‘What’ in Tagalog

The Tagalog word for ‘what’ is ano.


Ano ito?
What is this?

Ano iyan?
What is that?
– close to the ones talking

Ano iyon?
What is that?
– far away from the ones talking
– also, “What did you say?”

Anong oras na?
What time is it?

Anong pangalan mo?
What’s your name?

Anong is short for Ano ang.

Anong problema?
What’s the problem?

Anong gusto mo?
What do you want? / What do you like?

Ano raw?
What did he/she say?

Anong gagawin natin?
What are we going to do?