Learn Filipino: Common Daily Greetings and Expressions
Finally, you’ve decided to learn the Filipino language.
- Perhaps, after years of living on earth, you developed this insatiable itch to learn about geography and had a weird and wonderful discovery – you found the Philippines in the map! Congratulations! Now, you’re curious to know about the people and the language in that tropical place in Southeast Asia.
- Maybe, in your too-many-to-count travels, you ran into hardworking Filipinos and unbelievably many of them! They were there in the high seas, working in cruise ships and oil tankers. They were there in hospitals and nursing homes, caring for the sick and the elderly. Now, you realize they are also there in offices, construction sites, restaurants and bars, and even in your own neighborhood.
- Probably, you tired out of the chills and gloomy skies and decided to fly to a place with bright skies, endless sunshine, white-sand beaches, good food, and warm people. It’s time to fly to the Philippines and speak with the friendly Filipinos!
- Possibly, too, with your fixation with social networking, you met a Filipino online and you were floored! Geez, he or she was strikingly cute, could speak a little if not decent English, and seemed to be charming and smart. Got to break the ice and take things a notch higher, you thought.
Whatever your case might be, knowing a few basic greetings and expressions in the Filipino language will go a long way.
Languages in the Philippines – a Primer
With 7,107 islands sprawled across an area almost as big as Italy’s, the Philippines has, naturally, several languages.
Some of the most widely spoken regional languages in the country include:
- Tagalog or Filipino
- Northern Bicol
- Southern Bicol
Among the regional languages, however, the most widely spoken is Tagalog or Filipino.
In fact, some people from the most remote parts of the Philippines can understand even a little Tagalog.
This is because Tagalog or Filipino, together with English, is the official language of the country.
It is the language most commonly used in books, movies, and national news.
The National Statistics Office in the Philippines has also tallied that the Tagalog language has the greatest number of native speakers in the Philippines.
So, do not fret if you do not know a word of the other languages.
Most likely, you will get by with just a bagful of Tagalog or Filipino words.
By the way, you can use English in the Philippines. Many Filipinos speak the language quite well.
Filipino, Tagalog – They’re One and the Same
Filipino and Tagalog are actually one and the same language.
It is said that Filipino is a formal reference to Tagalog and has been stated as the official language of the Philippines in the Philippine constitution and international atlas.
In vernacular, however, Filipino people refer to the Filipino language as simply Tagalog.
Tagalog refers to the language spoken in the capital Manila and its Tagalog-speaking surrounding provinces.
So next time you hear Filipino and Tagalog being interchanged, try not to be confused.
They are actually one and the same.
Everyday Filipino Greetings and Expressions
Now, let’s go to the list of greetings and expressions that you can use every day when speaking with jolly Filipinos.
Note: To add courtesy to your expressions, you can use the polite words "po" and "ho".
Common Filipino Expressions and Greetings for Everyday Use
Tagalog or Filipino
How are you?
Magandang araw (po).
Magandang umaga (po).
Magandang tanghali (po).
Magandang hapon (po).
Magandang gabi (po).
Mawalang galang (po).
Pwede akong magtanong?
Can I ask a question?
Pwede po akong magtanong?
May I ask a question?
Tuloy (po) sila.
(Please) come in.
Anong pangalan mo?
What is your name?
Ako (po) si [name].
Ang pangalan ko (po) ay [name].
My name is [name].
Saan ka nakatira?
Where do you live?
Nakatira ako sa [place].
I live in [place].
Saan ka nanggaling?
Where did you come from?
Nanggaling (po) ako sa [place].
I came from [place].
Where do you come from?
Tagasaan po sila?
Saan ka nagpunta?
Where did you go?
Nagpunta (po) ako sa [place].
I went to [place].
Saan ka pupunta?
Where are you going?
Pupunta (po) ako sa [place].
I'm going to [place].
Ilang taon ka na?
How old are you?
Ako ay [age] taong gulang.
I am [age] years old.
Kumain ka na?
Have you eaten?
Kumain ka na ba?
Have you eaten yet?
Kain na tayo.
Anong oras na (po)?
What time is it?
Alas- (dos, tres...).*
(Two, three..) o'clock.*
Maraming salamat (po).
Thank you very much.
You are welcome.
Wala pong anuman.
Balik (po) sila.
(Please) come back.
Balik (po) sila ulit.
(Please) come back again.
Useful Hubs about the Filipino or Tagalog Language
- Useful and Common Filipino Greetings for Special Occasions
- Romantic Filipino Words and Expressions about Love
- Count Numbers and Money in Filipino or Tagalog Language
- How to Tell the Date and Time in Filipino or Tagalog Language
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