The words 感谢 gǎn xiè and 感恩 gǎn ēn are both used to express appreciation and gratitude in Chinese.
In this video we take a look at some of the key differences between them and learn how to use them correctly!
The key differences between the commonly used Chinese words "感谢 gǎn xiè" and "感恩 gǎn ēn"(A summary of the video above)
"感谢 gǎn xiè" is like a stronger form of “谢谢 xiè xie” (thank you). It's mainly used to thank someone for a specific action that you appreciate.
gǎn xiè nǐ sòng gěi wǒ zhè me hǎo de lǐ wù！
Thank you for giving me such a great gift!
gǎn xiè nǐ duì wǒ zhēn chéng de zàn měi！
Thank you for your sincere compliment!
gǎn xiè nǐ bāng wǒ bān zhè me zhòng de shā fā！
Thank you for helping me move such a heavy sofa!
"感恩 gǎn ēn"goes beyond just being thankful for a specific action.
It’s about your state of mind. You are deeply grateful and feel that you owe (and want to repay) a debt for their kindness.
wǒ de fù mǔ yī zhí yǐ dōu quán lì zhī chí wǒ， wǒ hěn gǎn ēn tā men duì wǒ de ài hé zhī chí.
My parents have always supported me fully and I am grateful for their love and support.
wǒ de dǎo shī duō nián nài xīn de qīng tīng wǒ de xiǎng fǎ， tā gěi wǒ tí gōng le hěn duō bǎo guì de jiàn yì， wǒ fēi cháng gǎn ēn tā duì wǒ de zhǐ yǐn hé guān huái.
My mentor patiently listened to my ideas for many years. He gave me a lot of valuable advice, and I am very grateful for his guidance and care.
Note: "感恩 gǎn ēn" is well-suited for describing gratitude for “bigger” and more “long-lasting” things like LOVE, CARE, SUPPORT & GUIDANCE.
Express Appreciation and Gratitude in Chinese Correctly with “感谢gǎn xiè" and "感恩gǎn ēn" together.
Thanks for what you did! This is how it makes me feel 🙂
gǎn xiè nǐ duì wǒ suǒ zuò de yī qiè. wǒ hěn gǎn ēn.
Thank you for everything you have done for me. I am grateful.
gǎn xiè nǐ wèi wǒ zhǔn bèi de shēng rì jīng xǐ pài duì. wǒ hěn gǎn ēn yǒu nǐ zhè yàng de péng you.
Thank you for the birthday surprise party you prepared for me. I am grateful to have a friend like you.
fēi cháng gǎn xiè nǐ jīn tiān bāng wǒ bān jiā hé zhào gù wǒ de xiǎo gǒu. wǒ fēi cháng gǎn ēn nǐ duì wǒ de bāng zhù.
Thank you so much for helping me move and take care of my dog today. I am very grateful for your help.