At The Filipino Store

The native Tagalog word for “store” is pamilihan (“marketplace”), but most Filipinos these days use the Spanish-derived word tindahan to refer to most stores, and the merchandise is called paninda.

Filipino grocery store
Buying snacks at a grocery store in Cebu

Marami pala kayong paninda dito.
So you guys have a lot of merchandise here after all.

Anu-anong paninda ninyo?
What sort of stuff are you folks selling?

Anong oras magbubukas ang tindahan?
What time will the store open?

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Talk in Tagalog

to talk / to discuss
to have a conversation

Mag-usap tayo.
Let’s talk.

Pag-usapan natin ito.
Let’s talk about this.
Let’s discuss this.

a request

May pakiusap ako.
I have a request.

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Talking about Names

The Tagalog word for ‘name’ is pangalan.

Ano ang pangalan mo?
What’s your name?

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Kissing in Tagalog

Halikan mo ako.
Kiss me.

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Listen to Me Speak Tagalog

The root word of ‘listen’ in kinig.

Makinig ka.
Listen (in general).
“Listen you!” “Pay attention.”

Nakikinig ka ba?
Are you listening?

listen (to someone or something)

Pakinggan mo ito.
Listen to this.

Pakinggan mo ako.
Listen to me.

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Speak Tagalog in Relationships

Na-miss kita.
I missed you.


Galit ka ba?
Are you angry?

Nagseselos ka ba?
Are you jealous?

Na-miss mo ba ako?
Did you miss me?

Ang romantiko mo naman!
My, you’re romantic.

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Speaking to a Doctor

Ang sakit ng ulo ko.
My head hurts.

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Talking to Filipinas

The Tagalog word for ‘woman’ is babae. Filipinos also use the slang Pinay, a word without negative connotation. It’s the female equivalent of Pinoy.


Kailangan ko ng babae.
I need a woman.
(Sometimes has a negative connotation.)




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