STOP saying De Nada in Spanish, Say THIS Instead

STOP saying De Nada in Spanish, Say THIS Instead

It’s not that saying “de nada” is wrong… It’s just that there are plenty of amazing options that will make you sound so much better! 

Chances are you’ve been taught to reply “de nada” when somebody says “gracias” to you. But en este artículo vas a aprender (in this article you will learn) 4 alternatives to de nada that will elevate your Spanish! 

I also added a fifth one that is a bit cheeky and will make you sound más mexicano que el tequila (more Mexican than tequila)! 

1. ¡Es un placer! (It is a pleasure!)

So, I have a friend who hates saying “de nada”, which literally translates as “of nothing”. 

She thinks that, when somebody is expressing gratitude, we shouldn’t say that the very act for which they are thanking us was NADA (NOTHING). It was something! It meant something! 

So, we can say: ¡Es un placer! (It is a pleasure!)

2. ¡Gracias a ti! (Thanks to you!)

We could use this when there was an actual exchange of favors, but also when we want to emphasize that whatever it is we did for the other person, it was a good experience for us, so it is actually us who are thankful to the other person. 

Repite después de mi (repeat after me): ¡Gracias a ti! (Thanks to you!) 

3. No te preocupes. (Do not worry about it.)

You can always use “no te preocupes” (do not worry about it), but it can be particularly useful when the favor in question was something a little difficult or a little personal or something that involved an embarrassing situation.

This way, we can remind the other person that they should not feel like they owe us anything. 

4. Cuando gustes. (Whenever you want.)

Please use this one only if you mean it!!! I like using it when people ask me favors that involve me doing something that I actually enjoy.

Por ejemplo, si me piden explicar (if they ask me to explain) anything related to Mexico, feminism, or food. They’re my favorite topics and I would actually love to do this favor again! So, yeah… ¡cuando gustes!  

By the way, if you’re interested in elevating your Spanish even more, we have a free Spanish training on our website that shows you the 4-step method to stop translating in your head and have fluent Spanish sentences roll off the tongue… without memorizing words lists and grammar rules! 

5. ¡Las que te adornan! (The ones that flatter you!) 

Gracias is both thank you and the quality of gracefulness or flattering characteristics. 

So, let’s assume you’re talking to a Mexican when they say “GRACIAS”… and you are on good terms with them, which I assume you are! Otherwise, ¿por qué le haces favores? (Why do you do favors to them?) 

You can perform this little pun and tell them that the only gracias (the only flattering characteristics) worth mentioning are theirs!!! 

You’re gonna make any Mexican chuckle with this phrase. Feel free to add a cheeky gesture as you say it… to round it all up! 


  • ¡Gracias!
    • ¡Las que te adornan! 

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¡Muy bien! Now you can respond to “gracias” in 4 different ways and a particularly Mexican one!!! Consider your Spanish officially elevated!! ¡¡¡Felicidades!!! 

For some free sample Spanish lessons and a detailed explanation of Conversation Based Chunking, the method we use at Spring Spanish Academy, sign up for our free Spanish training. Te lo voy a agradecer muchísimo (I’m going to be very thankful for it). 
This was Paulísima y fue un placer estar con ustedes. ¡Hasta la próxima!

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