Talking About Photographs

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Talking about Body Parts

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Describing the Weather

The Tagalog word for ‘weather’ is panahon.

Mahangin.
It’s windy.

Mainit.
It’s hot.

Malamig.
It’s cold.

Maaraw.
It’s sunny.

Maulap.
It’s cloudy.

Makulimlim.
It’s overcast.

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Giving Directions

The Tagalog words for ‘road’ are daan and kalye.

sa kanan
on the right

sa kaliwa
on the left

deretso
straight

sa harap ng
in front of

sa likod
behind

dito
here

doon
there

diyan
there nearby

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Describing the Economy

Don’t get fixated on translating economic and financial terms into Tagalog. Filipinos use the English words and phrases in regular conversation. For example, a Filipino will always say ‘credit card’ (in English) instead of the forced Tagalog translation tarheta ng kredito.

It’ll be very amusing to Filipinos if you insist on Tagalog translations. They may even find it insulting. “How can this foreigner think I don’t know what a ‘credit card’ is?”

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Talking about Nature

Ang Pilipinas ay mayaman sa mga halaman.
The Philippines is rich in plants.

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Talk about Religion

Pro tip: Never make fun of another person’s religion, regardless of your own personal beliefs.

relihiyon
religion

simbahan
church

Kristiyano
Christian

Katoliko
Catholic

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Drinking & Ordering Drinks

The Tagalog word for something to drink is inumin.

Anong gusto mong inumin?
What do you want to drink?

Gusto kong uminom ng tsa.
I want to drink tea.

Ayoko ng kape.
I don’t like coffee. / I don’t want coffee.

Lagyan mo ng gatas ang kape.
Put milk in the coffee.

Huwag mo lagyan ng asukal ang kape.
Don’t put sugar in the coffee.

Gusto kong uminom ng tsa.
I want to drink tea.

Uminom ka ng salabat.
Drink ginger tea.

Uminom ka ba ng tubig?
Did you have a drink of water?

Gusto ko ng gatas.
I like milk. / I want milk.

Huwag kang uminom ng alak!
Don’t drink liquor!

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