10 Basic Tagalog Words to Know

If you need to learn just ten basic Tagalog words to get by, here’s a list of useful phrases to impress your Filipino friends with. Opo. Salamat. Kamusta. Oo…

Get started learning Tagalog with a few basic words!

Salamat. = Thank you.

Kamusta? = How are you?

Oo. = Yes.

Hindi. = No. Not.
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Tagalog SMS Language

Textese or the SMS language (txt-speak, txtese, chatspeak, txt, txtspk, txtk, txto, texting language, txt lingo, SMSish, txtslang, or txt talk) is a term for the abbreviations and slang commonly used in mobile phone text messaging, but also in other Internet-based communication such as email and instant messaging.

Initialisations (acronyms and abbreviations composed of initials)

KSP = Kulang sa Pansin
an attention seeker

Take Care Cuz I Care

out of place

LH = Laking Hadlang
“big obstruction” = cockblocker

Reductions and shortenings, and omission of parts of speech

cnsbi = sinasabi
is saying

kgv = kagabi
last night

kona = ko na
I already

sau = sa iyo
to you

kc = kasi
because, cos, cuz

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‘What’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘what’ is ano.


Ano ito?
What is this?

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Very Short Tagalog Words

At this time, short Tagalog words consisting of just two letters (for example: pa, na, ka…) do not appear in our search results. For many of those, we have created short urls to make them easy for you to find.




aqat, ay, ba, bb, bkka, keko, di, ggha, ho, ipaloma, monani, ngno, nuqopa, pipo, rp, sa, sito, uy, yo

d5 / De5 = DeLima / Senator De Lima

D30 / DU30 / PDU30 = President Duterte

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The word ninyo is what grammarians call a “genitive pronoun.”

It works like a plural version of mo (‘you’).

Talking to one person:

Anong ginagawa mo?
What are you doing?

Talking to two or more persons:

Anong ginagawa ninyo?
What are you doing?

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‘Happy 4th of July’

Filipinos have celebrated two dates of independence. June 12th commemorates Philippine independence from Spain in 1898, while July 4th marks the American recognition of Philippine independence in 1946. The former (6/12) is currently the official holiday in the Philippines.

Maligayang ika-apat ng Hulyo!
Happy 4th of July!

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Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day this year is Sunday, June 18, 2017. Do you know what to say to your Tatay in Tagalog?

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The Tagalog word ni is placed before names. It can be translated as ‘of’ in certain contexts.

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