Learn Basic Tagalog Language

    Useful Filipino Words and Phrases

    Although Filipinos are English speaking people, you may want to impress your friends and relatives by speaking and using these Tagalog words and phrases. Below are a few Tagalog greetings that are importart to learn if one wants to endear himself/herself to Filipinos.

    Magandang umaga po. (formal/polite) – Good morning
    Magandang umaga. (informal) – Good morning

    Magandang tanghali po. (formal/polite) – Good noon
    Magandang tanghali. (informal) – Good noon

    Magandang hapon po. (formal/polite) – Good afternoon
    Magandang hapon. (informal) – Good afternoon

    Magandang gabi po. (formal/polite) – Good evening
    Magandang gabi. (informal) – Good evening

    Kumusta po kayo? (formal/polite) – How are you?
    Kumusta ka? (informal) – How are you?

    Mabuti po naman. (formal/polite) – I’m fine
    Mabuti naman. (informal) – I’m fine

    Tuloy po kayo. (formal/polite) – Please, come in
    Tuloy. (informal) – Please, come in

    Salamat po. (formal/polite) – Thank you
    Salamat. (informal) – Thank you

    Maraming salamat po. (formal/polite) – Thank you very much
    Maraming salamat. (informal) – Thank you very much

    Wala pong anuman. (formal/polite) – You are welcome
    Walang anuman. (informal) – You are welcome

    Opo/ oho. (formal/polite) – Yes
    Oo (informal) – Yes

    Hindi po/ho (formal/polite) – No
    Hindi (informal) – No

    Hindi ko po/ho alam. (formal/polite) – I don’t know
    Hindi ko alam. (informal) – I don’t know

    Anong oras na po? (formal/polite) – What time is it?
    Anong oras na? (informal) – What time is it?

    Saan po kayo papunta? (formal/polite) – Where are you going?
    Saan ka papunta? (informal) – Where are you going?

    Saan po kayo galing? (formal/polite) – Where did you come from?
    Saan ka galing? (informal) – Where did you come from?

    Ano po ang pangalan nila? (formal/polite) – What is your name?
    Anong pangalan mo? (informal) – What is your name?

    Ako po si ________ (formal/polite) – I am ______ (name).
    Ako si _________ (informal) – I am ______ (name).

    Ilang taon na po kayo? (formal/polite) – How old are you?
    Ilang taon ka na? (informal) – How old are you?

    Ako po ay _______ gulang na. (formal/polite) – I am _______ years old.
    Ako ay _______ gulang na. (informal) – I am _______ years old.

    Saan po kayo nakatira? (formal/polite) – Where do you live?
    Saan ka nakatira? (informal) – Where do you live?

    Taga saan po sila? (formal/polite) – Where are you from?
    Taga saan ka? (informal) – Where are you from?

    Kumain na po ba sila? (formal/polite) – Have you eaten yet?
    Kumain ka na ba? (informal) – Have you eaten yet?


    Below is a list of Tagalog words and phrases used in giving or asking for directions.

    deretso – straight ahead
    (sa) kanan – on the right
    (sa) kaliwa – on the left
    umikot – turn around
    (sa) harap – in front
    (sa) likod/likuran – at the back/behind
    hilaga – north
    silangan – east
    kanluran – west
    timog – south
    (sa) itaas – on top
    (sa) ibaba – below/at the bottom
    (sa) ilalim – at the bottom
    (sa) loob – inside
    (sa) labas – outside

    There are a number of Tagalog words and phrases which are rather vague in terms of specific distance but signify “nearness” or “farness” of a particular object, thing, or place from the speaker. These are:

    doon – yonder (over there)
    diyan lang po sa tabi – there, on that side
    sa banda po doon – over on that side


    Below is a list of Tagalog question words with their corresponding meanings and examples in English.

    Ano? – What?
    Alin? – Which?
    Sino? – Who?
    Saan? – Where?
    Bakit? – Why?
    Kailan? – When?
    Paano?/Papaano? – How?
    Magkano? – How much? (money)
    Nasaan? – Where? (to look for something/somebody)

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