The Tagalog word
Son of a bitch!
– sounds more extreme in Tagalog than in English
Your mother’s a whore!
– contraction of puta ang ina mo
– the strongest way to express anger at someone
– something like ‘Fuck you!’
– contraction of Putang ina mo, but different usage
– this is more like an expletive like ‘Damn’ or ‘Fuck’
Tagalog numbers can be a mouthful, even for Filipinos. Compare:
bente-dos (3 syllables)
There are many situations where Filipinos prefer to use Spanish-derived numbers. The most common are when saying one’s age and telling time. Continue reading “Spanish Numbers in Tagalog”
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… ?
The English word ‘understand’ can be translated into Tagalog in at least two ways:
There are various spellings for loko-loko and loka-loka, such as luko-luko and luka-luka. Continue reading “‘You’re Crazy’ in Tagalog”
How to Say ‘Gift’ in Tagalog
gift you bought on a trip
money as a Christmas gift
Para sa iyo.
Tanggapin mo ito.