How to Say Thank You in Chinese (Besides 谢谢)

July 25, 2019

Living in China, there are some words we pick up pretty quickly, such as "thank you".
We all know 谢谢 xièxiè, but how else can you say thank you in Chinese?

Here are five other ways to express your gratitude:

1. 多谢

Thank you very much.

This is also a basic form of thanks, though a bit more expressive than simply 谢谢.
You: Let me get the door for you.
Ayi:  多谢。

2. 万分感谢

  Wànfēn gǎnxiè
Many thanks

"万分" means "very much, extremely", so you will hear this used when someone is very grateful.

Boss:  I'm recommending you for a promotion. You deserve it!
You:   万分感谢!

3. 辛苦了

I appreciate your hard work.

This is the way to thank someone for all of their effort, especially if they are going above and beyond the call of duty.

You: I've worked overtime four days this week!
Boss: 辛苦了。

4. 让你费心了

Ràng nǐ fèixīnle
You shouldn't have!

Literally translated “I made you spend your heart”, this means of thanks is often employed when someone has gone out of their way or put themselves out for you.

Friend: I got you these diamond-encrusted chopsticks.
You:     让你费心了!

5. 哪里, 哪里

Nǎlǐ, nǎlǐ
Oh, it's nothing

This is the way to politely say “thank you” to a compliment. The literal meaning is “Where? Where?” as if you cannot see your own merit.

Anybody: Your Chinese is so good!
You:          哪里,哪里。

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