10 Basic Tagalog Words to Know

If you need to learn just ten basic Tagalog words to get by, here’s a list of useful phrases to impress your Filipino friends with. Opo. Salamat. Kamusta. Oo…

Get started learning Tagalog with a few basic words!

Salamat. = Thank you.

Kamusta? = How are you?

Oo. = Yes.

Hindi. = No. Not.
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Tagalog SMS Language

Textese or the SMS language (txt-speak, txtese, chatspeak, txt, txtspk, txtk, txto, texting language, txt lingo, SMSish, txtslang, or txt talk) is a term for the abbreviations and slang commonly used in mobile phone text messaging, but also in other Internet-based communication such as email and instant messaging.

Initialisations (acronyms and abbreviations composed of initials)

KSP = Kulang sa Pansin
an attention seeker

TCCIC
Take Care Cuz I Care

OP
out of place

LH = Laking Hadlang
“big obstruction” = cockblocker

Reductions and shortenings, and omission of parts of speech

cnsbi = sinasabi
is saying

kgv = kagabi
last night

kona = ko na
I already

sau = sa iyo
to you

kc = kasi
because, cos, cuz

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‘What’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘what’ is ano.

Ano?
What?

Ano ito?
What is this?

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Very Short Tagalog Words

At this time, short Tagalog words consisting of just two letters (for example: pa, na, ka…) do not appear in our search results. For many of those, we have created short urls to make them easy for you to find.

ONE LETTER WORDS

do


TWO-LETTER WORDS

aqat, ay, ba, bb, bkka, keko, di, ggha, ho, ipaloma, monani, ngno, nuqopa, pipo, rp, sa, sito, uy, yo

d5 / De5 = DeLima / Senator De Lima

D30 / DU30 / PDU30 = President Duterte

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Bad Words in Tagalog

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

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Days of the Week

Mga Araw ng Linggo / Days of the Week

The Tagalog word linggo means both “week” and “Sunday” — in the latter case, it is written capitalized.

Use sa to say ‘on’ a certain day.

 

Lunes
Monday

 

Martes
Tuesday

 

Miyerkules
Wednesday

 

Huwebes
Thursday

 

Biyernes
Friday

 

Sabado
Saturday

 

Linggo
Sunday

 

Sa Lunes
On Monday

  

Sa Martes
On Tuesday

  

Sa Miyerkules
On Wednesday

  

Sa Huwebes
On Thursday
  

Sa Biyernes
On Friday

  

Sa Sabado
On Saturday

  

Sa Linggo
On Sunday

Tagalog Numbers 11 – 20

The Tagalog word for ‘number’ is bilang. The Filipino word is numero.

Labing-isa, labing-dalawa, labing-tatlo

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Seasons in the Philippines

In the Philippines, “summer” is from around March to May. The rainy season with strong typhoons is from June to November.

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