The 5 Basic Tagalog Greetings

The Tagalog word maganda means ‘beautiful’ but it is used as the equivalent of the English ‘good’ in greetings. It is common for Filipinos to greet each other with the phrase “Beautiful Day!”

Magandang araw.
Beautiful day ~

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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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Top 10 Basic Tagalog Phrases to Know

Make an effort to learn at least a few basic phrases in Tagalog!

Magandang araw! = Beautiful day!
This is how Filipinos would say hello. It’s the equivalent of “Good morning!” though you can use it in the early afternoon too.

Mahal kita. = I love you.
This is the most common way of saying ‘I Love You.’ This phrase can be used with anyone, from your wife to your grandfather.

Sarap nito. = This is delicious. / This feels good.
The Tagalog word for ‘delicious‘ is also used for something that feels good.

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Common Tagalog Greeting

 
Magandang araw.

“Beautiful day.”
(used as a greeting)

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The Most Basic Tagalog Vocabulary

 
Magandang umaga.
Good morning.
 
 
Magandang araw.
Beautiful Day!
 
 
Magandang hapon.
Good afternoon.
 
 
Paalam.
Goodbye.
 
 
Magandang gabi.
Good evening.
 
 
Teka.
Wait.
 
Kamusta?
How are you?
 
 
Ingat ka.
Take care.
 
 
Mabuti.
Fine.
 
 
Ikaw rin.
You too.
 
 
Salamat.
Thank you.
 
 
Tara na.
Let’s go. (to leave)
 
Walang anuman.
Don’t mention it.
 
Oo.
Yes.

Hindi.
No.
 
Sandali lang.
Wait a moment.
 
Ewan ko.
I don’t know.
 
Mamaya.
Later.
Paumanhin.
Sorry.

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Meron ka bang… ? = Do you have…?

Meron ka bang…
Do you happen to have…

Meron ka bang lapis?
Do you have a pencil?

Meron ka bang bolpen?
Do you have a pen?

Meron ka bang papel?
Do you have paper?

Meron ka bang pera?
Do you have money?

Meron ka bang asawa?
Do you have a spouse?
(=You married?)

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What’s Your Name?

The Tagalog word for ‘name’ is pangalan.

Ano ang pangalan mo?

Combine the first two words in conversation:

Anong pangalan mo?
What’s your name? (casual)

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