The Tagalog word for ‘birthday’ is kaarawan.
The traditional way of greeting a Filipino a happy birthday is to say:
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 Bati sa Iyong Kaarawan!
Happy Wishes on Your Birthday!
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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!”
Beautiful day ~
Continue reading “The 5 Basic Tagalog Greetings”
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!
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This page is for colloquial Filipino phrases that are asked on this website but cannot be neatly included in the online dictionary.
Ain’t that right?
kana (…ka na?)
Ilang taon ka na?
How old are you now?
Kana (see Kano)
Wala akong ma say (Taglish)
There’s nothing I can say.
Ikaw ay mayroong… ?
You have… ?
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The English word ‘understand’ can be translated into Tagalog in at least two ways:
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There are various spellings for loko-loko and loka-loka, such as luko-luko and luka-luka. Continue reading “‘You’re Crazy’ in Tagalog”