How to Say “Thank You” in Filipino (Tagalog)

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Learning to say “Thank you” in Tagalog (Filipino) is a great phrase to start with, because chances are you’ll be saying it more often than you might think. Filipinos are typically a caring, kind, and gracious people — which will give you many opportunities to say, “Thank you!” Let’s cover the most common ways to express your gratitude to others and one of my favorite ways to put it into practice no matter your current circumstances.

Salamat (Filipino for Thank You)

Expressing heartfelt gratitude is powerful, so be sure to say “thank you” in Tagalog (or whatever language it may be) with all your heart to better feel the power of gratitude as you go throughout your day. Let’s give it a try!

Listen below then say: Salamat (Sa – la – mat).

^ Salamat (Thank you)

5 Common “Thank You” Phrases in Tagalog (Filipino)

Now that you’ve mastered saying ‘Salamat,’ it’s time to expand your vocabulary with these common phrases you’re likely to use as you express your gratitude for others in Filipino.

  • Salamat sa pagtulong! (Thanks for your help!)
  • Salamat sa pagdasal. (Thank you for your prayers.)
  • Salamat sa pag-alaga mo sa ‘kin. (Thank you for caring for me.)
  • Salamat sa pagtawag. (Thank you for calling.)
  • Salamat, kaibigan. (Thank you, my friend.)
^ Thanks for your help! — Salamat sa pagtulong!
^ Thank you for your prayers. — Salamat sa pagdasal.
^ Thank you for caring for me. — Salamat sa pag-alaga mo sa ‘kin.
^ Thank you for calling. — Salamat sa pagtawag.
^ Thank you, my friend. — Salamat, kaibigan.

How to Say “Thank You So Much” in Tagalog (Filipino)

But what if you want to express a deeper sense of gratitude? In such cases, instead of just saying Salamat, say: Maraming salamat, which means “Thank you so much.”

^ Thank you so much — Maraming salamat.

Practice Saying These “Thank You So Much” Phrases:

  • Maraming salamat dahil lagi kang nariyan. (Thank you so much for always being there.)
  • Maraming salamat dahil lagi kitang maaasahan. (Thank you so much because I can always count on you.)
  • Maraming salamat sa lahat ng pagmamahal. (Thank you so much for all the love.)
^ Thank you so much for always being there. — Maraming salamat dahil lagi kang nariyan.
^ Thank you so much because I can always count on you. — Maraming salamat dahil lagi kitang maaasahan.
^ Thank you so much for all the love. — Maraming salamat sa lahat ng pagmamahal.

A simple salamat or maraming salamat can go a long way. Whether they’ll admit it or not, people crave to be appreciated more than ever, and expressing gratitude for even the simplest of things is a beautiful way to help others feel seen and be heard. If you’re looking to take your Pasasalamat Na Pinoy (Filipino Gratitude) to the next level, then I’ve got you covered.

^ Filipino — Pinoy
^ Filipino Gratitude — Pasasalamat Na Pinoy

Pinoy is common word Filipinos use to refer to themselves or things from the Philippines.

How Filipinos Show Gratitude (Taking “Thank You” to the Next Level)

Beyond salamat, hugs and kind words, food is often how the Pinoy show their gratitude and concern for one another. Food is often a centerpiece of any culture, and that’s certainly the case with Filipinos. When Filipinos give a tasty treat to thank someone, their sincerity is savored by the recipient even more.

This past while has been difficult for me and my family, and I have been on the receiving end of so much food — saging con yelo (sweetened bananas in milk ice and tapioca pearls), boxes of Spinach Cream Pizza, frozen Brazo de Mercedes (a frozen jelly roll with meringue and a custard filling), a DIY tea brewing kit, home-cooked air-fried chicken, a platter of cheesy spaghetti, a box of mango cream cake, and my favorite fruit, langka (fresh jackfruit).

^ Sweetened bananas — Saging con yelo
^ A sweet, frozen jelly roll — Brazo de Mercedes
^ Fresh jackfruit — Langka

My belly and heart were so full. Needless to say, I gained a few extra pounds not only in weight, but in gratitude and love.

If, like me, someone has gone the extra mile to serve, bless and make sure you are doing alright, then, perhaps a simple thank you won’t cut it. Consider making a special treat for them along with your words of gratitude.

Putting Gratitude Into Practice

Since the world was struck by Covid, like many others, I have been overwhelmed by one emotional tsunami after another. But one habit has helped me cope through the anxiety: Gratitude journaling.

Starting every day by listing everything I still have left helps me breathe through profound loneliness more easily. My life has been marked by much loss during this time. But in spite of what I have lost, I should never take for granted the many gifts I still do have. And for each gift, my heart swells with gratitude.

Three things I am grateful for today:

  1. Being a year older and wiser.
  2. Two special birthday cakes.
  3. And loved ones who helped me blow my candles.

For each one I whisper “Thank You” to God. In Tagalog: Salamat.

I may have lost much during the past few months during this pandemic, but for every little miracle I still enjoy — be it a roof over my head or a Zoom catch-up with a friend — there is one thing I should never lose: An attitude of gratitude.

Express gratefulness, my friends. And say “thank you” — often, sincerely, and especially if you wish to connect with your Filipino friends more deeply — in heartfelt Tagalog.

Marie Gutierrez

Filipino (Tagalog) is my native language, but with more than 15 years experience writing professionally in English, I am uniquely qualified to flex my semicolons to help others learn this magnificent language and let you in on cultural insights that you won't get anywhere else.

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