#1 Useful Guide To Good Morning In Tagalog

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As you walk the streets of Manila, there is a good chance that you will be greeted by the locals with a warm good morning in Tagalog. Similar to the English language, friendly greetings in Tagalog can take many forms depending on the time of the day. In fact, Filipinos use five specific greetings related to the common morning, afternoon, and evening expressions.

To avoid being overwhelmed, we have prepared this guide to the Tagalog time-of-the-day phrases that will enable you to greet anyone in Tagalog with confidence. Through this, we will also equip you with relevant information on how to use Tagalog phrases like a pro based on common contexts.

The Basic Filipino Greetings Formula

The first word in the formula is magandang, which is a combination of two words: maganda and ng. Maganda is the Tagalog word for beautiful. On the other hand, the word ng is added as a connector whenever we use an adjective that ends with a vowel. With that being said, our example below of magandang araw can be directly translated to “beautiful morning.” Let’s have a look:

EnglishTagalog FormulaTagalog ExampleSound
Good day! (Formal)Magandang + time of the day + poMagandang araw po!
 Good day! (Informal)Magandang + time of the dayMagandang araw! 

In our formal variation of the formula, we also made use of the word po. Going back to our thank you in Tagalog post, we learned that po signifies formality and respect whenever you are addressing people of authority, strangers, and older people.

To enhance your Tagalog greetings further, consider using the Ling app, a gamified language learning tool available on Google Play and the App Store. It’s a fun and interactive way to learn phrases like good morning in Tagalog.

How Do I Say Good Morning In Tagalog?

There is no doubt that the concept of time-based greeting is simple. In the Philippines, the default way for saying good morning in the Tagalog language is by saying magandang umaga. Pairing the statement with a warm smile can help in spreading positive vibes first thing in the morning. Do remember, though, that this greeting is commonly used between 12 am and 8 am.

In the Philippines, there is a funny connotation related to this word if you are going to say it past 8 am. Well, if you say magandang umaga at 10 am, for example, most Filipinos will assume that you just woke up!

Good day! (Formal)Magandang umaga po!
 Good day! (Informal)Magandang umaga! 

A quick tip: To improve relationships with the locals, feel free to greet everyone good morning in Tagalog using magandang umaga po as you start the day. You may even say it to the Taho  (a sweet treat in the Philippines usually served in the morning) vendor, and you will see how this magical phrase can instantly put a smile on his face!

Greeting Good Morning In Filipino For Various Number Of People

There will be special instances when you want to greet a varying number of people. One example of that is when you are given the chance to host an event. As the host, you are required to address a large number of people in one room, and using the word magandang umaga will not be enough. To do that, we have listed in the table below the appropriate ways to say it depending on your situation.

SituationsEnglishWhat You May SaySound
When greeting a single person.Good morning!Magandang umaga!
When greeting two or more people.Good morning to you!Magandang umaga sa inyo!
When addressing everyone.Good morning to all of you!Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat!

If you are staying in the Philippines, there will be countless opportunities for you to practice saying good morning in Tagalog. This is because Filipinos enjoy wishing people (even strangers) a good morning. With that being said, let us also check out how to say good day, good afternoon, and good evening.

The likelihood of being further understood by your Filipino friends and colleagues depends on how adept you are at using common phrases. Regardless of where you are situated, there is a big chance that you will have to greet someone – may it be over the phone or face to face.

Native English speakers use four major greetings at different times of the day – “good morning,” “good afternoon,” “good evening,” and the general “good day.”  Tagalog-speaking Filipinos, on the other hand, included in their list a specific Tagalog greeting for midday.

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When Is The Best Time To Say Good Gay, Good Afternoon, And Good Evening?

As we have stated in the first half, Filipinos have a variety of phrases for specific times of the day. Now that we know that good morning in Tagalog is magandang umaga and is used between 12 am and 8 am, you might be wondering about the time ranges for other Tagalog greetings. We listed below the other ways by which you can greet your Filipino friends.

EnglishTime Of The Day In TagalogTime RangeTagalog ExampleSound
Good day!Buong araw (entire day time)6 am to 6 pmMagandang araw po!
Good noon!Tanghali (noon time)12 pm to 1 pmMagandang tanghali po!
Good afternoon!Hapon (afternoon)1 pm to 6 pmMagandang hapon po!
Good evening!Gabi (night time)6 pm to 11 pmMagandang gabi po!

Similar to what we have discussed earlier, you may combine the Tagalog word magandang and the time of the day with the word po to signify formality. Please note that the specified time range above is just an approximation but it is the nearest estimate you can get based on actual day-to-day Filipino conversations. 

SituationsEnglishWhat You May SaySound
When speaking to one person.Good evening!Magandang gabi!
When speaking to two or more.Good day to you!Magandang araw sa inyo!
When addressing everyone.Good morning to all of you!Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat!

How Would You Respond If Someone Greets You?

Now that you have learned not just how to say good morning in Tagalog, you are also equipped with information on how to use the four other greetings in the Filipino language. The learning should not stop there! You also need to gear up with the common response to the Tagalog greetings and what they exactly mean.

Aside from having a fat chance of using the greetings in real life, there is also a possibility that the locals will say it to you too. At this point, you do not have to worry since all you have to do is to add the word din or rin.

EnglishGreeting FormulaTagalog GreetingSound
Good day to you too! (Formal)Magandang + time of the day + din/rinpoMagandang araw rin po!
Good day to you too! (Informal)Magandang + time of the day + din/rinMagandang araw rin!

Authentic Filipino conversations use din and rin, which are the English counterpart of the words “too” and “also.” In Tagalog, we use rin whenever the preceding word ends in a vowel (A, E, I, O, U) and semivowel (W, Y). In this case, the words umaga, araw, tangahali, and gabi should be partnered with the word rin.

In contrast to that, din is used for preceding words that end with a consonant like our Tagalog word hapon.

Example SituationsEnglishYour ResponseSound
When someone greets you in the morning.Good morning to you too!Magandang araw rin sa iyo!
When a group of people greets you during lunch.Good noon to you too!Magandang tanghali rin sa inyo!
When someone wishes you good night.Good evening to you too!Magandang gabi rin sa inyong lahat!

With your brand-new skill in properly saying good morning in Tagalog in formal and informal contexts, you are a step closer to mastering the Filipino language! Do remember that one of the best ways by which you can fully unlock your full potential is by practicing the Tagalog language consistently. Keep learning!

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