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A Beginner’s Guide to Tagalog 2024 (Visiting the Philippines)

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    Visiting the Philippines? You’re in for a treat! But don’t forget to brush up on your language skills—it will make your experience all the more enjoyable. We understand that learning a new language can be daunting, so we’ve put together this beginner’s guide to Tagalog. Tagalog is the most popular language in the Philippines and has a rich history. Read on and you’ll be ready to converse with the locals in no time!

    The first step is mastering the basics. Here are some of the most commonly used greetings/phrases in Tagalog:

    • Kamusta ka? (How are you?)
    • Magandang umaga (Good morning)
    • Magandang tanghali (Good afternoon)
    • Magandang gabi (Good evening or Goodnight)
    • Salamat (Thank you)
    • Paumanhin (Sorry/Excuse me)
    • Maligayang kaarawan (Happy Birthday)
    • Mahal kita (I love you)
    • Paano naman ikaw (How about you?)
    • Kumusta ang iyong pamilya? (How is your family?)

    Now that you know how to greet people, count and name colours, let’s move on to conversational lingo. These phrases will come in handy during casual conversations as well as other daily situations such as ordering food at a restaurant or asking for directions. Here are some helpful phrases you should know:

    • Magkano ang presyo dito? (How much is this?)
    • Sana ay makilala mo rin yung mga tao dito. (I hope that you get to meet people here.)
    • Anong gusto mong kainin?(What would you like to eat?)
    • Nasaan ang pinakamalapit na palengke?(Where is the nearest market?)

    Using these phrases will surely help break the ice and make conversations easier! Remember that Tagalog pronunciation can be tricky so try not to worry if your accent isn’t perfect—the locals will appreciate your effort nonetheless! With a bit of practice, soon enough you’ll be speaking like a native!

    When it comes to numbers, here are some of the most important words and phrases you should know:

    • Uno/Isa (One)
    • Dalawa (Two)
    • Tatlo(Three)
    • Apat(Four)
    • Lima(Five)
    • Anim(Six)
    • Pitong(Seven)
    • Walo(Eight)
    • Siyam(Nine)
    • Sampu(Ten).

    And when it comes to colours, here are some of the more popular ones:

    • Pula (Red)
    • Berde (Green)
    • Asul/Bughaw (Blue)
    • Dilaw/Kahel (Yellow)
    • Itim/Preto (Black)
    • Puti/Palooban (White).

    If you want to ask someone what colour something is, just use “Ano ang kulay nito?”. Easy!

    Learning any language can seem intimidating but don’t worry—Tagalog is relatively easy once you get started. The key is practice—so keep practising these essential words and phrases until they become second nature. Before long, you’ll find yourself conversing with ease with everyone from cab drivers to waiters and even locals who pass by on the street. Have fun with it—learning a new language can be an incredibly rewarding experience! Happy travels! 🙂