10 Basic Tagalog Words to Know

If you need to learn just ten basic Tagalog words to get by, here’s a list of useful phrases to impress your Filipino friends with. Opo. Salamat. Kamusta. Oo…

Get started learning Tagalog with a few basic words!

Salamat. = Thank you.

Kamusta? = How are you?

Oo. = Yes.

Hindi. = No. Not.
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‘When’ in Tagalog

Kailan?
When?

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KAMUSTA o KUMUSTA

The word comes from the Spanish phrase ¿Cómo está?

The standard Tagalog spelling is Kumusta, but most Filipinos now use Kamusta.

Kamusta?
What’s up?

Kamusta ka?
How are you?
(don’t use with old people)

Kamusta ka na?
How have you been?
= “What’s up?”

Kamusta na po kayo?
How are you?
(polite version for older people)

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Days of the Week

Mga Araw ng Linggo / Days of the Week

The Tagalog word linggo means both “week” and “Sunday” — in the latter case, it is written capitalized.

Use sa to say ‘on’ a certain day.

 

Lunes
Monday

 

Martes
Tuesday

 

Miyerkules
Wednesday

 

Huwebes
Thursday

 

Biyernes
Friday

 

Sabado
Saturday

 

Linggo
Sunday

 

Sa Lunes
On Monday

  

Sa Martes
On Tuesday

  

Sa Miyerkules
On Wednesday

  

Sa Huwebes
On Thursday
  

Sa Biyernes
On Friday

  

Sa Sabado
On Saturday

  

Sa Linggo
On Sunday

Tagalog Question Words

The Tagalog word for ‘question’ is tanong.
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Bad Words in Tagalog

The Tagalog word puta literally means ‘whore’ but is used as an expletive to express anger or frustration like ‘fuck’ in English.

Anak ng puta!
Son of a bitch!
– sounds more extreme in Tagalog than in English

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Don’t in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘do not’ is huwag.

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Vocabulary List: Nature

The Tagalog phrase for ‘natural resources’ is mga likas na yaman.
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