Thank You in Tagalog

My parents have brought us up to be thankful for everything we have. To say thank you in Tagalog to friends, relatives and others if they merit it, the phrase “maraming salamat” which means, “thanks a lot!” can be used. To say “thank you” in Tagalog or expressing “thanks” one can say “salamat.” The expression “salamat sa iyo” is also used and it means “I thank you” in Tagalog.

When you appreciate what you have, you do not worry about things that you do not have; this is a saying that my father told me when I was very young. I have never forgotten it. When my family visits our relatives, we thank our relatives for the wonderful food that they prepared for us. If presented with a gift (regalo), candies (kendi) or a kind gesture we show our gratitude My uncle always makes sure he drops a little money in my hands before I leave. By saying “Salamat sa barya” this would mean “thank you for the coins.”

My father, as usual, often reminds us that we should be grateful for what we have. Growing up we have learned to appreciate the things we receive, whether great or small, and I thank my parents for teaching us such good life lessons.

If you spend enough time in the Philippines or around those that speak Filipino (Tagalog) you will hear the word “salamat” being used and as mentioned it is used to express appreciation. When friends visit a family the family thanks them for visiting. Families can show their gratitude for being invited to a celebration by saying, “Maraming salamat sa iyo ulit” which means “thank you once again.”

Gratitude and thank you can also be expressed in other ways in Tagalog. For instance, when money is collected for a cause, it is called “donasyon” which is the word used in Tagalog when saying donation. The person receiving the donation might respond “Salamat sa inyong lahat” which means: thank you one and all. Alternatively, the person could say “Salamat sa iyong interes” (Thank you for your interest).

Anyone learning Tagalog will at some point notice that some words in Tagalog are borrowed from English. This is because of the influence of the English language and America in the Philippines. When Tagalog is spoken with English words alongside the Tagalog ones, this is often referred to as Taglish. The listener will observe that in the Philippines, English words along with words from another language (for example, Spanish) may be used from time to time, in addition to Tagalog ones, throughout the course of a conversation.

Other phrases involving the word for “thank you in Tagalog” include such phrases as “Salamat sa Hindi paninigarilyo” which translates as “Thank you for not smoking” and “Ako ay nagpapasalamat para ditto” which when translated means: I am so grateful for this.

I am happy that my family is one that is a close-knit family. We share our views and opinions with each other. I guess only one expression can sum up my feelings towards this bond my family shares and it is: “Ako ay nagpapasalamat para ditto” ( I am so grateful for this).