Hola! And welcome to Your Daily Pinch of Spanish.
You have another pinch of Spanish for today! And its all about expressing gratitude. Many of you probably already know how to say thank you in Spanish (gracias), after all, this expression is one of the most important ones you can learn in any language, and one of the first things youll come across when starting to research the language and learn.
In this blog Im all about keeping it simple for you, and give you knowledge that you can use. I will teach you four ways to express your gratitude, and explain in which settings to use each one.
Lets begin! Four ways to express your gratitude:
1- Gracias (grah-see-ahs)
2- Muchas gracias (moo-chas grah-see-ahs)
3- Te lo agradezco (teh loh ah-grah-des-coh)
4- Estoy en deuda contigo (Ehs-toy ehn-deh-oo-dah con tee-goh)
Lets start with the simple gracias. It translates to thanks or thank you, and can be used in any setting.
Next, muchas gracias. It translates to many thanks, which is basically like saying thank you very much in English. It can also be used in any setting, but by adding the word muchas (many), you are adding emphasis, so this is better used when you need to express gratitude for a favor, or have received a gift, or something like that. Difference between simple gracias and muchas gracias is just this, the stress the word muchas is adding, the emphasis. To make this even more marked, instead of adding the word muchas, you can add the word muchísimas, which would make it muchísimas gracias. (You have probably heard singers or actors say it after a performance or accepting an award.)
The expression Te lo agradezco is another way to express your gratitude in Spanish, less common than simply saying gracias or muchas gracias. It translates to I thank you. This one is more intimate than the other two, and you should use it when something meaningful has been done for you. To make it formal, instead of using te, use se, which makes it Se lo agradezco. You can also add mucho (many, much) at the end to stress it more, becoming Te/Se lo agradezco mucho. And to add even more weight to the expression you can add muchísimo instead of mucho, this emphasizes your gratitude even more. It becomes Te/Se lo agradezco muchísimo, and really isnt too common.
Lastly, the expression Estoy en deuda contigo. This translates to Im in debt with you, which is like also like saying I owe you one. So you would use this expression when a favor has been done for you or someone has gotten you out of a tight situation. To make it formal, instead of saying Estoy en deuda contigo say Estoy en deuda con usted. A similar expression to this would be Te debo una, which literally translates to I owe you one. Its more casual, but has the same effect.
So here you have them, four ways you can express your gratitude in Spanish. Gracias for reading this blog! I hope you have enjoyed this little lesson, and as always, I hope you can find it useful. Here Im all about keeping things simple for you and to the point, giving you Spanish that you can use. If you have any doubt, don’t be shy and ask me in the comments! You can also ask me on my Twitter page, or my Facebook page.
Continue to look forward to more lessons! Until next time!