how_to_say_thank_you_in_different_philippine_languages, thank you in filipino
In light of the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) this 2019 and the culmination of the Buwan ng mga Wika this August, we celebrate and honor the different languages of the Philippines, as well as our rich cultural diversity and multilingualism. Our country is home to more than 170 languages, which translates to a wide range of different ethnolinguistic groups who live in harmony and who serve as heritage and culture bearers. All these communities carry invaluable knowledge on their languages, cultural lifestyles, belief systems and traditions which are all important for their survival and harmonious existence, as well as for the preservation and stronger recognition of the Filipino identity.

This article honors this celebration by featuring the universal language and expression for gratitude—saying thank you in the different languages of the Philippines. The languages are basically grouped into two: languages in the northern regions and those in the central and southern regions. This grouping is also based on their linguistic kinship (i.e. language family grouping) and their geographical locations.

Thank you in Filipino is salamat, or maraming salamat (thank you very much). Here is a list of some of the languages in the Philippines which also have an expression for thank you.

Languages in the Northern Regions

Bashiic languages

These are unique and distinct languages spoken in the islands of Batanes.

Bashiic languages
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Ivatan dios mamajes
Cordilleran languages

These different languages are mainly spoken in the northern regions of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), which consists of the provinces of Benguet, Kalinga, Abra, Apayao, Mountain Province and Ifugao.

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These are some of the languages of the Cordillera and their expressions for thank you.

Ilocano dios ti agngina/agyamanak
Ibaloy (Tuba) manyamanak
Kankanaey iyaman
Pangasinense balbaleg ya salamat
Ibanag mabbalo
Itawis mabbalat
Gaddang mabbalat sicuam

Central and Southern Regions

The languages found in the central and southern regions consist of what is linguistically known as the Bisayan language complex, which include some languages in Mindanao as well. The languages in these regions also include South Mangyan, Palawanic, Manobo, Danaw and Subanun, which also fall under the same language family subgroup. Finally, languages in some parts of the southern region in Mindanao are the Bilic languages.

Central Luzon
Sambal lako a salamat
Kapampangan dakal a salamat
Bisayan Complex

These languages are spoken in Bohol, Bicol, the Visayan region, and in some parts of Mindanao.

Boholano salamat kaayo
Bikol Buhinon mabalos
Sorsoganon dios mabalos
Hiligaynon damo nga salamat
Kinaray-a damo nga salamat
Akeanon mayad man, salamat
Cebuano daghang salamat
Waray damo nga salamat
Cuyunon matamang salamat
Tausug magsukul tuud kaymu
Manobo Languages

Manobo languages are mainly spoken in the Caraga region in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Sur, Davao del Norte and Sur, and Compostela Valley.

Manobo Languages
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Binukid Manobo salamat tungkay
Bagobo

The languages of Bagobo are spoken mainly in the Davao region.

Bagobo madita salamat kaniyo
Bilic Languages

Bilic languages include T’boli, B’laan and Tiruray, which are spoken in the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Koronadal and Davao.

Bilic Languages
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T’boli bong s’lamat
B’laan bong salamat/tay kayfem

These are just some of the languages in the Philippines that we should be proud of. Our languages serve as an vital element of our ethnolinguistic culture, an inherent part of our identities, and a valuable fragment of our souls.

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