Filipinos are Southeast Asian

The most important words for a trip to the Philippines

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The Philippines is a dynamic, loud, and diverse country. Your language is a good example of these qualities. There are two official languages ​​in the Southeast Asian archipelago, English and Filipino. In addition, a large number of languages ​​are used (more than 170).

Filipino, a mix of languages

The history of the Philippines explains its current linguistic situation very clearly. This country was a Spanish colony for 300 years and was then occupied and administered by the United States. Even if Spanish has not been an official language of the Philippines for 20 years, there are still small memories here and there (names of places, people, etc.).
From time to time it is possible to hear a few words of Spanish listening to people. For gastronomy lovers, a little note for your trip to the Philippines: in the menus of typical restaurants, a person who understands Spanish will be able to understand the majority of the dishes (but beware of disappointments, mostly only the name will match, taste and preparation are quite different ...)


Since the constitution of the Philippines in 1987, there are two official languages. Filipino was artificially created to give every island, which has its own dialect, the opportunity to communicate and thus guarantee the cohesion of the country. English is playing an increasingly important role in Filipino society. The majority of the elite and younger generations speak it fluently. It is also worth noting that the proliferation of call centers in the Philippines (outsourced from Anglo-Saxon countries) means that many people learn this language, an important asset for a successful professional life.

For all of these reasons, scholars see the future of the Filipino language in jeopardy.

Basic idioms / common expressions

GermanPhilippino
Good day good eveningAyo / Maayong udto
How are you?kumustah ka?
Good thanks and you?Ok long. salamay, ikaw?
I understand / I don't understandKasabot ko / Dili q kasabot
sorrypasenxa
Good-byegoodbye
Good daywelcome
Many Thanksdaghang salamat
Excuse me pleaseplease
My name is...Akong ngalan kay
no thanksDili Salamat
Yes NoOo / Dili
Here you goWaysapayan / please

Trade / Buy

GermanPhilippino
How much does it cost?Tagpila?
That is a good priceBarato kaau
It is too expensiveMahal Kaau!
Can you bring the price down?Pwede naay discount?
I would like to buy thisPwede naay discount?
I like it / I don't like itgusto ko / Dili q gusto
moneyKwarta
Just browsing.Nananaw ra ko.

Mode of Transport

GermanPhilippino
I want to go to ...Gusto nako mohawa
planeplans
boatboat / bangka
trainTrain
taxitaxi
busTrack
I want to rent a ...Gusto ko muabang
motorcycleengine
automobilecar
bicyclebisikleta

Directions

GermanPhilippino
Where is ...? / How do I get to / to ...?Asa ni? Unsaon para maka adto?
Bankbank
railway stationtrain station
City centerCentro sa Syudad
hotelhotel
hospitalhospital
Is it far?Sirado ba? Layo Ba?
straightDiretso
Left Rightwa / too
North South West Eastnorth / south / east / west

numbers

GermanPhilippino
one two three four five six seven eight nine tenisa, dalawa, tatlo, apat, lima, anim, pito, walo, siyam, sampu
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtydalawampu, tatlumpu, apatnapu, limampu, animnapu
seventy, eighty, ninetysetenta, otsenta, siyamnapu
Hundredthen

Times / date and days

GermanPhilippino
What time is it?Unsa na orasa?
When?canoes-a
Yesterdaygahapon
Today (tomorrow / noon / evening)karon. buntag.udto or hapon. gabii
tomorrowugma
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday SundayLunes, Martes, Miyerkules, Huwebes, Biyernes, Sabado, Domingo
I'm on vacation hereNaa ko diri para bakasyon
I am here to workNaa ko diri para trabaho / Naa ko diri para negosyo

To table!

GermanPhilippino
I'm hungry / I'm thirstyGutom ko / Uhaw ko
Good AppetiteEnjoy your meal
Bottom up!Pakpak
It was great!Maayo kaau
What do you recommend?Unsa imo ikatambag?
I'm vegetarianVegetarian ko
Not sharp! (I don't like it spicy)Walay Spices
It is too hot!Init kaayo
I have an allergyAllergic ko
seafoodSeafood
peanutsMani
glutengluten
I take / I would like to haveGusto ko
waterTubig
Tea / coffeeTea / Coffee
Beer WineBeer / wine
The Bill pleaseAng byronon palihug

Health / Emergency / Safety

GermanPhilippino
I have to see a doctorKinahanglan ko moadto ug doctor
Call a doctor / ambulanceTawag and Doctor
Where is the hospital?Asa ang hospital?
I do not feel goodLain akong pamati
I am in pain hereSakit ni
Where are the restrooms?Asa ang mga restrooms?
Help!Tabang
policePolicy
dangerDelicacy
I've lost my wayNawala ko.

Other

GermanPhilippino
Good day !Have a maayong adlaw!
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Updated October 8, 2018
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