“Good Morning” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘morning’ is umaga.

maganda
beautiful

Magandang…
Good…

umaga
morning

Magandang umaga.
Good morning.

Magandang umaga po.
Good morning. (when speaking to older people)

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Pronunciation ‘Ng’ and ‘Nga’

Unique in Tagalog is ng which as a letter of the alphabet is pronounced ‘nga.’ The nga sound may seem difficult at first, but if you can say ‘sing along’ in English and slur those two words together, you’ll have no problem with nga in Tagalog after some practice chopping off ‘si’ from the beginning and ‘long’ from the end of ‘singalong.’

ngayon
now (today)

ngipin
tooth

nganga
to have the mouth agape

nguso
snout

tingin
a look

pangit
ugly

 

bangus
milkfish

 

By itself,
ng serves as a possessive or genitive marker in Tagalog sentences.

 
An easy way to look at one of its uses is to see it as meaning ‘of’ in English.

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NG (“of” )

ng

 
By itself, ng serves as a possessive or genitive marker in Tagalog sentences. An easy way to look at one of its uses is to see it as meaning ‘of’ in English.

balat ng hayop
skin of an animal
(animal’s skin)

 

anak ng babae
child of a woman
(a woman’s child)

 

ulo ng tao
head of a person
(a person’s head)

 


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‘Hello’ in Tagalog

Hello.
Hello. (It is common for Filipinos to greet each other in English.)

Kamusta?
How are you?
– the closest equivalent to the English greeting “Hello”
– this is the more current spelling of Kumusta
– it comes from the Spanish ¿Cómo está?

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The Most Basic Tagalog Vocabulary

 
Magandang umaga.
Good morning.
 
 
Magandang araw.
Beautiful Day!
 
 
Magandang hapon.
Good afternoon.
 
 
Paalam.
Goodbye.
 
 
Magandang gabi.
Good evening.
 
 
Teka.
Wait.
 
Kamusta?
How are you?
 
 
Ingat ka.
Take care.
 
 
Mabuti.
Fine.
 
 
Ikaw rin.
You too.
 
 
Salamat.
Thank you.
 
 
Tara na.
Let’s go. (to leave)
 
Walang anuman.
Don’t mention it.
 
Oo.
Yes.

Hindi.
No.
 
Sandali lang.
Wait a moment.
 
Ewan ko.
I don’t know.
 
Mamaya.
Later.
Paumanhin.
Sorry.

Vocabulary: Medical Terms

ubo
cough

hinga
breath

Huminga ka.
Breathe.

pasyente
patient

ospital
hospital

nars
nurse

duktor
doctor

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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
car

goli, from ligo
to take a bath

golets, from the English phrase
Let’s go.

astig, from tigas
tough

gasmati, from matigas
hard-headed or stubborn

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