NI

The Tagalog word ni is placed before names. It can be translated as ‘of’ in certain contexts.

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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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NAKAKA-

Nakaka- is a prefix, meaning it is put in front of words.

You can find nakaka- in front of Tagalog verbs.

Technically, it serves to “form causative statives and abilitatives.”

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PALA-

As a prefix, pala- may connote something done habitually.

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How to Be Polite in Tagalog

Maging Magalang = Be Polite

When talking to people older than you, the easiest way to make your sentences polite is to add po, usually at the end.

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NAKA-

This is not a standalone word, but a prefix.

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NINYO

The word ninyo is what grammarians call a “genitive pronoun.”

It works like a plural version of mo (‘you’).

Talking to one person:

Anong ginagawa mo?
What are you doing?

Talking to two or more persons:

Anong ginagawa ninyo?
What are you doing?

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SI

The Tagalog word si is what grammarians call a “personal topic marker.”

In Tagalog, you use it in front of a proper name. It’s something you don’t need in English, but you must remember to use it in Tagalog!

Si Andrew
= Andrew

Si Andrew ay matangkad.
Andrew is tall.

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