Useful Tagalog phrases, greetings, and questions: Self study
Magandang umaga!/ Good morning!
Magandang araw! / Good day! [ beautiful day]
Magandang hapon!/ Good afternoon!
Magandang gabi!/ Good evening!
Magandang tanghali! [ Americans don’t greet “Good noon!”] this is a greeting in the middle of the day by Filipinos
Useful Tagalog questions:
Anong pangalan mo?/ What is your name?
Anong pangalan niya?/ What is his/ her name?
Ilang taon ka na?/ How old are you?
Saan ka nakatira?/ Where do you live?
Taga- saan ka?/ Where’re you from?
Anong trabaho mo? Or Anong hanap-buhay mo?/ What is your job? What is your livelihood?
Anong nasyonalidad mo?/ What is your nationality?
Ilan ito?/ How many is this?
Expected answer: numbers
Magkano ito?/ How much is this?
Expected answer: numbers/ price of the item
Saan ito?/ Where is this?
Expected answer: the place / Sa+ [ name of the place]
Note: we usually use the question “ Saan” if we have verbs in our question
Saan tayo kakain?/ Where are we going to eat?
We answer:Sa isang restaurant./ In a restaurant.
It is incorrect to ask : “Nasaan tayo kakain?”
Nasaan ito?/ also means Where is this? [ suggested question for locating a place when a questions doesn’t have verbs]
Example: Nasaan ang Philippines?/ Where is the Philippines?
We answer: Nasa South-East Asia.
Nasaan si Claire?/ Where is Claire?
Nasa Manila si Calire./ Claire is in Manila.
Kailan ito? / When is this?
Expected answer: Sa + date, date, exact day/ month/ year
Sino ito?/Who is this?
Expected answer: name of the person, Si________ or Sina _________
Ano ito?/ What is this?
Expected answer: name of the object + ito [ or another pattern is : Ito ay bola.]
Example: Bola ito. / This is a ball.
Useful phrases and others:
Salamat!/ thank you!
Maraming salamat!/ thank you very much!
Walang anuman. / you are welcome!
Pasensya na./ also use like “ I am sorry”
Mawalang galang na. / we rarely use this nowadays . it means “ excuse me”
Patawarin mo ako. / Forgive me/ Please forgive me.
Sori talaga./ I am very sorry.
Ok ito./ This is ok./ This is good.
Ayoko nito./ I don’t like this.
Ayaw ko nito. / the same: I don’t like this.
Gusto ko nito. / I like this.
Gusto ko ng ___________./ I like ____________.
Example: Gusto ko ng ice cream. / I like ice cream.
Kailangan ko ng ____________. / I need __________.
Example: Kailangan ko ng kutsilyo. / I need a knife.
Masarap!/ delicious! Taste good!
Hindi masarap! / awful! Taste bad!
note: please correct any typo errors.
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