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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Filipino Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you'll learn how to politely refuse an invitation in Filipino.
Body
John: Here's the informal way to say "No, thank you." in Filipino.
Camille: [Normal] Hindi, salamat na lang.
John: First is a word meaning "no."
Camille: [Normal] hindi [Slow] hindi
John: Next is the word meaning "thank you."
Camille: [Normal] salamat [Slow] salamat
John: Last is the phrase meaning "though."
Camille: [Normal] na lang [Slow] na lang
John: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "No, thank you."
Camille: [Slow] Hindi, salamat na lang. [Normal] Hindi, salamat na lang.
John: Now, let's see the formal way to say "No, thank you."
Camille: [Normal] Hindi na, salamat na lang po.
John: First is a phrase literally meaning "not anymore."
Camille: [Normal] hindi na [Slow] hindi na
John: Next is the word meaning "thank you."
Camille: [Normal] salamat [Slow] salamat
John: Next is the phrase meaning "though."
Camille: [Normal] na lang [Slow] na lang
John: Last is a word indicating politeness.
Camille: [Normal] po [Slow] po
John: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "No, thank you."
Camille: [Slow] Hindi na, salamat na lang po. [Normal] Hindi na, salamat na lang po.
John: Now letโ€™s see the formal way to say "Sorry, but I already have plans."
Camille: [Normal] Pasensya, pero may mga plano na po ako.
John: First is a word meaning "sorry."
Camille: [Normal] pasensya [Slow] pasensya
John: Next is the word meaning "but."
Camille: [Normal] pero [Slow] pero
John: Next is the word meaning "have."
Camille: [Normal] may [Slow] may
John: Next is the phrase meaning "plans."
Camille: [Normal] mga plano [Slow] mga plano
John: Last is the polite phrase meaning "I already."
Camille: [Normal] na po ako [Slow] na po ako
John: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "Sorry, but I already have plans."
Camille: [Slow] Pasensya, pero may mga plano na po ako. [Normal] Pasensya, pero may mga plano na po ako.
John: Finally is an informal way to say "Sorry, but I already have plans."
Camille: [Normal] Sensya, pero may mga plano na ako.
John: First is a word meaning "sorry."
Camille: [Normal] sensya [Slow] sensya
John: Next is the word meaning "but."
Camille: [Normal] pero [Slow] pero
John: Next is the word meaning "have."
Camille: [Normal] may [Slow] may
John: Next is the phrase meaning "plans."
Camille: [Normal] mga plano [Slow] mga plano
John: Last is the phrase meaning "I already."
Camille: [Normal] na ako [Slow] na ako
John: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Sorry, but I already have plans."
Camille: [Slow] Sensya, pero may mga plano na ako. [Normal] Sensya, pero may mga plano na ako.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Camille: In the Philippines, when you are asked to be a godfather for the Christening of a child or in the entourage of a wedding, it's better not to refuse. It's rude to deny roles for big events in Filipino culture. This may even create a rift in friendship. In minor events though, it's totally fine to just refuse politely.

Outro

John: And that's all for this lesson. Don't forget to check out the lesson notes, and we'll see you in the next lesson!
Camille: Maraming salamat!

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