Talk to Filipino Children

The Tagalog words for ‘child’ are bata and anak.

The general Filipino word for ‘child’ (someone who is young) is bata, but in reference to someone’s child, the word anak is used.

Ang talino ng bata.
The child is smart.

Matalino ang anak ni Ana.
Ana’s child is smart.

Mahal ko ang anak ko.
I love my child.


Halika dito.
Come here. 

Gutom ka ba?
Are you hungry?

Nauuhaw ka ba?
Are you thirsty?

Inaantok ka ba?
Are you sleepy?

Tulog na.
Go to sleep.
(“Time to go to bed.”)

Matulog ka na…
Go to sleep already…

Gising na…
Wake up already…
(“Rise and shine!”)

Bangon na.
Get up. (from bed)

Kain na.
Eat already. (“Time to eat.”)

Huwag mong galawin iyan.
Don’t touch that.


Gusto mo bang maglaro?
Do you want to play?

Gusto mo bang matulog?
Do you want to sleep?

Gusto mo bang kumain?
Do you want to eat?

Anong gusto mong kainin?
What do you want to eat?

Anong gusto mong inumin?
What do you want to drink?