

6. Ich bin Ihnen sehr dankbar.

Means “I am very grateful to you”. “Dankbar” is the adjective form of “danken”, which means “thankful” or “grateful”, and “bin” equals “am”.

You can also add a “für” after this sentence to name the exact things you’re grateful to. E.g. Ich bin Ihnen sehr dankbar für Ihre Hilfe. = I am very grateful to you for your help.

German phrases for saying “you’re welcome”

Now if you helped others and received a ‘Danke’, how should you reply it? Let’s find out the ‘You’re welcome’ expressions in German:

1. Bitte.

This work is one of the first words you would learn in a German textbook. “Bitte” has multiple meanings in German. When we hear someone say “Danke”, answering with “bitte” is very common. It means “You’re welcome”. According to the situation, “bitte” can also be used to say “please”, “beg your pardon”, “sure” and many others.

2. Gern geschehen.

Which means “It was my pleasure” or “Glad to help”. “Gern” means “glad, gladly” and “geschehen” means “happened, taken place”. This expression is more common in our daily life and you can use this when your help does require some effort.

3. Gern & Gerne

“Gern(e)” is the shortened form of “Gern geschehen”, so you can use it in the same situations. Both forms, with “e” or without “e”, are correct.

4. Nichts zu danken.

This one is easy to understand, as it can be translated word for word: “nichts” = “nothing”, “zu” = “to”, “danken” = “thank”. “Nichts zu danken.” = “Nothing to thank for.” / “Don’t mention it.”

Use this when you think what you’ve done for the other was only a small thing.

5. Kein Problem.

“Kein Problem” literally means “No problem”. In addition to answering “Danke”, this sentence will appear in other situations where you’re asked to do something and you’re totally ok with it.

6. Mit Vergnügen.

This is a more formal reply, which means “with pleasure”. “Mit” is “with” and “Vergnügen” is the German version of “pleasure, enjoyment, and delight”.


Now you’re familiar with 6 different ways to say “Thank you” and “You’re welcome” in German. You’re ready to go out and test your skills. Express your gratitude to others and reply when they’re offered to you. A little kindness goes a long way.

Vielen Dank für deine Zeit! (Thank you very much for your time!)

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