Being polite pays off in almost any situation. And it makes living together in a community much nicer.
I know the 1950s cliché of happy families in Hollywood movies and TV series was a bit over the top. But wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all used less swear words and started being nicer to each other instead?
Being polite as a tourist or as a temporary worker or student in a foreign country is even more important. In order to be accepted and find new friends in your new home country, politeness is an absolute necessity.
So let’s start with the basics and have a look at the various ways to say thank you very much in German.
How do you say thank you very much in German
This is the most basic form and suits every occasion. It is the equivalent of “many thanks” and you will hear it a lot in Germany or other German speaking countries.
This is the abbreviated form and equals the English “thanks”. It is well suited in situations in which you want to express your gratitude without being too excited.
Kannst du mir bitte den Ketchup geben? Danke.
Can you pass me the ketchup please? Thanks.
The equivalent of “thanks a lot”. Suitable in most occasions. Slightly less formal, but still very polite.
Literally translates as “thank you beautifully”. Again, fitting in any instance.
Vielen vielen Dank
If you really want to stress how grateful you are, you may double the “vielen”. It’s the same as saying “many many thanks” or “thanks a lot”.
Ich danke Ihnen
The German form of “I thank you”. Keep in mind that there are two forms of addressing another person in German. The formal “Sie” and the informal “Du”. In this example “Ihnen” is the dative case of “Sie” (both singular and plural).
Ich danke dir
This is the informal variant of the example above. “Dir” is the dative case of “du” (singular only, plural would be “euch”).
Ich bedanke mich
Roughly the same as “I am thanking you” or “I am grateful”.
Ich bedanke mich für den warmen Empfang.
I am grateful for the warm reception.
So, how do you say thank you very much in German?
As you could see, there are about as many different ways to express your gratitude in German as there are in English. Do you know any other form? Let us know below in the comments.
And if you are looking for more advice on good manners in German, take a look at our ways to say hello in German.