How To Say You’re Welcome in Spanish
De Nada – This is the most popular way to say your welcome in Spanish. When translated to English it means “it’s nothing”. However, there are several other phrases one can use to express the same gratitude. De nada is by far the most popular saying in Spanish, but in other parts of the world, here are some other ways you can say You’re Welcome.
Por Nada – This is used less often, but still roughly translates to “for nothing”. In Spanish it is another way to say your welcome.
No Hay De Qué – You may hear Spanish speaking countries use this phrase in more formal settings. It’s a politer way to say you’re welcome then De Nada. It doesn’t really translate well into English as it comes out to “nothing to thank for”.
a la orden – Another formal way to say you’re welcome and translates to “at your command”. This is a common saying throughout most Spanish speaking countries and often used when assisting someone. It is also often used when speaking to someone elderly as a sign of respect.
con gusto – Not as commonly used, but you may hear it from time to time. This phrase translates to “with pleasure”.
Spanish speaking countries pride themselves on good etiquette. You’ll never hear a conversation not begin with a greeting such as hello, good morning, or good day and end with thank you, good night, or see you later. This is pretty common in most countries so it shouldn’t surprise you that it’s proper to answer every thank you with you’re welcome. The nice thing is just like in English, there are so many ways on how you can say your welcome. I personally like to say no worries or my pleasure just to change up the pace.
Examples of how to say You’re welcome in Spanish
- You’re welcome here anytime – Eres bienvenido aquí en cualquier momento
- Of course you’re welcome to come with us – Por supuesto que eres bienvenido a venir con nosotros.
- You’re welcome to take a look around – Le invitamos a echar un vistazo alrededor
- You’re welcome. Don’t worry about it. – Eres bienvenido. No te preocupes por eso.
- You’re welcome to ask me any questions – Eres bienvenido a hacerme cualquier pregunta.
Other ways to say You Are Welcome in Spanish
- No es nada – Meaning “it’s not a big deal” and one of the most casual ways you may hear someone reply after a thank you. Often used between friends and family as it holds no formal meaning.
- No hay problema – Meaning “it’s no problem” and again a very casual and simple alternative way to say you’re welcome.
- No tienes nada que agradecer – Meaning “think nothing of it”. You probably won’t hear this being used too often, but the older generation particular in Spain does sometimes use this phrase as a polite way to say you’re welcome after being thanked.
- Es un placer – Meaning “it’s my pleasure”. The hospitality industry will often say this to guests who thank them for carrying the luggage, serving them at a restaurant, or even opening a door at a hotel.
- No te preocupes – Meaning “no worries”. Another casual way to say you’re welcome between close friends.
- Con gusto – Meaning “happy to help”. A very polite response to someone who thanks you.
Make sure you also brush up on some other popular phrases before visiting a Spanish speaking countries. Learning how to say “you’re welcome” is just one of roughly 20-25 works you should learn to fit into their culture and have a conversation worth while. The most important thing is everyone will be grateful you give an effort by just trying to be a part of their heritage.
History of You’re Welcome in Spanish
Not only in Spanish speaking countries, but all over the world the polite response from someone thanking you dated all the way back into the middle ages when it was more meant as agreeing with someone or finding something pleasing. As time went on the phrase “you’re welcome” shifted around the 15th century and was then thought to be used as giving someone permission to do something. Ex. “Here are some candies. You’re welcome”. Not until the 19th century did this phrase start being translated into a more polite form of greetings which we know today. Countries like Spain are very rich in their cultural values so saying you’re welcome after someone thanks you is customary and considered rude if you don’t reply.
Now that you have a little better understanding on Spanish greetings, be sure to try saying these phrases before traveling to a Spanish speaking country. The more practice you can do, the easier it will be to have a conversation and naturally speak the language without tripping up on your own words.
There are several other ways you can also say “you’re welcome” in Spanish, but these are some of the more popular ways. Learn also how to say thank you in Spanish.