Expressing Thanks and Saying Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish

Expressing Thanks and Saying Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish

Inside: How to say Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish, thank you in Spanish, and you’re welcome in Spanish. 


Greetings are one of those things in Spanish: being polite, warm, and expressive is right up there with syntax and grammar. Thanksgiving itself isn’t a holiday usually celebrated outside the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, but if you’d like to wish Spanish-speakers a Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish, you can say it like this: Feliz día de acción de gracias. 

(Or, if you want to be hip and modern and say Happy Turkey Day, you’d say Feliz día del pavo.)

Acción de gracias is old word with religious connotations, and churches will sometimes have a services that’s called Culto de acción de gracias— literally, a meeting for the action of giving thanks. I’ve heard the variant of Feliz día de acción de gracia, but it doesn’t seem to be as common.


Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish 


happy thanksgiving in spanish


Gracias is one of the most commonly-known Spanish words, but there are lots of variations if you want to use richer language to express gratitude itself. Niceties, of course, are huge in Spanish, and this sort of language goes a long way in developing relationships within Hispanic culture. 

There’s a certain formality of speech in things like thank-you’s and you’re welcome’s, and plenty of ways to say both. I’ve gathered a list of each for you, and tried to stick to phrases that are fairly universal. (There seems to be lots of regional slang for you’re welcome: graciela, no hay pedo, mereces, etc. But I figured you don’t want that hanging up in your classroom.)

If you’d like to post the graphics in your classroom, you can download them for free! I even included versions with lighter backgrounds to save printer ink. 


Thank You in Spanish


thank you in spanish



You’re Welcome in Spanish


you're welcome in spanish




If you are interested in Thanksgiving in Spanish activities for the classroom, I’ve gathered lots of great ideas for you. You can also see my Thanksgiving songs in Spanish, for kids!

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The Classic Spanish Songs You Need to Know

The Classic Spanish Songs You Need to Know

Inside: The best classic Spanish songs, with YouTube videos.

Some songs run in your veins. They take you home, your heart swells with memories, and maybe you can’t help but go grab your dancing shoes. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’ve gathered a list of those songs here: those traditional songs in Spanish everyone should know.

To be be down-to-earth and real, reggaeton and bachatas are totally my guilty pleasures.

I use many pop Spanish songs in my classes (and love them)…. BUT–

It’s important to give our kids and students the music of decades or centuries, too

We’re talking the classic songs in Spanish, or from before Spanish was the official language. This music connects us to the present and the past. And music is so entrenched in Hispanic history and culture, you won’t have to look far. (If you’re looking for Spanish folk songs for children, I’ve got a list of those as well!)


13 Classic Spanish Songs


You don’t have to dissect or study the music, if you don’t want to. It’s okay to simply listen to and love the these songs, together with your family or classes. They speak for themselves, as great art does.

So grab your dancing shoes, maybe a box of tissues in case the nostalgia kicks in, and let’s go!


1. Guantanamera


2. El condor pasa


3. Bamboleo


4. México lindo y querido


5. La bamba


6. Los caminos de la vida


7. Sólo le pido a Dios


8. Caballito nicoyano


9. Cielito lindo


10. María Isabel


11. La gota fría


12. Si vas para Chile


13. El solar de Monimbó


Now you tell me what I missed! Comment with your favorite traditional songs in Spanish below.

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Don’t miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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Easy Nazca Lines Craft for Kids

Easy Nazca Lines Craft for Kids

Inside: Nazca Lines craft for kids learning about Peruvian culture and history.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017! At the end of this post, find our Multicultural Kid Blogs HHM giveaway for some fun prizes. Today I’m sharing an exploratory Nazca lines craft. The project gives hands-on feel for these marvels of Peru, and how they were made.



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