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Formal and Informal Ways to Say “You’re Welcome” in Chinese

The basic expressions

Just like 谢谢,there are many simple ways to say ‘you’re welcome’ or ‘it’s okay’. That’s alright. / You are welcome.

不用谢 (Bùyòng xiè.)

不用客气 (bùyòng kèqì.)

你太客气了 (Nǐ tài kèqìle.)

e.g.

A: 谢谢你!(Xièxie nǐ!)
Thank you!

B: 不用谢!(Bùyòng xiè!)
You are welcome!

A: 太感谢你了!(Tài gǎnxiè nǐle!)
Thank you so much!

B: 你太客气了!(Nǐ tài kèqìle.)
You are welcome!

The modest expressions

If you’re in a business situation or want to be extra polite, you might want to use a more formal expression, such as:

It was my pleasure.

这是我的荣幸。
(Zhè shì wǒ de róngxìng.)

乐意效劳
(Lèyì xiàoláo.)

e.g.

A:谢谢你的帮助。(Xièxie nǐ de bāngzhù.)
Thank you for your help.

B: 这是我的荣幸。(Zhè shì wǒ de róngxìng.)
It’s my honor.

A: 感谢你做的一切。(Gǎnxiè nǐ zuò de yīqiè.)
Thank you for everything.

B: 乐意效劳。(Lèyì xiàoláo.)
It’s my pleasure.

The casual expressions

If you want to emphasize that what you did was not a problem, or no big deal, then you can use these casual expressions

It was nothing. / It’s no big deal.

那没什么。
(Nà méishénme.)

没事
(Méishì.)

小意思
(Xiǎo yìsi.)

举手之劳
(Jǔ shǒu zhī láo.)

e.g.

A: 辛苦了。(Xīnkǔ le!)
I appreciate your hard work.

B: 小意思。(Xiǎo yìsi.)
It’s no big deal.

A: 麻烦你了!(Máfan nǐ le!)
Sorry to bother you.

B: 举手之劳。(Jǔ shǒu zhī láo.)
It’s nothing

Bonus expressions

There are a couple longer phrases that can be used when you really want to reciprocate someone’s kindness. You can use these when someone has been very respectful, and you want to be equally polite.

I’m very much obliged to you, no worries!

咱们谁跟谁呀,别客气!
(Zánmen shéi gēn shéi ya, bié kèqì!)

那是我应该做的。
(Nà shì wǒ yīnggāi zuò de.)

e.g.

A: 真不知道该怎么感谢你。(Zhēn bù zhīdào gāi zěnme gǎnxiè nǐ.)
I really don’t know how to repay you.

B: 咱们谁跟谁呀,别客气!(Zánmen shéi gēn shéi ya, bié kèqì!)
I’m very much obliged to you, no worries!

A: 我得好好谢谢你。(Wǒ děi hǎohǎo xièxie nǐ.)
I really need to thank you well.

B: 那是我应该做的。(Nà shì wǒ yīnggāi zuò de.)
I’m obliged to you.

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