Conversations are bound to happen wherever you go. While some may find this as a struggle, others may equate this as an opportunity to go beyond the box and let go of the tongue-tied feeling. With this being said, we have prepared a list of useful Tagalog greetings that you can use to jumpstart a chat between you and the friendly locals.
If there is one country in the world that seems to have a long-standing relationship with the English language, then that would be the Philippines. Aside from its jaw-dropping natural wonders and unique breath of city lines and beaches, the country has always been one of Asia's most recommended travel destinations due to its English-friendly society. In fact, the Philippine National Statistics Office revealed that around 63% of young Filipinos over the age of five are found to have excellent ability in speaking English and comprehending English instructions!
One of the major driving forces behind such ability is that American English is considered as an official language and is mainly used in the fields of business, commerce, and trade. But wait! That does not mean that you can forgo learning Tagalog because, in reality, the rest of the Philippines does not use English on a daily basis. In this sense, if you are someone who intends to journey into the hidden gems of the Pearl of the Orient, then that would mean that you must acquire even the most basic Tagalog greetings like “magandang umaga” or some of the rampantly used local slangs.
To help you in your quest, we divided the article into two main parts wherein the first half will feature the greetings while the other part will shed light on some of the common responses to the greetings. If that sits well with you, then let’s start learning!
One way to become an international superstar in an instant in the eyes of the Filipinos is by trying to communicate in their native language. Generally, the people are friendly towards foreigners, and none of them will shy away from trying to help you in any way they can. However, if you want them to warm up to you right away, we suggest that you strike up a conversation with your local “pare” (or male buddy) or “mare” (or female chum) by using some of the basic greetings below.
|Long live (traditional Filipino greeting)||Mabuhay!|
|Good day||Magandang araw|
|Good morning||Magandang umaga|
|Good afternoon||Magandang hapon or magandang tanghali|
|Good evening||Magandang gabi|
|How are you?||Kumusta? or kumusta ka naman?|
|How are you? (slang)||Musta? or musta na u?|
|What’s up?||Anong bago?|
|Long-time no see||Tagal na ah! or tagal na nating hindi nagkita!|
|Happy birthday||Maligayang bati or maligayang kaarawan|
|Merry Christmas||Maligayang Pasko|
|Happy new year||Manigong bagong taon|
|Happy easter||Maligayang Pasko ng pagkabuhay|
As you can deduce from the table above, we have added some useful greetings for special occasions because in the country, even if you do not know the person well you can greet them randomly with Merry Christmas or Happy New Year.
Of course, good conversations are a two-way street, and sometimes you might be surprised that the Filipino local will be the one who will stir up a small talk. To sound like a native and earn some smiles, we listed here some of the common replies that you can say as a response to the first table.
|Long live||Mabuhay!||*Mabuhay!||Long live|
|Good day||Magandang araw||Magandang araw rin||Good day|
|Good morning||Magandang umaga||Magandang umaga rin||Good morning|
|Good afternoon||Magandang hapon or magandang tanghali||Magandang hapon din or Magandang tanghali rin||Good afternoon|
|Good evening||Magandang gabi||Magandang gabi rin||Good evening|
|How are you?||Kumusta? or kumusta ka naman?||**mabuti naman||I am okay|
|How are you? (slang)||Musta? or musta na u?||***Okey naman or Okay lang||I am okay|
|What’s up?||Anong bago?||Wala naman||Nothing is new|
|Long-time no see||Tagal na ah! or tagal na nating hindi nagkita!||Oo nga! Gaano na nga ba katagal?||You are right! How long has it been already?|
|Happy birthday||Maligayang bati or maligayang kaarawan||Maraming salamat||Thank you very much|
|Merry Christmas||Maligayang Pasko||Maligayang Pasko rin sa’iyo!||Merry Christmas to you too!|
|Good luck||Gudlak||Salamat||Thank you|
|Happy new year||Manigong bagong taon||Manigong bagong taon din!||Happy new year to you too!|
|Happy easter||Maligayang Pasko ng pagkabuhay||Maligayang Pasko ng pagkabuhay din!||Happy Easter to you too|
Now that you know the basic Tagalog greetings, we are sure that you can work your way in the Philippines with much more confidence. If this post helped, feel free to share it on social media and let others know the best greetings that can help in starting a friendly conversation.
Unlike other languages, Tagalog holds a unique set of words that are heavily influenced by different cultures from all over the world. In fact, most of the traditional expressions are mainly based around English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Malay words! In short, it’s a melting pot of different expressions, words, spelling, and tones. Due to its distinct form, language enthusiasts and travelers are taking up the challenge to learn the language in order to appreciate the history behind its every idea, line, letter, and syllable.
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