‘How Old Are You?’ in Tagalog

The Filipino word for ‘age’ is edad.

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“Good Morning” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘morning’ is umaga.

maganda
beautiful

Magandang…
Good…

umaga
morning

Magandang umaga.
Good morning.

Magandang umaga po.
Good morning. (when speaking to older people)

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‘How Are You’ in Tagalog

Kamusta?
How are you?
– the more current spelling of Kumusta
– from the Spanish ¿Cómo está?

Kamusta ka na?
How have you been?
– this is like “What’s up?”
– don’t use with old people

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‘Fine’ ‘Yes’ ‘No’ in Tagalog

Mabuti is the Tagalog word for ‘good.’

It is used to answer ‘Fine’ to the question Kamusta? (‘How are you?’).

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“Welcome” in Tagalog

Salamat is the Tagalog word for ‘Thank You.’

To answer ‘Don’t mention it’ or ‘You’re welcome’ say:
 

Walang anuman.
It’s nothing at all.

 

wala
none

ano
what

anoman / anuman
whatsoever


 
To welcome someone into your home or into a store, say Tuloy po kayo. 

Tuloy ka.
Enter.
(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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‘Hello’ in Tagalog

Hello.
Hello. (It is common for Filipinos to greet each other in English.)

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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“Goodbye” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘Goodbye’ or ‘Farewell’ is Paalam.

Paalam.
Goodbye.

 

O, sige, aalis na ako…
Okay, I’m leaving now…

Paalam na po
Bye now…
(use with older people)

Sige po… Paalam
Okay, I’m leaving now
(respectfully with older people)

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‘Thank You’ in Tagalog

Salamat is the Tagalog word for ‘thanks.’

Maraming salamat.
Many thanks. / Thank you very much.

Maraming salamat po.
Thank you very much. (formal)

Maraming salamat sa ‘yo.
Many thanks to you. (casual)

Maraming salamat po sa inyo.
Many thanks to you. (formal)

Salamat sa tulong nila.
Thanks to their help.

Pasalamatan mo siya.
Say thanks to her/him.
= Thank him/her.

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