If you want to visit or live in the Philippines, you should learn how to properly greet people there.Many of the Filipino people understand English and are friendly.If you learn a little Filipino or Tagalog, you will be able to create respect and friendship.If you want to greet people the same way they greet each other in the Philippines, there are some easy ways to do that.
Step 1: Almost everything you read in the Philippines is phonetic.
Words can be sounded out.If you sound it out the way you see it, you will be close to the correct pronunciation.The vowels are softer in a British accent than they are in American English.The vowels are notrounded except for /o/.It is pronounced ‘nang’ and’muhNGA’.The ‘-ng’ is a single letter.
Step 2: Before you visit, learn a little of the language.
You can learn Filipino by reading, watching television, listening to music, and watching videos.It is still best to converse with someone who knows the language.If you don’t have a lot of time, focus on the greetings that you are likely to use.If you are visiting in the near future, don’t try to memorize the entire language.
Step 3: You can learn how to say good morning, good afternoon, and good evening.
There isn’t a translation for these phrases.Before day, afternoon or evening, Filipinos say “beautiful” to each other.To say good morning, say “Magandang umaga”, which means beautiful morning.”Magandang hapon” means beautiful afternoon.”Magandang gabi” means beautiful evening.
Step 4: If all else fails, try English.
In the Philippines, 96.3% of the population consider English a second language, so you can say “Hello,” “Good Morning,” etc., even if you don’t speak English very well.The person you are greeting is likely to speak English.Speak in English if you get stuck.It is better to say something in English.If you want to impress those you interact with, then you need to study the language.
Step 5: A group of people.
If you want to impress a group of friends, say “kumusta kay”.”How are you?” is a form of that.It’s pronounced /kah – mu:s – ta: ka: – yo:/.
Step 6: Speak in a different way to elders.
If you are talking to someone who is older than you, add po to your sentences.Po is usually added at the end of a sentence.Say “yes” using opo.This is similar to saying “yes, ma’am” or “Yes sir.”
Step 7: People are asked to shake their hands.
It is a good idea to shake hands with someone you are meeting for the first time.This is usually a soft hand shake.It’s not usually a good idea to greet someone with a kiss on the cheek or a hug.Once you have developed a relationship, this is usually reserved.The rules for touching between men and women may be different in a Muslim area of the Philippines.Men may need to initiate shaking hands.Follow their lead and notice what others are doing.
Step 8: It is possible to use a “mano” greeting with elders.
Filipino elders are often greeted by touching their forehead with their right hand.This is called a mano.It’s important to do this with family members and elderly people.If an elderly person holds out their hand in front of their body with the palm facing down, this may be a sign that they are expecting a “mano” greeting.The elder blessing you get when they touch your forehead is what this greeting is about.
Step 9: The conversation should be light and friendly.
Filipinos don’t want to talk about politics or serious topics with strangers.Family, food, and fun are the joys of life.Getting to know this new person will be more enjoyable.Filipinos love to laugh.They laugh to move away from uncomfortable topics or to break tension.If you notice this cue, be willing to change the subject.