Talking to Filipinas

The Tagalog word for ‘woman’ is babae. Filipinos also use the slang Pinay, a word without negative connotation. It’s the female equivalent of Pinoy.

babae
woman

Kailangan ko ng babae.
I need a woman.
(Sometimes has a negative connotation.)

 

Pinay
Filipina

Pilipina
Filipina

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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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Talking about Body Parts

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Kissing in Tagalog

Halikan mo ako.
Kiss me.

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Describing the Weather

The Tagalog word for ‘weather’ is panahon.

Mahangin.
It’s windy.

Mainit.
It’s hot.

Malamig.
It’s cold.

Maaraw.
It’s sunny.

Maulap.
It’s cloudy.

Makulimlim.
It’s overcast.

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Giving Directions

The Tagalog words for ‘road’ are daan and kalye.

sa kanan
on the right

sa kaliwa
on the left

deretso
straight

sa harap ng
in front of

sa likod
behind

dito
here

doon
there

diyan
there nearby

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Medical Emergency

Masama ang pakiramdam ko.
I don’t feel well.

Ang sakit ng ulo ko.
My head hurts.

May sakit ba siya?
Is she/he sick?

May sakit siya.
She/He is sick.

Masakit.
It hurts.

Aray!
Ouch!

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Describing the Economy

Don’t get fixated on translating economic and financial terms into Tagalog. Filipinos use the English words and phrases in regular conversation. For example, a Filipino will always say ‘credit card’ (in English) instead of the forced Tagalog translation tarheta ng kredito.

It’ll be very amusing to Filipinos if you insist on Tagalog translations. They may even find it insulting. “How can this foreigner think I don’t know what a ‘credit card’ is?”

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