Tagalog Directions

Beginning Tagalog Vocabulary

Below is a list of Tagalog words and phrases used in giving or asking for directions.

deretso straight ahead
(sa) kananon the right
(sa) kaliwaon the left
umikotturn around
(sa) harapin front
(sa) likod/likuranat the back/behind
hilaganorth
silanganeast
kanluranwest
timogsouth
(sa) itaason top
(sa) ibababelow/at the bottom
(sa) ilalimat the bottom
(sa) loobinside
(sa) labasoutside

There are a number of Tagalog words and phrases which are rather vague in terms of specific distance but signify “nearness” or “farness” of a particular object, thing, or place from the speaker.   These are:

ditohere
diyanthere
doonyonder (over there)
diyan lang po sa tabithere, on that side
sa banda po doonover on that side