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Kamusta kayo! Ako si Mayumi. Hi everybody! I’m Mayumi.
Welcome to FilipinoPod101.com’s “Filipino sa tatlong minuto”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Filipino.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in Filipino. In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to use good manners as we thank people.
Handa na ba kayo? Are you ready? Then let’s go!
Here’s how we say thank you in Filipino. It’s very easy:
[slowly] “Salamat.”
Salamat means “thank you”.
When saying “thank you very much” you just need to add maraming.
Maraming salamat.
[slowly] Maraming salamat.
Marami means “a lot” and the “ng” is a connector added to “Marami” to connect marami and salamat. Maraming salamat literally means, “Many thanks” and is equivalent to, “Thank you very much.”
During the last lesson we mentioned the informal and formal way of speaking Filipino. Salamat is the informal way to thank someone. When thanking someone older than you, you need to use the polite, formal form. Do you remember what we need in order to do that?
That’s right! We just need to add the word “po!”
Salamat po.
[slowly] Salamat po.
If you really want to thank someone in a formal setting, you can add “Maraming,” which means "a lot" as we have just learned. Maraming salamat po. [slowly] Maraming salamat po.
Now how do you answer? It’s easy!
Just say:
Walang anuman.
[slowly] Walang anuman.
Walang anuman literally means “It's nothing,” but it is the equivalent of ‘you are welcome.’ “Wala” means “nothing” while “anuman” stands for ‘whatsoever.’ It is a very common phrase to say when replying to a friend or a stranger who is thanking you.
To make it formal and more polite, just add “po!”
Walang anuman po.
[slowly] Walang anuman po.
So when someone says, salamat or maraming salamat po to you, we can simply reply with: walang anuman or walang anuman po. Yes, it’s that easy!
Now it’s time for Mayumi’s Tips.
The word salamat is said to have been of Semitic origin. It sounds similar to the Arabic Salam and the Hebrew Shalom meaning peace. Filipino has been influenced by many languages throughout history so don’t be surprised if you find similar sounding words from other languages, most especially, Spanish words.
Do you know that Filipinos have a specific greeting during the noon time? In our next Filipino sa tatlong minuto lesson you’ll learn this and other greetings in Filipino! See you next time! Paalam!