Everything about the French phrase "Merci beaucoup"

Are you ready to find out everything you want to know about the basic phrase “Merci beaucoup”?

Including a detailed explanation of what it is and how to use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And that’s not all, we also sprinkled useful things like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonym and more!

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English translation

Pronunciation example

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Merci beaucoup meaning


The literal meaning is:

  • Merci → Thanks
  • Beaucoup → A lot

We will dedicate this article to “Merci beaucoup” and the other ways to express powerful gratitude when a simple “Merci” (Thanks) is not enough.

Typically, when you received a huge gift or someone did something amazing for you. So much that a simple “Thank you” would sound almost insulting!

We will see in another article a complete guide of the more classic ways to say “thank you” in French don’t worry!

How to use

Imagine someone offers you an amazing gift and your heart is full of gratitude, then instead of a classic “Merci.” you can use “Merci beaucoup !” (Thanks a lot!) or any other variations you will find in the next section.

All of them are fine with formal contexts, so you can use them in a professional environment too.

Synonyms and similarities

Powerful gratitude:

  • Merci pour tout ! (“Thanks for everything!“)
  • Merci bien! (“Thanks a lot!“)
  • Un grand merci ! (“A big thanks!“)
  • Mille mercis ! (“Thousand thanks!“)
  • Merci mille fois ! (“Thanks a thousand times!“)
  • Merci du fond du coeur ! (“Thanks from the bottom of my heart!“)
  • Merci infiniment ! (“Infinite thanks!“)

Normal gratitude:

  • Merci. (“Thanks“)
  • Je vous remercie. (“Thank you“)(Formal and/or plural)
  • Cimer. (“Thanks“)(Slang)

Audio dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” What time is it? “
” Il est cinq heure et demi “
” It’s half past five “
” Merci beaucoup “
” Thanks a lot “
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