Tagalog useful phrases


Note: The polite forms of some phrases — those which make use of the word pô — should generally be used when speaking to persons of authority and seniority, or to show reverence to the person to whom spoken. With friends and in casual situations, pô is not used. Also, in modern written Filipino/Tagalog, diacritical marks are omitted.

Translation Phrase Pronunciation
Tagalog Tagalog (ta-GA-log)
Filipino Pilipino (pi-li-PI-no)
Hello/How are you? Kumustá/Kumustá ka? (ku-mus-TAH (KA?))
I'm fine, and you? Mabuti namán, ikáw? (ma-BU-ti na-MAN, iKAW?)
Good-bye Paalam (pô) (pa-AH-lam (PO))
Please pakí-(verb) (pô) (pah-KI (PO))
thank you Salamat (pô) (sa-LAH-mat (PO))
You're welcome Waláng anumán (pô) (literally, “No problem”) (wa-LANG a-nu-MAN (PO))
That one (object far from person spoken to) Iyon (pô) [demonstrative]
Ayun (pô) [reflective]
(i-YON (PO))
That one (object near to/held by person spoken to) Iyan (pô) [demonstrative]
Ayan (pô)" [reflective]
(i-YAN (PO))
How much? Magkano (pô)? (mag-KAH-no (PO)?)
English Ingglés (ing-GLES)
Yes Oo / Opò (polite form) (O-o) / (O-po) (all o's pronounced neutral)
No Hindî (hin-DI) or (hin-DE)
No (polite form) Hindí pô (hin-DI PO)
Where's the bathroom? Nasaán ang banyo? (NA-sa-AN ang BAN-yoh?)
What is your name? (casual) Anó ang pangalan mo? (ah-NOH ang pa-NGA-lan MOH?)
What is your name? (formal) Anó pô ang inyóng pangalan? (ah-NOH PO ang in-YONG pah-NGA-lan?)
Sorry Paumanhín (pô) (pa-u-man-HIN (PO))
I don't know Hindí ko (pô) alám (hin-DI ko (PO) a-LAM)
I don't understand Hindí ko (pô) naíintindihan (hin-DI ko (PO) na-I-in-tin-di-han)
I don't remember Hindí ko (pô) natátandaan (hin-DI ko (PO) na-TA-tan-da-an)
Welcome/Generic toast Mabuhay! (literally, “Long live!”) (ma-BU-hai)
I am sick Masamâ (po) ang pakiramdám ko (literally, “I'm not feeling well”) (ma-sa-MAH po ang pa-ki-ram-DAM ko)
Do you speak English? Marunong ka bang magsalitâ ng Ingglés? (ma-ROO-nong ka BANG mag-sa-li-TA nang ing-GLES?)