Talking to Older People

Remember to use po and the third-person plural form when talking to someone much older than you. Compare the following sentences:


Ewan ko.
I don't know. (casual)

Ewan ko po.
I don't know. (respectful)


Salamat sa tulong mo.
Thank you for your help. (casual)

Salamat po sa tulong ninyo.
Thanks to your help. (respectful)

Take note of the following exception:
Oo.

Yes. (casual)


Opo.
Yes. (respectful)


Sometimes, ho is substituted for po.

Opo. = Oho.

Salamat po.
= Salamat ho. 


RESPECTFUL QUESTIONS: 

Gusto po ba ninyo ng _______ ?
Would you like ________?

Gusto po ba ninyo ng tsa?
Do you like tea?
Would you like some tea?

Anong pong gusto ninyong gawin?
What would you like to do?

Anong pong gusto ninyong kainin?
What would you like to eat?

Anong pong gusto ninyong inumin?
What would you like to drink?

Anong pong gusto ninyong panoorin?
What would you like to watch?