Express Sympathy & Condolences

The Tagalog word for ‘to express condolence’ is pakikiramay.

Kawawa ka naman…
Poor you…

This is a casual way to express sympathy for someone who’s being overworked or undergoing hardship.

Kawawa naman po kayo…
Poor you… (use with older people)

Kami ay nakikiramay sa inyong pagdadalamhati.
We sympathize with your sorrow. (formal)

Tanggapin po ninyo ang aming taos-pusong pakikiramay.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. (formal; use with older people)

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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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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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Translate into Two-Word Tagalog Phrases

Can you give simple two-word Tagalog translations for these English phrases?

I’m happy.

I’m sad.

I’m angry.

I’m hungry.

I’m thirsty.

I’m sleepy.

I’m tired.

I don’t know.

You wait.

Let’s go out.

I’m jealous.

‘Do You Understand?’

The English word ‘understand’ can be translated into Tagalog in at least two ways:



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“That’s Life” in Tagalog


buhay sa Pilipinas
life in the Philippines

buhay sa Amerika
life in America

Ganyan talaga ang buhay.
That’s the way life is.

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‘Take Care’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘to take care’ is



Ingat ka.
Take care.


Ikaw rin.
You too.

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Spanish Numbers in Tagalog

Tagalog numbers can be a mouthful, even for Filipinos. Compare:

dalawampu’t dalawa (7 syllables)
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”