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Say “You’re Welcome” in Mexican Spanish
In this lesson, we will continue to learn more phrases that will help you with basic etiquette. Mexican people are naturally hospitable and warm, so phrases of gratitude are used quite often. Even if you don’t get the chance to use de nada, which is the expression for “You're welcome”, during your trip to Mexico, there’s a very big chance you'll hear it. So let’s have a closer look at it!
In Spanish the most common way to say “You’re welcome” is de nada.
Let's break it down:
(slow) de na-da.
Once more:
de nada.
Literally this means “of nothing”
The word de means “of”
(slow) de.
Nada means “nothing”.
(slow) Na-da.
Altogether, that is-
(slow) de na-da.
de nada.
There will be occasions when you will hear no hay de qué. The literal translation in English is “no exist of that" but it means "there's no reason for your thanks" and it often has a similar feeling to "don't worry about it." This phrase is very polite in Spanish.
Let’s break that phrase down:
(slow) No hay de qué.
Once more:
No hay de qué.
In this phrase the word no means “no”. Then we have the verb hay that means “have” or “exist." It’s followed by de which means “for." Finally, we have que which in English literally means “what” or “that.”
Again, the whole phrase is:
(slow) No hay de qué
No hay de qué.
This phrase is very polite and your Mexican friends will be surprised that you can speak Spanish so well. You should use this phrase with older people and in situations when formality is needed, for example - in a post office or a bank.
de nada means “You are welcome.”
And the phrase No hay de qué means “there is no reason for your thanks" or "don't worry about it"
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“You’re welcome.”
(3 sec) de nada.
(slow) de na-da.
De nada.
“There is no reason for your thanks."
(3 sec) No hay de qué.
(slow) No hay de qué
No hay de qué.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Hasta luego.