Spanish Lesson 22: Gracias

Inside: Saying “Thanks” in Spanish.

Bienvenidos a la clase de español.


I’m sure at some point in your life you were lectured about the importance of saying please and thank you. If you lived in my family, you certainly would have! Interestingly, ‘gracias‘ is a Spanish word most people recognise and can easily pronounce even if they don’t speak the language. There are several expressions that use the word gracias and many lovely sayings too.  I’ve compiled a short list of expressions using the Spanish word for ‘thank you’.

Oh, what’s the expression for ‘please’?

¡Por favor!


15 Ways to Say Thank You in Spanish



Gracias por todo

(Thanks for everything)

Estoy agradecido

(I am thankful)

Muchas gracias

(Thank you very much)

Muchí­simas gracias

(Thank you so very much)

Con gracias anticipadas

(Thank you in advance)

Con gracias repetidas

(Thanks again and again)

Mil Gracias

(A thousand thanks)

Gracias a Dios

(Thank God)

Gracias a dios es viernes

(Thank God it’s Friday)

Una nota de agradecimiento

(Thank you note)

The list continues with a few sayings using gracias, with rough translations

It honours you to give thanks
gracias y gracias
There is nothing to say but thank you and thank you
damos gracias
It’s impossible to be negative when giving thanks
saying thank you in spanish dar gracias
Gratitude is the memory of the heart


Now you know how to offer your heartfelt thanks!

We’ve covered saying thanks in Spanish, but how do you respond? If someone offers you their gratitude, make sure to let them know they are welcome. Here are some ways to express that sentiment:


6 Ways To Say You’re Welcome in Spanish

De nada

Por nada

No hay de qué

Con gusto

Mucho gusto

Es un placer


Pura Vida

Here’s a bonus expression. If you’re a “Tico(a)” from Costa Rica or if you’re just passing through, you’ll definitely hear the expression, Pura Vida. It can mean please, thank you, you’re welcome, cool, hello, good bye, that’s great. It’s an optimistic outlook on life.


Until our next class…

¡Pura Vida mis amigos!


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    1. K D April 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      con gusto 😉

  1. pick1solution April 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Oh how great this was. Pura Vida, the national saying of Costa Rica. Used the phrase often when visiting Cost Rica. Thank you for these lessons.

    1. K D April 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      I love it. And it really seems like everyone there uses it. Lol

  2. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ April 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I remembered at least 5 ways to say “thank you” and two ways to say “welcome”. Pura Vida is beautiful! Thanks for this week’s lesson.

    1. K D April 25, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      A saying I really like as well.. Pura Vida.

  3. ambroseandelsie April 25, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Such a lovely quote! 🙂

    1. K D April 27, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Isn’t it?!

    1. K D April 28, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      gracias 😉

  4. R Rouvaishyana November 24, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Aparantemente, “Pura vida” es como “Aloha” en olelo Hawai’i y “Shalom” en hebreo.


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