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Filipino Language for Dummies 1 – Greetings

December 7th, 2007 by

More probable than not, you have met a Filipino or Filipina personally or online, worked or currently working with, or have been introduced to someone who is from the Philippines. Why not try to impress them with a greeting in their local language, Filipino or Pinoy in local slang. Or when you do get to visit the Philippines, try to impress the locals with your expanded vocabulary ;)

In learning a new language, it’s important to start with the basics. So for today, Filipino language for Dummies 1 brings you the greetings..


The Ingrid Show brings you Pinoy for Dummies! :)


What are we talking about today? Greetings and salutations.Mabuhay! = (literally “Long live!”) Welcome!

Helow! = Hello (hahaha)

Hay! = Hi! (Hay can also be used as a sigh of relief or desperation)

Kamusta po? = How are you? How are things? (When talking to someone older or of certain authority, PO is used to indicate respect. PO can be eliminated if you are talking to someone of the same age, a friend or someone familiar).

Magandang araw/umaga! = Good day! or Beautiful day (as maganda literally means beautiful)

Magandang hapon! = Good afternoon!

Magandang gabi! = Good evening!

Anong pangalan mo? = What’s your name?

Ang pangalan ko ay… = My name is…

Ako ay = I am… (i.e. Ako ay nagugutom = I am hungry, Ako ay inaantok = I am sleepy, Ako ay na-iihi = I need to weewee hehehe)

Salamat = Thank you

Paki = PleasePaalam = Good bye!
Ba-bye = Good bye! (informal)

*When talking to older people, remember to use po, ho (po and ho can be used alternately) and opo:

Nasaan po ang kubeta? = Where is the toilet?

Saan po ang airport? = Where is the airport?

Ako ho si John Smith! = I am John Smith!
Opo = Yes
Hindi ho = No

That’s it for now. Paalam! Hanggang sa muli (until next time)! ~Ingrid

Reposted with permission from Pinoy for Dummies by Ingrid Nieto.


Easy right? Read more about attractions, events and hotels in Manila, the capital of the Philippines and stay tuned for more Filipino Language for Dummies next time. :)

6 Responses to “Filipino Language for Dummies 1 – Greetings”

  1. alfalfa Says:

    salamat po!

  2. flairview Says:

    walang anuman! balik ka dito para masiyahan ka lalo!

  3. Anthony Pollard Says:

    How do you say”miss can I have your phone number”

  4. Bellhop Says:

    @Anthony: In Filipino/Tagalog: Magandang binibini, pwede bang makuha ang numero mo (or numero ng cellphone mo)?

    “May I have your phone number” is ” Maari bang malaman ang numero mo?”

    “Magandang binibini” means “beautiful girl/beautiful miss”.

  5. Tina Says:

    I am making a birthday card for a friend at work whoes husband is filipino so i want to know what happy birthday is in filipino

  6. Helen Says:

    Happy Birthday is ‘Maligayang Kaarawan’

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