Happy in Tagalog

Ask the people you know what they want in life and it would not be surprising if one of them answers “happiness” or they might mention something they want that they feel will bring them happiness. The word “happiness” means different things to different people; what will make one person happy may not be true for another. People attribute happiness to different things and some go to great lengths to find it.

In the Tagalog language the word “happy” is “masaya,” and the root word for it is “saya.” The past tense for the word is “masaya” or “naging masaya.” Examples of the word in the past tense are “sila ay masaya sa resulta” and the English translation for this is “they were happy with the result.” Another example is “ang artista ay naging masaya” which means “the actor was happy.” The present tense of the word “happy” is “masaya.” To express that “they are happy” in Tagalog one would say “sila ay masaya” and masaya is used because we are talking about the present tense. Another example would be “masaya ako ngayon” which means “I am happy today.”
Additional phrases using the word “masaya” are “masayang pamilya,” which refers to “a happy family” and “maramdamang masaya,” which refers to emotion and means “to feel happy.”

As the previous examples show, the word “masaya” is used when speaking of both the past and present tense. On the other hand, when saying “happy” and speaking about the future tense then the word “sumaya” or alternatively, the word “sasaya” can be used. Here are some examples to better illustrate how “sumaya” and “sasaya” can be used. To say “they will be happy too” in Tagalog this would be “sila ay sasaya din.” As mentioned, we could also have used “sasaya” because it also indicates that we are talking about “happy” in the future tense. Therefore, if someone said, “gusto namin sumaya ka” this would mean “we want you to become happy.”

The word “happy” can also be used when expressing what you feel when you are getting to know someone. For instance, if you have just met someone and you want to say “I am happy we met,” then you can say “ikinagagalak kong nakilala ka.” When currently meeting someone you can also say “I am happy to meet you,” and when tranlated to Tagalog this would be “ikinatutuwa kong makita ka.”

Happiness is also commonly associated with special occasions and celebrations. In wishing someone “happy anniversary,” you can say “maligayang anibersaryo.” If you want to make your parents feel special, you can tell your dad “happy father’s day” which translates to “maligayang araw ng mga tatay” and you will often hear this phrase around that time of year in the Philippines. Similarly, you can tell your mom, “a happy mother’s day” which in Tagalog is “maligayang araw ng mga nanay.”

Happiness is important for everyone. Happiness is something that people look forward to. It is also a state of mind. Your happiness depends not only on material things, but more importantly on the intangibles also.