Which one is right?

  1. I am glad to tell you that ...
  2. I am glad I can tell you that ...

Or can both be used?

I am from Germany and we use both (in German).

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Both are fine, they obey all the grammar rules, and are reasonably idiomatic. The meanings might be subtly different, as the second one has the word "can" - which links to "ability" or "permission", and suggests that previously "I couldn't tell you."

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    Also often seen is 'I am glad to be able to tell you...' Mar 12 at 15:23

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