When it comes to expressing oneself, one of the most critical lessons to master is how to say Tagalog question words in the same way that native speakers say it. Luckily, learning Tagalog is so easy to the point that you can jump-start it just by taking note of this post. In today's article, I will walk you through our comprehensive list of words and example statements on how to use it so that you do not have to search high and low for the best resources… because here at the Ling App, we've got it all for you!
As I have always included in these posts, I firmly believe that learning Tagalog is much easier than any other language. One of the reasons behind that is that it makes use of a writing system that is heavily influenced by the English alphabet. In fact, learning the additional two letters in the alphabet (Tagalog has 28) is already half the battle! Additionally, Tagalog does not have critical spelling points which means that you can work your way just by writing the words based on how it is pronounced.
With this being said, you do not need to search much for resources or textbooks as you can easily teach this to yourself. Also, Filipinos are very friendly, and if you travel to the country, you will see that almost everyone will be open to teaching you a few words or so! But wait… would you like to impress the locals and speak like a native? Then I guess it is time that you memorize our list of easy question formats that you can use anytime or anywhere when speaking with a Filipino.
Whether you are learning Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, or Tagalog, the most critical lesson in any language is on how one can convey a question. Just like in the English language, there are five basic interrogative pronouns in Tagalog language and this includes ano (what), alin (which), sino (who), kanino (whom), and kaninong (whose).
|Tagalog Examples||English Translation|
|Sino ka?||Who are you?|
|Sino ito?||Who is this?|
|Sinu-sino ang mga kasama mo?||Who are you with|
|Kanino ?||Whose is this?|
|Kaninong relo ito?||Whose watch is this?|
|Kani-kaninong mga laruan 'yan?||Whose toys are those?|
|Ano ang ginagawa mo?||What are you doing?|
|Anu-ano ang mga kinuha mo?||What did you get?|
|Ano ang pangalan mo?||What is your name?|
|Alin ang mas mura?||Which one is cheaper?|
|Alin ang mas masarap?||Which one is tastier?|
|Alin ang mas gusto niya?||Which one does she like more?|
But, as I have promised... I will give you the most comprehensive list of questions in the target language which is why I need you to take down notes or save this page so that you can easily search which of these you can use based on the situation.
|Word||Translation||Example||Translation of Example|
|Paano||How||Paano ba ito gawin?||How do I do this?|
|Magkano||How much||Magkano ba ang saging?||How much is a banana?|
|Kailan||When||Kailan ba tayo uuwi?||When are we going home?|
|Saan||Where||Saan ba ang punta mo?||Where are you going?|
|Bakit||Why||Bakit parang mukha kang malungkot?||Why do you look sad?|
|Ilan||How many||Ilan pa ba?||How many more?|
|Gaano||How much (amount)||Gaano na iyan kabigat?||How heavy is it?|
|Na kanino||To whom||Na kanino ang remote?||Who holds the remote?|
|Nasaan||Where||Nasaan ang pagkain?||Where is the food?|
But of course, that is not all! In order to provide you a one-stop solution for all the most native Tagalog question words, I have also compiled some of the most used questions that is usually asked by the locals whenever they are communicating or just passing by a tourist. Who knows, you might encounter any of these so at least you will have an understanding of what it means.
|Kumusta ka?||How are you?|
|Saang bansa ka nagmula?||From what country are you from?|
|Marunong ka mag Tagalog?||Do you know how to speak Tagalog?|
|Taga saan ka?||Where are you from?|
|Ano ang pangalan mo?||What is your name?|
|Ilang taon ka na?||How old are you?|
|Ano ang trabaho mo?||What is your work/profession?|
|Natikman mo na ba ito?||Have you tasted this before?|
|Nabisita mo na ba ang Boracay?||Have you visited Boracay yet?|
|Nakasakay ka na ba sa tricycle?||Have you tried the tricycle yet?|
Now that you understand the most usual questions you can encounter in Tagalog, I think that it is important that you also know how to give proper answers. With this being said, I encourage you to read out previous posts like the easiest expressions, how to describe food. Also, you can get to know more about the Philippines by knowing their top tourist destinations, currency, and celebrated traditional dishes.
As I conclude this article, I hope I was able to shed light on the most useful English translation of the Filipino questions used for everyday conversations. If you liked this post, please share it on social media so that we can reach language enthusiasts across the world who might also be interested in Tagalog. Additionally, feel free to leave a comment down underneath and share with us your thoughts or additional clarifications.
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