In addition to this video, check out this article on the use of you're welcome in french.
Thank you. It's really important to say thank you, to thank someone who has done you a favor, done something for you or said something nice to you.
But when someone says thank you or thank you very much to you, what can you answer? How can you respond politely to a thank you?
What are the equivalent expressions in French to "you're welcome" in English?
When you do someone a favor, say something nice to them, help them, they say thank you.
Maybe you were taught to answer him with nothing. Thank you - you're welcome. "De rien" is the most basic, classic polite response you can hear in French.
You're welcome, it really means that what you did wasn't much. But there are other expressions you can use. Some are more polite, some more colloquial, some just formal.
We'll look at six of them together today.
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Now back to the topic of the video and the alternatives to saying nothing. The first one we'll look at is "please".
You're welcome. You're welcome. This is one of the most classic, formal and polite alternatives to you're welcome. You'll use this expression if you see yourself the person you're addressing, if you tell them you and not you.
In general, we use the polite form of address, either because we don't know the person or out of respect.
Please, you can use it in business, in stores, with strangers. It's really quite classic. I'll give you a context. For example, if you are on vacation in Paris and you go to the reception of your hotel to ask for information about the restaurants around the hotel, you will ask the receptionist if he knows any good restaurants.
For example, he will answer: of course, I can recommend Le Bistrot des Plantes or Le Verre Siffleur, they are very good restaurants.
You will say thank you to him and he will certainly answer you please.
You're welcome. Please, you see, it's very similar to please. It's the same formula, but in a tutelary version. When you know the person well or you are on a first-name basis with them, it becomes please.
It's still a very polite wording, quite formal all the same. You can of course use it with your family, with friends, with colleagues.
Here is an example if you are at the table with friends or family and you ask can you pass the salt please? Thank you very much, please.
With pleasure. With pleasure, I think that's the alternative to "you're welcome" that I use the most. I really like that wording. Generally speaking, I also use "please" and "please" a lot. But it's true that I like it, I also use it a lot in emails for example.
It means nothing, but there's an extra dimension. You want to express that you really enjoyed helping someone or doing something for that person.
You were happy to do it. It adds a little more friendliness to the formula. Like please or you're welcome, it's still formal, you can use it with anyone.
Both with strangers and with people you know. Here is a context. If someone says to you, "Could you help me study for my French exam this afternoon? I really need help.
Sure, I'll help you review. Thank you very much. It's my pleasure.
Let's move on to the fourth expression.
The pleasure is all mine. So you see, it looks like the one we just saw "with pleasure" and here, the pleasure is all mine. That wording is really very, very formal, very polite.
The last time I heard it, I think it was in a somewhat fancy restaurant. You really want to emphasize that it really made you feel good. Of course, you can use it in less formal settings, but you really want to emphasize.
For example, you can use it in a professional exchange. Here is a context. For example, let's imagine when I finished my studies, I had to hand in a thesis and I interviewed people for my thesis.
So, I could say to one of these people: thank you for agreeing to meet with me. It really helped me a lot with my thesis. The person can say "my pleasure".
You're welcome. This is a more familiar expression. You'll use it more with family, friends or colleagues, for example, that you're close to. It's more common language, less formal.
There's no need, it's really implied there's no need to thank me.
It's not even worth saying thank you. As you know, in French, we love to make contractions of words. So, very often, instead of il n'y a pas de quoi, you will even hear "y a pas de quoi".
I don't know if you remember, but I made a video about fast spoken French, so French spoken in everyday life, French that is a little bit faster. Very often, "il n'y a" doesn't come "y a".
I'm going to put the video right above if you haven't already seen it, so you can understand this contraction.
Thank you so much for lending me your dress for the party. You're welcome. You're welcome.
And finally, let's end with one last alternative which is simply "it's me". It may sound a little weird to say "it's me". But in reality, what is implied is that I am the one who thanks you.
But very often, in France, we will just say it's me.
This expression is often used when the benefit was mutual. For example, if you buy something in a store, you will say thank you. The person might answer you that it's me, because the benefit is mutual.
It's kind of similar to thank you and thank you. I may say thank you to someone and they may say no, thank you to you or no, thank you to you.
It's kind of the same as it is me. It's a shared pleasure. A little context, for example at the bakery if I say.
Hello, I would like two croissants and a baguette, please.
The baker will give them to you. You will say thank you. And the person can answer you it's me or thanks to you.
That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed this video, that you were able to enrich your French vocabulary with these expressions. Put me in comment if you know other alternatives to nothing because there are others, we couldn't see them all here today.
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