‘Thank You’ in Tagalog

Salamat is the Tagalog word for ‘thanks.’

Maraming salamat.
Many thanks. / Thank you very much.

Maraming salamat po.
Thank you very much. (formal)

Maraming salamat sa ‘yo.
Many thanks to you. (casual)

Maraming salamat po sa inyo.
Many thanks to you. (formal)

Salamat sa tulong nila.
Thanks to their help.

Pasalamatan mo siya.
Say thanks to her/him.
= Thank him/her.

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Filipino Slang – Inverted Syllables

These are examples of Filipino slang words formed from the switching of the order of the syllables of the original words.

tsikot, from kotse

goli, from ligo
to take a bath

golets, from the English phrase
Let’s go.

astig, from tigas

gasmati, from matigas
hard-headed or stubborn

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“Goodbye” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘Goodbye’ or ‘Farewell’ is Paalam.



O, sige, aalis na ako…
Okay, I’m leaving now…

Paalam na po
Bye now…
(use with older people)

Sige po… Paalam
Okay, I’m leaving now
(respectfully with older people)

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Tagalog Words for Halloween

In the Philippines, the first two days of November are All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, respectively. These are known as the Undas season, when Filipinos go back to their hometowns to visit and clean the graves of their departed family members.

Due to Western influence regarding Halloween, the date of October 31 is now more likely to be considered a non-working holiday devoted to visiting one’s departed relatives than is November 2, much to the chagrin of Catholic church officials.

In fact, in the year 2016, the government declared October 31 a holiday, but not November 2. That was however likely because of the fact too that October 31 this year falls on a Monday — it’s a very long holiday weekend indeed from October 29 (Saturday) to November 1 (Tuesday).

Gabi ng Pangangaluluwa

soul / spirit

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This is a conjunction.

when, so that

Nagulat ako nang nakita ko sila.
I was shocked when I saw them.

Kumain ka, nang (sa ganoon ay) hindi ka magutom.
Eat, so that you won’t go hungry.

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List of Holiday Greetings

Manigong Bagong Taon!
Prosperous New Year!
= Happy New Year!

Maligayang Pasko!

Merry Christmas!

Maligayang Araw ng Mga Puso!
Happy Day of Hearts!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Tagalog Greetings for Holidays & Special Occasions

The Tagalog word for ‘greeting’ is bati.

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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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