Say ‘Thank you’ in French
To say thank you in French is a lot more expansive than “merci” because we actually have lots of different ways to express your gratitude to someone. Here you will learn some of the most helpful phrases.
To say “Merci” between events that involves gratitude is not only a cultural behavior but, is also the most basic way to say “thank you” or “thanks” in French. It can be use as a formal or casual way and it will not change based on who the individual you thank is.
If you want to sound a little bit of formal you can also add “madame” or “monsieur” after the word “Merci” to address to them. The polite way to refer to a woman in French is “Madame” and towards the man it will be “Monsieur”
If you want to add more emphasis use “Merci beaucoup” as you want to tell the person “thank you very much” or “thanks a lot.” Beaucoup will translate to “lot” or “much” and the pronunciation goes like this: mare-see bow-koo.
Another expression that you can use with emphasis to say “thank you very much” will be “merci bien.” Bien is meant to be used as “well,” “good,” and “very.” A directly literal meaning will be “very thanks” or “well thanks” on which it doesn’t make any sense in English. The word bien makes your “thanks” stronger. And you can pronounce the phrase like: mare-see bee-ehn.
Another way to express gratitude, but this time with extreme emphasis, you can use the phrase “mille fois merci.” The expression hardly transfers to “a thousand times thanks” or “thanks a thousand times.” Mille will be the French term for “thousand.” While fois (in french) means “time” (in English) you may also delete the word fois out from the phrase leaving it as “mille mercies” which can be read as “a thousand thanks” and you may pronounce it as: meal fwah mare-see.
Full Sentence Literate Format
Tell your loved ones “Je te remerci” this will mean “I thank you” as of Je will be the “I” pronoun (first person singular in English). Te is a second person pronoun (in French) indicating that you are talking with a family member or a very close friend. Remercie is a conjugated form from “remercier” (verb) which means “to thank” (in English). There is a standard way to pronounce it: zhuh tu ray-mare-see.
You can switch to a very kind expression like “C’est vraiment gentil de ta part” which literally means “this is really nice on your part.” C’est meaning “this is” while vraiment means “really,” gentil means “nice”, as for de will mean “of” (in this phrase). Part translates into “share” (as part) and ta means “your.” And this phrase pronunciation will be: she vreh-men gen-tea duh tah pahr-ha.
If the person who needs your gratitude is not well known, you may use “Je vous remercie” which is the most formal way to say “I thank you” out off family. You already know what Je and remercie means. Vous is the polite form you can use to refer and address someone in the second form “you” (English) used with strangers and elders. The phrase will be pronounced as zhu voo ray-mare-see.
If you are about to transform your feelings into a written information express the thanks formally as “Je vous adresse mes plus vifs remerciements” this text will often appear in formal letters and means: “I send you my most sincere thanks” Mes is a possessive pronoun that means “mine” or “my” the portion plus vifs will hardly mean “deepest” or “more vivid” and the whole thing will be pronounce as: zhuh voo ahd-ra-ess me ploo vif re-mare- see-moh.
What if you want to reply an individual’s passion?
You can respond to someone with “de rien.” As English has “you are welcome” French posses its equal meaning “de rien” which literally means “of nothing” being de “of” and rien “nothing.” The expression will be pronounced as: Dah ree-ehn.
Tell “il n’y a pas de quoi” which is another way to say “you are welcome” or “do not mention it” the literally translation makes no sense in English (ill means “it,” n’y means “there,” a pas means “not,” and de quoi means “whereof.”
And if you want your response to be “it is nothing” you can answer as “ce n’est rien” you will pronounce it as: su neigh re-ehn.