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Salut, je m'appelle Ingrid. Hi everybody! I’m Ingrid.
Welcome to FrenchPod101.com’s “Le français en 3 minutes”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn French.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in French. Today we’re going to learn how to use good manners as we thank people.
Vous êtes prêts? Are you ready? Alors c'est parti, so let’s start!
There are several ways to thank someone, let’s start with the easiest. It is just one word:
[slowly] Merci.
Merci means “thank you”.
When saying “thank you very much” you just need to add beaucoup.
Merci beaucoup.
[slowly] Merci beaucoup.
Beaucoup means “a lot”. So Merci beaucoup. is like saying “Thank you very much.”
During the last lesson we mentioned both the informal and the formal way of speaking French. Merci is the a casual way to thank someone, If you want to be more formal, there is another phrase you should use.
Je vous remercie.
[slowly] Je vous remercie.
Let’s break this phrase down. Je is I, and vous is the formal word for you. Remercie means “give thanks.” I give thanks to you. Je vous remercie.
How do you answer? It’s easy! There are basically two different ways to do it!
The first is:
De rien.
[slowly] De rien.
De rien literally means It's nothing but it is the equivalent of you are welcome;
The other way to say “you are welcome” is the expression:
Je vous en prie.
[slowly] Je vous en prie.
Literally, this phrase means "I beg you to do it" or "please do,” but it has become a common and polite way to respond to someone thanking you.
So when someone saying merci to you, we can simply reply with:
De rien or Je vous en prie.
Now it’s time for Ingrid’s Insights.
If you’re not sure about whether to use merci or Je vous remercie, keeping it simple is always your safest bet. You don’t have to worry about formal or informal situations; merci can be used with just about anyone, anywhere, and at anytime!
Do you know what aurevoir means? In our next Le français en 3 minutes lesson you’ll learn this and other greetings in French!
A bientôt et merci, à la prochaine leçon!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Who will you thank in French?

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Monday at 05:06 PM
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Bonjour Josh,

Il est inutile de mettre une cédille devant un e ou un i : c devant ces voyelles se prononce toujours [s] ;-).

Bonne journée,


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Friday at 02:05 AM
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Bonjour, je m'appelle Josh Schuller. Why is Merci spelled with a "c" not a "ç"? Merci beaucoup

Monday at 02:05 AM
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Bonjour Angel et Atallah,

Merci pour vos messages.

Continuez d'étudier le Français.

Bon dimanche !

Marie Alice

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Sunday at 12:59 AM
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Merci beaucoup for teaching me how to say... Merci beaucoup

Wednesday at 09:23 PM
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Je vous remercie !

Friday at 11:16 PM
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Hi Cody,

Thank you for joining us!

In case of any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.



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Tuesday at 10:47 AM
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Merci beaucoup mon ami who told me about this site hahaha

Monday at 10:41 PM
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Bonjour Abdul et VB6345,

Merci pour vos messages. Comment allez-vous ?

Bonne semaine,

Marie Alice

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Monday at 08:42 PM
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Je vous remerci.

De rien.

Je vous en prie.


Abdul bari
Monday at 08:54 AM
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bonjour je m'appelle Abdul Bari , je vous remerci de french pod 101 .com and ingrid