‘Happy Birthday’

The Tagalog word for ‘birthday’ is kaarawan.

The traditional way of greeting a Filipino a happy birthday is to say:

Maligayang Bati

Maligayang Bati
Maligayang Bati

This means “Happy Wishes” or “Joyful Greetings” but it’s understood to be referring to one’s birthday.

With the influence of English, most Filipinos translate the phrase “Happy Birthday” literally and these days say…

Maligayang Kaarawan!
Happy Birthday!

Maligayang Bati sa Iyong Kaarawan!
Happy Wishes on Your Birthday!

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Tagalog Numbers 11 – 20

The Tagalog word for ‘number’ is bilang. The Filipino word is numero.

Labing-isa, labing-dalawa, labing-tatlo

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May in Tagalog

The Tagalog word
Mayo comes from the Spanish word mayo.

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‘July’ in Tagalog


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Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day this year is Sunday, June 18, 2017. Do you know what to say to your Tatay in Tagalog?

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Talking about Names

The Tagalog word for ‘name’ is pangalan.

Ano ang pangalan mo?
What’s your name?

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10 Survival Travel Words

Try your best with 10 basic Tagalog words!

Saan? = Where?

Pakituro. = Please point.

Magkano? = How much?

Pakisulat. = Please write.
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Useful Phrases for Travel

Naglalakbay akong mag-isa.
I’m traveling alone.

Gusto kong makita ang mga tanawin.
I want to see the sights. (usually used for natural wonders)


Huwag mo akong istorbohin!
Don’t bother me!

Huwag mo kaming istorbohin.
Don’t bother us.

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