Traveler or not, we bet that you have heard and probably memorized the common expressions such as mahal kita , paalam, or maraming salamat. In today’s article, allow us to take you by the hand and walk you through the most native ways to say I miss you in the Tagalog language.
One of the notions that travel enthusiasts have in common is the idea that you can learn a lot about the culture of the country based on how the natives express themselves using their language. And what is even more exciting about this is that you can encounter words or even expressions that exist solely in that language. For Japanese, they have the word tsundoku ( 積ん読) to refer to the art of purchasing books without ever reading them. While in Hawaiian, they have pana po’o to describe the act of scratching the head to remember something. And of course, who can ever forget the German word kummerspeck, which translates to emotional eating?
But what about the Philippines? One of the amazing words under this country’s belt is gigil or the irresistible urge to squeeze someone or something. This is widely used even in today’s conversations and is usually connected to contexts involving people who seem cute or things that look lovable. Just from that word alone, you can sense how creative Filipinos are in terms of word coinage. And that is just the start!
You see, the Tagalog language is a melting pot of different language influences. Given its strategic location, some of the words are directly related to Austronesian languages. Additionally, modern-day expressions seem to have a fusion of Spanish and English language. The best example of this is the expression I miss you.
The Tagalog language does not have an updated direct translation for the English word “miss.” To make up for this word, Filipinos use Taglish (Tagalog and English) whenever they express sorrow from the absence of the people they are close with. Two of the best ways to say I miss you in Tagalog are the following:
|I miss you||Miss na kita!||Modern|
|I am yearning for you||Nangungulila ako sa’yo||Traditional|
In casual conversations, Filipinos simply add the English word miss. On the other hand, if you intend to sound poetic, you might want to use the traditional version. However, do note that it should only be used in writing since it is very uncommon to say that in spoken interactions.
As language enthusiasts, we aspire not only to learn the simple Tagalog words and expressions. Of course, we all want to sound like a native in order to fit in and increase our chances of building lasting relationships with the Filipinos. With that being said, we also prepared here an exclusive list of variations that can also signify how much you miss someone.
|I wish you are here||Sana nandito ka|
|I miss you a lot||Miss na miss kita|
|I really miss you||Miss na talaga kita|
|I really miss him/her||Miss ko siya talaga|
|I miss you already||Miss na kita agad|
|I want to see you soon||Gusto na kita makita|
|I missed you||Naalala kita / Namiss kita|
|He/she misses you||Inaalala ka niya|
|I miss you all||Miss ko na kayong lahat|
While the expression I miss you is widely used in the Philippines when speaking with your family members, friends, and people you are close with, it may not sound as romantic as you want it to be. If you feel that you need to take your romantic expressions to a higher notch, we suggest that you use these purely Tagalog phrases in the table below.
|I long for you||Hinahanap-hanap kita|
|You are everything to me||Ikaw ang lahat sa akin|
|You complete me||Binuo mo ako|
|You are important to me||Mahalaga ka sa akin|
|I keep thinking of you||Lagi kitang iniisip|
|You crossed my mind||Sumasagi ka sa isip ko|
|You make me happy||Pinapasaya mo ako|
|I want to be with you||Gusto na kitang makasama|
|I cannot stop thinking about you||Hindi ko mapigilang isipin ka|
|I often look at your picture||Madalas kong tignan ang iyong larawan|
|I am worried about you||Nag aalala ako sa’yo|
|I appreciate you||Pinapahalagan kita|
|You are my only love||Ikaw lang mahal ko|
|I adore you||Sinasamaba kita / hinahangaan kita|
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