A thank-you message

A thank-you message

Learn how to write a thank-you message to a colleague.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text

From: Paco
To: Maria
Subject: Thanks

Hi Maria,

I hope you're well.

I'm just writing to say thanks for your help on the project last month. We really appreciate you stepping in to support us. I know you had to put in extra hours to catch up on your own work, so thank you very much.  

Your expertise was vital for this project and we couldn't have finished it successfully without you. You really helped us and we hope to work with you again on future projects.

I'll be in touch again soon about possible future collaborations. I look forward to working with you more closely this year.

All the best,



  1. Start with a friendly comment:
    I hope you're well.
  2. It's usually best to use an informal style with colleagues:
    Hi Maria, …
    Thanks for your help.
  3. Keep it short.
  4. Mention the good work they did and the positive effect of it:
    Your expertise was vital for this project.
    We couldn't have finished it successfully without your help.
  5. End with a positive comment about future collaboration:
    I hope to work with you more closely in future.
    I look forward to working with you again.

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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 09:35

Well, the last time I thanked my friend not a colleague. I made a renovation at home and my friend really helped me. It was my first renovation and I didn't have any experience in this case. I even didn't know where to start. My friend gave me many helpful adviсes, helped me to choose proper materials, and find a qualified electrician. We even built a partition-wall together to make a clothes room instead of an old storeroom. I can't imagine how I did all these works without him. Ok, I definitely, could make it but it would have been worse and much more expensive.

Submitted by Min Htet Kaung on Fri, 24/07/2020 - 16:12

To write honestly, I have never expressed my gratitude in words in my life. I seldom say thanks to my close friends. But in my mind, I never forget their good deeds to me. The last time l have to thank someone is in two years ago. At that time I resigned from my former company and sought for a job. One of my workmates from former company was working in a new company. He introduced me to his company and soon I got a new job. This company pays higher salary than the previous one. I didn't say thanks to him but in my mind I said thanks in deep.
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Submitted by Red Sus on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 03:03

To: British Council Team Subject: Thank you Dear British Council Team, I hope you’re well. I'm writing to say thank you for all hard-working efforts of yours. The lessons are organized and presented very clearly and easily for students to study faster and more accurately. Having an opportunity to access the free yet highest quality education, for students like us, is invaluable. I sure learned a lot, and I will keep learning. So thank you very much. I really appreciate it. Finally, I really hope you’re doing well, and always in good luck. The values you spread will always come back to you. All the best, Genma

Submitted by Javad on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 08:59

I am really a grateful person usually and most of the times I appreciated and thanks from those my friends and colleagues who help me during my daily life. It is so good for us to be thankful.

Submitted by Bush on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 08:58

From: Bush To: Team British Council Subject: Thanks Hi, I hope you all are doing well I’m writing this letter to thank you for your work and dedication in proving us with A-grade English lessons. I have learnt several new skills and I am hoping to acquire further knowledge of the English language. Your lessons will help me to implement this knowledge in real life for which I can't thank you enough. I look forward to learning new lessons with you Thank you

Submitted by martin olivares on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 19:00

When i receive help from others i always send a message to thank them for their help! we should be more grateful to the community! and we must create a really friendly atmosphere :)

Submitted by Miyu on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 14:47

From: Miyu To: Mayuka Subject: Thanks Hi Mayuka, I hope you’re well. I’m just writing to say thanks for your help with the presentation last week. We really thank you stepping in to support us by giving a great deal of information. In spite of the situation that we had not had enough time, you had prepared excellently. If you had not corrected a lot of articles, we could not have been selected the best team last week. Moreover, the data related to the foundation of our opinions were helped us complete our arrengements. We think we could not have success this presentation in time without you. We all respect you as you have talent to gather all of information that is needed to the project smoothly. We are also looking forward to working with you in same project again. We are expecting that we will learn lots of things from you for future jobs. Thank you very much. All the best, Miyu

Submitted by Alexandra crespo on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 23:58

Last time I thanked to someone for her helping was four mounth ago. I wrote him a note for his birthday. This note was for my best friend, she turned 23 years old, so I decided write a letter in gratitude for all the help you have given me in my good and bad times.