‘Hello’ in Tagalog

Hello.
Hello.

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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‘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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“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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‘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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Numbers in Tagalog

The native Tagalog word for ‘number’ is bilang and the Spanish word also commonly used by Filipinos is numero.

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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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‘You’re Handsome’ in Tagalog

There are two words you can use to say ‘handsome’ in the Filipino language.

The Spanish-derived Filipino word for ‘handsome’ is
guwapo.

guwapo
handsome

Ang gwapo mo!
You’re handsome!

Ang gwapo mo talaga.
You’re really so handsome.

Gwapo ba ako?
Am I handsome?

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