Tagalog Sentences: #1 Easy Guide For Beginners

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Learning Tagalog sentences is a must if you want to be understood by native speakers. While it is true that English is a second language in the Philippines, nothing is more fulfilling than seeing the locals smile at you and commend you for trying to speak and learn Filipino. Luckily, the basics of the language are not that hard to master. Plus, if you practice daily, I am confident you can construct spot-on basic sentences.

Sentences are significant when you want to learn the Tagalog language. It is not enough that you understand the writing system, the common vocabulary words, and phrases. Because for a language to work, you must express what you mean completely. Basically, Tagalog sentences are not just strings of words. How you structure them can make the meaning clear or lost along the way. It is even more tricky because some Tagalog words can mean different things!

But don’t worry! In today’s post, we will level up your skills in Filipino and teach you the most basic Tagalog sentence structures you can use anytime! The ones we will show here are also perfect for formal and casual interactions.

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How Do You Basic Tagalog Sentences

While memorizing how to say Mabuhay (welcome in Tagalog), salamat (thank you in Tagalog), or any other one-word greetings or expressions can help you engage in conversations, you can‘t survive on those alone. As mentioned earlier, learning Tagalog sentences can help you communicate with Filipino people. However, constructing these sentences can be tricky because words can mean different things!

For example, the Tagalog word basa, could mean wet or read in English, depending on the sentence context and pronunciation. The same is true for baba, which can be used in Tagalog to refer to one’s chin or to point down. With all things considered, learning Tagalog sentences is not an easy conquest. But it is a fascinating one to take on.

So, to better communicate what you mean, you must express yourself using grammatically correct Tagalog sentences. The word sentence refers to pangungusap in the Tagalog language, and there are four types of it.

Below are the types and examples which you can use.

1. Declarative Sentences – Pasalaysay / Paturol

In Tagalog, declarative sentences are called pasalaysay or paturol. It is used to tell facts and opinions, or make a statement. These sentences are straight to the point and always end in a period or full stop.

So, next time you hear or read Tagalog sentences that simply share an idea, a fact, an opinion, or an answer to a question, you’ll know it’s a pasalaysay or paturol sentence.

Here are some examples of pasalaysay or paturol sentence:

English TranslationTagalog SentencesSound
I’m going out to shop today.Aalis ako at mag sho-shopping ngayong araw.
We do not have nice clothes.Wala na tayong magandang damit.
The butterfly is flying.Ang paru-paro ay lumilipad.
I am not happy this morning.Ako ay hindi masaya ngayong umaga.
I do not know what else to say.Hindi ko na alam kung ano ang dapat ko pang sabihin.

2. Interrogative Sentences – Patanong

When we want to find out more about something or simply want to spark a Tagalog conversation, we use interrogative sentences. You can tell if a sentence is interrogative if it asks a question and ends with a question mark. In Tagalog, we call these sentences patanong. Like the English term, this is a more formal way to say ‘question.’

So, when you want to ask something in Tagalog, remember to use a Patanong sentence. Here are some helpful Tagalog sentences:

English TranslationTagalog SentencesSound
Where are you going next?Saan ka susunod na pupunta?
Do you know how to speak Tagalog?Marunong ka bang magsalita ng Tagalog?
Do you still love me?Mahal mo pa ba ako?
How much is a kilo of taro?Magkano ang isang kilong ng gábi?
What is your name?Ano ang pangalan mo?

3. Imperative Sentences – Pautos / Pakiusap

Imperative Sentence is the bossy type of sentence. It tells you what to do. It’s like your mom telling you to clean your room or your teacher asking you to finish your homework in Tagalog. In Tagalog, we call this pautos or pakiusap. Like in English, these sentences are used to tell a command or request someone to do something.

Remember, be friendly when using these sentences! Because, after all, nobody likes a bossy person! Here are some friendly Tagalog sentences you can use:

English TranslationTagalog SentencesSound
Please close the door.Pakisara ng pinto.
Please clean up later in the afternoon.Pakiligpit ang kalat mamayang hapon.
Please cook later for our guests.Magluto ka mamaya para ating mga bisita.
Please teach me how to do this.Turuan mo ako kung paano gawin ito.
Please find the cup because I forgot where I put it.Pakihanap ng baso dahil nakalimutan ko kung saan ko nilagay ito.

4. Exclamatory Sentences – Padamdam

An exclamatory sentence, or padamdam in Tagalog, likes to express strong feelings or emotions. This type of sentence isn’t satisfied with making a statement or asking a question. It comes with the drama, the passion, and all the emotions in Tagalog!

English TranslationTagalog SentencesSound
Finally! I am sorry it took me long to pay you back.Sa wakas! Pasensya na natagalan akong magbayad sayo.
Oh! I think I am in love with him!Naku! Mahal ko na yata sya!
Run! The fierce dog is coming.Takbo! Paparating na naman ang mabangis na also!
Wow! It is a good news for me!Wow! Magandang balita iyan para sa akin!
Ouch! It hurts!Aray! Ang sakit naman niyan!

How Do You Say Sentence In Tagalog?

The word for sentence in Tagalog is pangungusap.

If you want to ask, “how do I say this sentence in Tagalog?”, it’s, “Paano ko sasabihin ang pangungusap na ito sa Tagalog?

Still itching to ask more questions in Tagalog? Here are some of the questions that language learners like you ask about Tagalog sentences often.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tagalog Sentences

What Is The Basic Sentence Structure In Tagalog?

A simple, narrative form of Tagalog sentences commonly follows the VSO (Verb-Subject-Object) sentence structure.

For example:

  • Kumain si Marie ng papaya.

However, this sentence structure will change depending on the type of Tagalog sentence.

In English, this Tagalog sentence means, Marie ate the papaya. Notice that in English, it uses the SVO word order instead.

What Are The Most Common Tagalog Sentences?

  1. Kamusta ka? (How Are You?)
  2. Anong pangalan mo? (What Is Your Name?)
  3. Ilang taon ka na?
  4. Saan ka nakatira? /Speechword voice=”Filipino Female” isinline]Anong balita?[/Speechword]

Why Do Tagalog Sentences Have English Words?

English words are taught at Filipino schools at an early age. Also, there are many loan words in Tagalog due to their influence, not just during the American colonization but also in these modern times. You’ll even find this sentence pattern in other languages in the Philippines, like Visayan, Cebuano, Ilocano, and more.

What Is The Difference Between Basic Filipino And Tagalog?

We understand that most of you are confused and wondering whether the national language of the Philippines is Filipino or Tagalog, right? In fact, even the native Filipinos get confused between the two. So, they simply brush off the question by saying they speak Tagalog. Technically, Filipino is the country’s primary language, and the English language follows it. There’s even another term that will get you super confused: what is Pinoy? Is it a language? No, it refers to the Filipinos as citizens living in the Philippines.

Going back to the topic, the Philippines has over 170 dialects spoken in different regions. Tagalog is one of these dialects. So, don’t be confused! The Filipino language is drawn from these different languages in the Philippines. But it relies heavily on Tagalog. For this reason, you can say that not all Filipinos can speak Tagalog. But most of them can speak one of the many Filipino languages.

You may be wondering why you should learn Tagalog and not another dialect. Well, Tagalog is the most widely used language in the country, and it is used in most cities. Want to go to Manila for a business venture or to find work? Tagalog is the one you should learn.

Interestingly, many people worldwide are becoming more interested in this Asian language. It is easy to learn, especially if you know Spanish and want to learn Tagalog! And Filipinos are really enthusiastic about teaching their language to foreigners. Aside from that, we cannot deny that there is practically a Filipino anywhere in the world, making it possible that you might be colleagues one day!

Are you interested in speaking this language like a total pro? There are language learning apps that could help you, like the Ling app! The good news is that these language learning apps are readily downloadable for Android and iOS users.

Tagalog Sentences Made Easy

As we reach this part of the post, we hope you learned the basic Tagalog sentences. Please note that these are basically just like how English sentences are used. Thus, the tone is the same. For instance, whenever you say a sentence that is in an interrogative form, you simply have to say it in a rising sound to signify that it is a question. Easy, right?

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