Saying thank you to people when they have done something for you is not just part of good manners, it is a part of having a positive attitude. In the Philippines where Tagalog is widely spoken, the word for “thank you” is “salamat” while the way to say “thank you very much” is “maraming salamat.” After someone says thank you, the expected response is often “you are welcome.” In Filipino the words “walang anuman” is the way of telling someone: you are welcome.
When the ending “po,” “opo,” or the endings “ho,” or “oho” are attached at the end of a word or phrase then this is an indication that the speaker is being respectful. As a quick example let’s look at the polite way of saying “thank you” mentioned earlier. Normally, one can say “salamat” and this means “thank you.” But, when the speaker says “salamat po” or “salamat ho” then the endings show that he or she is being respectful. You will often hear such endings being added to words. The response “you are welcome,” can also be made more polite and respectful by saying “walang anuman po” instead of the aforementioned “walang anuman.” The ending “ho” can also be added to show respect when saying “you’re welcome.”
When referring to things, here are some examples that can be used to say thank you. If you said “salamat sa zapatos” this this means that you are thankful for the shoes. Note that the Tagalog language has words that were borrowed from other languages therefore the word zapatos is the Spanish word for shoes. The expression “salamat sa tuwalya” is used when you want to say thanks for the towel. Likewise, the word tuwalya used in Tagalog is very similar to the Spanish word “toalla” which means towel.
Depending on the situation and on the circumstance you could hear expressions such as “salamat sa iyong suporta” which means “thank you for your support.” If you asked someone for directions or received some helpful information you might say “salamat sa tulong!” which means “thanks for your help.” Foreigners and travelers should know and become familiar with as many of the expressions, as possible, that are used by locals. Ideally, a visitor should try to learn as much as possible about the culture, tradition and language.
Showing gratitude is a good trait and a sign of good manners. By saying thank you and expressing our appreciation we can let others know that we are grateful. In Tagalog the word “salamat” is used to say “thank you” with the phrases “salamat po” or “salamat ho” being the more respectful forms. In response, someone might say “walang anuman” or “walang anuman po” with the latter being the more respectful way of saying “you are welcome.”