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Say Hello In The Philippines

 
 

Many Filipinos use English as their second language, so it shouldn't be difficult to communicate with locals if you're traveling to the Philippines. You can always just say "Hi" and "Hello," but if you are out to make yourself more endearing, you need to know a handful of basic greetings and useful phrases.

To say "Hello" in Filipino, you say, "Kumusta?" or "Kumusta ka?"
This literally translates to 'How are you,' but is commonly used to say, 'Hello.'

The more formal or polite way to say that is "Kumusta po?" or "Kumusta po kayo?"

In the Philippines, the word 'po' is added to the greeting to show respect, especially if the person you're talking to is older than you are.

You can also use greetings like:

  • "Magandang umaga po" - "Good morning"
  • "Magandang tanghali po" - "Good afternoon", but only expressed when it's noontime
  • "Magandang hapon po" - "Good afternoon"
  • "Magandang gabi po" - Good evening

To express thanks, say "Salamat po" or "Salamat."

If someone thanks you instead, you respond with "Walang anuman" or "Wala pong anuman", which is equivalent to the Spanish 'de nada,' or 'it's nothing,' another way of saying 'you're welcome.'

And when it's time to say goodbye, you say "Paalam."



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