10 Remarkable Ways To Say Thank You In Tagalog

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In order to survive in any foreign country, you must have base-level knowledge of the common vocabulary, slang, or expressions used by the locals. One of the sure-fire ways you can jumpstart your cultural immersion is by saying “thank you” in their language.  With that said, you’ll need to learn how to say Salamat or Thank you in Tagalog to your Filipino friends.

Of course, saying thanks is a universal practice across cultures. It shows the utmost respect for the country and reflects one’s appreciation for the country’s vibrant, diverse, and unique traditions.

Are you ready to get lost in the walled city of Intramuros or for a beach party in the heart of Boracay? There is a big chance that you will have to express how thankful you were for something. For native English speakers, a simple thank you in Tagalog is often enough to show gratefulness.

But if you are learning Tagalog, you might be overwhelmed by the many ways by which Filipinos say their heartfelt thanks. With that in mind, let me help you by listing down the most common ways to say “thank you” in various situations.

How Do I Say Thank You In Tagalog?

While it is true the concept of saying thank you is simple, there are various ways you can articulate it depending on the situation. One default way to express thankfulness in the Tagalog language is by saying salamat.

English Example SentenceTagalog WordTagalog Example SentenceSound
Thank you for helping me!Salamat po! (formal)Salamat po sa pagtulong nyo sa akin!
Thank you for helping me!Salamat! (informal)Salamat sa tulong mo!

It is no secret that Filipinos are known for their warm hospitality and acts of kindness. As a tourist, you can see how this simple compliment can put a big smile on their faces.

Based on the examples above, you can use the word salamat in comfortable encounters between friends, formal situations, and casual acquaintances.

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Saying Thank You To Older People

If you intend to speak in a more formal tone, adding the Tagalog word po can instantly transform the casual thanks into a formal one. You should add this word to show respect when you are conversing with older people, strangers, or those with higher authority (see examples below).

Example SituationsWhat You May Say In EnglishWhat You May Say In TagalogSound
When you are thanking your boss for giving you a gift.Thank you for the gift.Salamat po sa inyong regalo!
When you want to say thanks to the strangers who aided you.Thank you for your help.Salamat po sa tulong ninyo!
When you want to casually thank someone who helped you out.Thanks for the help.Salamat sa tulong!
When you want to thank someone for everything he did.Thank you for everything you did.Salamat sa lahat ng ginawa mo.

A quick tip: To improve relationships with the locals, you may say salamat po to thank people after you request their services or information or when you buy from them. This will instantly cheer them up!

Expressing Extreme Gratefulness In Tagalog

There is also a variation when you need to express extreme gratitude. In circumstances like this, one should simply add the word maraming before the word salamat, which directly translates to “many thanks” in English.

English Example SentenceTagalog WordTagalog Example SentenceSound
Thank you very much for helping me!Maraming salamat po! (formal)Maraming salamat po sa pagtulong mo sa akin! 
Thank you so much for the food!Maraming salamat! (informal)Maraming salamat sa pagkain!

Similar to what we have discussed earlier, you may combine maraming salamat with the word po to signify formality. You can use this variation for extreme situations wherein you want to emphasize serious gratitude.

For instance, if someone returned your lost wallet or a friend covered you at work at the last minute, then a maraming salamat po is an appropriate thank you phrase.

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How Would You Respond If Someone Say Thank You In Tagalog To You?

Now that you have learned how to say thanks in Tagalog, you also need to learn the common responses of Filipinos and what they exactly mean.

Aside from having a big chance of using the word salamat during your stay in the Philippines, there is also a possibility that the locals will say it to you, too.

One example of that is when you are buying off the streets. It is common for vendors to say salamat to their customers.

Formal Way Of Saying Thank You

English Example SentenceTagalog Thank youTagalog Example SentenceSound
Person A: Thank you for helping me!

Person B: You’re welcome.
Walang anuman po.Person A: Salamat po sa pagtulong mo sa akin.

Person B: Walang anuman po.

Person A: Thanks for buying!

Person B: That’s fine. You’re welcome.
Wala pong anuman.Person A: Salamat sa pagbili!

Person B: Okay lang po yun. Wala pong anuman.

Informal Way Of Saying Thank You

English Example SentenceTagalog Thank YouTagalog Example SentenceSound
Person A: Thank you for helping me!

Person B: You’re welcome.
Walang anuman.Person A: Salamat sa tulong mo.

Person B: Walang anuman.

Person A: Thank you for the advice!

Person B: It’s nothing / don’t mention it!
Wala ‘yonPerson A: Salamat sa payo mo.

Person B: Wala ‘yon!

Example Of A Conversation In Tagalog

At this point, let’s read the situation below where you are traveling in the Philippines. As a tourist, you approached one of the locals to ask where the nearest market is. Here is an example of an exchange.

YouGood morning! Can I ask you a question?Magandang umaga! Maari po bang magtanong?
FilipinoWhat is it?Ano po iyon?
YouWhere is the nearest drug store?Saan po ang pinakamalapit na botika?
FilipinoJust follow this road until you see the “Ana’s Drug Store” on the right.Sundin mo lamang ang daang ito hanggang sa makita mo sa kanan ang “Ana’s Drug Store.”
YouThanks for your help!Salamat po sa tulong ninyo!
FilipinoYou’re welcome!Walang anuman!

Learn The Basic Phrases In The Tagalog Language With Ling

Tagalog is indeed a diverse and interesting language to learn, mainly because it is heavily influenced by English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Malay words. An example of the influence of English on Tagalog is that you will hear people in the Philippines speak Taglish phrases, which is a combination of Tagalog and English. Due to this, language enthusiasts and travelers are challenging themselves to learn the language so that they may be able to appreciate the history behind every line.

With your newfound skill in saying thank you properly in formal and informal contexts, you are one step closer to achieving full fluency! Remember that the key to learning a language is time, constant practice, and consistency. So, if you want to master the language further and make meaningful connections with Filipino people, be sure to check out the Ling app.

The Ling app features fun mini-games and quizzes that can motivate you to practice and learn more about the language day by day. Since you have learned many ways to say thank you in Tagalog, let’s learn to say You’re welcome in Tagalog. Or, if you want to take a step further, download the Ling app from the Play Store and the App Store now!

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