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Tagalog Phrases and Words

Updated on January 5, 2011

If you want to learn Tagalog or Filipino, know the most common Tagalog phrases and words, they are here I’ve complied and listed them in this hub, alongside their meanings and pronunciation.

I’ve made this hub to answer a request a long time ago. Due to hectic schedule, I only was able to publish it now. Hope this would help a lot of people who wanna learn the Filipino language or best known as Tagalog. If you want a word, a phrase or a sentence or anything you want to transtate from English to Tagalog, just post them in the comment section, I’ll reply I promise. :) Just so you’ll know, I am a Filipino and I know all those Tagalog terms in formal way or slang. Feel free to ask and I’ll be your Tagalog translator. :)

Tagalog Basic Pronouns

I – ako (ah-ko)

You – ikaw (ee-cow)

We – Tayo (tah-yoh)

He – siya (see-ya)

She – siya (see-ya)

They – sila (see-la)

His – kanya (kan-ya)

Her – kanya (kan-ya)

Them / Their – sa kanila ( sa ka-nee-la)

tagalog phrases and meanings
tagalog phrases and meanings

Most common Tagalog phrases and their meanings

Hi - same in Tagalog

Hello – same in Tagalog

Hey - Hoy

Thank you – Salamat (sa-la-mat)

Take care – Ingat (ee-ngat)

Sorry – Patawad (pah-ta-wad)

Good morning – magandang umaga (ma-gun-dhang oomaga)

Good afternoon – magandang hapon (ma-gun-dhang ha-pon)

Good evening – magandang gabi (ma-gun-dhang ga-bee)

How are you? – Kumusta ka? (Koo-moos-ta ka)

I’m fine – Mabuti naman ako. (mah-boo-tee naman ah-ko)

What’s the time? – Anong oras? (ah-nong oh-ras)

Who are you? – Sino ka? (See-no ka)

What’s your name? – Anong pangalan mo? (ah-nong pangalan moh)

I am…. Ako si…. (ah-ko see….)

Goodbye – Paalam (pah-ah-lam)

See you again – Magkita tayo ulit (mag-keeta tayo oohlit)

Call me – Tawagan mo ako (tawa-gun mo ah-ko)

Help! – Tulong! (too-long)

Fire! – Sunog! (soo-nog)

Stop! – Tigil! (tee-gil)

I love you – Mahal kita (ma-hal keeta)

I like you – Gusto kita (goos-to kee-ta)

I want to be with you – Gusto kitang makasama (goos-to kee-tang makasama)

I don’t love you – Hindi kita mahal. (heen-dee kee-ta mahal)

Happy birthday! – Maligayang bati! (ma-lee-gayang ba-tee)

Tagalog phrases romantic

Looking for romantic Tagalog phrases? That’s so sweet. I’ve listed some romantic phrases for you below…

How do you say I love you in Tagalog in different ways?

How do you say I love you in Tagalog? Or how do you express you like someone in the Filipino language? How do you express your love for someone in Tagalog? Slang or not, here are the ways…

I love you – mahal kita

I love you very much – mahal na mahal kita

I love you so much – mahal kita ng sobra

You’re in my mind – nasa isip kita

I’m thinking of you – Iniisip kita

I have a crush on you – Crush kita

I’m falling in love with you – nahuhulog na ako sa’yo

I wanna marry you – pakakasalan kita

Will you marry me? – pakakasalan mo ba ‘ko?

Do you know some Tagalog words?

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How do you say I’m sorry in Tagalog?

How do you say I’m sorry in Tagalog? Here are the ways on how to say you’re sorry in the Filipino language.

I’m sorry. – Patawad.

I am apologizing. – Humihingi ako ng tawad.

I won’t do it again. –Hindi ko na uulitin.

Please forgive me. – Pakiusap, patawarin mo ako.

Ok so these ‘how do you say it in Tagalog” things are endless. If you’ve got questions, just ask me and I’ll add them back here for you guys. For now, these are the common Tagalog phrases everyone are interested to know about. Simple English are accepted as Filipino slang already so it’s pretty fine to use such short English phrases like I miss you, hey, where you from…phrases like that. I’m gonna see you in my next hub hub. Thanks!


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      Shan Raj 

      5 years ago

      Fantastic easy to learn almost same like bhs Indonesia's

    • pinkhawk profile image


      5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Great hub kababayan! ^_^

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      6 years ago

      Thnx now I have a boy friend!0

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      6 years ago

      kumusta kayo? ingat kayo! paalam! :D

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Walang anuman :)

    • alocsin profile image


      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Maraming salamat.

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Wow you learn so fast Mik :) God bless you would be "Pagpalain ka ng Diyos"

      God bless you :)

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Magandang umaga! Iniisip kita. mahal kita ng sobra. pakakasalan mo ba ‘ko? Tawagan mo ako. Salamat!

      How do you say "God bless you"? God bless you!

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      It's a pleasure Justom :)

    • justom profile image


      7 years ago from 41042

      I try to learn something new every day so thanks for today's lesson or should I say Salamat! Great hub, Peace!! Tom

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Bahasa sounds interesting :) Can I request a hub? Thanks Telltale :)

      Hello Prof. A :) hehe that would be my fave professor here :) Ok, number one best Hubpages writer would be "pangunahing magaling na manunulat sa Hubpages" ;)

      Hi Brendymac! Would be glad if you used this as your a reference ;) Thank you.

      Hi Cathy! Hope I taught you some nice words for love ;) You're cool. Ingat Xo

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Aw, this is so wonderful.I learned some new words for love. Shucks. Kind of like this part. Heh. Your hubs are cool, Fehl. :D Take care. XO

    • BrendyMac profile image


      7 years ago

      Enjoyed this lesson..will definitely come back for me,and I'll use this Hub as a reference!!?

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      How do you say Number one best HubPages writer in Tagalog,lol;)

    • telltale profile image


      7 years ago

      Certain pronunciations seem to sound the same as Bahasa Indonesia, but the meaning differs... at the very least, you have improved my Tagalog vocabulary.. :)


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