It is common for Filipinos to use the English word in greeting each other. In recent years, there’s a tendency to affix the respectful marker po when speaking to even slightly older people. Though this used to sound very strange and awkward, these days you will hear the phrase “Hello po” all the time. Kamusta?
How are you?
– the closest equivalent to the English greeting “Hello”
– this is the more current spelling of Kumusta
– it comes from the Spanish ¿Cómo está?
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The Tagalog word for ‘morning’ is umaga.
umaga Magandang umaga.
Magandang umaga po.
Good morning. (when speaking to older people)
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In the Philippines, “summer” is from around March to May. The rainy season with strong typhoons is from June to November.
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Mabuti is the Tagalog word for ‘good.’
It is used to answer ‘Fine’ to the question Kamusta? (‘How are you?’).
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The native Tagalog word for ‘number’ is bilang and the Spanish word also commonly used by Filipinos is numero.
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Salamat is the Tagalog word for ‘Thank You.’
To answer ‘Don’t mention it’ or ‘You’re welcome’ say:
It’s nothing at all.
anoman / anuman
To welcome someone into your home or into a store, say Tuloy po kayo.
(addressed to one person, casual)
Tuloy po kayo.
Please enter. / Please come in.
(addressed to an older person or to a group of people.)
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There are two words you can use to say ‘handsome’ in the Filipino language.
The Spanish-derived Filipino word for ‘handsome’ isguwapo
Ang gwapo mo!
Ang gwapo mo talaga.
You’re really so handsome.
Gwapo ba ako?
Am I handsome?
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