Top 10 Basic Tagalog Phrases to Know

Make an effort to learn at least a few basic phrases in Tagalog!

Magandang araw! = Beautiful day!
This is how Filipinos would say hello. It’s the equivalent of “Good morning!” though you can use it in the early afternoon too.

Mahal kita. = I love you.
This is the most common way of saying ‘I Love You.’ This phrase can be used with anyone, from your wife to your grandfather.

Sarap nito. = This is delicious. / This feels good.
The Tagalog word for ‘delicious‘ is also used for something that feels good.


Maligayang Bati. = Happy Wishes.
This is how Filipinos would say Happy Birthday.

Ayaw ko. = I don’t want. / I don’t like. / I don’t want to.
This Tagalog phrases is often shortened to one word:
Ayoko.

Gusto ko ‘to. = I like this. / I want this.
The Tagalog word gusto can mean ‘want’ or ‘ like.’

Sandali lang. = Just a moment. (Wait. Hold on a sec.)

Ingat ka. = Take care.

Aalis na ako.
I’m leaving now. (A phrase Filipinos use when they’d like to say goodbye.)

Pasensya ka na. = Sorry, bear with me.
Use this phrase when you’ve done something that inconveniences a Filipino.