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Different Ways to Say "Thank You" and "You're Welcome"

(Beijing Kids) | Apr 14, 2020

 "Bù kè qì (不客气)" and "bù yòng xiè (不用谢)" may already be ingrained in most people's vocabulary, but have you ever encountered a response completely different?

One of the standard Chinese reply to thank you "xièxiè (谢谢)" is "bùkèqì (不客气)", which literally translates to "don't be so formal/polite". In traditional Chinese culture, gratitude between familiar family members or friends is typically implied in actions, such as exchanging gifts, sharing a meal, and paying for a ticket, rather than exchanging words.
To help prepare you for all the different types of responses you may hear, here are many different ways to say both "thank you" and "you're welcome" in Chinese. Please notice that in some cases you'd say "nin hao" to someone older than yourself to show respect.
Ways to say "thank you"
Thank you!
谢谢(你/您)!
Xiè xiè (nǐ/nín)!
Thank you very much!
非常感谢(你/您)!
Fēi cháng gǎn xiè (nǐ/nín)!
太感谢(你/您)了/太谢谢(你/您)了!
Tài gǎn xiè (nǐ/nín) le!/ Tài xiè xiè (nǐ/nín) le!
很感谢(你/您)/感激(你/您)
Hěn gǎn xiè(nǐ/nín)/gǎn jī(nǐ/nín)
You've worked hard!
辛苦(你/您)了!
Xīn kǔ (nǐ/nín) le!
Thanks for your help!
多亏(你/您)了!
Duō kuī(nǐ/nín) le!
Many thanks! / Thanks a lot!
多谢
Duō xiè
So nice of you!
你太好啦!
Nǐ tài hǎo la
Ways to say "you're welcome"
No need to thank me
不用谢
bù yòng xiè
No problem
没关系
Méi guān xi
Don't be so formal
不客气
Bù kè qi
It's not important/never mind
不要紧
Bù yào jǐn
Oh, it's nothing! (Literally means "where where")
哪里哪里
Nǎ lǐ nǎ lǐ
Nothing/No need to thank me
小意思
Xiǎo yì si
Don't be formal with me
别和我见外
Bié hé wǒ jiàn wài
No no, don't thank me
不不,别谢我
Bù bù,bié xiè wǒ
没有没有,别谢我
Méi yǒu méi yǒu, bié xiè wǒ
Don't be so formal/polite
干嘛这么客气
Gàn má zhè me kè qi

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