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In Tagalog: A Review of Useful Phrases When Meeting People


There are a few basic Tagalog phrases that one should learn since they are useful while travelling around the Philippines. Let’s have a review of these useful phrases on how to get by each day among Filipinos.


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(Click the Tagalog phrase to view the complete discussion of its meaning and some guide for each word.)

“Magandang umaga.”

Translation: Good morning.



“Magandang hapon.” – Good afternoon.

“Magandang gabi.” – Good evening.



“Magandang araw.”

Translation: Good day!

Literally, it means “beautiful day”, but you may use it to greet someone without the need of being specific of which time of the day it is.


How To Introduce Yourself:

“Ako po ay si…(your name).”

Translation: I am … (your name).

This is one of the most basic and useful Tagalog phrases that one should learn and use when meeting new people. Introducing yourself to a new crowd and giving your name breaks the ice among strangers. When you take the first step, this encourages them to also introduce themselves to you.

You may also say, “Ang pangalan ko ay ___(your name)___.”
Translation: “My name is ___(your name)___.”


More about meeting friends:

Question: What is the Tagalog word for a meeting over coffee?

Answer: Kapihan  – (noun) from the root word “kape” ~ coffee





Reminder: In Tagalog/Filipino language, vowels are always pronounced in their short form. For example, short “a” like in bat, cat, mat. Not long “a” like in Kate, rate, hate.




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  1. Peter parsons says:

    Marcelle, I love this section the best. But I do not think there are any cat bat mat sounds in Tagalog.

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