‘Fine’ ‘Yes’ ‘No’ in Tagalog

Mabuti is the Tagalog word for ‘good.’

It is used to answer ‘Fine’ to the question Kamusta? (‘How are you?’).

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“Good Afternoon” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘afternoon’ is hapon.

maganda
beautiful

Magandang…
Good…

hapon
afternoon

Magandang hapon.
Good afternoon.

Magandang hapon po.
Good afternoon.
(when speaking to older people)

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‘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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“Summer” in Tagalog

In the Philippines, “summer” is from around March to May. The rainy season with strong typhoons is from June to November.

 
tag-araw
the sunny season
“summer”
 
tag-init
the hot season
“summer”

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Numbers in Tagalog

The native Tagalog word for ‘number’ is bilang and the Spanish word also commonly used by Filipinos is numero.

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“Welcome” in Tagalog

Salamat is the Tagalog word for ‘Thank You.’

To answer ‘Don’t mention it’ or ‘You’re welcome’ say:
 

Walang anuman.
It’s nothing at all.

 

wala
none

ano
what

anoman / anuman
whatsoever


 
To welcome someone into your home or into a store, say Tuloy po kayo. 

Tuloy ka.
Enter.
(addressed to one person, casual)

Tuloy po kayo.
Please enter. / Please come in.
(addressed to an older person or to a group of people.)

 
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How to Say ‘Please’

There is no single-word Tagalog translation!

You have to attach paki- in front of the verb. 


sulat
to write

Pakisulat mo dito.
Please write it here.


luto
to cook

Pakiluto mo ito.
Please cook this.


ayos
to arrange, put in order, fix

Pakiayos mo ito.
Please fix this.


bigay
to give

Pakibigay mo kay Ana.
Please give to Ana.

Pakibigay mo sa nanay mo.
Please give to your mother.

Pakibigay mo ito (sa kanila).
Please give this (to them).

mo = you

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‘How Are You’ in Tagalog

Kamusta?
How are you?
– the more current spelling of Kumusta
– from the Spanish ¿Cómo está?

Kamusta ka na?
How have you been?
– this is like “What’s up?”
– don’t use with old people

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