‘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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Say “Good Luck” in Tagalog

Most Filipinos actually use the English phrase “Good Luck.”  The following Taglish phrase is a common way of wishing a friend good luck:

Gud lak sa ‘yo.
Good luck to you.

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‘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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“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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“Summer” in Tagalog

In the Philippines, “summer” is from around March to May. The rainy season with strong typhoons is from June to November.

 
tag-araw
the sunny season
“summer”
 
tag-init
the hot season
“summer”

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‘How Much’ in Tagalog

Magkano?
How much?
(the price, not the amount)

Gaano…?
How…?
(the amount, not the price)

Gaano karami ang kailangan mo?
How much do you need?

Magkano ito?
How much is this?

Magkano iyan?
How much is that?

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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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