Every language has common words of politeness, like please, thanks, and you’re welcome because expressing respect towards others is a value that people from all around the world have. And the Latin American Spanish language and culture are no strangers to that. In fact, they have many different ways of expressing politeness.
If you know some Spanish, you probably have heard of gracias (thanks) and de nada (you’re welcome). But if you want to blend in more with the natives, you should use other words that have the same meaning. You already know how to say thanks in Spanish. So now we are going to teach you 15 different ways of saying you’re welcome in Spanish.
1. De Nada
We had to include the most common phrase for saying you’re welcome in Spanish; de nada. Everyone understands this phrase – foreigners that know Spanish and native Spanish speakers.
So, it’s a safe phrase to use if you don’t know much about the language and someone thanks you in Spanish.
2. Con Gusto
This means with pleasure. It’s used to say that you were happy doing what you did for the other person. If you feel extra enthusiastic, you can add mucho (very) – con mucho gusto.
Con gusto can also be a response when someone asks you for a favor. So, instead of saying yes, I’ll do it, you can say con gusto. It’s like saying that you will do it happily.
3. Fue un Placer / Fue un Gusto
This means it was a pleasure. This is another way of expressing that you were happy doing the favor.
These two phrases are also used when you meet someone for the first time and are about to say goodbye. So, you say, fue un placer/ fue un gusto [conocerte] (it was a pleasure [meeting you]).
4. No te preocupes
This means don’t worry, which is a nice answer to someone’s gratitude. It’s like letting them know that it wasn’t a big deal to do the favor that you did. It’s especially used when someone thanks you by saying, no sé cómo agradecerte (I don’t know how to thank you).
If you’re replying to someone more formal, like authorities or older people, you should say se: no se preocupe.
You can even add some other “you’re welcome” phrase next to this one. For example, no te preocupes, fue un placer (don’t worry, it was a pleasure).
It’s like telling people that it’s not necessary to thank you a lot.
5. No fue nada
No fue nada means “it was nothing”. It indicates that it wasn’t difficult to do the favor or buy someone a gift.
Claro means of course, but it also works as you’re welcome. You’re saying that it was fine by you to do that favor to that person; that of course you did it for them. It’s a casual reply.
7. A la orden
This means at your command/service. People usually use it as you’re welcome after you buy something from a store, a market, or a street food stall, and thank them for the service.
For example, if you go to a grocer after you pay and thank the seller, he/she might tell you a la orden. It’s a way of reaffirming to you the buyer that they’re at your service.
It’s also used before someone does a service to you. For example, if you go to a taquería and the seller tells you a la orden, they’re telling you that they’re at your service. They’re ready for you to order. So, it’s used to attend to someone. You can also use it for your business.
8. No hay de qué
This phrase is used to tell someone that they don’t have to thank you and that it’s all right. Almost as if doing the favor or buying the gift had been easy.
No hay de qué is a short version of no hay de qué agradecer (there’s nothing to thank me for).
9. No hay porqué
This means there’s no reason. It’s a very similar phrase to the no hay de qué above. It’s used as no hay porqué agradecer (there’s no reason to thank).
10. Nada que agradecer
Here is another similar expression to the last two. It means nothing to thank. You can add no tienes (you don’t have) before to say no tienes nada que agradecer (you have nothing to thank about). It will make it more formal.
11. Ni lo menciones
Ni li menciones translates to don’t even mention it.
12. Para eso estamos
This means that’s what we’re here for. It communicates that you’re here to help that person. For example, if your friend thanks you for hearing him/her talk about his/her problems, you can say this para eso estamos.
You can add another you’re welcome phrase before, ni lo menciones, para eso estamos (don’t even mention it, that’s what we’re here for). Or, no te preocupes, para eso estamos (don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for). Even de nada, para eso estamos (you’re welcome, that’s what we’re here for).
13. Cuando gustes
It means whenever you want. When you use cuando gustes to reply to a thank you, it means that you’re willing to do another favor whenever the other person wants it.
To make it more formal, you should say cuando guste; this is used when speaking with usted instead of tú.
14. En cualquier momento
This means anytime, and by saying it you’re offering to help again.
You can even add another you’re welcome phrase before this one, as a complement. For example:
Gracias por arreglar mi carro. (Thanks for fixing my car.)
Claro, en cualquier momento (Of course, anytime).
It’s similar to cuando gustes.
15. Gracias a ti
Last on our list of different ways of saying you’re welcome in Spanish is gracias a ti, which means thanks to you. It’s reciprocating gratitude. For example, if someone buys you something and thanks you, you can answer, gracias a ti. This way you’re thanking them for buying.
In a more formal way, it should be, gracias a usted.
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