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Tagalog Phrases for Everyday Use

Updated on October 28, 2017
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So you're going to visit the Philippines? Either it's a brief visit or a vacation to unwind and dip yourself into the beauty of over 7,107 islands waiting for your adventure, learning to speak a few Tagalog phrases will come in handy and that's for sure.

Whether you need to learn just a few phrases or serious about speaking the language, there's something here for you to start with. Read on and learn something that is worth putting up your sleeve, perfect for every situation. Impress the locals or your Filipino family host if you're coming for a visit with these Tagalog phrases.

Tagalog Phrases - Love

Tagalog phrases related to love is somewhat one of the favorites. It is a good way to warm up on the language for those in love.

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Tagalog  
English  
Mahal kita.
I love you.
Mahal na mahal kita.
I love you so much.
Ikaw ang buhay ko.
You're my life.
Gusto kitang makasama habang buhay.
I want to be with you for the rest of my life.
Walang iba, ikaw lang.
No one else, just you.

Phrases For Giving Compliments

Make it someone's day by giving out compliments. Have someone special in mind? Surprise her by saying another Tagalog phrase fit just for her or him.

Here's over 15 Tagalog phrases that will come in handy whenever you need to give out compliments. You'll find something here as well that suits that hardworking employee, a good way to lighten the atmosphere, inspire and reward them for a job well done.

Filipino
Tagalog
Mabilis kang matuto.
You're a fast learner.
Bagay sa 'yo 'yan.
That looks good on you.
Ang ganda ng ngiti mo.
You have such a beautiful smile.
Masipag ka at mahusay.
You're hardworking and good at what you do.
Gusto ko 'yang sinabi mo.
I like what you said.
Ipagpatuloy mo lang 'yan.
Keep up the good work.
Da best ka talaga!
You're really the best!
Ang sarap mong magluto.
You're such a good cook.
Mapagkakatiwalaan ka talaga.
You're really someone I can trust.
Ang bait mo talaga.
You're really nice.
Cute ka.
You're cute.
Gwapo ka.
You're handsome.
Maganda ka.
You're beautiful.
Nakakabilib ka.
You're impressive.
Nakakabilib ang tyaga mo.
Your perseverance is impressive.
Ang sarap mong kasama.
You're so nice to be with.

Dining/Table Related Tagalog Phrases

Whether you're the host or the guest, below are Tagalog phrases to help you impress your visitors or your Filipino host if you're the guest.

Tagalog
English
Kain na tayo.
Let's eat.
Mukhang masarap ang pagkain!
The food looks good!
Kumain ka pa.
Eat more.
Busog pa ako. Salamat na lang.
I'm still full. Thanks anyway.
Salamat pero kakakain ko lang.
Thank you but I just ate.
Pakiabot ng ulam.
Please pass the dish.
Pakiabot ng kanin.
Please pass the rice.
Salamat. Mukhang masarap pero allergy ako sa __.
Thank you. It looks good but I'm allergic to __.
Dito ka umupo.
Sit here.
Salamat sa masarap na pagkain.
Thanks for the delicious food.
Anong gusto mong inumin?
What drink would you like to have?
Umorder ka kahit ano. Sagot ko.
Order anything you like. My treat.
Umorder ka pa. Akong bahala.
Order more. It's on me.
Anong gusto mong kainin?
What would you like to eat?

Errands or Groceries

Something you may not need like the previous ones but if you're the one who does the groceries in the household, then these phrases are just for you.

Tagalog
English
Bibilhin ko ito.
I will buy this.
Paki kilo.
Kindly weigh it for me.
Magkano?
How much?
Magkano isang kilo?
How much for one kilo?
Wala na bang bawas?
Can the price get any lower than this?
May bagong gawang tinapay ba kayo?
Do you have freshly made bread?
Ito ang bayad ko.
Here's my payment.

Travel Phrases

Going on vacation? These Tagalog phrases will help you communicate to your Filipino friends or loved ones. Tell your special someone you will be back in her or his native tongue. If you're the one who's going to be left behind, there's phrases just for you as well so read on.

Tagalog
English
Babalik din ako agad.
I'll be back soon.
Naliligaw ako.
I'm lost.
Saan ang papunta sa __?
Where's the way going to __?
Bayad po!
Here's my payment!
Para po!
This is where I get off!
Bababa na ako.
I'll get off now.
Dito na lang ako.
I'll just get off here.
Maligayang paglalakbay.
Have a safe trip.
Tumawag ka pagdating mo doon.
Call once you get there.
Ikumusta mo ako kay/kina __.
Say hi to __ for me.
Ingat sa byahe.
Take care.
Malapit na ako.
I'm almost there.
Saan ang istasyon ng bus?
Where is the bus station?
Saan ang istasyon ng tren?
Where is the train station?
Magkano ang pamasahe?
How much is the fare?

Work Related Phrases

I know how it feels when speaking in a foreign language is necessary to get the message across in the workplace. These Tagalog phrases below are worth knowing so you have something up your sleeve just in case.

Tagalog
English
Kailangan mong tapusin 'yan.
You need to finish that.
Male-late ako.
I'm going to be late.
Pasensiya na late ako.
I'm sorry I'm late.
Paano ito gagawin?
How to do this?
Tapusin mo 'yan ngayon.
Finish that today.
Ipagpatuloy mo lang 'yan.
Keep up the good work.
Bilisan mo.
Hurry up.
Wag kang mahihiyang magtanong kung may tanong ka.
Don't hesitate to ask if you have a question.
May meeting tayo sa (insert day).
We have a meeting on (insert day).

Tagalog Phrases for Those In The Healthcare Field

We're not done yet with the phrases, the following are specially for those working in the healthcare field. Whether you're an employee or the patient, these 17 phrases below is for you.

Filipino
English
Kukunin ko po ang taas at timbang niyo.
I'm going to take your height and weight.
Andito ako para i-check ang blood pressure niyo.
I'm here to check your blood pressure.
Tumawag ako para magset ng appointment.
I called to set up an appointment.
Ano ang mga side effect ng gamot?
What are the medicine's side effects?
Tumawag po ako para i-remind and appointment niyo kay Dr. Acay sa (insert day and time).
I called to remind you of your appointment to Dr. Acay on (insert day and time).
Kailangan niyong magpa-appointment para sa blood draw.
You need to set up an appointment for blood draw.
Kailangan niyong bumalik para sa follow up.
You need to come back for a follow up.
Oras na po para sa gamot niyo.
It's time for your medicine.
Andito ako para bigyan kayo ng shower/bed bath.
I'm here to give you a shower/bed bath.
Andito ako para palitan ang bed sheets niyo.
I'm here to change your bed sheets.
Kailangan kong pumunta sa banyo.
I need to go to the restroom.
Gusto kong makausap ang doktor.
I want to talk to the doctor.
Andito po ako para i-turn kayo sa kaliwa/kanan.
I'm here to turn you on your left/right.
Wag po muna kayong kakain ng (insert food).
Don't eat (insert food) for now.
Reresetahan ko po kayo ng gamot para sa (insert illness).
I'm going to write a prescription for your (insert illness).
Bawal ang (insert what the patient can't eat or do).
You can't (insert what the patient can't eat or do).
Andito po ako para palitan kayo.
I'm here to change you.

Of course before performing the job you have to introduce yourself first and your title.

Encouragement

Need to give someone a little push? Well then these Tagalog phrases below is for that.

Filipino
English
Kaya mo 'yan!
You can do it!
Go lang ng go.
Just go for it.
Tyaga lang.
Just be patient.
Ganyan lang talaga ang buhay. Tuloy lang.
That's how life is. Just keep on going.
Kayang kaya mo 'yan.Sisiw lang 'yan sa 'yo.
You can do it. It's just a piece of cake for you.

Po and Opo

You've probably noticed these two used on some phrases. Both are used when talking to the elderly, to someone with authority or to someone older than your age to show respect. Opo means yes, in a polite way. Add po to any phrase or question to show politeness.

Bakit? (Why?)

--Being polite--

Bakit po? (Why)?

Oo. (Yes)

--Being polite--

Opo. (Yes)

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