Words in Tagalog

Filipino, which is mostly based in Tagalog, is considered to be the national language of the Philippines; a country in Asia. If you know the Spanish language, then you will be able to recognize a few words in Tagalog (Filipino) since some words are adopted from the Spanish language.

If you plan to visit the Philippines you should at least know some of its basic Filipino words and phrases. Although you can always converse in English to native Filipinos, there is no harm in trying to learn a new language.

It is always best to know the common greetings of the country you are visiting. Some of the Filipino (Tagalog) greetings and phrases are “kamusta ka” meaning “how are you,” and “mabuti” meaning “I’m fine.” Other useful words include “paki” meaning “please,” and “patawarin mo ako” meaning “forgive me.” Another commonly used phrase is “excuse me,” but it has different meanings depending on its use. For instance, when you unexpectedly sneeze in front of everyone, you can say “pasensya na po.” If you need to walk past someone, say, “makikiraan po.” When questioning an act as in “excuse me?” say “ano yon.” And if you need to excuse someone and are asking for it you might “may I excuse her,” which is “pwede po ba yang ipagpaliban?” in Tagalog.

The next thing that one might want to know is the counting system in Filipino. There are two versions, the Spanish and the Tagalog. The Spanish version is usually the one used in transacting businesses in market places. However, the Tagalog version is still acceptable. The Spanish version for counting one to ten is uno, dos, tres, kwatro, singko, sais, syete, otso, nuebe, diyes. For counting by tens from ten to one hundred, say diyes, bente, trenta, kwarenta, singkwenta, sisenta, sitenta, otsenta, nubenta, and syento. The corresponding translation of one to ten in Tagalog is isa, dalawa, tatlo, apat, lima, anim, pito, walo, siyam and sampu. The corresponding translation of counting by tens from ten to one hundred in Tagalog is sampu, dalawampu, tatlumpu, apatnapu, limampu, animnapu, pitumpu, walumpu, siyamnapu, isangdaan.

Other words in Tagalog that one can learn are the days of the week or “mga araw sa isang linggo.” The translations of the days of the week are: Monday (Lunes), Tuesday (Martes), Wednesday (Miyerkules). The words for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are Huwebes, Biyernes, Sabado, and Linggo in that order.

Translations of the months of the year or “mga buwan sa isang taon,” which are January (Enero), February (Pebrero), March (Marso), April (Abril), May (Mayo), June (Hunyo). For the months of July, August, September, October, November, and December the following words are used: Agosto, Setyembre, Oktubre, Nobyembre, and Disyembre, respectively.

These Filipino words and phrase are not that difficult to learn if sufficient time is spent memorizing them and putting them into use. Learning a language can do wonders when one travels to a country and is able to communicate with locals in a foreign language. Moreover, being acquainted with a foreign language can help make communication easier when visiting.