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Kamusta kayo, ako si Mayumi. Hi everybody! I’m Mayumi.
Welcome to FilipinoPod101.com’s “Filipino sa 3 minuto”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Filipino.
In the last lesson, we learned the phrase, Mawalagang galang po. Nagsasalita po ba kayo ng ingles? "Excuse me, do you speak English?" We mentioned the phrase mawalang galang po, which means "excuse me" in formal Filipino.
In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use this and other words when apologizing in Filipino.
We can use Mawalang galang lang po when we need to stop someone to ask a question. It literally means “just to be rude” but is used to mean “excuse me.” For example, “Mawalang galang lang po. Nasaan po ang palengke? "Excuse me. Where is the market?" [slowly] Mawalang galang po. Nasaan po ang palengke?
There is another phrase we use to mean “excuse me” and that is “Paumanhin po.” However, “paumanhin po” is used when you have bothered someone and could also mean “I’m sorry.” (slowly) “Paumanhin po.”
We use “mawalagang galang po” and “paumanhin po” exclusively for formal situations. For informal situations, Filipinos usually just say “excuse me.”
But if there is something you really want to apologize for, it might be better to use a different phrase.
That phrase is Patawarin mo ako. It means “Please forgive me.” and is used in informal situations.
[slowly] Patawarin mo ako.
In formal situations we say, Patawarin niyo po ako.
[slowly] Patawarin niyo po ako.
Here we added “po” and turned the 2nd person pronoun into plural.
Another common phrase Filipinos use for apologizing is, Pasensiya na po kayo.
[slowly] Pasensiya na po kayo.
This phrase is usually heard from shopkeepers when apologizing to customers. It can be translated as “Please be patient with us.”
Now it’s time for Mayumi’s Tips.
In the Philippines, it is normal to simply say, “excuse me” or “I’m sorry” since English is commonly used in conversation. You could also add “po” to these phrases to make them sound a bit more formal and sincere.
“Excuse me po.” or “Excuse po.”
“I’m sorry po.” or “Sorry po.”
Are you are able to count in Filipino? In the next lesson we will learn the numbers in Filipino from one to nineteen! I'll be waiting for you in our next Filipino sa 3 minuto lesson.
Hanggang sa muli!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Have you ever been in the situation of not being able to apologize in the Philippines?

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Sunday at 10:33 AM
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Hello Y,

Thank you for your suggestions.

About the audio playing automatically, we've got high demands of having the feature, so we've applied it recently. Could you let us know which web browser you are using, so that we can help you to find the alternative solution?

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Saturday at 06:41 PM
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Mawalang galang lang po, pero mayroon akong ihihiling sa inyo. [Excuse me, but there is something I would like to ask of you]

Would it be possible to have the default video set NOT play until I actually press play? Sometimes it seems to behave, but sometimes it begins to play without warning. I generally have a habit of opening several tabs at once when I find things of interest (it's hard for me to backtrack to find a link I found interesting, so it's more convenient to open links I find in another tab so I can get to it in my own time). Having several videos play at once is quite a cacophony.

Also, my internet connection is acting up, so the page refreshes, and I have to hear the introduction over and over (which, aside from the stuttering speech, is not very relaxing, I tell you). [yes, I know my open tabs habit and my internet connection acting up is out of your hands, but having the video not play until it's buffered enough would be appreciated.]

Maraming salamat po.