Tagalog Words For Numbers

Filipino primary schools teach children to count in Filipino and English. As a result of 373 years of Spanish colonization (1521 – 1898) over the Philippines, Spanish derived numbers are used commonly by most of the Filipino population.

 

English Tagalog
one isa
two dalawa
three tatlo
four apat
five lima
six anim
seven pito
eight walo
nine siyam
ten sampu
eleven labing-isa
twelve labing-dalawa
thirteen labintatlo
fourteen labing-apat
fifteen labinlima
sixteen labing-anim
seventeen labimpito
eighteen labing-walo
nineteen labinsiyam
twenty dalawampu
hundred daan
thousand libo
million milyon

Besides counting with Tagalog numbers, Filipinos often use Spanish-derived numbers for telling time and one’s age. Often they provide a faster and simpler way to speak.

For example:
labindalawa (syllables: 5)
twelve

dose (syllables: 2)
twelve (Spanish derived)

Tagalog Spanish derived
isa
one

uno
one
dalawa
two

dos
two
tatlo
three

tres
three
apat
four
kuatro
four
lima
five
sinko
five
anim
six
seis
six
pito
seven
siete
seven
walo
eight
ocho
eight
siyam
nine
nueve
nine
sampu
ten
diez
ten

To express a specific number of an object, add ‘ng’ to the number words that end in vowels and add ‘na’ to the number words that end in consonants.

For example:
pito(ng) isda
seven fish


isang bata
one child


anim na sapatos
six shoes


siyam na libro
seven books


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 On The Spot

Slang Of The Day

Jowa
lover / boyfriend / girlfriend

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

Popular Practices