When I started to learn Mandarin, I learned on the Rosetta Stone program that it is 不谢 to say "you are welcome" in Mandarin.

However, when I met a Chinese girl in Shanghai, she said that 不谢 is never used and 不用谢 is the only correct word in Mandarin. She is from Nanjing, and we met at Shanghai for your information.

However, now I'm in Chongqing and the host of a room I rented via AirBnB used 不谢 to respond to my 谢谢. I don't know where he is from, for your information.

So now I'm confused. In Mandarin, which is the correct word to say "you are welcome"? Also, is there any difference between regions?

  • You could also say 别客气 or 不客气.
    – Michael
    Apr 28, 2017 at 14:48
  • 1
    Both are fine. 不用谢 is more formal and polite.
    – user4072
    Apr 28, 2017 at 15:29
  • You can use any of the following and anyone who speaks Mandarin should understand: 不谢,不用谢,不客气,别客气,没事儿. Apr 29, 2017 at 23:07

3 Answers 3


which is the correct word to say "you are welcome"?

Both 不谢 and 不用谢 are correct.



don't mention it / not at all


You're welcome / Don't mention it

Hell, I have had an old lady tell me: 不用谢谢 - but I wouldn't recommend using this one.

In the north you might hear 甭(béng)谢, 甭 being a contraction of 不 and 用.

You can also use 不客气

you're welcome / don't mention it / impolite / rude / blunt

  • So then is the meaning different between the two?
    – Blaszard
    Apr 29, 2017 at 4:58
  • @Blaszard Yes and No. It's like asking if there's a difference between "sure" and "you're welcome" in response to "thanks" in English.
    – Mou某
    Apr 30, 2017 at 14:42

I just saw this in a Chinese drama that I am watching, if they have captions, and even the sound we hear is 不 谢, then this expression is spoken by some regions.


In face-to-face conversations, I often say '不用谢'.

However, when spoken quickly, it can sound like '不谢', which isn't as formal.

In written form, '不用谢' is the more official expression, while '不谢' is also acceptable and tends to be more colloquial.

however, it is worth noting that "不谢" is not as good as "不用谢" to make people feel friendly, so when facing a stranger, and you want to make the other person feel that you are more friendly, "不用谢" is a better choice.

Of course, the more authentic expressions are usually “没关系”(It's OK),"不客气"(you’re welcome)。

enter image description here

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.