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Ways to say ‘You are welcome’ in French


Probably you have considered a lot about learning a foreign language. Some, out of the several benefits of learning another language rather than your native one, include the opening of lots of doors about job opportunities that will improve your professional life, to give your brain a great boost by increasing its knowledge with all the understanding enhancement relative to the language learned, and most important you will be able to establish great deep connections and cultural friendship. If you expand all of the statements just mentioned, you will also get to know that they come with their own benefits that will grant you with lots of satisfactions and improvements towards your personal and professional life.

French is one of the most useful languages to be learned. For example, if you want a career in diplomacy or foreign affairs you should acknowledge that all of the United Nations agencies are French speaking (as one of the official languages at first).

Another example can be that vacations and other personal trips to recreate yourself will make you please with ease. It will grant you the opportunity to make some new friends and enjoy with them the cultural satisfaction that comes along with the French language.

And most important, the main reason will be that it will enhance your capability to understand information.



Let us start by welcoming that we are able to approach to this beautiful language rich in cultural arts, music, romance and all of the excitement that comes with it. Here bellow you will have the opportunity to learn most of the basic on how to say “You are Welcome” in French.

It is very imperative for humans to communicate, and very important is to greet someone and tell them, and let them know that you are very pleased to be such of help within their life. For this you will need to know some of the different options you have to tell some “you are welcome” in French.


To the direct response to “Thank you” we have You’re Welcome.

Remember that saying “you are welcome” equal as in English could be used for two purposes which includes to respond to someone else’s “thank you” and also can be used to tell someone that they are welcome when they arrive to a certain location.

There are many ways to say “you are welcome” in French, they swing from the informal “de Rien” to the formal and very polite “je vous en prie”.

Each phrase will be used for certain situations.


The simple “De Rien”

A simple way to answer the phrase “thank you” will literally mean: “is nothing.” For example, in an informal situation, if you encounter an event on which a person is thanking you for holding the door open or for picking up something that it fell from them, “de rien” will be the most accurate response. It is pronounced like: (duh ree ehn.)


“(Il n’y a) pas de quoi” a two forms phrase.

This will be another simple way to execute on a very informal event which means “don’t mention it” and will only be use while being among friends and family. That leaves “de rien” to be used with strangers. The original phrase “il n’y a pas de quoi” pronounced as (eel nee ah pah duh kwah) and its short form “pas de quoi” will be pronounced as: (pah duh kwah).


Evoque the phrase “Avec Plaisir”

This is a stronger response towards “thank you” and it strongly certain to mean “it is my pleasure”. In English this phrase would be used in situations or events similar to “it was my pleasure” used to respond, for example, to a “thank you” for a gift. Pronounce “avec plaisir” as: (ah vek play zeer).


Je vous/t’en prie

This is the most cordial and profound way of saying “you are welcome” without understanding it as “it was my pleasure”. For strangers you may use “je vous en prie” pronounced as: (jeuh vooz ohn pree) is a way of saying or telling to someone that they really are welcome. For friends and relatives you might want to use “jeuh t’en prie” pronounced as: (jeuh tohn pree) with the same meaning but strictly directed for the foe friends, it means that the user truly acknowledge that the other person is really thankful and that they are truly welcome. A great pronunciation will be if you pronounce the “j” in “je” as the “s” is pronounced in the English word “measure”.



C’est moi (qui vous remercie) a two form phrase.

A phrase used mostly by the shopkeepers that literally means “It is me who thanks you”. The original phrase is “c’est moi qui vous remercie” pronounced as: (say mwah kee voo ruh mair see). And the short form from this phrase will be “c’est moi” pronounced as: (say mwah).



Welcome on arrival “Bienvenue”

To welcome an entity on its arrival to a certain location for example your home, a city or country, you can execute the word “bienvenue”. You can use this phrase in an event like when the guest arrives at your front door and you want to welcome them right just after the physical contact like shaking hands or kissed them cheeks. You may pronounce this word as: (bee ehn vuh noo).



Soyez le, la, les bienvenu (e)(s)

This is a more formal Welcome that will literally mean “be welcome” and the la, le, les will make clear the distinction of whom you welcome being les (lay) for a group of person, la (lah) for a woman and le (luh) for a man. Add to the expression bienvenue the “e” when welcoming a girl and the “s” is added for a group of people. The expression means “you are heartily welcomed here”.


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