New Ways to Say Thank You & You’re Welcome in English

Grammar, Vocab and Pronunciation | 11 comments

Grammar books. I love them and hate them.

When I first started to learn French – my second language – I started with a grammar book. And, like you in English, the first words I learned were: please, thank you, you’re welcome, how are you, I’m fine…

 

And of course, those are great. You MUST learn those words and expressions.

But then I moved to France. I started talking to French people. And I realized I was missing some important language.

I realized I understood perfect, formal French from a grammar book. But I didn’t understand everyday French. The language people use with their friends and family.

 

You might feel that way in English.

Do you sometimes hear a simple expression in English – an expression that should be so easy – but you’re really not sure what it means?

If so, you’re not alone.

 

Today we’re *getting back to the basics* with thank you and you’re welcome. But you’re going to learn the expressions that native speaker use regularly.

Are you thinking: “But wait!?! Does that mean I shouldn’t use thank you or you’re welcome?

Not at all! Those expressions are always appropriate.

 

But let’s expand your vocabulary. Let’s help you sound more natural in English. And let’s make it easier to understand what native speakers say to you.

*to get back to the basics = to go back to the begin; to return to the main principles of something

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Now that you’ve watched the video, I have a challenge for you this week. Try using one of these new expressions with your English-speaking colleagues and friends. Try it in an email, a telephone conversation, or face-to-face.

Get comfortable with it. And then try another new expression so you can build your vocabulary naturally.

 

And I’d LOVE to know: what’s your favorite way to say thank you? Share it with me and the Confident English Community in the comments section below.

It might be an expression you learned in today’s lesson. Or maybe it’s an expression you’ve learned somewhere else. 

Have a fantastic Wednesday and see you next week!

~ Annemarie