It’s Here: 16+ Useful Tagalog Transition Words

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Last updated on December 15th, 2023 at 01:22 am

Wanna engage in a meaningful conversation in Tagalog? Today, we’ll learn some Tagalog transition words that will surely upgrade your sentences, like sa simula. Filipinos love to engage in conversations and share fun stories in everyday life. If you wanna engage yourself in this type of conversation, you should also start learning some Tagalog transition words.

Learning Tagalog transition words is important in everyday conversation. You can use it in narrating important events or by just casually chatting with someone. Transition words are one of the must-learn words when learning the Tagalog language. Today, we’ll learn three groups of transition words that can be useful for Tagalog language learners.

What Are Tagalog Transition Words?

Transitional devices are instruments that we use in writing. These are words or phrases that give writers a way to carry a thought from one sentence to another. The Filipino word for transition is paglilipat or pagbabago. Transition words are used the same way the English transition words are used.

Tagalog transition words are used to connect or link ideas, points, sentences, clauses, and phrases. It can also be used to transfer ideas from one topic to another or paragraph to paragraph. They also connect sentences and paragraphs in an orderly manner. There are other transition devices that are used to separate, clarify, state differences, and more. But in this blog, we will just focus on the basic Tagalog transition words.

Basic Tagalog Transition Words

Learning Tagalog transition words is one of the things that beginners need to learn. In this part, you will be guided by the English word of each Tagalog transition word. Sentence examples will also be provided to help you learn how it is used.

Tagalog transition words - introducing first event

Introducting The First Event – Pagpapakilala Ng Unang Pangyayari

Let’s begin with the transition words used to introduce the first event. This is also used to start a narrative or begin listing a procedure.

1. Sa Simula (In The Beginning)

  • Example Sentence: Sa simula, lahat ay namumuhay nang mapayapa. (In the beginning, everyone live peacefuly.)

  • Explanation: The word sa means ‘in,’ and the word simula means ‘beginning’ or ‘start.’ This is used to start a narrative or begin a story.

2. Noon / Dati (Back Then/Beforetime)

  • Example Sentence 1: Noon, sobrang konserbatibo ang kulturang Pilipino. (Back then, the Filipino culture is really conservative.)

  • Explanation 1: Noon means ‘back then.’ This is used in daily conversations.


    Example Sentence 2: Dati, hindi pwedeng mag-aral ang mga babae. (Back then, women are not allowed to study.)

  • Explanation 2: Do not be confused with the word dati because it has the same meaning as noon. It is also used in daily conversations.

3. Una (First)

  • Example Sentence: Una, ihanda ang mga sangkap. (First, prepare all the ingredients.)

  • Explanation: The word una means ‘first.‘ It can be used in sequencing events or starting a detailed procedure. Remember, the word una should not be added to any prefixes like pang-una or ika-una.

4. Bago Ito (Before This)

  • Example Sentence: Maaari na tayong lumabas nang walang mask ngayon. Bago ito, mahigpit na pinagbabawal ang hindi pagsusuot ng mask. (We can now go out without a mask. Before this, it was strictly forbidden not to wear a mask.)

  • Explanation: The next word is bago ito, which is translated as ‘before this’ in English. There should be a previous situation or event before using this in another sentence.

5. Mula Noon (Since Then)

  • Example Sentence: Nagkaroon ng pandemya. Mula noon, naging mahirap ang buhay para sa mga Pilipino. (There was a Pandemic. Since then, life has been difficult for Filipinos.)

  • Explanation: The transition word mula noon is the Tagalog translation for ‘since then.’ This is used to indicate that something began to happen after a previous experience or situation.
Filipino transition words - introducing next event

Introducing The Next Event – Pagpapakilala Ng Kasunod Na Pangyayari

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1. Sumunod (Next)

  • Example Sentence: Nagsimba muna ang buong pamilya. Sumunod, kumain na sila ng Noche Buena. (The whole family went to church first. Next, they ate Noche Buena.)

  • Explanation: The word sumunod is the Filipino word for ‘next.’ It can also mean ‘to follow.‘ This is used to indicate the next thing or event that will happen.

2. Pagkatapos (After)

  • Example Sentence 1: Pagkatapos niyang manood, siya ay kumain. (After he/she watched, he/she ate.)

  • Explanation 1: This is also used the same way as the first one. It also indicates the next thing that will happen.

  • Example Sentence 2: Pagkaraan ng maraming taon, nagbago ang pamumuhay ng mga Pilipino. (After many years, the lifestyle of Filipinos changed.)

  • Explanation 2: The word pagkaraan is usually used with a specific length of time. You must indicate the length of time before a certain thing happens like isang araw (one day), isang buwan (one month), and isang taon (one year).

3. Kalaunan (Later/Later On)

  • Example Sentence: Napakahigpit noong pandemya. Kalaunan, naging maluwag ang restriksyon. (It was very strict during the pandemic. Later on, the restriction was relaxed.)

  • Explanation: The word kalaunan means ‘at a time in the future’ or ‘following an earlier time.’

4. Maya-Maya Pa (After A While)

  • Example Sentence: Naghahanda na ako ng almusal. Maya-maya pa ay nagising na ang aking mga kapatid. (I am preparing breakfast. After a while, my brothers woke up.)

  • Explanation: This is used to indicate the event after some time has passed.

5. Hanggang (Until)

  • Example Sentence: Nagsikap siyang mag-aral hanggang siya ay makatapos. (He worked hard to study until he graduated.)

  • Explanation: The word hanggang means ‘up to the point in time’ or the event mentioned.

6. Ikalawa (Second)

  • Example Sentence: Upang maging masaya ang iyong pagbisita sa Pilipinas, una’y kailangan mong matuto ng kanilang wika. Ikalawa, kailangan mong igalang ang kanilang kultura. (In order to enjoy your visit to the Philippines, first you need to learn their language. Second, you have to respect their culture.)

  • Explanation: The word ikalawa is used to indicate the next step or event in a sequence. The other words used for sequencing or listing down steps are the following
EnglishTagalog Transition WordSounds
ThirdIkatlo
FourthIkaapat
FifthIkalima
SixthIkaanim
SeventhIkapito
EightIkawalo
NinthIkasiyam
TenthIkasampu

These Tagalog transition words used for sequencing are until ‘tenth’ only. You can go almost until unlimited since numbers are infinite. You just need to add the prefix ‘ika‘ plus the Tagalog number.

Transition words in Tagalog - introducing last event

Introducing The Last Event – Pagpapakilala Ng Huling Pangyayari

The last set of transition words is those that are used to introduce the last event or last step in a procedure.

1. Sa Huli (In the end)

  • Example Sentence: Sa huli, sila’y namuhay nang masaya. (In the end, they lived happily.)

  • Explanation: Most of the time, sa huli (in the end) is used as an idiom for finally, after a long time, or when everything is taken into account. A comma comes after it most of the time.

2. Sa Dulo (In The End)

  • Example Sentence: Sa dulo, naging maayos ang koneksyon ng mga tauhan at namamahala. (In the end, his/her connection to his/her people became better.

  • Explanation: Most of the time, sa dulo is used as a Tagalog preposition to talk about a specific time or place.

3. Sa Wakas (Finally)

  • Example Sentence: Sa wakas, nakapasa siya sa bar exam. (Finally, he passed the bar exam.)

  • Explanation: The Tagalog transition word sa wakas is used to bring up the last point or reason. It can also be the last in a series of events or things that are all connected.

4. Sa Ngayon (For Now)

  • Example Sentence: Sa ngayon, mag-aaral siya nang mabuti para makapagtapos. (For now, he will study hard to graduate.)

  • Explanation: The transition word sa ngayon is used to say ‘until a later time.’

5. Pagkatapos Ng Lahat (After Everything/After All)

  • Example Sentence: Pagkatapos ng lahat ng nangyari, nananatili pa din siyang matatag. (After everything that happened, he still remains strong.)

  • Explanation: The last transition word to learn is the phrase pagkatapos ng lahat, which indicates ‘the final outcome.’

How And When To Use Transition Words?

Most of the time, transition words come at the beginning of a new sentence or clause, followed by a comma. They show how this clause relates to the one before it. You can also use transition words in the middle of a sentence. It’s important to put them in the right places to get across the meaning you want.

So that’s it! But now that you have learned Tagalog transition words, what’s next? Are you going to stop here, or you wanna learn more? If you do, the Ling app definitely got your back. So, keep learning and don’t forget to have fun!

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