Feb
02
2010

Don’t know any tagalog? Here are common words to get you started…

So you’re someone who doesn’t speak ANY word of Tagalog, and you’re embarrassed to speak with Filipinos…  maybe you are a non-Filipino who is friends with/is dating/is married to a Filipino, and you would like to understand them more… or maybe you are visiting the Philippines and you want to impress them with your knowledge of basic Tagalog words… well, here’s a short list of all common (and not so common) Tagalog words that can be used in everyday speech… learn them well, and take them to heart… it is guaranteed that anyone who understands Tagalog will look at you in a whole new light once you say these everyday words in Tagalog…

These are common colloquial Tagalog words, not the formal meanings.  So don’t worry if some of them sound weird… Good luck! ;)

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Nov
30
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: LAKAS

Lakas is strength (as a noun) or strong (as an adjective), used in the same sense as the former and the latter, with additional connotations as well.

Word Usage:

Si Tolitz ay nagpakita ng lakas.
(Tolitz showed strength.)
or
(Tolitz displayed undeniable power in his being.)
or even
(Tolitz exuded unearthly energies in his never-ending quest for omnipotence… muahahahaha!)

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Nov
29
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: TILI

Tili means scream, or shriek, a loud, sharp, shrill cry, normally done by women, but also done by a few men.  Used as a noun or a verb.

Word Usage:

Ang tili ni Julie ay napakalakas!
(Julie’s scream was very loud!)
or
(Julie let out a loud, bloodcurdling scream that seemed to emanate from the very deepest recesses of the underworld!)
or even
(Julie shrieked in ecstatic glee, almost to the point of fainting, after she saw Jacob Black’s hot,  smolderingly sexy body splattered across the movie screen.)

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Nov
28
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: LIIT

Liit means small, tiny, miniscule, diminutive, something of limited size; of comparatively restricted dimensions; in other words, not big.  Used as an adjective.

Word Usage:

Ang liit ng pusa ni Tekla.
(Tekla’s cat is small.)

Habang lumalaki ang aking problema, lumiliit ang aking pasensiya.
(As my problem gets bigger, my patience gets smaller.)

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Nov
27
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: BUSOG

Busog means completely full, containing all that can be held, or filled to utmost capacity and/or satisfaction, but ONLY when it pertains to eating.  Cannot be used in any other definitions of “full”.  Used as an adjective.

Word Usage:

Si Tolitz ay busog.
(Tolitz is completely full.)
or
(Tolitz is so full that he is unable to eat another bite.)
or even
(Tolitz’s stomach is grossly bulged beyond understanding after engaging in grotesque, gluttonous desires that defies all laws of man and science.)

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Nov
26
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: PABO

Pabo means turkey,  a large, gallinaceous bird of the family Meleagrididae, esp. Meleagris gallopavo, of America, that typically has green, reddish-brown, and yellowish-brown plumage of a metallic luster and that is domesticated in most parts of the world.  Not interchangeable with the slang term for someone who is a failure, or considered inept or undesirable, a total loser.  Used strictly as a noun, and cooked not strictly for Thanksgiving…

Word Usage:

Ang sarap talaga ng pabo.
(The turkey is really delicious.)
or
(The turkey is simply oozing with sumptuous juices.)
or even
(“Babe, you were the f**k of the century!” said the male turkey…)

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Nov
15
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: BOLA

Bola simply means, uhm, ball, a spherical object or entity, or more commonly associated with any of various rounded, movable objects used in various athletic activities and games (used as a noun).

Word Usage:

Ang bola ay bilog. 
(The ball is round.)
or
(The ball is VERY round.)
or even
(The ball is very, very, VERY round.)
or maybe even
(The ball is very, very, very, ve– *we regret to inform you that the speaker has been retired by the audience*)

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Nov
14
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: HUGAS

Hugas means wash, to cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing…   Usually you just use water (used as a verb).

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Nov
13
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: PAA

Paa means foot, the lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking. However, it is not a Tagalog translation for the English unit of measurement. Can be used as either singular or plural (used as a noun).

Word Usage:

Ang baho ng paa ni Tolitz. 
(Tolitz’s feet stink.)
or
(The murderous stench of Tolitz’s feet has forcefully invaded everyone’s olfactory sensibilities.)
or even
(It was very obvious that it wasn’t chocolate that Tolitz stepped on, no matter what he said…)

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Nov
12
2009

Tagalog Word of the Day: KAMAY

Kamay means hand, the terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb (used as a noun).

Word Usage:

Napansin ni Pedro na maraming kalyo ang kamay ni Manoy. 
(Pedro noticed that Manoy’s hand had a lot of calluses.)
or
(Pedro observed that Manoy had thick, brownish calluses on his hand.)
or even
(Pedro thinks that Manoy is in dire need of a girlfriend.)

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