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Well, today’s English Bite will be about some interesting and different ways of saying YOU’RE WELCOME. To be more specific, 19 different ways of saying YOU’RE WELCOME. Yep, that much! I know you are not beginners anymore, and yeah, this is quite a basic topic but I’m pretty sure that you’ll get impressed by the variety of options that Americans have to answer a simple THANK YOU.
Yep, you’re welcome is the most common option among all of them but I guess it’s important to know the other variations so you can not only use but also understand better.
The first one, yeah, YOU’RE WELCOME and I’ll speak slower cause I guess some of you might have some doubt about this pronunciation – so YOU’RE WELCOME ok? – That’s the first option we learn in English right? And be careful because just saying WELCOME to someone, it’s a greeting to show you’re happy in a very friendly way that he/she has arrived ok? It has nothing to do with answering THANK YOU!
So welcome is one thing and you’re welcome is another.
You’re welcome is what you say when someone says THANK YOU. That’s it! And not when someone is arriving, gotcha?
Another very common option to answer THANK YOU is NOT AT ALL (or NOT AT ALL in British English – but I’m just kidding
because I don’t speak British English, unfortunately – who knows one day?). In American English – NOT AT ALL
I guess we also have a lot of different ways of saying you’re welcome, right? I mean, in Portuguese. So, the same goes to English and another option is “IT WAS NOTHING”. That one, by the way, is more common when someone does you a favor or helps you somehow and when you say THANK YOU, she’ll get back to you by saying “aw, it was nothing” or “it was nothing at all”
The next one my daddy taught me some years ago. Yep, my daddy, believe me! He doesn’t speak any English but he loves listening to music and watching movies and when something catches his attention, he asks me and that was one of these cases. I’m talking about “DON’T MENTION IT”. He used to say /donti menxion iti/ and then I said: “No dad, it’s /dón ménxiãnit/ – So be careful with the pronunciation here alright?
Let’s get a little bit more straight to the point. We can also say:
- THAT’S ALRIGHT
- THAT’S FINE
- NO TROUBLE
- NO SWEAT
- UM-HUM (And guys, it may sound a little rude but believe me, that’s very very common among Americans so don’t take it personal alright? That’s the same as you’re welcome! Of course, intonation counts but in general, that’s just a simple you’re welcome). So, thank you. Um-hum.
If you need some formality, you can say:
- YOU’RE MOST WELCOME
- YOU’RE ENTIRELY WELCOME
- MY PLEASURE
- IT WAS MY PLEASURE
- THE PLEASURE WAS MINE
And of course, I couldn’t forget to share my favorite ones – yeah, I’ll share with you guys the ones that I usually use in my daily routine which is:
- NO PROBLEM
- THAT’S OK
But the most different and interesting one in my opinion that I heard for the first time here in the USA was:
- YOU BET / YOU BETCHA
Kind of funny right? THANK YOU / YOU BETCHA. It’s very very informal but polite… yeah, and I must confess I’ve been using it quite often.
Wow, 19 different ways of saying YOU’RE WELCOME. Do you have to memorize all of them? Well, they’re not something difficult to memorize and I would say it’s kind of important to recognize them when someone is talking to you so like, you don’t have to use all of them in different ways, but I’m gonna tell you, you have to know they exist.
What’s the most common form to you? Any of them you didn’t like? Any favorite one? Feel free to use this audio to talk to your students in the class, your friends or even to yourself. Why not? I sometimes talk to myself, you guys know that – you know, I need an opinion of an expert LOL just kidding
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