Im glad to know that some friends have the time to visit my site even more often than i can and are always waiting for me to write something. And since some of them suggested me to write more about my country, then I will start it by posting below some important Tagalog words and phrases you can use as you are in the Philippines. Though there are over 170 languages in the country, I will prefer to write English to Tagalog translation since Tagalog is mostly understood and is the basis for the national and official language of the Philippines, Filipino. So I tried to research to help me formulate the following words and phrases since my Tagalog is not that good. I came from the Northern part of the country that speak Cebuano or Bisaya.
So goodluck to my readers and no doubt if one day you speak Tagalog to me..Hehehe....
English Phrases Tagalog Phrases
English Greetings Tagalog Greetings:
Good morning! Magandang Umaga!
Good evening! Magandang Gabi!
Welcome! (to greet someone)
How are you? Kumusta?
I'm fine, thanks! Mabuti naman,Salamat!
And you? At ikaw?
Thank you (very much)! Maraming Salamat!
You're welcome! (for "thank you")
Hey! Friend! Kaibigan!
I missed you so much!
What's new? Anong bago?
Nothing much Wala naman
See you later! Sa muling pagkikita!
Asking for Help and Directions
I'm lost Ako’y nawawala
Can I help you? Pwede ba kitang tulungan?
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? Nasaan ang (palikuran/botika)?
Go straight! then turn left/right! Diretso lang, tapos kaliwa/kanan!
I'm looking for john. Hinahanap ko si John.
One moment please! Isang Saglit lang po.
Hold on please! (phone) Sandali lamang po.
How much is this? Magkano ito?
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) Makisuyo po…!
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Makikiraan po!
Come with me! Sumama ka sa akin!
How to Introduce Yourself
Do you speak (English/ Tagalog)?
Just a little. Kaunti lang.
What's your name? Ano ang pangalan mo?
My name is .. Ako ay si….
Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… Ginoo../Ginang../Binibining…
Nice to meet you!
You're very kind! Ang bait-bait mo
Where are you from? Taga-saan ka ba?
I'm from (the U.S/ the Philippines) Taga Pilipinas ako.
I'm (American) Ako ay Amerikano.
Where do you live? Saan ka nakatira?
I live in (the U.S/ the Philippines) Nakatira ako sa Pilipinas.
Did you like it here? Gusto mo ba dito?
the Philippines is a wonderful country Ang Pilipinas ay
What do you do for a living? Ano ang ikinabubuhay mo?
I work as a (translator/ businessman) Nagtatrabaho ako bilang
I like Tagalog Gusto ko ang Tagalog.
I've been learning Tagalog for1month Pinag-aralan ko ang tagalog
ng isang buwan.
Oh! That's good! Mabuti iyan!
How old are you? ilang taon ka na?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old. Ako’y (Dalawampung, tatlumpung..)
taon gulang na.
I have to go Kailangan ko ng umalis.
I will be right back! Babalik ako.
Wish Someone Something
Happy birthday! Maligayang Kaarawan!
Happy new year! Maligayang Bagong Taon!
Merry Christmas! Maligayang Pasko!
Enjoy! (for meals...)
I'd like to visit the Philippines Gusto kong bisitahin ang Pilipinas
one day isang araw.
Say hi to John for me Ikumusta mo na lang ako kay John.
Bless you (when sneezing)
Good night and sweet dreams! Gandang Gabi!
Solving a Misunderstanding
I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) Pakiulit nga po..
Sorry (for a mistake) Pasensya na..
No Problem! Walang Problema..
Can You Say It Again? Pakisabi nga ulit?
Can You Speak Slowly? Pwedeng pakihinaan ang
Write It Down Please! Pakisulat nga po!
I Don't Understand! Hindi ko maintindihan.
I Don't Know! Hindi ko alam.
I Have No Idea. Wala akong ideya.
What's That Called In Tagalog?
What Does "gato" Mean In English?
How Do You Say "Please" In Tagalog? Paano mo sabihin ang “Please”
What Is This? Ano ito?
My Tagalog is bad. Ang tagalog ko ay mali.
I need to practice my Tagalog Kailangan ko pang pag-aralan
Don't worry! Huwag kang mag-alala.
Tagalog Expressions and Words
Good/ Bad/ So-So. Maganda/Masama
Big/ Small Malaki/Maliit
Today/ Now Ngayon
Tomorrow/ Yesterday Bukas/Kahapon
Yes/ No Oo/Hindi
Here you go! (when giving something) Para sa iyo!
Do you like it? Nagustuhan mo ba?
I really like it! Nagustuhan ko talaga!
I'm hungry/ thirsty. Ako’y nagugutom/nauuhaw.
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. Sa umaga/hapon/gabi.
This/ That. Here/There Ito/Iyan. Dito/Dyan
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Ako/Ikaw. Siya
Look! Tingnan mo!
Hurry up! Bilisan mo!
What? Where? Ano? Saan?
What time is it? Anong oras na?
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm. Alas diyes na. Alas syete
y medya na ng gabi.
Give me this! Ibigay mo sa akin ito!
I love you! Mahal kita!
I feel sick.
I need a doctor Kailangan ko ng doktor.
One, Two, Three Isa, Dalawa, Tatlo
Four, Five, Six Apat, Lima, Anim
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten Pito, Walo, Siyam, Sampu.