5 Ways to say “thank you” in French

Here are 5 ways to give thanks in the beautiful language of French! 

P.S. If you’re just tuning in, check out our previous posts on Arabic and Spanish ways of expressing thanks! 😉

1. Merci (mekh*-see)

Merci is most commonly used to say “thank you” in French. The response you’ll hear? “De rien”, which literally translates to “from nothing”, meaning “you’re welcome”. You might also hear a “de rien” equivalent: “avec plaisir” (with pleasure). 

Fun fact, “merci” is common in French speaking countries across the MENA region, as well as Farsi-speakers!

*The “kh” sound, like in the Arabic ‘Khaled’, is the equivalent of the French “r” when inside a word!

2. Merci infiniment (mekh-see an-fee-nee-man)

You can build many derivatives of “merci” in the French language by adding a complement. For example, “merci beaucoup” (thank you very much), “merci bien” (thanks a lot), “merci mille fois” (thank you a thousand times) and the strongest, “merci infiniment” translating to “thanks infinitely”.

3. C’est très gentil à toi / vous (seh tkheh jan-tee a twa/voo)

In more formal settings, one might say “that’s very kind of you”. It generally follows “merci” and can be used when someone does you a favor.

Just a tip: if you’re thanking an elder, or in a situation that requires you to use the polite form, use the formal counterpart of “toi” which is “vous”: “C’est très gentil à vous” 🙂

4. Merci de tout coeur (mekh-see dah tu ker)

A heartfelt phrase meaning “thank you with all my heart”. It’s also sometimes used with the verb “j’espère”, to express hope. For example: “J’espère de tout coeur que tu vas réussir cet examen”, meaning “I hope with all my heart that you’ll pass this exam”.

5. Cimer (see-mekh)

Spice up the standard “merci” by using its inverse, “cimer”. Just be warned: this is VERY slang French, also known as “verlant” and used mostly in conversations in a younger crowd. 

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À bientôt!

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