‘Happy Birthday’

The Tagalog word for ‘birthday’ is kaarawan.

The traditional way of greeting a Filipino a happy birthday is to say:

Maligayang Bati

Maligayang Bati
Maligayang Bati

This means “Happy Wishes” or “Joyful Greetings” but it’s understood to be referring to one’s birthday.

With the influence of English, most Filipinos translate the phrase “Happy Birthday” literally and these days say…

Maligayang Kaarawan!
Happy Birthday!

Maligayang Bati sa Iyong Kaarawan!
Happy Wishes on Your Birthday!

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

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The Tagalog word sina is the plural form of si. It’s what grammarians call a “personal topic marker.”

In Tagalog, you must use either si or sina in front of proper names.
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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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Vegetables in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘vegetable’ is gulay.

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What’s Your Name?

The Tagalog word for ‘name’ is pangalan.

Ano ang pangalan mo?

Combine the first two words in conversation:

Anong pangalan mo?
What’s your name? (casual)

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