Tagalog Greetings for Special Occasions

Below is a list of Tagalog phrases with their corresponding English meanings to be used for following special occasions: BirthdaysSympathyApologyChristmas/ New YearGratitude / Thank YouCongratulations Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan.Happy birthday to you.Nawa’y pagpalain ka ng Diyos ng marami pang kaarawan. May God bless you with many more birthdays to come.Maligayang bati sa iyong Read More…

Tagalog Question Words

Below is a list of Tagalog question words with their corresponding meaning and examples inEnglish.  Tagalog Question WordEnglish EquivalentExampleAno?What?Ano ang pangalan mo?(What is your name?)Alin?Which?Alin ang gusto mong kulay?(Which color do you like?)Sino?Who?Sino po kayo?/Sino ka?(Who are you?)Saan?Where?Saan po kayo pupunta?(Where are you going?)Bakit?WhRead More…

Tagalog Directions

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 leftumikotturn around(sa) harapin front(sa) likod/likuranat the back/behindhilaganorthsilanganeastkanluranwesttimogsouth(sa) itaason top(sa) ibababelow/at the bottom(sa) ilalimat the bottom(sa) loobinside(sa) labasoutside There are a numberRead More…

Time in Tagalog

Time As in most Southeast Asian cultures, Filipinos tell time based on the sun’s position in the sky. The word araw refers to the sun, and gabi refers to night time.  Madaling araw literally means “the sun hurrying to show up” in the sky. Hence, the time between 1:00  and 5:00 o’ clock in the morning is madaling araw or dawn. Umaga&nbRead More…

Tagalog Everyday Greetings and Phrases

Everyday Greetings Tagalog speakers in the Philippines have many ways of greeting other people. It is common also to hear them say “Hi” or “Hello” as a form of greeting, especially among close friends. There are no Tagalog translation for these English greetings because they are basically borrowed terms, and any English-speaking person will be readily understood by Filipinos in generRead More…