3 Easy Ways On How To Say Please In Tagalog

Please In Tagalog

A quick search here and there will probably make you think that the best translation for please in Tagalog is pakiusap. However, there really is no direct Filipino translation for this English word, so we bet that you are now wondering how exactly Filipinos politely express their requests, right? Well, worry no more because, in today’s post, we will walk you through some of the most specific equivalents that you can use for day-to-day conversations. 

Whenever we think about the Philippines, tourists who have already visited the country will definitely tell you how warm and hospitable the people are. In fact, it was recognized to be one of the top friendliest countries in the world, joining the ranks of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. If you are thinking of going into the country, it would be wise to prepare yourself with tons of questions from the locals and get ready to eat with your hands as you fill yourself with sumptuous food.

Another major characteristic inherent in all of the native locals is that they are willing to extend help no matter what the situation is. In fact, there are a number of video proofs on YouTube showing emotional and shocked foreigners at how kind Filipinos are- from responding to simple requests to even allowing strangers to stay at their homes for a night!

To help you get started on how you can express a request in a polite manner, be sure to take note of the details in today’s post.

3 Major Ways To Say The Word Please In Tagalog

Even if you look at a historical context, there is no one Tagalog word existing as a dictionary translation to “please.” Instead, Filipinos use alternatives depending on the situation and who they are asking. For instance, if you want to ask a stranger to pass your transportation fare while riding a local jeepney, then you can simply say “pakisuyo” or “pasuyo” which is a polite term for a favor. You can use this one in both formal and informal interactions, and it is safe whether you are speaking with any age group.

Here are some simple examples and explanations of how to use these:

English TranslationTagalogSoundNote
Please pass the glassPakisuyo po ang baso Adding the word “po” makes the statement sound much more polite and is perfect when you are speaking with someone who is older than you.
Please pass the bookPasuyo nga ng libro The adverb “nga” is also untranslatable but it is basically used to add emphasis. As a tip, be sure to use neutral facial expressions when using this as it can come off as rude.
Please pass the foodPasuyo naman ng pagkain Adding “naman” softens the request and it is more recommended to use when speaking with someone you are close with or a total stranger.

Another major way by which you can say your request or please in the Tagalog language is by using this sentence structure: “Paki + verb.” It is basically more of a command than a favor, and it leaves the other speaker with no choice but to do what is being asked. Therefore, this means that you have to be a bit careful as using this when asking something can be quite rude, depending on the tone and the context.

Here are some examples along with the equivalent translation:

English TranslationTagalogSound
Please help me outPaki tulungan naman ako
Please call my motherPakitawagan ang nanay ko
Please open the doorPakibukas ang pinto
Please return the shoesPakisauili ang sapatos
Please give this to him/herPakibigay ito sakanya
Formal Ways Of Saying Please In Tagalog

Formal Ways Of Saying Please In Tagalog

If you are looking to sound formal and use a term that is mainly used by the older generation, you may also use the word “pakiusap” which also refers to a request in the English language. You can use this Tagalog word regardless of situations or contexts, but please do remember that this is not really used in day-to-day conversations. Below are some examples:

English TranslationTagalogSound
Please, do not speak with him/herPakiusap, huwag mo siyang kausapin
Please, allow me to do thisPakiusap, pagbigyan mo naman ako
I will beg him/herPapakiusapan ko siya
Please keep him/her away from mePakiusap, ilayo mo siya sa akin  
Please give me some waterPakiusap, bigyan mo ako ng tubig

Informal Ways To Say The Word Please In The Tagalog Language

As we have stated at the first of this post, the language of the Philippines can be a bit challenging, especially for beginners, since some of the important English words may not have a direct (or even related) Tagalog version. Even if you search high and low on the dictionary or online resources, you can never find a Tagalized equivalent for please, and this is the best time for you to try out Taglish (the combination of English and Tagalog in a single statement) or other informal sentences. Below are some of my best examples:

English TranslationTagalogSoundEnglish TranslationExample Tagalog SentenceSound
Pretty pleaseSige na Allow me to go pretty please!Sige na payagan mo na ako umalis!
RequestHihilingin  I have a request/favorMay hihilingin sana ako saiyo.
Can you/we please…Pwede bang  Can we please go home now?Pwede bang umuwi na tayo?
PleasePlease naman oh Please talk to mePlease naman oh kausapin mo na ako

As we reach the end of this post, we hope that we were able to give you better Tagalog equivalent words, notes, and examples for the English word ‘please.’ If you enjoyed content like this, then be sure to read our previous Tagalog blog posts and learn the answers to some of the most interesting questions about the Filipino language. From the most native expressions and emergency phrases to even the lines you can use for introduction, we got you covered!

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