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Ilocano Phrases

Updated on December 7, 2017
A list of more than 50 Ilocano phrases.
A list of more than 50 Ilocano phrases. | Source

Ilocano is spoken throughout the Cordilerra region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Zambales amongst other provinces. It is also spoken in some part of Mindoro province. Ilocano is considered as the Philippines third most spoken language in the country.

Whether you're here to learn another language or may I say dialect as some prefer calling Ilocano a dialect, for that special someone or work related or you just simply up for a challenge of learning to speak in another tongue and have this added on your list of the year's achievements, here's a list of more than 50 Ilocano phrases for any situation you can think of.

Useful Ilocano Phrases For That Special Someone

Useful Ilocano phrases for that special someone having Ilocano as her native tongue. Saying you love her wouldn't only impress her of your effort of saying it in the language she's very much familiar with but it might probably help to speed up the courting process don't you agree? For the ladies as well. These Ilocano phrases are for you to add an extra "beauty points" for your hubby.

These phrases are all translated in Filipino as well being the country's national language.

Ilocano Phrases for Love

Ay-ayaten ka.
Mahal kita.
I love you.
Ay-ayaten ka unay.
Mahal na mahal kita.
I love you so much.
Sika ti biag ko.
Ikaw ang buhay ko.
You're my life.
Sika laeng ti ay-ayatek.
Ikaw lang ang mahal ko.
You're the only one I love.
Kayat ko nga arakupen ka.
Gusto kong yakapin ka.
I want to hug you.
Kayat ko nga bisungen ka.
Gusto kong halikan ka.
I want to kiss you.

Useful Ilocano Phrases - Self Introduction

How did we get into Ilocano phrases for love without self introduction phrases? Well here's some for that as this is where all starts right? These are also the Ilocano phrases you'll need when starting a new job as well as any other situations where you have to introduce yourself.

Self-Introduction Phrases

Siak ni (insert name).
Ako si (pangalan).
I'm (insert name).
(Insert name) ti nagan ko.
Ang pangalan ko ay (pangalan).
My name is (insert name).
Bente singko anyos akon.
Bente singko anyos na ako.
I'm already 25 years old.

Some Ilocano Pronoun Lesson

If you have noticed, there are some phrases on the list that ends in n often the letter n attached to ako, making it to akon. This is the English pronoun I (ako) with letter n attached to it indicates now or already - akon. And yes it is the same pronoun ako in Filipino for Filipino speakers.

Two good examples from the travel related Ilocano phrases below - Mapanakon. The verb here is mapan (leave) together with the pronoun ako or the English I, with letter n attached to it which means now or already - I am leaving now.

Asidegakon is our second example. Again with the pronoun ako which is the same pronoun used in Filipino for the English pronoun I with letter n attached on the end to mean already or now. The root verb is asideg (near/close). Asidegakon is the English counterpart of "I'm almost there." For a much literal meaning is "I'm near" or "I'm close." An Ilocano phrase handy for anyone who currently on the way to his destination and wants to inform those that might be waiting that she/he's on the way.

Going Out/Travel Related Ilocano Phrases

The following Ilocano phrases aren't only useful for travel related situations but are also the phrases you'll find yourself you need to use when going out for some errands or whenever you need to leave home for some reason.

Some of these phrases suits those who would be left behind just a heads up.

Aalis na ako.
I'm leaving/going now.
Agan-annad ka.
Mag-iingat ka.
Take care.
Agsubli ak.
Babalik ako.
I'll be back.
Mabiitak laeng.
Sandali lang ako.
I won't take that long.
Malapit na ako.
I'm almost there.
Ditoyak laengen.
Dito na lang ako.
This is where I get off.
Tawagannak no sumangpet ka didyay.
Tawagan mo ako pagdating mo doon.
Call me when you get there.
Kastoyak laengen.
Ganito na lang ako.
I'll just dress up like this, I won't change my clothes.
Sino ti kadwam?
Sinong kasama mo?
Who's with you?
Adadta ak madamdama.
Andiyan ako mamaya.
I will be there later.
Ikkannak man ti pagpliti.
Bigyan mo nga ako ng pamasahe.
Give me money for my fare please.

Mealtime Phrases

Being a guest or visitor in an Ilocano speaking household? These phrases are for you that for sure will come in handy during meal time.

Ilocano phrases if you're a host to Ilocano speaking guests are below as well. Refer to video lesson below for proper pronunciation.

Ang sarap!
So good!
Tastes good.
Mangan tayon.
Kain na tayo.
Let's eat.
Nagimas ti sida yo.
Ang sarap ng ulam niyo.
Your food is so good.
Gutom na ako.
I'm already hungry.
Mangmanganak pay.
Kumakain pa ako.
I'm still eating.
Kumain na ako.
I already ate.
Kalkalpas ko laeng nga nangan.
Kakatapos ko lang na kumain.
I had just eaten.
Mangan ka pay.
Kumain ka pa.
Eat more.
Mangan tayon.
Kain na tayo.
Let's eat.
Sige laeng. Agyamanak. Haanak pay mabisin.
Sige lang. Salamat. Hindi pa ako gutom.
Go ahead. Thank you. I'm not hungry yet.

15+ Of Ilocano Mealtime Phrases

Encouraging Ilocano Phrases

Rain comes once in a while as it's not all sunshine or flowers in bloom right? Same in life as there's ups and downs.

This list are just few but still worth getting it up your sleeve just in case you need to say some encouraging words to someone.

Adda kaasi ni Apo Dios.
May awa ang Diyos.
God has mercy.
Anos laeng.
Tyaga lang.
Have patience.
Kasta laeng ti biag. Anos laeng.
Ganyan lang talaga ang buhay. Tyaga lang.
That's how life is. Just have patience.
Laengam pay. Ammok nalaeng ka.
Galingan mo pa. Alam ko magaling ka.
Do better. I know you're good and you can do it.

Work Related Ilocano Phrases

Aramidem daytan.
Gawin mo na 'yan.
Do that now.
Laengam pay.
Galingan mo pa.
Do better.
Umay kadtoy.
Halika dito.
Come here.
Bilisan mo.
Hurry up.
Nagbuntog ka.
Ang bagal mo.
You're too slow.
Agsaludsod ka laeng no adda kayat mo nga saludsuden.
Magtanong ka lang kung may gusto kang itanong.
Just ask if there's anything you want to know.
Nagpardas ka nga matuto.
Mabilis kang matuto.
You're such a fast learner.
Naladaw kan.
Late ka na.
You're already late.
Inaramid kon.
Ginawa ko na.
I already did it.
Masapol ko dayta intono bigat.
Kailangan ko 'yan bukas.
I need that tomorrow.
Kayat ko nga makasarita ka.
Gusto kong makausap ka.
I want to talk to you.

Ilocano Phrases - Errands/Groceries

Adda gatangen ko.
May bibilhin ako.
I need to buy something.
Gatangek daytoy.
Bibilhin ko ito.
I'll buy this.
How much?
Mapanak gumatang ti __.
Pupunta ako bibili ng __.
I'm going to buy __.
Nangina. (Amount you're willing to pay) laengen.
Mahal. (Amount you're willing to pay) na lang.
Expensive. My suggested price is (say the amount you're willing to pay).
Ipakilok man daytoy.
Ipakilo ko nga ito.
Kindly/Please weigh this for me.

Giving Compliments

Brighten up someone's day by giving compliments. Not only will you make someone feel good about himself or herself or the wonderful job that was done but it is a good way as well for you to show your appreciation specially you made the effort of saying it in Ilocano.

Nagpardas ka.
Ang bilis mo.
You're so fast.
Naglaeng ka met gayam.
Ang galing mo naman pala.
You did so well. I didn't know you have it in you.
Napintas ka.
Maganda ka.
You're beautiful.

The above Ilocano phrases isn't a complete list and will be updated whenever something else comes to mind. If there's something that isn't here and you would like it to be added, feel free to leave a message in the comment section.


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      Audrey Hunt 7 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      I, too have never heard of the llocano language. I like the phrases for giving a compliment. Thanks.

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      Louise Powles 8 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      How interesting. I've never heard of the llocano language before, so this is something new to me! Thanks for sharing. =)