‘What’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘what’ is ano.

Ano?
What?

Ano ito?
What is this?

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NINYO

The word ninyo is what grammarians call a “genitive pronoun.”

It works like a plural version of mo (‘you’).

Talking to one person:

Anong ginagawa mo?
What are you doing?

Talking to two or more persons:

Anong ginagawa ninyo?
What are you doing?

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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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NI

The Tagalog word ni is placed before names. It can be translated as ‘of’ in certain contexts.

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‘Take Care’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘to take care’ is

ingat.

 

Ingat ka.
Take care.

 

Ikaw rin.
You too.

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Bad Words in Tagalog

The Tagalog word puta literally means ‘whore’ but is used as an expletive to express anger or frustration like ‘fuck’ in English.

Anak ng puta!
Son of a bitch!
– sounds more extreme in Tagalog than in English

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‘How Old Are You?’ in Tagalog

The Filipino word for ‘age’ is edad.

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Doing Business in Tagalog

negosyo
business

negosyante
businessman /
businesswoman

kontrata
contract

pera
money

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