Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day this year (2017) is on Sunday, May 14th. Do you know what to say to your Nanay in Tagalog?

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The Tagalog word sa is a preposition that can mean to, at, in, for or on, depending on the context.

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Tagalog-English Dictionary

Diksyunaryo / Talahulugan

Use the search box to find a word in the Tagalog-English dictionary of our site 🙂
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Top 10 Basic Tagalog Phrases to Know

Make an effort to learn at least a few basic phrases in Tagalog!

Magandang araw! = Beautiful day!
This is how Filipinos would say hello. It’s the equivalent of “Good morning!” though you can use it in the early afternoon too.

Mahal kita. = I love you.
This is the most common way of saying ‘I Love You.’ This phrase can be used with anyone, from your wife to your grandfather.

Sarap nito. = This is delicious. / This feels good.
The Tagalog word for ‘delicious‘ is also used for something that feels good.

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Telling Time in Tagalog

Filipinos most commonly use Spanish numbers to tell time.

Anong oras na?
What time is it?

One o’clock.

Five o’clock.

Alas-singko ng umaga.
Five o’clock in the morning.

Alas-singko ng hapon.
Five o’clock in the afternoon.

Alas-dyes ng gabi.
Ten o’clock at night.

1:00 ala-una – one o’clock

2:00 alas-dos – two o’clock

3:00 alas-tres – three o’clock

4:00 alas-kwatro – four o’clock
5:00 alas-singko – five o’clock
6:00 alas-sais – six o’clock
7:00 alas-siyete – seven o’clock
8:00 alas-otso – eight o’clock
9:00 alas-nwebe – nine o’clock
10:00 alas-dyes – ten o’clock
11:00 alas-onse – eleven o’clock
12:00 alas-dose – twelve o’clock 

ala una y medya
half past one

alas dose kwarenta y singko

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The 5 Basic Tagalog Greetings

The Tagalog word maganda means ‘beautiful’ but it is used as the equivalent of the English ‘good’ in greetings. It is common for Filipinos to greet each other with the phrase “Beautiful Day!”

Magandang araw.
Beautiful day ~

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Filipino Slang – Inverted Syllables

These are examples of Filipino slang words formed from the switching of the order of the syllables of the original words.

tsikot, from kotse

goli, from ligo
to take a bath

golets, from the English phrase
Let’s go.

astig, from tigas

gasmati, from matigas
hard-headed or stubborn

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‘Anak’ Song: English Translation

Anak (Child) by Freddie Aguilar

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