How to say thanks in French: Merci

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How to say thanks in French: Merci

Learning French for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say thanks in French: Merci
Say it out loud: “mehr see

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Some more helpful words in our French Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – La toilette  (leh twoi let)
come with me – Venez avec moi  (ven ay vek mwah)
do you speak english? – Parlez-vous anglais?  (pah lay voo ahn glay)
excuse me – Excusez moi  (excuse eh mwah)
excuse me (to get past) – Pardon  (pahr dohn)
good / bad – bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
how do you say…? – Comment dit-on  (kuh mahn dee thahn)
how much is this? – Combien est-ce?  (comb bee in ess)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Puis je?  (peej)
maybe – Peut-être  (puh tet huh)
no problem – pas de problème  (pah deh prah blem)
please – S'il vous plaît  (see voo play)
sorry – pardon  (pahr doh)
thank you – Merci  (mehr see)
what is that? – Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
where is… – Où est  (ooh est)
yes / no – Oui / non  (wee / no)
you are welcome – De rien  (deh ree anh)

And here’s how to say thanks in other languages!

Arabic–Shukran  (shuk ran)
Chinese–Xiè Lā!  (Shiye La!)
Croatian–hvala  (hvah luh)
Czech–Diky  (deeky)
Finnish–kiitti  (kee eh tih)
French–Merci  (mehr see)
German–danke  (dahn kuh)
Italian–grazie  (gratz ee eh)
Japanese–Arigato  (Ah Ree Gah Tow)
Korean–Gomawoyo.  (Go Ma Wo Yo.)
Polish–dzięki  (jen' kee)
Portuguese–Obrigado/a  (oh bree gah doo/dah)
Russian–Spasibo  (Spah сee bah)
Spanish–gracias  (grah see ahs)
Swahili–shukrani  (shook rah nee)
Thai–Khop Khun Khrap/Kha  (kop koon krahp/KAH)
Turkish–sağol  (sahl)
Vietnamese–Cảm Ơn  (Kam Uhn)

In every culture, courtesy gets you a long way. Gratitude is a universal form of appreciation, and knowing when to say "thanks" (Merci) in French ensures that you are well on your way to being considered a polite guest! Get instant access to the French Language Set to learn more of these courtesy phrases.

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