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In this lesson you will learn about Expressing Thanks.

Merci beaucoup

[ Thank you very much]

Thank you very much - Merci beaucoup.

Basic - Expressing Thanks – French

Expressing gratitude is one of the most important parts of knowing a language. Even if you aren't well versed in French, knowing the aforementioned expressions is enough to help you find your way through France without sounding like just another rude traveler. Moreover, knowing how to thank people in more than one ways is a great tool to have if you're looking to make more connections in France.

In French culture, politeness is very important. Whenever you address your elders or superiors, you are expected to use the "vous" form instead of the informal "tu" form. Similarly, expressing gratitude has its own special place in French. In fact, you'd be surprised to know that there is more than one ways to express gratitude in this language. The following phrases will help you express your gratitude fluently whenever you travel to France or any other French-speaking place.

Thank God: Dieu merci

Thank you: Je vous remercie

Thank you very much: Merci bien

Thanks a lot: Je vous remercie infiniment/beaucoup

A thousand thank you: Mille fois merci

I thank you from the bottom of my heart: Je vous remercie de tout cœur

I don't know how to thank you: Je ne sais pas comment vous remercier

With all my thanks: Avec tous mes remerciements

I send you my most sincere thanks: Je vous adresse mes plus vifs remerciements

Saying Thank You

One of the most commonly used words in French is "merci." In English, it means "thank you" or "thanks." The best thing about this word is that even beginners who don't know anything about French can learn it easily. Furthermore, if you want to say "thank you very much," you'll use the phrase "merci beaucoup."

Many Thanks

If someone is extraordinarily kind to you, simply saying thanks won't suffice, be it English or French. In such cases, you'll need to use the phrase "mille mercis." It literally means "a thousand thank you." It can be considered the French equivalent of "many thanks." Another way to say the same thing is by using the phrase "merci bien" which means "thanks a lot."

Appreciating Kindness

If someone's really kind to you, a good way to express gratitude is by saying "c'est tres gentil." This roughly translates to "that is very kind" in English. You can make this phrase more personal by saying "c'est tres gentil de votre part" to the other person. This means "that's very kind of you" in English. If you're in an informal situation (with a friend, colleague, and so on) you'll need to use "c'est tres gentil de ta part."

Saying Thanks in Advance

If your friend is going to do you a favor in the near future, there is a way to thank him or her in advance. Simply use the phrase "merci d'avance" It means "thank you in advance" when translated to English. Also, if you want to thank someone for helping you (in advance) you can use the phrase "merci d'avance pour votre assistance"

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