Tagalog Words For People, Parents, Family, And Friends

Tagalog Words For People, Parents, Family, And Friends

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On your way to meet a Filipino family or perhaps you’re part of one? Here are pronouns for calling family members, parents, and friends in Tagalog.


tao
person/human


babae
girl


lalaki
boy


pamilya
family


asawa
wife/husband


anak
child


anak na babae
daughter


anak na lalaki
son


ama
father


tatay
dad


ina
mother


nanay
mom

kapatid
sibling


kuya
elder brother


ate
elder sister


lolo
grandfather


lola
grandmother


apo
grandchild


pinsan
cousin


tita
aunt


tito
uncle


pamangkin
nephew/niece


kaibigan
friend


kakilala
acquaintance


Tagalog Conversations With Girlfriend’s Parents

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Category : Conversations

Philip has just arrived at a restaurant where he is meeting his girlfriend’s parents Francine and Julio for the first time. He is bombarded with questions that are typically asked by noisy Filipino parents.

Tagalog English
Philip: Kamusta po.
Francine: Kumain ka na, Philip?
Philip: Hindi pa po.
Julio: Upo ka. Mayroon kaming mga katanungan para sa iyo.
Francine: Mahal mo ba talaga ang anak namin?
Philip: Opo. Mahal na mahal ko po siya.
Julio: Nageeskwela ka pa ba?
Philip: Hindi na po. Nakatapos na po ako.
Julio: Mabuti.
Julio: May trabaho ka na ba? Saan ka nagtatrabaho ngayon?
Philip: Nagtatrabaho po ako sa istasyon ng pulisya sa Maynila.
Julio: Malaki ba ang suweldo ng mga pulis ngayon?
Philip: Tama lang po.
Francine: Kailan niyo ba ako ibibigyan ng mga apo?
Girlfriend: Nanay! Pwede na ba tayong kumain?
Lumalamig na ang pagkain!
Philip: Hello.
Francine: Have you eaten already, Philip?
Philip: Not yet.
Julio: Sit down. We have some questions for you.
Francine: Do you really love our daughter?
Philip: Yes. I love her very much.
Julio: Are you still schooling?
Philip: Not anymore. I finished already.
Julio: Good.
Julio: Do you have a job? Where are you working?
Philip: I am working at the police station in Manila.
Julio: Is the salary for policemen big nowadays?
Philip: Just right.
Francine: When will you two give me grandchildren?
Girlfriend: Mother! Can we eat now? The food is getting cold!

 


Tagalog For Christmas & New Years

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Category : Situations

The Philippines, being a predominantly Christian country celebrates the world’s longest Christmas season. Filipino Christmas season begins as early as September and end as late as the fourth week of January in a countdown known as “Ber Months”. The official observance of Christmas by the Catholic Church in the Philippines begins on December 16th.


pasko
Christmas


Merry Christmas!
Maligayang pasko!


Maligayang bagong taon!
Happy new year!


Maligayang bagong taon sa iyo!
Happy new year to you!

Bumili tayo ng mga paputok.
Let’s buy fireworks.


Kailan natin mabubuksan ang mga regalo?
When can we open the gifts?


Kain na tayo.
Let’s eat already.


Tagalog For Filipino Parties & Gatherings

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Filipino families love to party, and before you start to feel intimidated by the up-beat romantic Tagalog songs on the karaoke, here are Tagalog phrases you can use to impress the Filipinos around you.


Kamusta!
Hello!


Kamusta ka?
How are you?


Kamusta kayo?
How are you? (plural)

Mano po.
Can I ask for your blessing?

‘Mano po’ is a Filipino tradition wherein an elder gives blessings to a younger person. The younger person would bow their head and place their forehead on the right hand of the elder. This is a sign of respect to the elder.


kain
eat

Kain na.
Go eat.


Kumain ka na?
Have you eaten?


Kain pa!
Eat some more!

gutom
hungry


Gutom ako.
I am hungry.


Salamat po!
Thanks! (respectful)


sarap
good (taste)


Masarap iyan!
That’s good!

Busog na ako.
I am full now.


Busog pa ako.
I am still full.

boypren
boyfriend

Common foods at Filipino parties


pancit
Filipino noodles with various meats and vegetables


lumpia
spring roll


Tagalog On The Spot

Slang Of The Day

Jowa
lover / boyfriend / girlfriend

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

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