Do You Know How To…

Marunong ka bang…
Do you know how to…

Marunong ka bang mag-tenis?
Do you know to play tennis?

Marunong ka bang mag-basketbol?
Do you know how to play basketball?

Marunong ka bang mag-piyano?
Do you know to play the piano?

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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.

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 Say “Let’s…” in Tagalog

The simplest, easiest way to say “Let’s…” in Tagalog is to use the verb and then add tayo.

kain
eat

Kain tayo.
Let’s eat.


upo
sit

Upo tayo.
Let’s sit.


lakad
walk

Lakad tayo.
Let’s walk.


tulog
sleep

Tulog tayo.
Let’s sleep.


A more advanced way to say “Let’s…” in Tagalog is to conjugate the verb, then add tayo.

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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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‘I Want’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog for ‘to want to do something’ is gusto.

gusto
to want

Gusto ko ng…
I want…

Gusto ko ng tinapay.
I want bread.

Gusto ko ng kanin.
I want rice.

Gusto ko ng tubig.
I want water.

Gusto ko ng kiss.
I want a kiss.

Gusto kong…
I want to…

 
Gusto kong mag-tenis.
I want to play tennis.

Gusto kong mag-aral.
I want to study.

Gusto kong mag-shopping.
I want to go shopping.

Gusto kong maglaro.
I want to play.

Gusto kong mamatay.
I want to die.

Gusto kong malaman.
I want to know.

Gusto kong malaman kung ano ito.
I want to know what this is.

Gusto also means ‘to like’ and as a noun ‘a crush.’

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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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Meron ka bang… ? = Do you have…?

Meron ka bang…
Do you happen to have…

Meron ka bang lapis?
Do you have a pencil?

Meron ka bang bolpen?
Do you have a pen?

Meron ka bang papel?
Do you have paper?

Meron ka bang pera?
Do you have money?

Meron ka bang asawa?
Do you have a spouse?
(=You married?)

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