Whether you are learning Chinese for personal reasons or business, one of the first and most important things you learn is to say “thank you.” As the Chinese people have highly particular cultural etiquette beliefs, saying thank you in Mandarin is as important as saying hello in everyday life and is a must-know in your Chinese learning journey. Knowing how to say thank you in Mandarin properly will show your politeness and respect towards Chinese people, bringing you appreciation and opening up many opportunities.
This article will introduce you to different ways of saying thank you in Mandarin and how to use them properly in each situation.
How to say thank you in Mandarin
1. 谢谢 (Xièxiè) – Thank you.
This is probably the most common phrase to say thank you in Mandarin. This basic yet magical phrase can bring a smile to any person you meet. It’s safe to say 谢谢 Xièxiè whenever you want to express your gratitude in Chinese. And because this phrase is a universal formula, it can be used safely in most social interactions.
2. 谢谢大家 (Xiè xiè dá jiā) – Thank you all.
This phrase is commonly used when you are addressing a sizable group of people. For example, you say 谢谢大家 (xiè xiè dá jiā) to your audiences after giving a presentation or speech.
3. 谢了(Xiè le) – Thanks!
This is a quick and informal way to express thankfulness between friends. 谢了(xiè le) is also a popular expression for text messaging in situations that favor short words and phrases.
4. 多谢 (Duō xiè) – Many thanks!
多 means “many,” so 多谢 (duō xiè) is a quick and casual way to say “Many thanks,” (or “Thanks a lot”).
5. 您真是太好了 (Nín zhēnshì tài hǎo le) – That’s very kind of you.
You can use this phrase when someone goes out of their way to offer you kindness, giving you some help, or great service.
6. 感谢您的赞美之辞 (Gǎnxiè nín de zànměi zhī cí) – Thanks for your kind words!
When someone pays you a compliment and makes you feel good, let’s express your gratitude towards them by saying 感谢您的赞美之辞 (Gǎnxiè nín de zànměi zhī cí)!
Common Chinese phrases to say “Thank you”
Sometimes you might want to be more specific in saying “Thank you.” What are you thanking them for? We’ve made this handy table including the most common Chinese thank you phrases for particular situations, such as when someone gave you a gift or taught you something.
|Chinese phrase||Pinyin||English meaning||Note|
|感谢你为我做的一切.||Gǎnxiè nǐ wèi wǒ zuò de yīqiè.||Thank you for everything.|
|谢谢你的帮助.||Xièxiè nǐ de bāngzhù.||Thank you for your help.|
|谢谢你的礼物.||Xièxie nǐ de lǐwù.||Thank you for the gift.||This is a good phrase to remember when you receive a gift from someone. Show your respect and gratitude with this phrase.|
|谢谢你让我知道||Xièxiè nǐ ràng wǒ zhī dào.||Thank you for letting me know.|
|谢谢你的咖啡!||Xièxiè nǐ de kā fēi!||Thank you for the coffee!||Replace kā fēi with any item you receive from another.|
|感谢您今天的光临||Gǎnxiè nín jīntiān de guānglín.||Thank you for coming today.||This welcoming phrase should be an essential part of your arsenal if you’re conducting formal meetings with Chinese people. This is also an appropriate phrase to use if you’re hosting a party and greeting Chinese guests.|
|谢谢您花时间和我们在一起||Xièxiè nín huā shíjiān hé wǒmen zài yìqǐ.||Thank you for spending time with us.||While 感谢您今天的光临 (Gǎnxiè nín jīntiān de guānglín.) is suitable to welcome guests to your party or event, 谢谢您花时间和我们在一起 (Xièxiè nín huā shíjiān hé wǒmen zài yìqǐ.) is a perfect phrase to close a meeting or gathering.|
|谢谢您的关心.||Xièxiè nín de guānxīn.||Thank you for your consideration.||This is a formal, even almost solemn, way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a Chinese person has to consider something you submit, such as a job application, a project, or a proposal. You’d like to thank them, in essence, for the time and effort they are about to or have spent on your submission.|
|多谢了!||Duōxièle!||Thanks a lot!||This phrase means the same as 多谢 (duō xiè), but with a bit more energy and enthusiasm added. It means almost the same as “Thank you so much” in English. You can use this in an informal situation with your friends or relatives.|
|感谢您的耐心并帮助我提高.||Gǎnxiè nín de nàixīn bìng bāngzhù wǒ tígāo.||Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.||This is a good phrase to use if you want to thank your Chinese teacher, trainer, employer, or colleague. This phrase can also be used in any formal or informal situation.|
|我非常感谢你.||Wǒ fēicháng gǎnxiè nǐ.||I have learned so much thanks to you.||This is a lovely compliment to give your teacher or a friend who helps you learn something or prepare for a test. It means that they have succeeded in helping you achieve something, and you’re thankful for that.|
|改天请您吃饭!||gǎi tiān qǐng nín chī fàn!||I’ll treat you to a meal someday!||You can use this phrase when someone paid for a meal, and you’d like to express your appreciation and gratitude towards them, as well as your willingness to give something in return.|
|太谢谢你了，你对我真好!||tài xiè xiè nǐ le, nǐ duì wǒ zhēn hǎo!||Thank you so much! You’re so good to me!|
|非常感谢你啊！今天你帮了我一个忙.||fēi cháng gǎn xiè nǐ a！jīn tiān nǐ bāng le wǒ yī gè máng.||Thank you very much! You did me a favor today.||This phrase is almost similar to 您真是太好了 (Nín zhēnshì tài hǎo le) – That’s very kind of you. You can use this phrase when someone gives you some help.|
How to respond when someone thanks you in Mandarin
After learning how to say thank you in Mandarin, you’re probably wondering how to respond when someone thanks you for something. Here are some common phrases:
1. 不客气 (Bù kèqì) – You’re welcome!
This is the most used expression. It can fit nearly every situation.
2. 不用谢 (Bú yòng xiè) – Don’t mention it.
When someone thanked you for doing them a favor, you can reply to them with 不用谢 (bú yòng xiè)
3. 小事一桩 (Xiǎo shì yī zhuāng) – It’s nothing.
You should be careful when using this phrase as it tends to be more informal. So, you can use it with your friends or family members, but certainly not your boss!
4. 不 (Bù), 没 (Méi) – No, no
Sometimes the Chinese will use some negation words like 不 (bù) 没 (méi) to refuse your praise. It doesn’t mean that they don’t like or agree with what you said. It’s just a modest and polite reply to praise in Mandarin.
The bottom line
As you see, there are many ways to express your gratitude and thankfulness in Chinese. Saying thank you not only shows your politeness but also helps you fit in with society. Once you master these expressions, you’ll be able to talk confidently like a native Chinese speaker.
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