40+ Common Greetings & Conversational Phrases in Tagalog

Updated on June 18, 2020
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Are You Ready to Learn Tagalog?

Well then, let's not waste any precious time. In this article, we are going to learn some common greetings and basic conversational phrases in Tagalog.

Tara na't matuto tayo! (Come on, Let's learn!)

Before we start the base lesson, did you that know Filipinos have high regard for respect and politeness? From a young age, they were taught to respect others, especially people older than them.

The following words are polite verbal cues that are used to show respect when addressing elders. Filipinos also use titles of respect for all elders such as Kuya, Ate, Manang, Manong, etc.

Did You Know? (Alam mo ba?)

PO and OPO are also distinctly Filipino ways of showing respect to one's elders. The 'PO' is usually affixed to the end of sentences or phrases when one is addressing someone older than him or her.

Greetings (Pagbati)

English
Tagalog
Good Day
Magandang Araw
Good Morning
Magandang Umaga
Good Afternoon
Magandang Hapon
Good Evening
Magandang Gabi
Dawn
Madaling Araw
Morning
Umaga
Noon
Tanghali
Afternoon
Hapon
Evening
Gabi

Great start! Now, Let's move forward to the basic common conversational phrases in Tagalog.

Common Coversational Phrases

English
Tagalog
How are you?
Kamusta / Kumusta
I am fine
Mabuti naman (ako)
Thank you (so much)
(Maraming) Salamat
You are welcome
Walang anuman
Sorry
Paumahin
Pardon (please)
Mawalang galang na po
Can I ask a question?
Pwede ba akong magtanong?
May I ask a question?
Pwede po ba akong magtanong?
Yes
Oo / Opo
No
Hindi (po)
(Please) come in
Tuloy (po) sila
Goodbye
Paalam
Take Care
Mag-ingat ka
Be safe
Ingat (po)
Take Note: Don't forget to use the word 'PO', in able to show your respect to your elders.

'Kamusta' or 'Kumusta'?

There is no difference between 'Kamusta' and 'Kumusta'. They both mean 'How are you?'

But the right pronunciation is 'Kamusta', and the formal spelling is 'Kumusta'.

Common Questions and Answers

English
Tagalog
What is your name?
Ano ang pangalan mo?
My name is Jack.
Ang pangalan ko ay Jack.
I'm Jack.
Ako si Jack.
How old are you?
Ilang taon ka na?
I am 16 years old.
Ako ay labing anim na taong gulang.
When is your birthday?
Kailan ang kaarawan mo?
My birthday is on April 8.
Ang kaarawan ko ay sa ika-walo ng Abril.
Where do you live?
Saan ka nakatira?
I live in (place).
Nakatira ako sa (place).
Take Note: Don't forget to use the word 'PO', in able to show your respect to your elders.

More Helpful Phrases in Tagalog

English
Tagalog
What day is it today?
Anong araw ngayon?
It's Monday now.
Lunes ngayon.
What are you doing?
Anong ginagawa mo?
Have you eaten?
Kumain ka na?
Have you eaten yet?
Kumain ka na ba?
Let's eat.
Kain na tayo.
What time is it?
Anong oras na?
Where did you go?
Saan ka nagpunta?
I went to [place].
Nagpunta (po) ako sa [place].
Where are you going?
Saan ka pupunta?
I'm going to [place].
Pupunta (po) ako sa [place].
 
 
Take Note: Don't forget to use the word 'PO', in able to show your respect to your elders.

Congratulations! Now you have learned some common greetings and conversational phrases in Tagalog. You'll get better at them if we also practice using them. Are you ready?

Let's Learn Tagalog: Quiz Time

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Maraming Salamat! (Thank you!)

Thank you so much for participating in today's lesson. I'm hoping you have learned something new today. Don't you worry, the learning process takes time. You will surely know how to speak Tagalog sooner or later, and this article is here to guide you.

© 2020 Clarisse Writes

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