learn basic Filipino words that you can use when you go in the Philippines

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Since it’s a bit difficult to look for a Tagalog tutor, I’m here to teach you some simple words you should learn if you’re planning to visit Philippines! These words will help you to communicate with Filipinos and also, it’s so nice to hear tagalong words coming from foreigners. We really do appreciate those foreigners speaking tagalong even though it’s hard for them! I find it cute haha. Oh, and also, this is a free tutorial. FREE!!!
Let’s start!

For review

 

1. SALAMAT

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Of course, ‘thank you’ is the usual words we say. In tagalong, it’s salamat (sa-la-mat). But add “po” at the end. “Salamat po”. “po” is a word for respect. Always say “salamat po” when Filipinos do a favor to you. You don’t know how much happy we are hearing that.

 

2. MAGKANO

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In order to live, you need to buy foods in supermarket or stores. So, you need to know how much the item costs, right? When you want to know the price, say “magkano po?” (mag-ka-no). It means “how much?” don’t worry, vendors would say the price in English.

 

3. BAYAD PO
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This is what you will say when you are in a jeepney. Just say “bayad po” meaning “this is my payment” and other passengers will get your money to pass it towards the driver. Make sure passengers would hear it because if they don’t, you might look a bit awkward because they will not get your money. But don’t shout! Just enough for them to hear.

 

4. PARA PO

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And when you want the jeepney to stop, just say “para po”. This is what we say when we are already in our destination. Let the driver hear your voice because he will not stop the vehicle. But worry no more because even though the driver will not hear you, passengers will also say “para po” or like knock the roof of the jeep to get the driver’s attention and to stop. Don’t get angry when they don’t stop, it’s really hard to drive and hearing all the noise around you. So please, understand.

 

5. Hindi

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One of the basic words you should know. “hindi” means no. if someone ask you “do you like it?” and if you don’t want, say “hindi po.”

 

6. SUKLI KO PO

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There are some drivers that is very forgetful. So when you pay a large bill and your change hasn’t given yet, say “sukli ko po” meaning “my change please”.

 

7. TAWAD PO PLEASE.

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In divisoria (a famous spot for strolling), you will usually hear “tawad po please” or simply as “tawad po” . this words is asking for discount for an item. Do this in divisoria or in a market. They will give you discount.

 

8. SAAN PO ITO?

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When I know I’m lost, I don’t report to police or anything. Instead, I will ask “saan po to?” meaning “what is this place?”. Don’t let them know you’re lost, just show them like you are curious what’s the name of the place because some are likely going to prank you. But don’t be afraid asking the same question to other people, just verify the information so at least, you are sure where you really are.

 

9. INGAT

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When we say farewell, we always say “ingat” meaning “take care”. We say “bye-bye! Ingat!” because we are no longer there to protect them from harm. It’s like giving them the full responsibility of taking care their whole body.

 

This are the basic words you need to learn if you’re planning to go here in the Philippines. It’s not that difficult I think. You will remember these words. But don’t be afraid if your pronunciation is not that right, its fine with us! Really! As long as we see your effort saying tagalog words, we feel very happy. SALAMAT PO!

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