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My top 20 Tagalog words or phrases

If you do get a chance to go to the Philippines, I suggest that you learn these 20 words and phrases. Because this blog is dedicated to Tagalog, you’ll be learning Tagalog terms instead of the other languages. I still encourage you to learn words and phrases from other Philippine languages like Bisaya but for…

Basic sentence structure

For English speakers, as well as speakers of most European languages would know that the sentence structure of those languages is mainly. Subject – Verb – Object I (Subject) am (verb) a man (object). In Tagalog however, one needs to become accustomed to the structure when he/she practises the language. The sentence structure is not…

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Pronouns

There are three groups of pronouns in Tagalog for different purposes. E.g. I love you. You love me. (NOT You love I.) My friend and I. (NOT My friend and me. NOR Me and my friend. Although conversational.) Just like languages like English, French or German, there are different names for pronouns depending on whether…

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Old

Ifugao tribesman, Banaue, Philippines [img source] Now, let’s talk about the opposite of young, which was covered in this article. Once again, there are two words in Tagalog that mean old but for different purposes. Matanda – this means old or elderly person. This word is only used for humans, animals or other living creatures.…

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Child, Children, Kids

Children playing [img source] These two words in Tagalog refer to¬†child, children or kid but for different purposes. Bata – this means child or children in general or young. The word kabataan means “youth”. The word is usually either a noun or an adjective. E.g. Nagpupunta ang (mga) bata sa eskwelahan. (Children go to school.)…

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Please

In a previous post, I wrote that the phrases for “Please” are Puwede ba, Pakisuyo¬†and Pakiusap. However, these phrases are never spoken and usually left in textbooks. You’ll see pakiusap used on signs though. A common way to say please is Paki+(verb root). As in: Pakibigay mo ako – Please give me Pakitawag – Please…

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Basic Phrases

Here are some basic phrases you can use whenever you visit the Philippines or want to impress Filipino friends. English Tagalog Hello/Hi Kumusta How are you? Kumusta ka na (ba)? I’m good Mabuti Thank you (very much) (Maraming) Salamat Good morning Magandang umaga Good afternoon Magandang hapon Good evening/night Magandang gabi Hopefully, these will give…