SA

The Tagalog word sa is a preposition that can mean to, at, in, for or on, depending on the context.

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PINAKA-

The prefix pinaka- is used to form superlative adjectives.

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PAKI-

The prefix
paki- is used to denote a request for a  favor. It is the easiest way to say ‘please’ in Tagalog. Just put it in front of verbs.

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Superlative Form of Adjectives

The Tagalog word for ‘adjective’ is pang-uri.

SUPERLATIVE FORM OF TAGALOG ADJECTIVES

pinaka-
the most ~

pinakamaganda
the most beautiful

pinakamatalino
the smartest

Ito ang pinakamalinis.
This is the cleanest.

Siya ang pinakamalakas.
She/He is the strongest.

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NI

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

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How to Say “Let’s…” in Tagalog

The simplest, easiest way to say “Let’s…” in Tagalog is to use the verb and then add tayo.

kain
eat

Kain tayo.
Let’s eat.


upo
sit

Upo tayo.
Let’s sit.


lakad
walk

Lakad tayo.
Let’s walk.


tulog
sleep

Tulog tayo.
Let’s sleep.


A more advanced way to say “Let’s…” in Tagalog is to conjugate the verb, then add tayo.

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SI

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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NANG

This is a conjunction.

nang
when, so that

Nagulat ako nang nakita ko sila.
I was shocked when I saw them.

Kumain ka, nang (sa ganoon ay) hindi ka magutom.
Eat, so that you won’t go hungry.

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