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Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Hi everybody! I am Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in German. Today we’re going to learn how to use good manners as we thank people.
Fertig? Are you ready? Los! So let’s start!
There are several ways to thank someone, let’s start with the easiest. It is just one word:
Danke.
[slowly] Danke.
Danke means “thank you”.
When saying “thank you very much” you just need to add sehr.
[slowly] Danke sehr.
Sehr means “a lot”. So Danke sehr is like saying “Thank you very much.”
During the last lesson we discussed the informal and the formal way of speaking German. Danke is the casual way to thank someone. If you want to be more formal, there is another phrase you should use.
Ich danke Ihnen. [slowly] Ich danke Ihnen.
Let’s break this phrase down. Ich is I, and danke means thanks. Ihnen is a formal word for you in the dative case. Notice that we don’t use Sie as in the last lesson. We will discuss German pronouns in more depth in a later lesson. The full sentence once again: Ich danke Ihnen.
How do you answer? It’s easy! Here are two different ways to do it.
The first is:
Bitteschön.
[slowly] Bitteschön
Bitteschön can be used with just about anybody.
The other way to say “you are welcome” is the expression:
Gern geschehen.
[slowly] Gern geschehen.
Literally, this phrase means "I liked it to happen" or "happened with pleasure,” but it has become a common and polite way to respond to someone
thanking you.
So when someone saying Danke to you, we can simply reply with:
Bitteschön or Gern geschehen.
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
If you’re not sure about whether to use Danke or Ich danke Ihnen, keeping it simple is always your safest bet. You don’t have to worry about formal or informal situations; Danke can be used with just about anyone, anywhere, and at anytime!
Do you know what Auf Wiedersehen means? In our next lesson you’ll learn this and other greetings in German!
Danke und bis bald, zur nächsten Lektion!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Cynthia
Sunday at 04:34 AM
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I´m so happy because I can return to German lessons!! I will be more patient with myself. Cheers from Mexico!!😄

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Thursday at 08:02 AM
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Hi Gregório,


Well spotted!👍

This lesson was intentionally kept a bit shorter, but

you are perfectly right. Both are very common ways of

expressing gratitude in German, and both are rather formal.

Btw: !Vielen Dank!😉


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Gregório Oliveira
Sunday at 09:18 AM
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What about "Danke schön" or "Wielen Danke". Are these also used? Are they formal or informal?

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Wednesday at 07:57 AM
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Hi Babatunde,


Nice to meet you. Thank you for asking.

The sun is shining, which will make the walk with our dog

so much more enjoyable.😉


Glad to hear that your work situation is getting better.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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babatunde
Wednesday at 03:33 AM
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ich bin Babatunde,

ich hatte letzte woche so viel zu tun !.

wie geht es ihnen heute ? 😉

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Monday at 10:55 AM
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Hi Katherine,


Well spotted!👍


"sehr" is the German equivalent of "very". When you say "Danke sehr" you emphasize

your gratitude.

"Danke schön" is equal to just "Danke", I would say, may be a little bit friendlier, meaning

just Thank you or Thanks.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Katherine
Wednesday at 10:31 AM
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So, this video mentions "Danke", "Danke sehr" and "Ich danke Ihnen". However, I was surprised that she doesn't mention "Danke schoen". I've seen this used many places....where does it fit in the scale of formality? Is it less formal than "Danke sehr"?


Thanks!

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Wednesday at 11:55 PM
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Hallo robert groulx,


Danke schön for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


Kind regards,

Levente

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robert groulx
Friday at 09:38 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


Gern geschehen.


robeert

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Thursday at 09:50 AM
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Hi Cijo,


You are welcome!😉

Please let us know if you ever have any questions.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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