‘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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Talk about the Weather

The Tagalog word for ‘weather’ is panahon. Continue reading “Talk about the Weather”

The 5 Basic Tagalog Greetings

The Tagalog word maganda means ‘beautiful’ but it is used as the equivalent of the English ‘good’ in greetings. It is common for Filipinos to greet each other with the phrase “Beautiful Day!”

Magandang araw.
Beautiful day ~

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How to Swear 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

Putang ina mo!
Your mother’s a whore!
– contraction of puta ang ina mo
– the strongest way to express anger at someone
– something like ‘Fuck you!’

Tangina!
– contraction of Putang ina mo, but different usage
– this is more like an expletive like ‘Damn’ or ‘Fuck’

Tangina mo!
Fuck you!

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Miscellaneous Phrases

This page is for colloquial Filipino phrases that are asked on this website but cannot be neatly included in the online dictionary.

diba (Hindi ba?)
Ain’t that right?

kana (…ka na?)
Ilang taon ka na?
How old are you now?

Kana (see Kano)
American chick

Wala akong ma say (Taglish)
There’s nothing I can say.

Ikaw ay mayroong… ?
You have… ?

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‘Do You Understand?’

The English word ‘understand’ can be translated into Tagalog in at least two ways:

intindi
understand

unawa
comprehend

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The Most Basic Tagalog Vocabulary

 
Magandang umaga.
Good morning.
 
 
Magandang araw.
Beautiful Day!
 
 
Magandang hapon.
Good afternoon.
 
 
Paalam.
Goodbye.
 
 
Magandang gabi.
Good evening.
 
 
Teka.
Wait.
 
Kamusta?
How are you?
 
 
Ingat ka.
Take care.
 
 
Mabuti.
Fine.
 
 
Ikaw rin.
You too.
 
 
Salamat.
Thank you.
 
 
Tara na.
Let’s go. (to leave)
 
Walang anuman.
Don’t mention it.
 
Oo.
Yes.

Hindi.
No.
 
Sandali lang.
Wait a moment.
 
Ewan ko.
I don’t know.
 
Mamaya.
Later.
Paumanhin.
Sorry.

‘You’re Crazy’ in Tagalog

There are various spellings for loko-loko and loka-loka, such as luko-luko and luka-luka. Continue reading “‘You’re Crazy’ in Tagalog”