- Tagalog language
Tagalog Wikang Tagalog Spoken in Philippines Region Central and South Luzon Native speakers 23.9 million (2000 census)
96% of the Philippines can speak Tagalog (2000)
Language family Standard forms Writing system Latin (Tagalog/Filipino);
Official status Official language in Philippines (in the form of Filipino)
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Regulated by Commission on the Filipino Language Language codes ISO 639-1 tl ISO 639-2 tgl ISO 639-3 tgl Linguasphere 31-CKA This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters.
Tagalog (pronounced /təˈɡɑːlɒɡ/ in English) is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a third of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by most of the rest. It is the first language of the Philippine region IV (CALABARZON and MIMAROPA) and of Metro Manila. Its standardized form, commonly called Filipino, is the national language and one of two official languages of the Philippines. It is related to—though not readily intelligible with—other Austronesian languages such as Malay, Javanese, and Hawaiian.
The word Tagalog derived from tagailog, from tagá- meaning "native of" and ílog meaning "river". Thus, it means "river dweller". Very little is known about the history of the language. However, according to linguists such as Dr. David Zorc and Dr. Robert Blust, the Tagalogs originated, along with their Central Philippine cousins, from Northeastern Mindanao or Eastern Visayas.
The first written record of Tagalog is in the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, written in the year 900 and uses fragments of the language along with Sanskrit, Malay, and Javanese. Meanwhile, the first known book to be written in Tagalog is the Doctrina Cristiana (Christian Doctrine) of 1593. It was written in Spanish and two versions of Tagalog; one written in the Baybayin script and the other in the Latin alphabet. Throughout the 333 years of Spanish occupation, there were grammar and dictionaries written by Spanish clergymen such as Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala by Pedro de San Buenaventura (Pila, Laguna, 1613), Vocabulario de la lengua tagala (1835) and Arte de la lengua tagala y manual tagalog para la administración de los Santos Sacramentos (1850). Poet Francisco Baltazar (1788–1862) is regarded as the foremost Tagalog writer. His most notable work is the early 19th-century Florante at Laura.
Tagalog and Filipino
In 1937, Tagalog was selected as the basis of the national language of the Philippines by the National Language Institute. In 1939, Manuel L. Quezon named the national language "Wikang Pambansâ" ("National Language"). Twenty years later, in 1959, it was renamed by then Secretary of Education, José Romero, as Pilipino to give it a national rather than ethnic label and connotation. The changing of the name did not, however, result in acceptance among non-Tagalogs, especially Cebuanos who had not accepted the selection.
In 1971, the language issue was revived once more, and a compromise solution was worked out—a "universalist" approach to the national language, to be called Filipino rather than Pilipino. When a new constitution was drawn up in 1987, it named Filipino as the national language. The constitution specified that as the Filipino language evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages. However, more than two decades after the institution of the "universalist" approach, there seems to be little if any difference between Tagalog and Filipino.
Tagalog is a Central Philippine language within the Austronesian language family. Being Malayo-Polynesian, it is related to other Austronesian languages such as Malagasy, Javanese, Indonesian, Malay, Tetum (of East Timor), and Tao language (of Taiwan). It is closely related to the languages spoken in the Bicol and Visayas regions such as Bikol and the Visayan group including Hiligaynon and Cebuano.
Languages that have made significant contributions to Tagalog vocabulary are especially Spanish and English.
At present, no comprehensive dialectology has been done in the Tagalog-speaking regions, though there have been descriptions in the form of dictionaries and grammars on various Tagalog dialects. Ethnologue lists Lubang, Manila, Marinduque, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Tanay-Paete, and Tayabas as dialects of Tagalog. However, there appear to be four main dialects of which the aforementioned are a part; Northern (exemplified by the Bulacan dialect), Central (including Manila), Southern (exemplified by Batangas), and Marinduque.
Some example of dialectal differences are:
- Many Tagalog dialects, particularly those in the south, preserve the glottal stop found after consonants and before vowels. This has been lost in standard Tagalog. For example standard Tagalog ngayon (now, today), sinigang (broth stew), gabi (night), matamis (sweet), are pronounced and written ngay-on, sinig-ang, gab-i, and matam-is in other dialects.
- In Teresian-Morong Tagalog, [ɾ] is usually preferred over [d]. For example, bundók, dagat, dingdíng, and isdâ become bunrók, ragat, ringríng, and isrâ, as well as their expression seen in some signages like "sandok sa dingdíng" was changed to "sanrok sa ringríng".
- In many southern dialects, the progressive aspect prefix of -um- verbs is na-. For example, standard Tagalog kumakain (eating) is nákáin in Quezon and Batangas Tagalog. This is the butt of some jokes by other Tagalog speakers since a phrase such as nakain ka ba ng pating is interpreted as "did a shark eat you?" by those from Manila but in reality means "do you eat shark?" to those in the south.
- Some dialects have interjections which are considered a trademark of their region. For example, the interjection ala e! usually identifies someone from Batangas as does hane?! in Rizal and Quezon provinces.
Perhaps the most divergent Tagalog dialects are those spoken in Marinduque. Linguist Rosa Soberano identifies two dialects, western and eastern, with the former being closer to the Tagalog dialects spoken in the provinces of Batangas and Quezon.
One example is the verb conjugation paradigms. While some of the affixes are different, Marinduque also preserves the imperative affixes, also found in Visayan and Bikol languages, that have mostly disappeared from most Tagalog dialects by the early 20th century; they have since merged with the infinitive.
Manileño Tagalog Marinduqueño Tagalog English Susulat sina Maria at Esperanza kay Juan. Másúlat da Maria at Esperanza kay Juan. "Maria and Esperanza will write to Juan." Mag-aaral siya sa Maynila. Gaaral siya sa Maynila. "He will study in Manila." Magluto ka na! Pagluto! "Cook now!" Kainin mo iyan. Kaina yaan. "Eat that." Tinatawag tayo ni Tatay. Inatawag nganì kitá ni Tatay. "Father is calling us." Tinulungan ba kayó ni Hilario? Atulungan ga kamo ni Hilario? "Did Hilario help you?"
Northern dialects and the central dialects are the basis for the national language.
The Tagalog homeland, or Katagalugan, covers roughly much of the central to southern parts of the island of Luzon—particularly in Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Camarines Norte, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Rizal, and large parts of Zambales. Tagalog is also spoken natively by inhabitants living on the islands, Marinduque, Mindoro, and large areas of Palawan. It is spoken by approximately 64.3 million Filipinos, 96.4% of the household population. 21.5 million, or 28.15% of the total Philippine population, speak it as a native language.
Tagalog speakers are found in other parts of the Philippines as well as throughout the world, though its use is usually limited to communication between Filipino ethnic groups. In[update] 2010, the US Census bureau reported (based on data collected in 2007) that in the United States it was the fourth most-spoken language at home with almost 1.5 million speakers, behind Spanish or Spanish Creole, French (including Patois, Cajun, Creole), and Chinese. Tagalog ranked as the third most spoken language in metropolitan statistical areas, behind Spanish and Chinese but ahead of French.
In 1935, the Philippine constitution designated English and Spanish as official languages, but mandated the development and adoption of a common national language based on one of the existing native languages. After study and deliberation, the National Language Institute, a committee composed of seven members who represented various regions in the Philippines, chose Tagalog as the basis for the evolution and adoption of the national language of the Philippines. President Manuel L. Quezon then, on December 30, 1937, proclaimed the selection of the Tagalog language to be used as the basis for the evolution and adoption of the national language of the Philippines. In 1939 President Quezon renamed the proposed Tagalog-based national language as wikang pambansâ (national language). In 1959, the language was further renamed as "Pilipino".
The 1973 constitution designated the Tagalog-based "Pilipino", along with English, as an official language and mandated the development and formal adoption of a common national language to be known as Filipino. The 1987 constitution designated Filipino as the national language, mandating that as it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages. However, in practice, Filipino is simply Tagalog.
Article XIV, Section 7 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines specifies, in part:Subject to provisions of law and as the Congress may deem appropriate, the Government shall take steps to initiate and sustain the use of Filipino as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction in the educational system.—The regional languages are the auxiliary official languages in the regions and shall serve as auxiliary media of instruction therein.—
In 2009, the Department of Education promulgated an order institutionalizing a system of mother-tongue based multilingual education ("MLE"), wherein instruction is conducted primarily in a student's mother tongue until at least grade three, with additional languages such as Filipino and English being introduced as separate subjects no earlier than grade two. In secondary school, Filipino and English become the primary languages of instruction, with the learner's first language taking on an auxiliary role.
Taglish and Englog are portmanteaus given to a mix of English and Tagalog. The amount of English vs. Tagalog varies from the occasional use of English loan words to outright code-switching where the language changes in mid-sentence. Such code-switching is prevalent throughout the Philippines and in various of the languages of the Philippines other than Tagalog.
Code Mixing also entails the use of foreign words that are Filipinized by reforming them using Filipino rules, such as verb conjugations. Users typically use Filipino or English words, whichever comes to mind first or whichever is easier to use.
- Magshoshopping kami sa mall. Sino ba ang magdadrive sa shopping center?
- "We will go shopping at the mall. Who will drive to the shopping center?"
Although it is generally looked down upon, code-switching is prevalent in all levels of society; however, city-dwellers, the highly educated, and people born around and after World War II are more likely to do it. Politicians as highly placed as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have code-switched in interviews.
Tagalog has 26 phonemes: 21 of them are consonants and 5 are vowels. Syllable structure is relatively simple. Each syllable contains at least a consonant and a vowel, and begins in at most one consonant, except for borrowed words such as trak which means "truck", or tsokolate meaning "chocolate".
Before appearing in the area north of Pasig river, Tagalog had three vowel phonemes: /a/, /i/, and /u/. This was later expanded to five vowels with the introduction of words from Northern Philippine languages like Kapampangan and Ilocano and Spanish words.
- /a/ an open central unrounded vowel similar to English "father"; in the middle of a word, a near-open central vowel similar to English "cup"
- /ɛ/ an open-mid front unrounded vowel similar to English "bed"
- /i/ a close front unrounded vowel similar to English "machine"
- /o/ a close-mid back rounded vowel similar to English "forty"
- /u/ a close back unrounded vowel similar to English "flute"
Nevertheless pairs 'o' and 'u and 'e' and 'i' are likely to be interchanged by the people without a very high command of the language.
Below is a chart of Tagalog consonants. All the stops are unaspirated. The velar nasal occurs in all positions including at the beginning of a word.
Table of consonant phonemes of Tagalog Labial Dental/
Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal Nasal m n ɲ ŋ Plosive p b t d k ɡ ʔ Fricative s (ɕ) h Affricate (ts) (tʃ) (dʒ) Tap ɾ Approximant l j w
Stress is phonemic in Tagalog. Primary stress occurs on either the last or the next-to-the-last (penultimate) syllable of a word. Vowel lengthening accompanies primary or secondary stress except when stress occurs at the end of a word. Stress on words is highly important, since it differentiates words with the same spellings, but with different meanings, e.g. tayô (to stand) and tayo (us; we).
- /a/ is raised slightly to [ɐ] in unstressed positions and also occasionally in stressed positions (inang bayan [inˈɐŋ ˈbɐjən])
- Unstressed /i/ is usually pronounced [ɪ] as in English "bit"
- At the final syllable, /i/ can be pronounced [i ~ e ~ ɛ], as [e ~ ɛ] is an allophone of [ɪ ~ i] in final syllables.
- Unstressed /ɛ/ and /o/ can sometimes be pronounced [i ~ ɪ ~ e] and [u ~ ʊ ~ ɔ], except in final syllables. [o~ ʊ ~ ɔ] and [u ~ ʊ] were also former allophones.
- /ɛ/ can be pronounced as a close-mid front unrounded vowel [e].
- Unstressed /u/ is usually pronounced [ʊ] as in English "book"
- The diphthong /aɪ/ and the sequence /aʔi/ have a tendency to become [eɪ ~ ɛː].
- The diphthong /aʊ/ and the sequence /aʔu/ have a tendency to become [oʊ ~ ɔː].
- /e/ or /i/ before s-consonant clusters have a tendency to become silent.
- /o/ tends to become [ɔ] in stressed positions.
- /k/ between vowels has a tendency to become [x] as in Spanish "José", whereas in the initial position it has a tendency to become [kx], especially in the Manila dialect.
- Intervocalic /ɡ/ and /k/ tend to become [ɰ] (see preceding), as in Arabic "ghair", especially in the Manila dialect.
- /ɾ/ and /d/ are sometimes interchangeable as /ɾ/ and /d/ were once allophones in Tagalog.
- A glottal stop that occurs at the end of a word is often omitted when it is in the middle of a sentence, especially in the Metro Manila area. The vowel it follows is then usually lengthened. However, it is preserved in many other dialects.
- /ts/ may be pronounced [tʃ], as in English "chimney."
- /ɾ/ can be pronounced [r].
- /b/ can be pronounced [ɓ].
Tagalog differs from its Central Philippine counterparts with its treatment of the Proto-Philippine schwa vowel *ə. In Bikol & Visayan, this sound merged with /u/ and [o]. In Tagalog, it has merged with /i/. For example, Proto-Philippine *dəkət (adhere, stick) is Tagalog dikít and Visayan & Bikol dukot.
Proto-Philippine *r, *j, and *z merged with /d/ but is /l/ between vowels. Proto-Philippine *nɡajan (name) and *hajək (kiss) became Tagalog ngalan and halík.
Proto-Philippine *R merged with /ɡ/. *tubiR (water) and *zuRuʔ (blood) became Tagalog tubig and dugô.
Tagalog was written in an abugida, or alphasyllabary, called Baybayin prior to the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, in the 16th century. This particular writing system was composed of symbols representing three vowels and 14 consonants. Belonging to the Brahmic family of scripts, it shares similarities with the Old Kawi script of Java and is believed to be descended from the script used by the Bugis in Sulawesi.
Although it enjoyed a relatively high level of literacy, Baybayin gradually fell into disuse in favor of the Latin alphabet taught by the Spaniards during their rule.
There has been confusion of how to use Baybayin, which is actually an abugida, or an alphasyllabary, rather than an alphabet. Not every letter in the Latin alphabet is represented with one of those in the Baybayin alphasyllabary. Rather than letters being put together to make sounds as in Western languages, Baybayin uses symbols to represent syllables.
A "kudlit" resembling an apostrophe is used above or below a symbol to change the vowel sound after its consonant. If the kudlit is used above, the vowel is an "E" or "I" sound. If the kudlit is used below, the vowel is an "O" or "U" sound. A special kudlit was later added by Spanish missionaries in which a cross placed below the symbol to get rid of the vowel sound all together, leaving a consonant. Previously, the final vowel was just left out, leaving the reader to use context to determine the final vowels.
Baybayin is encoded in Unicode version 3.2 in the range 1700-171F under the name "Tagalog".
᜔ a ᜀ i
b ᜊ᜔ ba ᜊ bi
k ᜃ᜔ ka ᜃ ki
d/r ᜇ᜔ da/ra ᜇ di/ri
g ᜄ᜔ ga ᜄ gi
h ᜑ᜔ ha ᜑ hi
l ᜎ᜔ la ᜎ li
m ᜋ᜔ ma ᜋ mi
n ᜈ᜔ na ᜈ ni
ng ᜅ᜔ nga ᜅ ngi
p ᜉ᜔ pa ᜉ pi
s ᜐ᜔ sa ᜐ si
t ᜆ᜔ ta ᜆ ti
w ᜏ᜔ wa ᜏ wi
y ᜌ᜔ ya ᜌ yi
Majuscule Minuscule Majuscule Minuscule A a Ng ng B b Ñ ñ C c N͠g / Ñg n͠g / ñg Ch ch O o D d P p E e Q q F f R r G g Rr rr H h S s I i T t J j U u K k V v L l W w Ll ll X x M m Y y N n Z z
Majuscule Minuscule Majuscule Minuscule A a N n B b Ng ng K k O o D d P p E e R r G g S s H h T t I i U u L l W w M m Y y
In 1987 the department of Education, Culture and Sports issued a memo stating that the Philippine alphabet had changed from the Pilipino-Tagalog Abakada version to a new 28-letter alphabet  to make room for loans, especially family names from Spanish and English.:
Majuscule Minuscule Majuscule Minuscule A a Ñ ñ B b Ng ng C c O o D d P p E e Q q F f R r G g S s H h T t I i U u J j V v K k W w L l X x M m Y y N n Z z
ng and mga
The genitive marker ng and the plural marker mga are abbreviations that are pronounced nang [naŋ] and mangá [mɐˈŋa]. Ng, in most cases, roughly translates to "of" (ex. Siya ay kapatid ng nanay ko. She is the sibling of my mother) while nang usually means "when" or can describe how something is done or to what extent (equivalent to the suffix -ly in English adverbs), among other uses. Mga (pronounced as "muh-NGA") denotes plurality as adding an s, es, or ies does in English (ex. Iyan ang mga damit ko. (Those are my clothes)).
- Nang si Hudas ay madulas.—When Judas slipped.
- Gumising siya nang maaga.—He woke up early.
- Gumalíng nang todo si Juan dahil nag-ensayo siya.—Juan greatly improved because he practiced.
In the first example, nang is used in lieu of the word noong (when; Noong si Hudas ay madulas). In the second, nang describes that the person woke up (gumising) early (maaga); gumising nang maaga. In the third, nang described up to what extent that Juan improved (gumaling), which is "greatly" (nang todo). In the latter two examples, the ligature na and its variants -ng and -g may also be used (Gumising na maaga/Maagang gumising; Gumaling na todo/Todong gumaling).
The longer nang may also have other uses, such as a ligature that joins a repeated word:
- Naghintay sila nang naghintay.—They kept on waiting.
po/ho and opo/oho
The words po/ho and opo/oho are traditionally used as polite iterations of the affirmative "oo" ("yes"). It is generally used when addressing elders or superiors such as bosses or teachers.
"Po" and "opo" are specifically used to denote a high level of respect when addressing older persons of close affinity like parents, relatives, teachers and family friends. "Ho" and "oho" are generally used to politely address older neighbors, strangers, public officials, bosses and nannies, and may suggest a distance in societal relationship. However, "po" and "opo" can be used in any case in order to express an elevation of respect.
- Example: "Pakitapon naman po/ho yung basura". ("Please throw away the trash.")
Used in the affirmative:
- Ex: "Gutom ka na ba?" "Opo/Oho". ("Are you hungry yet?" "Yes").
Po/Ho may also be used in negation.
- Ex: "Hindi ko po/ho alam 'yan."("I don't know that.")
Vocabulary and borrowed words
Spanish is the language that has bequeathed the most loan words to Tagalog. According to linguists, Spanish (5,000) has even surpassed Malay (3,500) in terms of loan words borrowed. About 40% of everyday (informal) Tagalog conversation is practically made up of Spanish loanwords.
Tagalog vocabulary is composed mostly of words of Austronesian origin with borrowings from Japanese, Sanskrit, Min Nan Chinese (also known as Hokkien), Javanese, Malay, Arabic, languages spoken in Luzon, and others, especially other Austronesian languages.
English has borrowed some words from Tagalog, such as abaca, barong, balisong, boondocks, jeepney, Manila hemp, pancit, ylang-ylang, and yaya, although the vast majority of these borrowed words are only used in the Philippines as part of the vocabularies of Philippine English.
Other examples of Tagalog words used in English Example Definition boondocks meaning "rural" or "back country," was imported by American soldiers stationed in the Philippines following the Spanish American War as a mispronounced version of the Tagalog bundok, which means "mountain." cogon a type of grass, used for thatching. This word came from the Tagalog word kugon (a species of tall grass). ylang-ylang a type of flower known for its fragrance. Abaca a type of hemp fiber made from a plant in the banana family, from abaká. Manila hemp a light brown cardboard material used for folders and paper usually made from abaca hemp. Capiz also known as window oyster, is used to make windows.
Yo-yo is reportedly a Tagalog word; however, no such word exists in Tagalog. In fact it is a word that came to the Occidental culture through Philippines in the Spanish period, but its origin is Chinese.
Tagalog has contributed several words to Philippine Spanish, like barangay (from balan͠gay, meaning barrio), the abacá, cogon, palay, dalaga etc.
Tagalog words of foreign origin
Tagalog meaning language of origin original spelling departamento department Spanish departamento kumusta how are you? (general greeting) Spanish cómo estás kabayo horse Spanish caballo Diyos God Spanish Dios silya chair Spanish silla kotse car Spanish coche relo wristwatch Spanish reloj litrato picture Spanish retrato tsismis (chis-mis) gossip Spanish chismes Ingles English Spanish inglés tsinelas/sinelas slippers Spanish chinelas karne meat Spanish carne sapatos shoes Spanish zapatos arina/harina flour Spanish harina bisikleta bicycle Spanish bicicleta baryo village Spanish barrio swerte luck Spanish suerte piyesta/pista feast Spanish fiesta garahe garage Spanish garaje ahente agent/salesman Spanish agente ensaymada a kind of pastry Catalan (Mallorqui dialect) ensaïmada kamote sweet potato Nahuatl camotli sayote (sa-yo-te) chayote Nahuatl chayotli sili chili pepper Nahuatl chilli tsokolate (cho-co-la-te) chocolate Nahuatl chocolatl tiangge/palenque market Nahuatl tianquiztli sapote/tsiko chico (fruit) Nahuatl tzapotl awtomobil car English/Spanish automobile/automóvil nars nurse English nurse bolpen ballpoint pen English ballpen pulisia/pulis police Spanish policía suspecho suspect Spanish sospechar traysikel / trisiklo tricycle English / Spanish tricycle / triciclo bwisit annoyance, expletive Min Nan Chinese 無衣食 (lit. "No clothes or food") lumpia (/lum·pya/) spring roll Min Nan Chinese 潤餅 siopao (/syo·paw/) steamed buns Min Nan Chinese 燒包 pancit (/pan·set/) / pansit noodles Min Nan Chinese 扁食 susi (su-se) key Min Nan Chinese 鎖匙 bangka sailboat Min Nan Chinese 艋舺 kuya older brother Min Nan Chinese 哥兄 ate (/ah·te/) older sister Min Nan Chinese 阿姐 (short for 大姐) bakya wooden shoes Min Nan Chinese 木履 hikaw earrings Min Nan Chinese 耳鈎 kanan right Malay kanan tulong help Malay tolong sakit sick, pain Malay sakit pulo/isla island Malay pulau anak child,son & daughter Malay anak pinto door Malay pintu tanghali afternoon Malay tengah hari dalamhati grief Malay dalam + hati luwalhati glory Malay luar + hati duryan durian Malay durian rambutan rambutan Malay rambutan batik spot Malay batik sarap delicious Malay sedap asa hope Sanskrit आशा (ahshा) salita speak Sanskrit चरितँ (cerita) balita news Sanskrit वार्ता (berita) karma karma Sanskrit कर्म (kárma) alak liquor Persian عرق (araq) bagay thing Tamil வகை (vagai) hukom judge Arabic حكم (ħ-k-m) salamat thanks Arabic سلامة (slamah) bakit why Kapampangan obakit akyat climb/step up Kapampangan ukyát/mukyat at and Kapampangan at bundok mountain Kapampangan bunduk huwag don't Pangasinan ag aso dog South Cordilleran or Ilocano (also Ilokano) aso tayo we (inc.) South Cordilleran or Ilocano tayo ito,nito it. South Cordilleran or Ilocano to
Austronesian comparison chart
Below is a chart of Tagalog and twenty other Austronesian languages comparing thirteen words; the first thirteen languages are spoken in the Philippines and the other nine are spoken in Indonesia, East Timor, New Zealand, Hawaii, Madagascar and Borneo.
English one two three four person house dog coconut day new we what fire Tagalog isa dalawa tatlo apat tao bahay aso niyog araw bago tayo ano apoy Bikol saro duwa tulo apat tawo harong ayam niyog aldaw ba-go kita ano kalayo Cebuano usa duha tulo upat tawo balay iro lubi adlaw bag-o kita unsa kalayo Waray usa duha tulo upat tawo balay ayam lubi adlaw bag-o kita ano kalayo Tausug hambuuk duwa tu upat tau bay iru' niyug adlaw ba-gu kitaniyu unu kayu Kinaray-a sara darwa tatlo apat taho balay ayam niyog adlaw bag-o kita, taten ano kalayo Maranao isa dowa t'lo phat taw walay aso neyog gawi'e bago tano tonaa apoy Kapampangan metung adwa atlu apat tau bale asu ngungut aldo bayu ikatamu nanu api Pangasinan sakey dua, duara talo, talora apat, apatira too abong aso niyog ageo balo sikatayo anto pool Ilokano maysa dua tallo uppat tao balay aso niog aldaw baro datayo ania apoy Ivatan asa dadowa tatdo apat tao vahay chito niyoy araw va-yo yaten ango apoy Ibanag tadday dua tallu appa' tolay balay kitu niuk aggaw bagu sittam anni afi Gaddang antet addwa tallo appat tolay balay atu ayog aw bawu ikkanetam sanenay afuy Tboli sotu lewu tlu fat tau gunu ohu lefo kdaw lomi tekuy tedu ofih Indonesian satu dua tiga empat orang rumah/balai anjing kelapa/nyiur hari baru kita apa/anu api Buginese sedi dua tellu eppa tau bola asu kaluku esso baru idi aga api Bataknese sada dua tolu opat halak jabu biang harambiri ari baru hita aha api Tetum ida rua tolu haat ema uma asu nuu loron foun ita saida ahi Maori tahi rua toru wha tangata whare kuri kokonati ra hou taua aha ahi Hawaiian kahi lua kolu hā kanaka hale 'īlio niu ao hou kākou aha ahi Banjarese asa duwa talu ampat urang rūmah hadupan kǎlapa hǎri hanyar kami apa api Malagasy isa roa telo efatra olona trano alika voanio andro vaovao isika inona afo Dusun iso duo tolu apat tulun walai tasu piasau tadau wagu tokou onu/nu tapui
Religious literature remains to be one of the most dynamic contributors to Tagalog literature. In 1970, the Philippine Bible Society translated the Bible into Tagalog, the first full translation to any of the Philippine languages. Even before the Second Vatican Council, devotional materials in Tagalog had been circulating. At present, there are four circulating Tagalog translations of the Bible—the Magandang Balita Biblia (a parallel translation of the Good News Bible), which is the ecumenical version; the Bibliya ng Sambayanang Pilipino; the Ang Biblia, which is a more Protestant version published in 1909; and the Bagong Sanlibutang Salin ng Banal na Kasulatan, one of about ninety parallel translations of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures published by Jehovah's Witnesses. The latter was released in the year 2000. Jehovah's Witnesses previously published a hybrid translation: Ang Biblia was used for the Old Testament, while the Bagong Sanlibutang Salin ng Griegong Kasulatan was used for the New Testament.
When the Second Vatican Council, (specifically the Sacrosanctum Concilium) permitted the universal prayers to be translated into vernacular languages, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines was one of the first to translate the Roman Missal into Tagalog. In fact, the Roman Missal in Tagalog was published as early as 1982, while not published in English until 1985.
Jehovah's Witnesses were printing Tagalog literature at least as early as 1941 and The Watchtower (the primary magazine of Jehovah's Witnesses) has been published in Tagalog since at least the 1950s. New releases are now regularly released simultaneously in a number of languages, including Tagalog. The official website of Jehovah's Witnesses also has some publications available online in Tagalog. 
Tagalog is quite a stable language, and very few revisions have been made to Catholic Bible translations. Also, as Protestantism in the Philippines is relatively young, liturgical prayers tend to be more ecumenical.
The Lord's Prayer is "Ama Namin" in Tagalog.Ama namin, sumasalangit ka
Sambahin ang ngalan mo.
Mapasaamin ang kaharian mo.
Sundin ang loob mo,
Dito sa lupà, gaya nang sa langit.
Bigyan Mo kami ngayon ng aming kakanin sa araw-araw,
At patawarin Mo kami sa aming mga sala,
Para nang pagpapatawad namin,
Sa nagkakasala sa amin
At huwag mo kaming ipahintulot sa tukso,
At iadya mo kami sa lahat ng masama..
Sapagkat sa Inyo ang kaharián, at ang kapangyarihan,
At ang kaluwalhatian, ngayon, at magpakailanman.Amen
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This is the Universal Declaration of Rights (Pangkalahatang Pagpapahayag ng Karapatang Pantao)
“ Isinilang na malaya at pantay-pantay sa karangalan at mga karapatan ang lahat ng tao. Pinagkalooban sila ng katwiran at budhi at dapat magpalagayan ang isa't isa sa diwa ng pagkakapatiran. ” “ Every person is born free and equal with honor and rights. They are given reason and conscience and they must always trust each other for the spirit of brotherhood. ”
The numbers (mga bilang) in Tagalog language are of two forms. The first one, was native to Tagalog language and the other is Tagalized version of Spanish numbers. For example, when a person refers to the number "seven", it can be translated to Tagalog language as "pito" or "syete" (Sp. siete).
Number Cardinal Spanish loanword
Ordinal 0 zero sero (cero) - 1 isa uno (uno) una 2 dalawa[dalaua] dos (dos) pangalawa / ikalawa (or ikadalawa in some informal compositions) 3 tatlo tres (tres) pangatlo / ikatlo 4 apat kwatro (cuatro) pang-apat / ikaapat ("ika" and the number-word are never hyphenated. For numbers, however, they always are.) 5 lima singko (cinco) panlima / ikalima 6 anim sais (seis) pang-anim / ikaanim 7 pito syete (siete) pampito / ikapito 8 walo otso (ocho) pangwalo / ikawalo 9 siyam nwebe (nueve) pansiyam / ikasiyam 10 sampu [sang puo] dyes (diez) pansampu / ikasampu (or ikapu in some literary compositions) 11 labing-isa onse (once) panlabing isa / pang-onse / ikalabing-isa 12 labindalawa dose (doce) panlabindalawa / pandose / ikalabindalawa 13 labintatlo trese (trece) panlabintatlo / pantrese / ikalabintatlo 14 labing-apat katorse (catorce) panlabing-apat / pangkatorse / ikalabing-apat 15 labinlima kinse (quince) panlabinlima / pangkinse / ikalabinlima 16 labing-anim disisais (diez y séis) panlabing-anim / pandyes-sais / ikalabing-anim 17 labimpito disisyete (diez y siete) panlabimpito / pandyes-syete / ikalabimpito 18 labingwalo disiotso (diez y ocho) panlabingwalo / pandyes-otso / ikalabingwalo 19 labinsiyam disinwebe (diez y nueve) panlabinsiyam / pandyes-nwebe / ikalabinsiyam 20 dalawampu bente / beinte (veinte) pandalawampu / ikadalawampu (or ikalawampu in some literary compositions both formal and informal (rarely used)) 30 tatlumpu trenta / treinta (treinta) pantatlumpu / ikatatlumpu (or ikatlumpu in some literary compositions both formal and informal (rarely used)) 40 apatnapu kwarenta (cuarenta) pang-apatnapu / ikaapatnapu 41 apatnapu't isa kwarentayuno (cuarenta y uno) pang-apatnapu't isa / ikaapatnapu't isa 50 limampu singkwenta (cincuenta) panlimampu / ikalimampu 60 animnapu sisenta (sesenta) pang-animnapu / ikaanimnapu 70 pitumpu sitenta (setenta) pampitumpu / ikapitumpu 80 walumpu otsenta / utsenta (ochenta) pangwalumpu / ikawalumpu 90 siyamnapu nobenta (noventa) pansiyamnapu / ikasiyamnapu 100 sandaan syento (ciento) pan(g)-(i)sandaan / ikasandaan (or ika-isandaan in some formal or informal literary compositions (rarely used)) 200 dalawandaan dos syentos (doscientos) pandalawandaan / ikadalawandaan (or ikalawandaan in some formal or informal literary compositions (rarely used)) 300 tatlondaan tres syentos (trescientos) pantatlong daan / ikatatlondaan (or ikatlondaan in some formal or informal literary compositions (rarely used)) 400 apat na raan kwatro syentos (cuatrocientos) pang-apat na raan / ikaapat na raan 500 limandaan singko syentos (quinientos) panlimandaán / ikalimandaán 600 anim na raan sais syentos (siescientos) pang-anim na raan / ikaanim na raan 700 pitongdaan syete syentos (sietecientos) pampitondaan / ikapitondaan (or ikapitong raan) 800 walongdaan otso syentos (ochocientos) pangwalondaan / ikawalondaan (or ikawalong raan) 900 siyam na raan nwebe syentos (novecientos) pansiyam na raan / ikasiyam na raan 1,000 sanlibo mil (mil) panlibo / ikasanlibo 2,000 dalawanlibo dos mil (dos mil) pangalawang libo / ikalawanlibo 10,000 sanlaksa / sampung libo dyes mil (diez mil) pansampung libo / ikapung libo 20,000 dalawanlaksa / dalawampung libo bente mil (veinte mil) pangalawampung libo / ikalawampung libo 100,000 sangyuta / sandaang libo syento mil (ciento mil) 200,000 dalawangyuta / dalawandaang libo dos syento mil (dos ciento mil) 1,000,000 sang-angaw / sangmilyon milyon (un millón) 2,000,000 dalawang-angaw / dalawangmilyon dos milyon (dos millones) 10,000,000 sangkati / sampung milyon dyes milyon (diez millones) 100,000,000 sambahala / sandaang milyon syento milyon (ciento millones) 1,000,000,000 sang-atos / sambilyon bilyon (un billón) 1,000,000,000,000 sang-ipaw / santrilyon trilyon (un trillón)
Months and days
Months and days in Tagalog language are also Tagalized form of Spanish months and days. "Month" in Tagalog is buwan (the word moon is also buwan in Tagalog) and "day" is araw (the word sun is also araw in Tagalog). Unlike Spanish, months and days in Tagalog are capitalized whenever they appear in a sentence.
Month Original Spanish Tagalog (abbreviation) January Enero Enero (Ene.) February Febrero Pebrero (Peb.) March Marzo Marso (Mar.) April Abril Abril (Abr.) May Mayo Mayo (Mayo) June Junio Hunyo (Hun.) July Julio Hulyo (Hul.) August Agosto Agosto (Ago.) September Septiembre Setyembre (Set.) October Octubre Oktubre (Okt.) November Noviembre Nobyembre (Nob.) December Diciembre Disyembre (Dis.) Day Original Spanish Tagalog Monday Lunes Lunes Tuesday Martes Martes Wednesday Miércoles Miyerkules / Myerkules Thursday Jueves Huwebes / Hwebes Friday Viernes Biyernes / Byernes Saturday Sábado Sabado Sunday Domingo Linggo
English Tagalog (with Pronunciation) Filipino Pilipino [ˌpiːliˈpiːno] English Inglés [ʔɪŋˈɡlɛs] Tagalog Tagalog [tɐˈɡaːloɡ] What is your name? Anó ang pangalan ninyo? (plural) [ɐˈno aŋ pɐˈŋaːlan nɪnˈjo], Anó ang pangalan mo? (singular) [ɐˈno aŋ pɐˈŋaːlan mo] How are you? kumustá [kʊmʊsˈta] Good morning! Magandáng umaga! [mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ uˈmaːɡa] Good noontime! (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Magandáng tanghali! [mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ taŋˈhaːlɛ] Good afternoon! (from 1 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Magandáng hapon! [mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ ˈhaːpon] Good evening! Magandáng gabí! [mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ ɡɐˈbɛ] Good-bye paálam [pɐˈʔaːlam] Please Depending on the nature of the verb, either pakí- [pɐˈki] or makí- [mɐˈki] is attached as a prefix to a verb. ngâ [ŋaʔ] is optionally added after the verb to increase politeness. (e.g. Pakipasa ngâ ang tinapay. ("Can you pass the bread, please?")) Thank you salamat [sɐˈlaːmat] This one ito [ʔiˈtoh], sometimes pronounced [ʔɛˈtoh] (literally—"it", "this") That one iyan [ʔiˈjan], When pointing to something at greater distances: iyun [ʔiˈjʊn] or iyon [ʔiˈjon] Here dito [dɪˈtoh], heto [hɛˈtoh] ("Here it is") There doon [dʒan], hayan [hɑˈjan] ("There it is") How much? Magkano? [mɐɡˈkaːno] Yes oo [ˈoːʔo]
opô [ˈʔopoʔ] or ohô [ˈʔohoʔ] (formal/polite form)
No hindî [hɪnˈdɛʔ], often shortened to dî [dɛʔ]
hindî pô (formal/polite form)
I don't know hindî ko álam [hɪnˈdɛʔ ko aːlam]
Very informal: ewan [ʔɛˈʊɑn], archaic aywan [ɑjˈʊɑn] (closest English equivalent: colloquial dismissive 'Whatever')
Sorry pasensya pô (literally from the word "patience") or paumanhin po [pɐˈsɛːnʃa poʔ] patawad po [pɐtaːwad poʔ] (literally—"asking your forgiveness") Because kasí [kɐˈsɛ] or dahil [dɑˈhɪl] Hurry! dalí! [dɐˈli], bilís! [bɪˈlis] Again mulí [muˈli] , ulít [ʊˈlɛt] I don't understand Hindî ko naiintindihan [hɪnˈdiː ko nɐʔɪɪnˌtɪndiˈhan] or
Hindi ko nauunawaan [hɪnˈdiː ko nɐʔʊʊnawaʔˌʔan]
What? Anó? [ɐˈno] Where? Saán? [sɐˈʔan], Nasaán? [ˌnaːsɐˈʔan] (literally - "Where at?") Why? Bakít? [bɑˈkɛt] When? Kailan? [kɑjˈlɑn], [kɑˈɪˈlɑn], or [kɛˈlɑn] (literally—"In what order?/"At what count?"") How? Paánó? [pɑˌɐˈno] (literally—"By what?") Where's the bathroom? Nasaán ang banyo? [ˌnaːsɐˈʔan ʔaŋ ˈbaːnjo] Generic toast Mabuhay! [mɐˈbuːhaɪ] [literally—"long live"] Do you speak English? Marunong ka bang magsalitâ ng Ingglés? [mɐˈɾuːnoŋ ka baŋ mɐɡsaliˈtaː naŋ ʔɪŋˈɡlɛs],
"Marunong po ba kayong magsailitâ ng Ingglés?" (polite version for elders and strangers) Marunong ka bang mag-Ingglés? (short form), "Marunong po ba kayong mag-Ingglés? (short form, polite version for elders and strangers)
It is fun to live. Masaya ang mabuhay! [mɐˈsaˈja ʔaŋ mɐˈbuːhaɪ] or Masaya'ng mabuhay (contracted version)
Ang hindî marunong lumingón sa pinanggalingan ay hindî makaráratíng sa paroroonan. (José Rizal)
One who does not learn to look back to where he came from, will never get to where he is going.
Ang hindî magmahál sa kanyang sariling wika ay mahigít pa sa hayop at malansang isdâ. (José Rizal)
One who does not love one's own language is worse than an animal and a putrid fish.
Hulí man daw at magalíng, nakákahábol pa rin. (Hulí man raw at magalíng, nakákahábol pa rin.)
If one is behind but capable, one will still be able to catch up.
Magbirô ka na sa lasíng, huwág lang sa bagong gising.
Make fun of someone drunk, if you must, but never make fun of someone who just woke up.
Ang sakít ng kalingkingan, ramdám ng buong katawán.
The pain of the pinkie is felt by the whole body. (In a group: if one goes down, the rest comes down with it.)
Nasa hulí ang pagsisisi.
Regret always comes last.
Pagkáhába-haba man ng prusisyón, sa simbahan pa rin ang tulóy.
The (wedding) procession may stretch on and on, but it still ends up at the church. (In romance: refers to how certain people are destined to be married. In general: refers to how some things are inevitable, no matter how long you try and postpone it.)
Kung dî mádaán sa santong dasalan, daanin sa santong paspasan.
If you can't get it through holy prayer, get it through blessed force. (In romance and courting: santong paspasan literally means 'Holy speeding' and is a euphemism for sex. It refers to the two styles of courting by Filipino men. One is the traditional restrained courting favored by the older generations, which often featured serenades and doing chores for the girl's parents. It is notorious for taking ages before getting the girl to say yes. While the other is the riskier seduction which does away with the courting traditions. It can either lead to getting a slap on the face or a pregnancy out of wedlock. The conclusion is what western cultures would call a 'shotgun marriage', therefore the suitor gets the girl one way or the other. The proverb is also applied in terms of diplomacy and negotiation.)
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