Want to express yourself and create a lasting impression among your Filipino friends and colleagues? Our easy list of lines to introduce yourself in Tagalog will surely be of help no matter where you are in the world. Here you can find the 10 parts of a standard self-introduction including some of the most native examples you can use to start a new conversation in an instant. If you are up for that, then off we go!
While it is true that you can use English for most parts of your conversations with Filipinos, there is always some sort of boundary that you will be able to cross if you try to communicate using the Tagalog language. Instead of using the traditional greetings, we decided to go out of our way and prepare you for a more enriching conversation.
With this, we divided the whole script into 10 parts starting with the Tagalog greetings, how to say your name, age, and nationality, your professions and hobbies, and other personal options that you can add to level up your introduction. Now that that is out of the way, let us and dig deep into the script.
The first step is to start with the basic Tagalog greetings. Not only does this sound polite, but it also signifies that you are starting a conversation. Depending on who you are speaking with and the situation, you can use the sentences below in both formal and informal contexts. This means that if you in a business setting, you do not have to worry as all the statements here are neutral leaving no room for miscommunication.
|Kumusta ka? / Kamusta ka?||How are you? / Hello|
|Musta?||How are you? / Hello (informal)|
|Ikinagagalak kong makilala ka!||It is nice to meet you!|
|Nagagalak akong makilala ka!||I am happy to meet you|
|Magandang araw||Good day!|
|Magandang umaga||Good morning|
|Magandang tanghali / magandang hapon||Good afternoon|
|Magandang gabi||Good evening|
Once you have stated your greetings, you can now move on and state your name in any of the ways below.
|B. For Names|
|Ako si Mark||I am Mark|
|Ang pangalan ko ay Kevin||My name is Kevin|
|Ako ay si Maria||I am Maria|
|Maria ang pangalan ko||Maria is my name|
Just to give more information about you especially if you are just traveling to the Philippines, you can also share your nationality when introducing yourself.
|C. For Nationality|
|Taga- Amerika ako||I am from America|
|Galing ako sa sa Pilipinas||I am from the Philippines|
|Isa akong Pilipino||I am a Filipino national|
|Amerikano ako||I am an American|
|Mula ako sa United States||I am from the United States|
|Nakatira ako sa Boston||I live in Boston|
To share with people how old you are right now, you can make use of the two statements below along with the painless list of Tagalog numbers so that you can use the expressions effectively.
|D. For Age|
|Ako ay anim na taong gulang na||I am six years old|
|Anim na taon na ako||I am six years old|
Depending on the conversation, you might find yourself having to share with other people what you do for a living. To get a more native-sounding expression, feel free to use the ones below.
|E. For Profession|
|Ako ay isang empleyado sa kumpanya.||I am an office employee|
|Nagtatrabaho ako sa isang kumpanya||I work at a company|
|Wala akong trabaho||I have no job / I do not work|
|Isa akong abogado||I am a lawyer|
|Nagtatrabaho ako sa Cavite.||I work in Cavite.|
|Ako ay isang estudyante||I am a student|
To introduce yourself in Filipino effectively, it helps if you can include some of your hobbies. Who knows, this can be one of the major things you can talk about with your Filipino friend!
|F. For Hobbies|
|Mahilig akong kumanta||I enjoy singing|
|Mahilig din ako magbasa ng mga libro||I also enjoy reading books|
|Nalilibang ako sa pagtatahi||I enjoy sewing|
|Isa sa mga kinahihilgan ko ay ang pagkain||One of my hobbies is eating|
|Gusto kong nakikinig ng mga bagong musika||I enjoy listening to new music|
|Paggagantsilyo ang isa sa aking mga libangan||Crocheting is one of my hobbies|
Want to also make the change and speak about your family? Go a step further by using the statements below.
|G. For Family|
|Ako ang panganay sa aming pamilya||I am the eldest in the family|
|Panganay ako||I am the eldest|
|Mayroon akong mga kapatid||I have siblings|
|Ako ay may asawa||I am married|
|Ako ay may mga anak na||I have children already|
Want to let others know about your soft spot for animals? Feel free to utter any of the statements below.
|H. For Pets|
|Mahilig akong mag-alaga ng mga hayop||I enjoy taking care of pets|
|Mayroon akong isang aso||I have a dog|
|May alaga akong pusa||I have a cat|
|May mga isda ako||I have fishes|
|Ayoko sa mga aso at pusa||I do not like dogs and cats|
Particularly useful for business settings, you can use the statements below for sharing your contact information.
To signify that you are closing the introduction, you can simply end by adding a follow-up question to prompt the other person to share the same thing about himself too.
|J. For Closing the Self Introduction|
|Ikaw?||How about you? Tell me about yourself.|
|Anong pangalan mo?||What’s your name?|
|Ilang taon ka na?||How old are you?|
|What is your profession?||What do you do for a living? / What is your job?|
|Taga saan ka?||Where are you from?|
When it comes to learning Tagalog, it does not matter whether you are a total beginner or not. As long as you have the right motivations, we bet you can speak it like a pro in no time. As I reach the last part of this post, I hope that I was able to shed light on the easiest ways on how to introduce yourself in the Tagalog language. Feel free to use it for both formal and informal interactions and see for yourself how impressed your Filipino friends will be.
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