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Gratitude & Leave Taking

In this module, you will learn the ins and outs of expressing gratitude & leave taking in Spanish.

Expressing gratitude and leave taking are two separate communicative acts. They are included together in this module because there is not enough empirical evidence available on either communicative act to warrant individual modules. Stay tuned! As more evidence becomes available, the length and content of this unit will change.

What is a expressing gratitude?

In Expressions of gratitude, the speaker thanks the hearer for something he or she is doing, or has done. There is usually an imbalance in the relationship between the speaker and the hearer because the speaker owes a favor to the hearer in return.  By thanking the hearer, the speaker expresses his or her feelings of indebtedness as well as those of appreciation. 

What is leave taking?

Leave taking occurs on a number of occasions. In leave taking, the speaker indicates that he or she must leave (or hang up) and says good-bye. This communicative act happens in face-to-face conversations as well as on the telephone; it is used between people who have a close relationship as well as among strangers. Proper leave takings are important because they close an interaction and indicate the tone of future interactions between the interlocutors.


What will you learn about expressing gratitude and leave taking in Spanish in this module?

In this module, we will examine various pragmatic strategies you can use in Spanish to express gratitude and perform leave takings in Spanish.

At the end of this module, you will know how to:

  1. Identify expressions of gratitude and leave takings in a variety of contexts.
  2. Express gratitude using appropriate pragmatic strategies (sociocultural and language) while considering important social factors within context.
  3. Perform leave takings using appropriate pragmatic strategies (sociocultural and language) while considering important social factors within context.
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