or Merci infiniment – infinity times thank you
Merci à tous – Thank you all of you
Formal vs. informal french for thank you
You may very well be aware that there are two ways to express yourself in French: Tu or Vous. Tu is more casual that could be used by all of your family, friends, and coworkers, while Vous is reserved for outsiders, people greater than you, and those considered to be your leader, such as your boss. The correct pronunciation of “you” is Vous. Such words can be used to express gratitude in the following ways:
- e te remercie – informal way to say I thank you
- Je vous remercie – formal way to say I thank you
Sincere or sarcastic?
Thank you very much!
What method did you use to translate that? Did it come across as a genuine attractive place or a humorous response? For instance, based on sound and inflection, it can be anything, and there is a French phrase that does the same thing.
Let’s begin by setting the scene:
You’re in a shop, and you’ve just purchased some freshly baked pastries. The store manager hands you your money and says, “passez une bonne journée.”
“Merci Bien, vous aussi,” you say with a smile.
Once you get to your car, you notice somebody is crossing the street next to you, which has parked so next to yours that you can hardly open your door. They shrug unashamedly as they look through you.
When you struggle to get into your automobile, your response, “Merci Bien.”
The first time “Merci Bien” said this with sincerity, while the second time it was said jokingly with irritation. Pay close attention to how it’s expressed, as well as how you say it because you don’t want to hurt the person you’re attempting to appreciate. That shouldn’t be too hard to express gratitude in French, and often. Occasionally, a friendly hello would do, but maybe in doubt, choose merci beaucoup then.
What is your reaction to merci?