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 do 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 proof 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 home 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.
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 is safe whether you are speaking with any age group.
Here are some simple examples and explanations on how to use these:
|Pakisuyo po ang baso||Please pass the glass||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.|
|Pasuyo nga ng libro||Please pass the book||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.|
|Pasuyo naman ng pagkain||Please pass the food||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:
|Paki tulungan naman ako||Please help me out|
|Pakitawagan ang nanay ko||Please call my mother|
|Pakibukas ang pinto||Please open the door|
|Pakisauili ang sapatos||Please return the shoes|
|Pakibigay ito sakanya||Please give this to him/her|
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 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:
|Pakiusap, huwag mo siyang kausapin||Please, do not speak with him/her|
|Pakiusap, pagbigyan mo naman ako||Please, allow me to do this|
|Papakiusapan ko siya||I will beg him/her|
|Pakiusap, ilayo mo siya sa akin||Please keep him/her away from me|
|Pakiusap, bigyan mo ako ng tubig||Please give me some water|
As we have stated on 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:
|Tagalog||English Translation||Example Tagalog Sentence||English Translation|
|Sige na||Pretty please||Sige na payagan mo na ako umalis!||Allow me to go pretty please!|
|Hihilingin||Request||May hihilingin sana ako saiyo.||I have a request/favor|
|Pwede bang||Can you/we please…||Pwede bang umuwi na tayo?||Can we please go home now?|
|Please naman oh||Please||Please naman oh kausapin mo na ako||Please talk to me|
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 on 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, emergency phrases, to even the lines you can use for introduction, we got you covered!
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