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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Mukha kang = You look like

mukha
face

Mukha kang…
You look like…

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Government Terms

The native Tagalog word for “government” is pamahalaan. The Spanish-derived Filipino word is gobyerno.

  Republika ng Pilipinas
Republic of the Philippines

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Time Expressions

kahapon: yesterday

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Ako ay = I am

akó = I, me
Ako ay
I am…

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Travel in the Philippines

lakbay
to travel

naglalakbay
traveling

bagahe
baggage

taksi
taxi

telepono
telephone

pera
money

bangko
bank

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‘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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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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