TAPOS

tapos
(stress on first syllable)
done, complete, finished

Kumain kami…. tapos nagpahinga.
We ate… and then rested.


tapós
(accent on second syllable)
to have finished something

 

Tapós na ako.
I’m done.

Tapós na kami.
We’re done.

Tapós ka na ba?
Are you done?

Sa wakas, tapós na ako.
Finally, I’m done!

Tapós na ang bakasyon.
Vacation is over.

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‘When’ in Tagalog

Kailan?
When?

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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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The 5 Basic Tagalog Greetings

The Tagalog word maganda means ‘beautiful’ but it is used as the equivalent of the English ‘good’ in greetings. It is common for Filipinos to greet each other with the phrase “Beautiful Day!”

Magandang araw.
Beautiful day ~

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“Good Evening” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘evening’ and ‘night’ is gabi. The Tagalog word for ‘good’ is mabuti, but in the expression ‘Good evening’ the word maganda (beautiful) is used.

Magandang…
Good…

gabi
evening

Magandang gabi.
Good evening.

Magandang gabi po.
Good evening. (when speaking to older people)

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How to Say “Let’s…” in Tagalog

The simplest, easiest way to say “Let’s…” in Tagalog is to use the verb and then add tayo.

kain
eat

Kain tayo.
Let’s eat.


upo
sit

Upo tayo.
Let’s sit.


lakad
walk

Lakad tayo.
Let’s walk.


tulog
sleep

Tulog tayo.
Let’s sleep.


A more advanced way to say “Let’s…” in Tagalog is to conjugate the verb, then add tayo.

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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.

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Common Tagalog Adjectives

Mga Pang-Uri
Adjectives

Ang pang-uri ay nagbibigay-turing sa pangngalan o panghalip.
An adjective modifies a noun or pronoun.

Mga Magkasalungat na Salita
Antonyms (Words Having Opposite Meanings)

Mga Halimbawa ng Magkakasalungat na Salita
Examples of Antonyms

bago : new
luma : old

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