The Tagalog word si is what grammarians call a “personal topic marker.”

In Tagalog, you use it in front of a proper name. It’s something you don’t need in English, but you must remember to use it in Tagalog!

Si Andrew
= Andrew

Si Andrew ay matangkad.
Andrew is tall.

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September in Tagalog

The Filipino word Setyembre comes from the Spanish word septiembre.


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‘August’ in Tagalog

ika-walong buwan ng taon
eighth month of the year


sa Agosto
in August

sa buwan ng Agosto
in the month of August

sa ika-apat ng Agosto
on the fourth of August

sa unang araw ng Agosto
on the first day of August

sa unang Lunes ng Agosto
on the first Monday of August

sa huling araw ng Agosto
on the last day of August

sa huling linggo ng Agosto
on the last week of August

buwan ng Agosto
month of August

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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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Usage of ‘mag-‘ in Tagalog

The Tagalog prefix mag- is used to verbalize nouns. You can translate it as ‘do’ in most cases, but the meaning depends on the context. This is very useful because you can put it in front of English nouns. Filipinos do this all the time! That’s why when you hear them speaking Tagalog, there seems to be a lot of English words sprinkled in.

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‘Thank You’ in Tagalog

Salamat is the Tagalog word for ‘thanks.’

Maraming salamat.
Many thanks. / Thank you very much.

Maraming salamat po.
Thank you very much. (formal)

Maraming salamat sa ‘yo.
Many thanks to you. (casual)

Maraming salamat po sa inyo.
Many thanks to you. (formal)

Salamat sa tulong nila.
Thanks to their help.

Pasalamatan mo siya.
Say thanks to her/him.
= Thank him/her.

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Common Tagalog Abbreviations

Abbreviations: Shortened Forms of Tagalog Words

at iba pa = atbp
and others (et cetera) = etc

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