At The Filipino Store

The native Tagalog word for “store” is pamilihan, but most Filipinos these days use the Spanish-derived word tindahan to refer to most stores, and the merchandise is called paninda.

Marami pala kayong paninda dito.
So you guys have a lot of merchandise here after all.

Anu-anong paninda ninyo?
What sort of stuff are you folks selling?

Anong oras magbubukas ang tindahan?
What time will the store open?

Anong oras magsasara?
What time will it close?

May kailangan ako sa tindahan.
I need something from the store.

Pabili…
I want to buy a …
(Use this only when speaking to a store clerk or someone selling the item!!!)

Pabili po ng Coke.
I’d like to buy a Coke. (speaking respectfully to store clerk)

Pabili ng isa.
I’d like to buy one. (speaking to store clerk)

Pabili ho ng dalawa.
I’d like to buy two. (speaking with mid-level respect to store clerk)

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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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.

‘Take Care’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘to take care’ is

ingat.

 

Ingat ka.
Take care.

 

Ikaw rin.
You too.

 
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Speak Tagalog in Relationships

Na-miss kita.
I missed you.

Sinungaling!
Liar!

Galit ka ba?
Are you angry?

Nagseselos ka ba?
Are you jealous?

Na-miss mo ba ako?
Did you miss me?

Ang romantiko mo naman!
My, you’re romantic.

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Where Are You From?

Taga-saan siya?
Where is he/she from?

Taga-saan sila?
Where are they from?

Taga-saan ka?
Where are you from?
(to young people)

 

Taga-saan po kayo?
Where are you from?
(to old people)

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Useful Phrases for Travel

Naglalakbay akong mag-isa.
I’m traveling alone.

Gusto kong makita ang mga tanawin.
I want to see the sights. (usually used for natural wonders)

Alis!
Scram!

Huwag mo akong istorbohin!
Don’t bother me!

Huwag mo kaming istorbohin.
Don’t bother us.

Magkano ang pasahe?
How much is the fare?

Sinong niloloko mo?
Whom are trying to con?

Hindi ako tanga.
I’m not stupid.

palitan ng pera
money exchange

Gusto kong magpapalit ng pera.
I want to have money changed.

Saan pwedeng magpapalit ng pera?
Where can money be changed?
(unless truly desperate and/or in search of a better rate, go to a bank)

Saan may bangko?
Where is there a bank?

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‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ in Tagalog


Maligayang…

Happy…

araw
day

ng
of

mga puso
hearts

Araw ng Mga Puso
Day of Hearts
= Valentine’s Day

Maligayang Araw ng Mga Puso!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mahal Kita
I Love You

Gusto kitang makasama sa Araw ng Mga Puso.
I want to be with you on Valentine’s Day.

Tagalog Vowels

Examples of Tagalog words where the initial letter is one of the five vowels:

Listen to the pronunciation.

 

aatin (ours)

eekis (the letter x)

i ibon (bird)

ooras (time)

uuod (worm)

 

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