One thing some people visiting the Philippines don’t know is that there are many languages spoken there. Not just English but Bisaya, Tagalog, Ilocano and Kapampangan to name a few. There are literally hundreds of dialects and languages. The national language is Tagalog also called Filipino. It is important to learn Filipino if you plan on visiting the Philippines. Language is a big part of learning one’s culture.
There are a few very good Filipino words you should learn if you are visiting the Philippines.
Salamat – Thank you
Walang Anuman – You are welcome.
Kumusta ka? – How are you?
Mabuti – Good
Po – sir/ma’am (usually used with someone your senior or as a sign of respect)
Magandang Umaga po – Good morning.
Magandang Tanghali po – Good Afternoon
Magandang gabi – Good Evening
Ano ang pangalan mo? – What is your name?
ilang taon ka na? – How old are you?
Saan ka nakatira? – Where do you live?
Magkano ito? – How much is this?
Makikiraan po – Excuse me (to pass by)
Makikisuyo po – Excuse me (to ask for something)
Magandang babae – Beautiful woman
Gwapong lalaki – handsome guy
Pwede mo ba akong samahan? – Could you please accompany me?
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