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How To Say ‘Thank you’ in Filipino

How to Say Thank You in Filipino

In most cultures, it is custom to express gratitude in some way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as follows: it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Giving a sincere, thankful response to someone’s actions or words is often the ‘glue’ that keeps relationships together. This is true in most societies! Doing so in a foreign country also shows your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power - use these ones sincerely and often!

Table of Contents

  1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Filipino
  2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes
  3. Infographic & Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You
  4. Video Lesson: ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages
  5. How FilipinoPod101 Can Help You

So, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in Filipino? You can learn easily! Below, FilipinoPod101 brings you perfect translations and pronunciation as you learn the most common ways Filipino speakers say ‘Thanks’ in various situations.

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1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Filipino

1- Thank you.

Salamat!

The magical words that can bring a smile to any face. For one day, truly mean it whenever you say these words, and see how this lifts your spirit too!

2- That’s very kind of you.

Napakabuti ninyo.

This phrase is appropriate when someone clearly goes out of their way to give good service, or to offer you a kindness.

3- Thanks for your kind words!

Salamat sa iyong mga papuri!

Someone paid you a compliment and made you feel good? That is kind of him/her, so express your gratitude!

4- Thank you for coming today.

Salamat sa pagdating ngayong araw.

This welcoming phrase should be part of your arsenal if you’re conducting more formal meetings with Filipino speakers. If you’re hosting a party, this is also a good phrase when you greet your Filipino guests!

5- Thank you for your consideration.

Salamat sa iyong konsiderasyon.

This is a more formal, almost solemn way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a native speaker has to consider something you submit, like a job application, a project or a proposal. You are thanking them, in essence, for time and effort they are about to, or have spent on your submission.

6- Thanks a lot!

Maraming salamat!

This means the same as ‘Thank you’, but with energy and enthusiasm added! It means almost the same as ‘thank you so much’ in Filipino. Use this in an informal setting with your Filipino friends or teachers.

7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

Ang mga guro na katulad ninyo ay bihira.

Some phrases are compliments, which express gratitude by inference. This is one of them. If you’re particularly impressed with your FilipinoPod101 teacher, this is an excellent phrase to memorize!

8- Thank you for spending time with us.

Salamat sa iyong oras na makasama kami.

Any host at a gathering with Filipino speakers, such as a meeting or a party, should have this under his/her belt! Use it when you’re saying goodbye or busy closing a meeting. It could also be another lovely way to thank your Filipino language teacher for her time.

9- Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.

Salamat sa iyong pasensiya at pagtulong na mapabuti ako.

This phrase is another sure way to melt any formal or informal Filipino teacher’s heart! Teaching is not easy, and often a lot of patience is required from the teacher. Thank him/her for it! It’s also a good phrase to use if you work in Filipino, and want to thank your trainer or employer. You will go a long way towards making yourself a popular employee - gratitude is the most attractive trait in any person!

10- You’re the best teacher ever!

Ikaw ang pinakamahusay na guro magpakailanman!

This is also an enthusiastic way to thank your teacher by means of a compliment. It could just make their day!

11- Thank you for the gift.

Salamat sa iyong regalo.

This is a good phrase to remember when you’re the lucky recipient of a gift. Show your respect and gratitude with these words.

12- I have learned so much thanks to you.

Marami akong natutunan, salamat sayo.

What a wonderful compliment to give a good teacher! It means they have succeeded in their goal, and you’re thankful for it.

2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes

With a hundred dialects and two officially recognized languages (Filipino and English) there are several ways of expressing thanks. Lets take a look at the most common ways of saying “thank you” in Filipino. As in many languages, there are formal and informal ways of showing thanks.

1- Salamat.
In Filipino “Thank you” is salamat. The word salamat is the casual way of saying “thank you” or “thanks.” Now in Filipino there are other ways to express one’s gratitude. There is a formal way to do this.

2- Salamat po.
In Filipino the Formal way of expressing gratitude, e.g. “Thank you” is salamat po. This phrase is used among older people to show politeness and respect.

3- Maraming salamat po.
For very special occasions when someone goes above and beyond the call of being kind, when someone is extremely generous, or at any other time you’re extremely grateful, we have the following phrase to express gratitude: maraming salamat po (Thank you very much). The first word maraming means “many.” It is followed by salamat, which in English is “thanks” and it is then followed by po. Po has no equivalent word in English. Po is used in phrases as a sign of respect to older people. The entire phrase is maraming salamat po. The informal way of saying this phrase is maraming salamat.

Cultural Insights
Quick Tip 1
Salamat is the Filipino word for “thank you.” You may want to use a more formal phrase to express your gratitude, in this case salamat po is more appropriate. You would use salamat po if you were thanking someone older than you. In expressing extreme gratefulness you may use maraming salamat or “thank you very much.” In exceptional circumstances, you may combine the three phrases at the same time: maraming salamat po.

Quick Tip 2
The most typical way of saying “thank you” in Filipino is salamat. It is also the informal or the casual way of expressing your gratitude to someone you are comfortable with like friends or casual acquaintances.

On the run to the Phillipines? Wait! You can’t go without some basic language phrases under your belt! Especially if you’re heading to meet your prospective employer! Either in person or online, knowing how to say ‘Thank you’ in the Filipino language will only improve their impression of you! FilipinoPod101 saves you time with this short lesson that nevertheless packs a punch. Learn to say ‘Thank you’ in Filipino in no time!

3. Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You

5 Ways to Say Thank You in Filipino

Perhaps you think it’s unimportant that you don’t know what ‘Thank you’ is in Filipino, or that it’s too difficult a language to learn. Yet, as a traveler or visitor, you will be surprised at how far you can go using a little bit of Filipino in Filipino!

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At FilipinoPod101, we offer you a few ways of saying ‘Thank you’ in Filipino that you have no excuse not knowing, as they’re so simple and easy to learn. The lesson is geared to aid your ‘survival’ in formal and informal situations in Filipino, so don’t wait! You will never have to google ‘How do you say thanks in Filipino’ again…!

4. ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages

For the global traveler in a hurry, here are 31 ways to say ‘Thank you’! These are the first words you need to learn in any foreign language - it is sure to smooth your way with native speakers by showing your gratitude for services rendered, and your respect for their culture! Learn and know how to correctly say ‘Thank you’ in 31 different languages in this short video.

5. Why would FilipinoPod101 be the perfect choice to learn Filipino?

However, you need not stop at ‘Thank you’ in Filipino - why not learn to speak the language?! You have absolutely nothing to lose. Research has shown that learning a new language increases intelligence and combats brain-aging. Also, the ability to communicate with native speakers in their own language is an instant way to make friends and win respect! Or imagine you know how to write ‘Thank you’ to that special Filipino friend after a date…he/she will be so impressed!

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