Languages › German How to Say Thank You and You're Welcome in German Share Flipboard Email Print ThoughtCo German Vocabulary History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar By Ingrid Bauer German Language Expert M.A., German Studies, McGill University B.A., German and French Ingrid Bauer, who is fluent in German, has been teaching and tutoring the German language since 1996. She has a teaching degree and an M.A. in German studies. our editorial process Ingrid Bauer Updated May 24, 2019 Courtesy is important no matter what country you're visiting. In Germany, however, there is greater emphasis on formalities and speaking to people in die Höflichkeitsform: addressing acquaintances, colleagues, and people you don't know with Sie as opposed to du/ you, which is reserved more for family and close friends.The same goes when expressing thank you and you're welcome in German. There is a more formal way and a less formal way of stating these expressions. Below you will find a list divided as such, however many expressions are fine in both situations since just simply stating thank you and you're welcome is polite in and of itself. The most important thing to keep in mind is to use Sie/Ihnen and du as appropriate. (Please note that the translations are not always literal, but rather an English equivalent.) More Formal Ways of Saying Thank You: Most common: Dankeschön, Danke sehr Other ways: Schönen Dank (Many thanks)Besten Dank (Best of thanks)Haben Sie vielen Dank! (Many thanks)Ich bin Ihnen sehr dankbar (I'm very grateful/thankful to you)Ich danke Ihnen (I thank you)Herzlichen Dank (Heartfelt thanks)Ein herzliches Dankeschön (My/Our heartfelt thanks)Danke vielmals (Many thanks), Ich danke Ihnen vielmals Vielen Dank (Many thanks) Less Formal Ways of Saying Thank You DankeVielen Dank (Many thanks)Danke vielmals (Many thanks)Tausend Dank (Thanks a million) More Formal Ways of Saying You're Welcome Bitteschön Bitte sehrGern geschehen (It was my pleasure)Mit Vergnügen (With pleasure) Less Formal Ways of Saying You're Welcome Bitte Gern geschehen (It was my pleasure)Gern (shortened form of "Gern geschehen")Nichts zu danken (Don't mention it.)Schon gut (That's fine. No problem)Kein Problem (No problem) You may need some other words for polite conversation, including understanding how to say "please" in German.