Say “I Love You” in Tagalog

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Mahal kita.
I love you.
(most common)

Iniibig kita.
I love you.
(dramatic, only for lovers)

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Speaking Tagalog On a Date

Saan mo gustong umupo?
Where would you like to sit?

Anong gusto mong inumin?
What would you like to drink?

Anong gusto mong kainin?
What would you like to eat?

Umiinom ka ba?
Do you drink (liquor)?

Masarap ‘yung ____________ .
The _____________ is delicious.

Masarap ito.
This is delicious.
(pointing to a menu item)

Umorder ka ng kahit ano.
Order anything.

Huwag kang mahiya.
Don’t be shy.

Akong bahala.
I’ll take care of it.
I’ll handle it.

Anong gusto mong panoorin?
What would you like to watch?

Anong gusto mong pakinggan?
What would you like to listen to?

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Discussing Sex in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘sex’ is pagtatalik but most Filipinos just say seks.

Gusto kitang mahalin. Gusto kong mag-seks.
I want to love you. I want to have sex.

Pwede (na) ba tayong mag-seks?
Can we have sex (already)?

Bakit ayaw mong mag-seks?
Why don’t you want to have sex?

Kung ayaw mong mag-seks…
If you don’t want to have sex…

Hindi kita pipilitin.
I’m not going to force you.

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“You’re Beautiful” in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘beauty’ is kagandahan.

Ang ganda mo!
You’re beautiful!

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Writing a Love Letter in Tagalog

Exchanging love notes is a cherished tradition in Filipino courtship. A written profession of love is “proof” more solid than words spoken into the air.¬†

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‘Are you Filipina?’

You think she’s Filipina and you want to make a good first impression by asking her if she’s Filipina in Tagalog. Here’s how to do it.

The Tagalog word for ‘Filipina’ is Pilipina. Filipinos also use the slang Pinay.

Pinay ka ba?
Are you Filipina?

 

Pilipina ka ba?
Are you Filipina?

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‘I Miss You’ in Tagalog

There is no colloquial Tagalog word for ‘miss’ so Filipinos use the English!

If you insist on saying “I miss you” in awkward-sounding Tagalog, visit¬†the page on the word sabik.

Miss kita. Miss kita talaga.
I miss you. I miss you very much.

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How to Say “Lover”

There are many ways of saying ‘lover’ in Tagalog.

In popular usage, a kalaguyo means a lover outside marriage. Your wife is your asawa (‘spouse’) or misis, while the other woman is the kalaguyo. It sounds wicked in Tagalog.

Another Tagalog word for ‘mistress’ is kerida from the Spanish querida, meaning a cherished one. It sounds nice in Spanish, but not in Tagalog!

A kasintahan is someone with whom you have promised love. There is no sexual connotation to this word, which sounds very pure and beautiful and sparkly in Tagalog. It derives from the root word sinta, an old-fashioned term for ‘love.’ Two people (a couple) are magkasintahan.

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