Thank You in German

Learn how to say thank you in German with this online lesson including audio. In addition to learning several different ways to express your gratitude in German, you will also find a number of ready-made, situation specific thank you sentences.

Unlike in English, a greater distinction is made between formal and informal communication depending on whom you are talking or writing to. Most of the phrases below can be used in formal and informal situations, unless indicated otherwise.

Right, let's get started.

Many thanks - Vielen Dank

Thanks / Thank you - Danke

Thank you very much - Danke schön/Danke sehr

You could also use the following words to say thank you in German, although you tend to hear them less often:

Many thanks - Besten Dank
(Literally means 'Best thanks')

Many thanks - Herzlichen Dank
(Literally 'heartfelt thanks'. Formal.)

Thanks a million - Tausend Dank
(Literally means 'a thousand thanks')

Thanks a lot - Danke vielmals

Ready-to-use thank you sentences

Here are some ready-made sentences to help you say thank you.

I have used 'Danke' (Thank you) in the majority of the sentences, but you could also use 'Vielen Dank' (Many thanks). This would also make it slightly more formal.

Thank you for being so understanding - Danke für Ihr/Dein Verständnis
(Formal= Ihr / Informal = Dein)

Thank you for your help - Danke für Ihre/Deine Hilfe
(Formal = Ihre / Informal = Deine)

Thank you for your co-operation - Danke für die gute Zusammenarbeit

Thank you for being such a good colleague -
Danke für die gute Zusammenarbeit
(Literally: 'Thank you for the good teamwork/co-operation')

Thank you for the good advice - Danke für die gute Beratung

Thank you for your efforts - Danke für Ihre/Deine Bemühungen
(Formal = Ihre / Informal = Deine)

Thank you for the wonderful present -
Danke für das wunderschöne Geschenk

Thank you for the money - Danke für das Geld

Thank you for your interest - Danke für das Interesse

Thank you for your input - Danke für Ihren/Deinen Beitrag
(Formal =Ihren / Informal= Deinen)

Thank you for your excellent work - Danke für die hervorragende Leistung

Thank you for the lovely card - Danke für die schöne Karte

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers -
Vielen Dank für die wunderschönen Blumen

Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you again soon -
Vielen Dank. Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie/Dich wiederzusehen
(Formal =Sie / Informal= Dich)

Thank you in advance - Vielen Dank im Voraus

Special thanks go to... - Besonderer Dank gebührt...

We would like to thank ... for his/her outstanding work -
Wir möchten uns bei ... für seine/ihre ausgezeichnete Arbeit bedanken

Thank you to you too - Danke gleichfalls

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