Finding out how to say polite little things is one of the most important steps in language learning. It’s crucial to learn the customs and other ways to come across as nice as you’re learning Spanish.
That’s why it’s a good idea to learn how to say you’re welcome in Spanish, especially if you want to go to a Spanish-speaking country. Being able to be polite and respectful is an important skill in any language and there are so many different ways you can do that.
If you’ve already started practicing, you may have learned a few ways to say you’re welcome in Spanish by now. But today, you’re going to have a ton of new tools in your politeness belt. This way, in all your travels through Spanish-speaking countries, you’ll come off as a respectful tourist (brownie points!).
So without further ado, here’s a list of all the different ways you can say you’re welcome in Spanish:
List of Ways to Say You’re Welcome in Spanish
The classic. Saying de nada is probably one of the very first phrases you’ll ever learn, but that doesn’t make it any less important. The reason everyone knows how to say this is because it’s one of the most commonly used ways to do so.
This is a pretty safe response anytime someone says gracias to you. It literally means “of nothing”. In other words, whatever you did was nothing or of little importance. So this phrase is one of the most common ways to say you’re welcome.
No hay de qué
This one is a little bit nicer than de nada. It roughly translates to “there’s no reason to”, though the direct translation isn’t the same.
If someone thanks you for doing something for them, you can respond with no hay de qué. This phrase tells the other person that they have no reason to thank you.
In English, many people have the habit of saying “of course” as a way to say you’re welcome. In Spanish, you can say no hay de qué as a good translation of that. This way, you can stop confusing Spanish speakers by saying por supuesto and express what you really want to say.
Es un placer
Another great one to know and this phrase is the same thing in English. Es un placer or, the shortened Un placer simply means “my pleasure”.
So if you help someone and they thank you, you can say Es un placer as a friendly way to remind the other person that you’re happy to help. Sometimes a little expression like this is a great way to come off nicer and show your friendliness in Spanish.
And of course, it’s also great to have other options besides just de nada.
No hay que preocuparse
It’s kind of like saying that there’s nothing to worry about, so it’s quite informal. In English, a good equivalent would be “no worries”.
In informal situations, this is used to convey that the other person shouldn’t need to thank you. Maybe your friend is a little stressed and they’re thanking you a lot for taking care of them.
In a situation like that, you could use either of these expressions as a way of saying you’re welcome.
This version can also be used in a command form as no se preocupe.
Gracias a ti / A ti
This is something else that you’ll hear a lot. Whether you buy something from a store or you and a friend are collaborating on something, a common response to gracias is “gracias a ti”.
It’s one of the most common ways to say you’re welcome in Spanish and is a great substitute for de nada.
Since de nada often implies that you helped the other person, this is a good option when you want to make the situation seem more balanced.
For example, if you are working on something with your friend, by saying “gracias a ti”, you’re expressing that you’re grateful for their help as well.
In English, we can’t really write this, but in spoken speech sometimes we say “No, thank you”, stressing the “you”.
Gracias por …
Similar to the last phrases, a good way to be polite is to show mutual respect. So by saying “gracias por X”, you can return the thanking.
For example. if you house-sit for someone and they say “gracias por cuidar la casa”, you can respond with “gracias a ti por la comida”.
No matter what language you’re speaking, it’s always good to hear a respectful phrase like this.
Para eso estamos
This phrase is used less frequently, but it’s great when you do a favor for your friends or family.
For example, if you help your friend move into a new house and they thank you, you can respond with “para eso estamos”. It roughly translates to “That’s what we’re here for”.
In English, you can often say something similar like “That’s what friends are for”. Well, this vocabulary phrase is a perfect word that captures the same general meaning.
A la orden
A la orden literally means “at your service”. This is more likely to be said by someone who is in the service industry, so it doesn’t have the same connotations as de nada.
Alternatively, you may see this used sarcastically between friends. For example, if you ask your friend to get you something, you might hear them responding with “a la orden” to be funny.
Another way to say “with pleasure”. It’s a quite friendly way of saying you’re welcome, and it’s relatively common in Latin American countries. You may also hear “con mucho gusto” if the person wants to really express a sense of politeness.
A very important but often overlooked part of any conversation is how to say farewell. Check our full guide on all the Goodbyes in Spanish you should know.
This one is almost identical to de nada. You can say por nada practically interchangeably with it, though it may seem more informal to some speakers.
As you learn Spanish, you’ll see that there are a ton of different ways to express that “no hay problema”, and por nada is one of them.
Literally, this phrase means “whenever you want”. It’s used to say you’re welcome in Spanish in a similar way that you might say “anytime” in English.
So for example, if you did a favor for your friend and they thank you, instead of saying you’re welcome in Spanish, you could say cuando quieras to express a more casual niceness.
Finally, never trust Google Translate. If you search for ways to say you’re welcome in Spanish, you often come across this meme-worthy translation.
There are dozens of ways to imply you’re welcome in Spanish: por nada, con mucho gusto, no hay de qué, para servirle, un placer, etc. Even still, online translators often get simple things wrong.
This is why it’s so important for you to keep mastering the Spanish language! So you don’t sound strange relying on online translators and instead, you simply state your gratitude in a polite, natural way. So go ahead and sign up for a free private class or a 7-day free trial of our group classes so you can practice what you learned.
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