Common Tagalog Greeting

 
Magandang araw.

“Beautiful day.”
(used as a greeting)

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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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Top 10 Basic Tagalog Phrases to Know

Make an effort to learn at least a few basic phrases in Tagalog!

Magandang araw! = Beautiful day!
This is how Filipinos would say hello. It’s the equivalent of “Good morning!” though you can use it in the early afternoon too.

Mahal kita. = I love you.
This is the most common way of saying ‘I Love You.’ This phrase can be used with anyone, from your wife to your grandfather.

Sarap nito. = This is delicious. / This feels good.
The Tagalog word for ‘delicious‘ is also used for something that feels good.

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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.

‘I Don’t Know’ in Tagalog

Ewan is the more current form of aywan.

Hindi ko alam.
I don’t know. (literal translation)

Ewan.
I don’t know. (colloquial)

Ewan ko.
I don’t know.


When speaking to older people, add po.
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When Giving a Gift

How to Say ‘Gift’ in Tagalog

regalo
gift

mga regalo
gifts

pasalubong
gift you bought on a trip

pamasko
Christmas gift

aginaldo
money as a Christmas gift

Para sa iyo.
For you.

Tanggapin mo ito.
Accept this.

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What’s Your Name?

The Tagalog word for ‘name’ is pangalan.

Ano ang pangalan mo?

Combine the first two words in conversation:

Anong pangalan mo?
What’s your name? (casual)

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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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