Talking about Names

The Tagalog word for ‘name’ is pangalan.

Ano ang pangalan mo?
What’s your name?

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At The Filipino Store

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

Filipino grocery store
Buying snacks at a grocery store in Cebu

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?

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Talk in Tagalog

usap
to talk / to discuss
to have a conversation

Mag-usap tayo.
Let’s talk.

Pag-usapan natin ito.
Let’s talk about this.
Let’s discuss this.

pakiusap
a request

May pakiusap ako.
I have a request.

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Cooking & In The Kitchen

Haluan ng kaunting amonya ang tubig na ipanghuhugas sa pinggan at sa mga kalderong mamantika. Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa madaling paglilinis ng mga kagamitan.

Anong lulutuin natin ngayon?
What are we cooking now / today?

Mahirap yatang lutuin ‘yan.
I think that may be hard to cook.

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Speaking to Older People

Remember to use po and the third-person plural form when talking to someone much older than you.

Compare the following sentences:

Ewan ko.
I don’t know. (casual)

Ewan ko po.
I don’t know. (respectful)

Salamat sa tulong mo.
Thank you for your help. (casual)

Salamat po sa tulong ninyo.
Thanks to your help. (respectful)

Take note of the following exception:
Oo.

Yes. (casual)

Opo.
Yes. (respectful)

Sometimes, ho is substituted for po.

Opo. = Oho.

Salamat po. = Salamat ho. 

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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.

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Conversation Questions For Kids!

Anong ginagawa mo?
What are you doing?

Anong ginawa mo?
What did you do?

May binisita ka ba? 
Did you visit anyone?

May bumisita ba sa bahay ninyo?
Did someone visit your home?

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