How to say Thank you in Tagalog

In the Philippines the word “salamat” is used when someone wants to say “thank you.” Thank you is usually said to show that one is grateful (pasasalamat) or is appreciatiative.

The following are additional words and phrases related to “thank you” in Tagalog.

Someone could say “thank you very much” in Tagalog by saying “maraming salamat” or “maraming salamat po.” By adding “po” the statement becomes more polite. Without “po” it is casual / informal and used among friends.

The way to say “thankful’ in Tagalog is “nagpapasalamat” or “mapagpasalamat.” The word “Nagpapasalamat” is used as an action verb in the present tense while “mapagpasalamat” is used as an adjective. Here are examples of “nagpapasalamat” being used in sentences. To say “I am thankful” this would translate as “ako ay nagpapasalamat.” If someone wants to say “I am thankful for my parents” then the person could say “ako ay nagpapasalamat sa aking mga magulang.” The word “ako” means “I” in Tagalog.

If the speaker wants to say “I am thankful we met” then he or she could say “ako ay nagpapasalamat at tayo ay nagkita.”

Now let’s look at the word “mapagpasalamat” (thankful) as it is being used in some examples: “she is thankful for the blessings” would be “siya ay mapagpasalamat sa mga biyaya.” To say “he was thankful” would be “siya ay mapagpasalamat” in Tagalog.

Another word that is closely associated with thank you is the word “glad.” Maybe this is because saying thank you evokes feelings of happiness or gladness in people. The word “glad” in Tagalog can be translated as “nagagalak.” To say “I am glad you visited” you can say “ako ay nagagalak na ikaw ay bumisita.” To say “I am glad I passed the exam” say “ako ay nagagalak na pumasa ako sa eksaminasyon.”

Of course, when someone says “thank you” the polite reply is “you’re welcome.” To say “you’re welcome” in Tagalog, this would be “walang anuman.”

Saying such polite words such as: thank you and you’re welcome really can do wonders for those who say and hear it. These words can be used not merely to be polite, but more importantly to spread the positive feelings that gratitude brings.