Learn Tagalog

The Filipino Language


Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines and was declared the official language in 1897. Alongside Visayas, it is most spoken language in the country.

The majority of the people using Tagalog as their first language are typically in the northern part of the Philippines. While the rest mainly uses their own language such as in Ilo-ilo Ilongo, in Cebu and Mindanao Visayas, or in Zamboanga you may hear people talking in Chavacano (a Spanish derived language).

But also in the northern part of Luzon you can find many Filipinos using their own language such as Ilocano in Ilocos. As you can see, the Philippines has many languages but Tagalog has been declared as their main language to unite and which is thaught at school.

If you will spend most of the time in the middle or southern part of the country you may want to learn the Visayas language too, because it is more common and the first language to speak by the people. 

It is always good to know some words of the country you visit. This is why in this section we want to give you the opportunity to learn the official language of the Philippines – Tagalog. If you want to know more about Tagalog or Visayas, you can download our soon to launch eBook. It is filled with lots of useful words and phrases. Enjoy learning!


Learning the Basics

These basic words and phrases will help you build a little confidence in the Tagalog language. Even by knowing just a few of these words will warm the heart of the Filipino people and make you feel even more welcomed than you already are.

Monday Lunes
Tuesday Martes
Wednesday Miyerkules
Thursday Huwebes
Friday Biyernes
Saturday Sabado
Sunday Linggo
0 Walá
1 Isá
2 Dalawá
3 Tatló
4 Ápat
5 Limá
6 Ánim
7 Pitó
8 Waló
9 Siyám
10 Sampú
11 Labíng-isá
12 Labíndalawá
13 Labíntatló
14 Labíng-ápat
15 Labinlimá
16 Labíng-ánim
17 Labímpitó
18 Labíng-waló
19 Labíng-siyám
20 Dalawampú
21 Dalawampú’t isá
22 Dalawampú’t dalawá
30 Tatlumpú
40 Apatnapú
50 Limampú
60 Animnapú
70 Pitumpú
80 Walumpú
90 Siyamnapú
100 Sandaán, Isáng dáan
101 Sandaá’t isa
102 Sandaá’t dalawá
200 Dalawáng daán
1,000 Sanlibo, Isáng líbo
10,000 Sampúng libó
100,000 Isáng daán libó
1,000,000 Isáng milyón
1,000,000,000 Isáng bilyón
I, Me Akó
You Ikáw
You (respectful) Kayó
He, she Siyá
We (talking to someone and referring to your group) Kamí
We (talking with group) Tayó
They (speaking directly to someone part of the group) Kayó
They Silá
My, mine Ko
Yours Mo
Theirs (politely) Ninyó
Ours Námin (Kamí)
Ours Nátin (Táyo)
Yours (plural) Ninyó
Them (plural) Nilá
His/hers/theirs Niyá


Yes Oo
No Hindí
Have, do you have Mayróon
Nothing, don’t have Walá
Do you have …? Mayróon bang …?
… something to eat? … pagkáin?
… something to drink? … ínumin?
… coffee? … kapé?
… banana? … ságing?
… a car? … kótse?
… a room? (Hotel) … kuwárto?
… a restaurant?

… restawrán?

… karinderyá? (small market restaurant)