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Everything about the French phrase "Merci beaucoup"

You are in the right place to find out all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic French phrase "Merci beaucoup". To be clear, this includes a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. Plus, we also added some useful stuff like synonyms, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

English translation

  • Translation : Thanks a lot

  • Register : Formal - Basic

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / mɛʁsi boku /

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Merci beaucoup meaning


The literal meaning is:

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 / Related

Powerful gratitude:

Normal gratitude:

Example in a dialogue with French audio


Il est quelle heure ?

What time is it?

Il est cinq heure et demi

It's half past five

Merci beaucoup

Thanks a lot

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Il est quelle heure ?


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Quel âge as-tu ?