How to say “thank you” in Spanish in 36 different ways

How to say “thank you” in Spanish in 36 different ways

by Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Updated March 21, 2023

If you know nothing else about Spanish, we always suggest starting with how to say “thank you.” Most people know that gracias is the standard way to express gratitude in Spanish. We see it online, in movies and on TV. But did you know there are actually dozens of different ways to say “thank you” in Spanish? Verbs such as agradecer, apreciar and deberse may be an even better choice than gracias, depending on the context.

And that’s the thing about language — it’s contextual. You wouldn’t say “ta” to an American or reply “k, thx” to your boss, and you might find that one particular way of saying “thank you” in Spanish suits a particular situation better than another.. In any case, adding some diversity to your everyday vocabulary is a great way to feel more comfortable speaking. On that note, let’s learn 35 more ways to say “thank you” in Spanish.

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Formal ways to say ‘thank you’ in Spanish

Picture yourself in a business meeting or at your first dinner with your partner’s family. You want to put your best foot forward — and that means using polite language. So, how do you thank your boss or your partner’s family for the invitation? 

The verb ‘agradecer’ 

Agradecer (to appreciate; to be thankful for) with the formal usted or ustedes articles is a great way to politely say “thank you” in Spanish. There are lots of ways to conjugate agradecer based on the form and tense (e.g. the subjunctive tense). Let’s focus on a few common phrases:

  1. Quisiera agradecerles por… (I’d like to thank you all for…). Use this to thank a whole group of people. For example, you might say quisiera agradecerles por invitarme a su casa (I’d like to thank you all for inviting me to your home) or quisiera agradecerles por venir (I’d to thank everyone for coming).
  2. Se lo agradezco (I’m much obliged for it) or Se lo agradezco su ayuda (Thanks for your help)
  3. ¡Se agradece! (Much obliged!)
  4. Por favor acepte mi más profundo agradecimiento (Please accept my most profound thanks)
  5. Estoy agradecida/o por su apoyo (I’m grateful for your support)

Other formal ways to say ‘thank you’

  1. ¡Qué amable de su parte! (How kind on your part!)
  2. Quería darle las gracias lo antes posible (I wanted to thank you as soon as possible)
  3. Quiero que sepa cuánto valoro su apoyo (I want you to know how much I value your support)

Intense thanks for formal situations

  1. ¡Que amable! (How kind!)
  2. Muchas gracias (Thank you very much)
  3. Muchísimas gracias (Thanks so very much)
  4. Gracias de toda la corazón (Thank you with all of my heart)
  5. Gracias por tanto (Thanks for so much)

Informal ways to say ‘thank you’ in Spanish

Here are some expressions you can use in casual situations, with friends or family. Notice that, instead of the formal article se (used when addressing people formally as Usted), here you will see the informal article te (the indirect object pronoun for addressing people informally as ). 

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So many thanks

  1. Mil gracias (A thousand thanks)
  2. Millones de gracias (Thanks a million)
  3. Un millón de gracias (A million thanks)
  4. Gracias un montón (Thanks a ton)
  5. Gracias por todo (Thanks for everything)
  6. Gracias totales (Thanks everybody). This is Argentinian slang popularized by a famous rock star, Gustavo Cerati.
  7. Te lo agradezco infinitamente (I thank you infinitely)

Getting emotional

  1. No hay palabras para decir lo agradecido/a que estoy (There are no words to describe how grateful I am)
  2. No puedo expresar mi agradecimiento (I can’t express my gratitude enough)
  3. Realmente te aprecio (I really appreciate you)
  4. Me has alegrado el día (You’ve brightened my day)
  5. Fue tan asombroso de tu parte (It was so amazing of you)
  6. Realmente aprecio todo lo que has hecho (I really appreciate everything you’ve done)

Let’s talk about how great you are

  1. Te debo una (I owe you one)
  2. Te debo un favor (I owe you a favor)
  3. ¡Eres lo mejor! (You’re the best!)
  4. Eres un angél (You’re an angel!)
  5. ¡Eres mi salvavida! (You’re my savior!)
  6. Me has salvado la vida (You’ve saved my life)
  7. Eres increíble (You’re incredible)
  8. Eres un amor (You’re a dear)
  9. Eres muy amable (You’re so kind)

‘Gracias por’ vs. ‘Gracias para’

Thanks for what? If you’re going to use a whole sentence to say thanks, don’t forget the difference between por and para in Spanish.

Using gracias para to thank someone is wrong. Don’t use it in that way!

Use gracias por to thank someone for something. For example:

  • Gracias por venir (Thanks for coming)
  • Gracias por el regalo (Thanks for the gift)
  • Dile gracias por todo lo que hizo (Tell her thanks for everything she did)

Thanks for learning how to say ‘thank you’ in Spanish!

Now that you know how to say “thank you” in Spanish in 35 different ways besides gracias, get out there and spread some gratitude. Go beyond the standard “thank you very much” in Spanish and really pull at some heart strings. They’ll love you for it. And don’t forget — it’s always gracias por and never para to thank someone for something. All good? K, thx, bye.

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Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Alison Maciejewski Cortez is Chilean-American, born and raised in California. She studied abroad in Spain, has lived in multiple countries, and now calls Mexico home. She believes that learning how to order a beer in a new language reveals a lot about local culture. Alison speaks English, Spanish, and Thai fluently and studies Turkish. Her consulting business takes her around the world and she is excited to share language tips as part of the Lingoda team. Follow her culinary and cultural experiences on Twitter.

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