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How To Say ‘Thank you’ in German

In most cultures it is common to express one's gratitude in one way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as: "the quality of being grateful; the readiness to show appreciation and return kindness".

A sincere, grateful response to another's actions or words is often the "glue" that holds relationships together. This is true in most societies! When you do this in a foreign country, you are also showing your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power - use them sincerely and honestly.

How do you say "thank you" in German? You can easily learn!

12 ways to say "thank you" in German

1 - Thank you.


The magic words that can put a smile on anyone's face. For one day, really mean it when you say these words and see how it lifts your mood too!

2 - That's very nice of you.

Das ist sehr nett von dir/Ihnen (informal/formal).

This phrase is appropriate when someone is obviously going out of their way to please you or do you a favour.

3 - Thank you very much for your kind words!

Danke für deine/ihre netten Worte!

Someone complimented you and made you feel good? That's nice of him/her, so express your gratitude!

4 - Thank you for coming today.

Danke, dass du heute gekommen bist.

This greeting should be part of your arsenal when you have more formal meetings with German speakers. If you are hosting a party, this is also a good phrase to greet your German guests!

5 - Thank you for your attention.

Danke für deine Rücksichtnahme.

This is a more formal, almost ceremonial way of thanking someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity. It is also suitable when a native speaker needs to think about something you are presenting, such as an application, project or proposal. It is essentially a thank you for the time and effort they will spend or have spent on your application.

6 - Thank you very much!

Danke vielmals!

This means the same as "Thank you" but with more energy and enthusiasm! In German it means almost the same as "Thank you very much". Use this word in an informal setting with your German friends or teachers.

7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

Lehrer wie Sie sind nicht leicht zu finden.

Some phrases are compliments that express gratitude by drawing a conclusion. This is one of them. If you are particularly impressed by your GermanPod101 teacher, remember this phrase!