Usage of “naka-” in Tagalog

In one usage, the prefix naka- expresses the idea of wearing the article of clothing, accessory, or color that is designated by the noun that naka- attaches to.

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Usage of ‘mag-‘ in Tagalog

The Tagalog prefix mag- is used to verbalize nouns. You can translate it as ‘do’ in most cases, but the meaning depends on the context. This is very useful because you can put it in front of English nouns. Filipinos do this all the time! That’s why when you hear them speaking Tagalog, there seems to be a lot of English words sprinkled in.

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Make Words Plural in Tagalog

To make a word plural in Tagalog, use mga before it.

It is pronounced “mah-nga.”

 

mga bata
children

mga tao
people

mga nanay
mothers

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Common Tagalog Abbreviations

Abbreviations: Shortened Forms of Tagalog Words

at iba pa = atbp
and others (et cetera) = etc

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PINAKA-

The prefix pinaka- is used to form superlative adjectives.

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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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GRAMMAR

The Tagalog word for “grammar” is balarila.

There is the Filipino word gramatika, based off the Spanish gramática.

We do have a modest section with a few random posts about Tagalog grammar.

http://tagaloglang.com/basic/grammar/

NAKAKA-

Nakaka- is a prefix, meaning it is put in front of words.

You can find nakaka- in front of Tagalog verbs.

Technically, it serves to “form causative statives and abilitatives.”

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