Tagalog Absolute Beginner Lesson 1 – Basic Greetings

Tagalog Absolute Beginner Lesson 1 – Basic Greetings

Category : Beginner Lessons

With our lessons, you will learn the absolute beginner levels of Tagalog through the most effective ways of jumping into a language; practice through reading and speaking!

Tagalog at beginner level is very easy to absorb. By the end of our lessons, you will know how to greet others, introduce yourself, express your likes and dislikes, tell time, and get around in the Philippines. These lessons apply to all walks of life, from young children to foreigners who want to quickly learn how to converse with native Filipinos.

1.0 A quick overview of pronunciation

The pronunciation of Tagalog words are exactly as they are spelled. Each vowel represents one individual syllable. Think of it in the same principle as “banana” being pronounced as “ba-na-na”. For example, the Tagalog word “kamusta” is pronounced “ka-mus-ta” and “oo” is pronounced “o-o”.

1.1 Saying yes or no


Oo
Yes


Opo
Yes (respectful, typically spoken to someone older)


Hindi
No

1.2 Meeting or leaving someone

The word ‘maganda’ directly translates as ‘beautiful’, but is used as ‘good’ in the context of greeting someone. A beautiful morning is a good morning!


Kamusta
Hello.


Magandang umaga.
Good morning.


Magandang tanghali.
Good noon.

Magandang hapon.
Good afternoon.


Magandang araw.
Good day.

Magandang gabi.
Good evening.

Paalam.
Goodbye.

1.3 Common Conversation Phrases

The word ‘kamusta’ is commonly used as a way to say ‘hello’, but can be used as a way to ask how someone is doing when said with a questioning tone.


Kamusta ka?
How are you?


Kamusta kayo?
How are you? (plural)


mabuti
fine/good


Mabuti ako.
I am fine.


Mabuti kami.
We are fine.


Salamat.
Thank you.


Maraming salamat.
Thank you very much.

sori
sorry (English influenced)


paumanhin
sorry (excuse me)

patawad
sorry

Patawarin mo ako.
Forgive me.

1.4 Basic Rules

The word ‘po’ can be added to most sentences to convey respect. This is typically done to show respect to elders, people who are in positions of authority, older family members, and older friends.


Salamat.

Salamat po.
Thank you

hindi

Hindi po
No

Oo

Opo
Yes

Mabuti ako.

Mabuti po ako.
I am fine.
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Slang Of The Day

Jowa
lover / boyfriend / girlfriend

Example:
Jowa mo ba si Juan?
Is Juan your boyfriend?

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