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Table of Contents

  1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Filipino
  2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Filipino
  3. Audio Lesson - Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”
  4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Filipino through FilipinoPod101


1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Filipino

3 Ways to Say Sorry

Nobody’s perfect, not anywhere in the world. Everybody makes mistakes, and does and says regrettable things. Then it’s time to apologize, as saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not in vain. It can be very healing! Did you know that hearing a sincerely-meant apology can have a noticeable effect on a person’s body? Research has shown that it slows down breathing and heart rate, and even causes a drop in blood pressure.

Sometimes we cannot fix what’s broken, but we can make the experience a bit easier for anyone who suffered on account of our thoughtless actions or words.

Here are a number of ways to say sorry in Filipino. In any language, just make sure you really mean it! An insincere apology will not go down well with anyone.

Woman Apologizing

Ako ay humihingi ng paumanhin.
I’m sorry

These words should precede anything else you have to say. Use them sincerely and whenever you are clearly in the wrong. Acknowledging your guilt and apologizing for any wrongdoing will lift your spirits too! Often, remorse can eat away at us, and a simple ‘I’m sorry’, in Filipino or any other language, can open the door for forgiveness and resolution of a bad situation. It can be a true gift!

Gusto kong humingi ng paumanhin.
I would like to apologize.

This is a slightly more formal way to say ‘I’m sorry’ in Filipino. Use this phrase if you’re addressing your superiors and/or elders.

Taos-puso akong humihingi ng paumanhin.
I sincerely apologize.

If you feel strongly about your apology, this is another slightly more formal phrase to use. Keep it handy for graver errors, or you might come across as insincere!

Hindi ko na iyon gagawin ulit.
I won’t do it again.

A promise you can only make if you intend to keep it! Few things feel as bad as having to hear repeated apologies from someone for the same behavior - it means the ‘sorry’ is not sincere. Don’t be that person!

Sisiguraduhin kong hindi magawa ang pagkakamaling ito muli.
I’ll make sure not to make this mistake again.

A beautifully strong phrase! Again, say this only if you mean it - not just in the moment, but always! A bit more formal, this is an especially good phrase to use when apologizing to superiors and/or elders. It will make an especially good impression at the workplace, where accountability is an excellent quality to display!

Hindi ko iyon sinasadya.
I didn’t mean that.

This is a tricky one… What did you mean, then?! Clear up any confusion with sincerity. Also, use this phrase only if the harm done or mistake made was due to an accident, and then admit to thoughtlessness on your part, if appropriate.

Kasalanan ko.
It’s my fault.

If the fault is really yours, own up to it. You will gain respect in the eyes of others! However, don’t take the blame when it’s not truly yours. It won’t be good for you, and ultimately you will not be respected much for it.

Pasensiya sa pagiging makasarili.
I’m sorry for being selfish.

This is a good phrase to keep handy, especially for your close relationships. It is difficult to admit you’re selfish, isn’t it?! However, it’s good to know when to be honest. We get used to our loved ones, which often means we forget that they need our good manners and unselfish behavior just as much as strangers do.

Sana’y patawarin mo ako.
I hope you will forgive me.

This is a polite and gentle wish that can smooth over many harsh feelings. It also shows that the other person’s opinion and forgiveness are important to you.

Ako ang may pananagutan ng lahat.
I take full responsibility.

This strong statement is similar to admitting that an error or transgression was your fault. It speaks of courage and the willingness to take remedial action. Good one to use…if you mean it!

Hindi ko dapat ginawa iyon.
I shouldn’t have done it.

This phrase is fine to use if you did or said something wrong. It shows, to an extent, your regret for having done or said what you did, and demonstrates that you understand your role in the mistake.

Pasensiya dahil nahuli ang pagsauli ko ng pera sayo.
Sorry for giving your money back late.

It’s rotten to have to loan money! Yet, it’s equally rotten to have to ask for the repayment of a loan. So, do your best not to pay late in the first place, but if it can’t be helped, this would be a good phrase to use!

Huwag ka sanang magalit sa akin.
Please don’t be mad at me.

Well, this is not a very advisable phrase to use if you are clearly in the wrong. If someone is justifiably angry with you, asking them not to be mad at you would be an unfair expectation. However, if you did something wrong by accident, and if the consequences were not too serious, this request would be OK.

Sorry nahuli ako.
Sorry I’m late.

Punctuality is valued in most situations, but if you really cannot help being late, then apologize! This way you show respect for your host, and win their approval.

Humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa pagiging masama sayo.
I apologize for being mean to you.

Acknowledging your own meanness towards someone is no small thing, so good for you! Use this apology only if your intention is to seriously address your mean tendencies, or these words could become meaningless over time.


2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Filipino

Woman Refusing

Congratulations! Now you know how to apologize in Filipino! After you have apologized for a mistake, focus on fixing whatever you can, and don’t punish yourself over something that cannot be taken back or reversed. That’s healthy for you! Regret can eat away at the soul, and even destroy it. It is ultimately a useless emotion if it consumes you.

However, in language, we use apologies not only when we’ve transgressed or made mistakes. They come in handy in other situations too, when there has been no wrongdoing. Sometimes we need to express regret for having to refuse a gift, an offer, or an invitation. This can be somewhat tricky. Learn from specialists at FilipinoPod101 about how to use the correct Filipino words for this kind of ‘sorry’!


3. Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”

Say Sorry

On the run and need a quick lesson on how to say sorry in Filipino? Don’t fret, just listen and repeat! Click here for a recorded short lesson and learn how to give the perfect apology, with perfect pronunciation in Filipino. A little can go a long way, and you will sound like a native!


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Filipino Self-Introductions: “My Name is” in Tagalog And More!

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re trying to find a way to give someone your name—in perfect Tagalog. As we all know, first impressions last. And to make a good one, you have to know what you’re doing. So, after searching for “My name is,” in Tagalog, it’s time to take it to the next level.

So, how to introduce yourself in Filipino?

As in many places, in the Philippines, there are different ways of introducing yourself. There are different approaches for when you’re around buddies, older people, or in a corporate setting (unless your boss tossed all the rules and specifically requested you to call him by his nickname in a land called The Things that Never Happened). But hey, it can be a wild world sometimes.

By the time you’re through with this article, you should have no trouble during your next few Filipino self-introductions!

Table of Contents

  1. Politeness Matters
  2. The All-Important Kumusta
  3. Say More About Yourself
  4. When You Need to be Formal with Your Introduction
  5. You’re All Set to Introduce Yourself in Filipino

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1. Politeness Matters

Talking About Yourself

Now, you already know how to say “My name is,” in the Filipino language, which means you’re ready to learn about another set of keywords: po and opo. These are included in the “Mano” tradition in the Philippines. In some Asian cultures such as Japan and Korea, they have a certain way of speaking to express respect or politeness, sometimes referred to as “honorifics.” It’s possible that something like this exists in other cultures too, so it’ll be interesting to see the similarities and differences.

1- So, how do you use po and opo?

Old Woman Talking with Younger Woman

It’s not too difficult to use these words when you introduce yourself in Tagalog. If you’re speaking to someone older, someone who’s possibly five or ten years older than you, you use po and opo when talking to them.

Now, imagine that you’re invited to a friend’s house. You can expect to meet his/her relatives, and naturally, you’ll have to introduce yourself when they ask about you or say the inevitable kumusta? But before that happens, greeting them when you enter the home will get things started on the right foot.

Here’s how that might go:

  • You: Magandang umaga po.
  • Friend’s parent/relative: Magandang umaga din sayo.
  • You: “Good morning!”
  • Friend’s parent/relative: “Good morning to you, too!”

As you can see, umaga translates to “morning,” and if you’re eager to be more time-specific, you can use tanghali or hapon which translate to “afternoon.” These words aren’t very different, but people say tanghali early in the afternoon (like at noon), and hapon late in the afternoon (like around three o’clock). But there’s no thought police here, so no one will stop you in your tracks if you said Magandang hapon at one o’clock.

For night time, there’s gabi which means “evening.” You can also keep things general with araw, which is “day.” Now, to see it used, here’s a tiny cheat sheet. You can also take a look at the examples here.

2- Greetings in Filipino

Here are some of the most useful Filipino and Tagalog greetings to use throughout the day!

Good Morning Cartoon

In Filipino Polite Version In English
Magandang umaga. Magandang umaga po. “Good morning.”
Magandang hapon/tanghali. Magandang hapon/tanghali po. “Good afternoon.”
Magandang gabi. Magandang gabi po. “Good evening.”
Magandang araw. Magandang araw po. “Good day.”

Opo is mostly used to answer questions politely, and sentences usually start with it. Sometimes, it’s all you have to say for the equivalent of a courteous “yes.”

Here’s an example:

Friend’s parent/relative: Kasamahan ka ba ni Jason?
You: Opo. Magkasama kami sa opisina.

Friend’s parent/relative: “Are you and Jason co-workers?”
You: “Yes. We work in the same office.”

You can always look at more examples online of how you can speak politely in Filipino, or check out additional content on our site so you can hear them used in the wild. Okay, not too wild. But enough to make anyone smile because of your effort to be polite.

That seems pretty standard, doesn’t it? For a quick recap, you know how to say your name in Tagalog and some basic greetings in Filipino. Now, it’s time to unravel the mystery that is kumusta. It’s not really that much of a mystery because it’s probably one of the first things you hear about the Filipino culture.


2. The All-Important Kumusta

Man Waving in Door Frame

Once you’ve come across Kumusta ka, you got yourself something good in your Filipino language arsenal. That’s because it can be used as “Hi” or “How are you?” and Filipinos are known for being jolly—many are likely to let out a smile once they hear these magic words.

Let’s take a closer look at how it’s used, shall we?

Imagine you’re with a friend who happens to see another friend while you’re outside. It’s only natural to introduce you to that other person. Now, you don’t need to worry about doing something wrong. Chances are, your friend will say “hi” to that other person and introduce you as quickly as possible.

Here’s what you can expect:

Friend: Hi Jojo. Kumusta?
Jojo: Oy, pare! Kumusta?

Friend: Ayos naman. Si (your name) pala.
Jojo: Kumusta, (your name).

You: Kumusta. Ako si (your name).

In English:

Friend: “Hi Jojo. How are you?”
Jojo: “Hey, man! How are you?”

Friend: “I’m alright. This is (your name) by the way.”
Jojo: “Hi, (your name)?”

You: “Hi. I am (your name).”

It’s important to emphasize that this will happen in very informal settings, and you can find more examples on our site, as well as a lesson on how to talk about friends. Remember, though,that things change a bit when you talk to someone older or if you want to be more polite.

So far, the things you’ve learned can help you breeze through five to ten minutes of conversation. Just kidding! Of course, it’s about twenty minutes. Seriously though, it’s not so much about the amount of time you spend talking, but the impression you make.

Speaking of talking more, it’s time to bring in the goods. That introduction has been preparing you for this part: knowing what questions you may have to answer and things that are perfectly okay to ask in Filipino culture.


3. Say More About Yourself

First Encounter

It’s time to actually say details about yourself. But you may be wondering what can be considered “too much information,” or what you can casually talk about.

Like in many places, it’s wise not to get ahead of yourself and talk about your whole family history. You can easily share details such as where you live, your age, where you studied, your marital status, and whether you have kids or not. But wait a minute, doesn’t that sound like a bit too much?

In Filipino culture, you have to remember that mentioning these topics is common. People mean no offense by asking you these things. After you say your name in Filipino, you’re either going to face some questions, or you may just decide that you want to include some more details in your introduction.

Take a look at this dialogue between strangers.

1- Talk About Where You Live

Filipino Countries

Imagine that this is a colleague you met in the office for the first time:

You: Magandang umaga.
Colleague: Magandang umaga din sayo.

You: Ako si (your name.) Anong pangalan mo?
Colleague: Ako si Eric. Taga saan ka?

You: Nakatira ako sa Makati. Ikaw?
Colleague: Sa Antipolo kami pero nagrent ako ng apartment sa Makati para malapit sa office.

In English:

You: “Good morning.”
Colleague: “Good morning to you, too.”

You: “My name is (name.) What’s yours?”
Colleague: “My name is Eric. Where are you from?”

You: “I live in Makati. How about you?”
Colleague: “I am from Antipolo, but I rented an apartment in Makati because it’s closer to the office.”

After reading this, you may think that something isn’t quite right. Why are there English words in a Tagalog conversation? There’s a simple answer: English is considered the second language in the Philippines, so it isn’t difficult to see people mixing Tagalog and English words in one sentence. This is called Taglish. This is just used in informal communication or when words that are used have no equivalent in Filipino.

Asking about where one lives doesn’t seem too private, but notice that in the example, the colleague easily shared details about moving and where they lived previously.

2- Share Your Age, Marital Status, and Talk About Your Children

Things become more exciting (or unexpected) with this next part, but it all depends on how you look at it. Regardless, keep in mind that it’s all done in good faith. Talking about family is commonly done in the country, and reading this might give you better insight. Providing details such as your age, marital status, and even about your children, happens so casually, as you can see in this dialogue.

Colleague: Ilang taon ka na?
You: 27 na ako.

Colleague: Single ka?
You: Hindi, may asawa na ako.

Colleague: O talaga? Ako din may asawa na. Kailan kayo kinasal?
You: Two years ago.

Colleague: May anak na kayo?
You: Wala pa kaming anak ngayon. May anak na ba kayo?

Colleague: Oo, dalawa. Yung panganay ko grade one, yung bunso ko two years old palang.

In English:

Two Young Women Talking

Colleague: “How old are you?”
You: “I’m 27.”

Colleague: “Are you single?”
You: “No, I’m already married.”

Colleague: “Oh, really? I’m also married. When did you get married?”
You: “Two years ago.”

Colleague: “Do you have children?”
You: “We don’t have kids yet. Do you have children?”

Colleague: “Yes, we have two. My eldest is in first grade, my youngest is just two years old.”

Fun fact: “O” is just a filler in Tagalog and is very much like “Oh” in English.

3- Share What School You Went to & Your Major

Introducing Yourself

Another tried and tested way of how you can introduce yourself in Tagalog is by talking about the school you went to, your major, or your job. To some cultures, this may be another sensitive topic (especially asking whether a person finished school or not), but it’s perfectly normal here.

Here’s another example conversation:

You: Kumusta? Ako si Andrew. Anong pangalan mo?
Colleague: Ako si Francis.

You: Ikaw yung kasama ni Jenny kanina, di ba?
Colleague: Oo ako ‘yon. Bago lang kasi ako sa office kaya sinasamahan niya ako at first job ko ito.

You: Matagal na ba kayong magkakilala ni Jenny?
Colleague: Oo pareho kami na Accounting ang course sa PUP. Ikaw, anong course mo?

You: Entrepreneurship ang major ko.
Colleague: First job mo ba ito?

You: Hindi. Marami akong naging trabaho noong nasa US ako.
Colleague: Talaga? Working student ka?

You: Oo. Kailangan ko kasi ng pambayad sa college.
Colleague: Ang galing mo naman. Mahirap mag-aral kapag may trabaho ka pa.

You: Marami naman ang ganon sa amin at madali lang ang trabaho sa bakery.
Colleague: Ah sa bakery ka pala nagtrabaho. Ayos yon.

You: Oo, sa bakery, sa supermarket, basta part-time na trabaho kinuha ko.

In English:

You: “Hi. My name is Andrew. What’s your name?”
Colleague: “My name is Francis.”

You: “You were with Jenny earlier, right?”
Colleague: “Yes, I was with her. This is my first job and I am new in the office, so she accompanies me.”

You: “Have you and Jenny known each other for a long time?”
Colleague: “Yes, we both took up Accounting in PUP. How about you, what was your major?”

You: “I took up Entrepreneurship.”
Colleague: “Is this your first job?”

You: “No. I had many jobs when I was in the U.S.”
Colleague: “Really? Were you a working student?”

You: “Yes. I needed the money to pay for college.”
Colleague: “That’s really great. It’s hard to go to school when you have work.”

You: “Many people do that back there and my work in the bakery was easy.”
Colleague: “Oh, you worked in a bakery? Sounds great.”

You: “Yes, I worked at a bakery, supermarket, and other places. I just took any kind of part-time work.”

Fun fact: In the Philippines, “course” is usually used instead of “major” when you talk about what you studied in college.

If you want to hear another example of what a profession-related conversation could look like, we have a relevant lesson on our website. Again, note that this is a very common conversation topic. Knowing how to talk about it will surely help you make friendly relations with more people.


5. When You Need to be Formal with Your Introduction

At this point, you’ve read about how you can be polite and friendly, and what subjects you might be asked about when you introduce yourself in Filipino. Give yourself a pat on the back. Chances are, saying your name in Filipino has become a piece of cake, and nothing you’ll face will make you sweat (figuratively, of course). Visiting the Philippines always means being ready for that tropical feel.

The Philippines isn’t all about staying at the beach and drinking coconut water, though. You still have to go to the office, talk to bosses, and say your name in Tagalog when you introduce yourself. An office setting requires a different kind of courtesy, but it’s nothing overwhelming. Take a look at this dialogue and see how it goes.

Business Associates Talking

You: Magandang umaga po, Sir.
Department Head: Magandang umaga din sayo. Maupo ka.

You: Salamat po, Sir.
Department Head: Anong maitutulong ko sayo?

You: Sir, gusto ko po sana na magpalipat sa Makati branch natin.
Department Head: Pwede ko bang malaman kung bakit?

You: Mas malapit po kasi sa bahay ko yung Makati branch. Kung mas malapit po yung bahay ko, mas madali sa akin ang mag-overtime.
Department Head: Pag-iisipan ko yang sinabi mo sa akin. Ipapatawag kita kaagad kapag may balita na ako kung pwede kang lumipat o hindi.

You: Salamat po, Sir.

In English:

You: “Good morning, sir.”
Department Head: “Good morning to you, too. Please sit down.”

You: “Thank you, sir.”
Department Head: “What can I do for you?”

You: “Sir, I’d like to be transferred to our Makati branch.”
Department Head: “Could you tell me why?”

You: “It’s because I live closer to our Makati branch. If I lived closer to the office, I could work overtime more.”
Department Head: “I’ll think about it. I’ll let you know whether you can transfer or not as soon as I receive information about it.”

You: “Thank you, sir.”

There’s a lot of po usage in this dialogue and, as previously said, it’s to show politeness. Another notable thing is the use of “sir.” In the Philippines, addressing a superior in the office as Miss, Ma’am, or Sir, is enough to show your respect for them.

There are also a few things you’ll have to remember before having a chat with your boss (e.g. you should knock before entering a room). Lucky for you, FilipinoPod101.com has a lesson that covers the various phrases you may need for a good first impression.


6. You’re All Set to Introduce Yourself in Filipino

Most people who have been to the Philippines, or who have read a few things about the country, will tell you that Filipinos are quite friendly. The term “hospitable” is almost always used to describe the people of the Philippines. This means that to get the most out of your visit, you need to mirror this friendliness as much as you can, whether you’re saying your name or introducing yourself in Filipino.

Kumusta can be heard almost anywhere, and it’s impossible to forget. However, remembering how things are done gives you extra points. Besides, the aim is to learn; though skating by is fairly enjoyable, nothing beats the satisfaction of having a new skill.

Now that you’ve scratched bits of the surface, you can always keep an eye out for more. You can get past just knowing how to say your name in Tagalog; FilipinoPod101.com gives you a window to the culture, language, and just about anything to make your stay in the Philippines more enjoyable.

Before you go, let us know in the comments how you feel about self-introductions in Filipino and Tagalog! Write us a short self-introduction in Filipino about yourself to practice. ;) We look forward to hearing from you!

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How to Say I Love You in Filipino - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Filipino could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Filipino partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At FilipinoPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Filipino lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Filipino dating easy for you.

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  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Filipino Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Filipino Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Filipino love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Filipino word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Filipino date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Filipino Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Gusto mo bang lumabas at magdinner nang magkasama?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Filipino is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Libre ka ba sa katapusan ng linggo?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Gusto mo bang lumabas nang magkasama?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Anong oras tayo magkikita bukas?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Saan tayo magkikita?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Ang ganda mo.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Ang cute mo sobra.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Anong masasabi mo sa lugar na ito?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Filipino language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Pwede ba kitang makitang muli?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Pwede ba tayong pumunta sa iba?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • May alam akong magandang puntahan.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Ipag-drive na kita pauwi.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Iyon ay magandang gabing magkasama.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Kailan kita ulit makikita?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Tatawagan kita.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Filipino phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Filipino below!

Date Ideas in Filipino

museum

  • museo

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • candlelit dinner

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • pumunta sa zoo

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • maglakad ng malayo nang magkasama

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • pumunta sa opera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • pumunta sa aquarium

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • maglakad sa beach

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • mag picnic

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • magluto ng pagkain nang magkasama

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • mag hapunan at manood ng pelikula

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Filipino

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Filipino - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Filipino Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Filipino yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Filipino? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Filipino love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Filipino

I love you.

  • Mahal kita.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Filipino carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Mahalaga ka para sa akin.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Maari bang ikaw ang aking maging aking Valentino/Valentina?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Napakaganda mo.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Filipino, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Higit pa sa magkaibigan ang pagtingin ko sa iyo.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Filipino dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Kulang ang isang daang puso para lamanin ang pagibig ko para sa iyo.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Ang pag-ibig ay pag-ibig lamang. Hindi ito kayang maipaliwanag.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Napakaguwapo mo.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Filipino love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • May gusto ako sa iyo.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Dahil sa iyo, ninanais kong maging mas mabuting tao.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Filipino girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Hayaan mong ang lahat ng iyong gagawin ay magawa sa ngalan ng pag-ibig.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Ikaw ang araw sa aking buhay, aking giliw.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Hindi kayang ilarawan ng mga salita ang pag-ibig ko para sa iyo.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Tayo ay nakatadhana para sa isa’t isa.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Kung may tao kang nasasaisip habang binabasa mo ito, siguradong ikaw ay in-love.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Filipino Quotes about Love

Filipino Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Filipino lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Filipino that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Filipino Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Filipino lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Filipino custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Filipino Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Kailangan natin magusap.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Hindi ikaw. Ako.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Filipino lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Hindi pa ako handa para sa ganitong klase ng relasyon.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Maging magkaibigan na lang tayo.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Filipino, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Sa tingin ko kailangan nating lumayo muna.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Nararapat kang makakilala ng mas higit pa sa akin.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Dapat na nating umpisahang makipagkita sa ibang mga tao.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • Kailangan ko ng space.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Sa tingin ko medyo mabilis yata ang takbo ng ating relasyon.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Kailangan kong mag-focus sa aking career.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Hindi ako sapat para sa iyo.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Hindi na kita mahal ngayon.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Hindi talaga tayo nararapat para sa isa’t-isa.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Para ito sa ikabubuti ng lahat.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Nagkahiwalay na ang loob natin.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Filipino faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. FilipinoPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Filipino language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Filipino Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Filipino speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    FilipinoPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Filipino, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Filipino even faster.

    2- Having your Filipino romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Filipino language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Filipino lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Filipino partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why FilipinoPod101 helps you learn Filipino Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Filipino is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at FilipinoPod101 is translated into both English and Filipino. So, while your partner can help you learn Filipino faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Filipino Culture
    At FilipinoPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Philippines. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Filipino partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Filipino Phrases
    You now have access to FilipinoPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Filipino soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Filipino Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Filipino or any language without traditional classroom instruction: FilipinoPod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is FilipinoPod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Filipino or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Filipino alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Filipino alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Filipino and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Filipino Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with FilipinoPod101

    Learning with FilipinoPod101

    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Filipino Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Filipino conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. FilipinoPod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Filipino instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Filipino actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Filipino Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although FilipinoPod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, FilipinoPod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Filipino learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, FilipinoPod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Filipino Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Filipino alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Filipino on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    FilipinoPod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, FilipinoPod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With FilipinoPod101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Filipino well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Filipino conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Filipino greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Filipino as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Filipino faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Filipino people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Filipino conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Filipino. In fact, with just a couple hundred Filipino words you could have a very basic Filipino conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Filipino, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    FilipinoPod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Filipino

    Learning Filipino

    For more than 10 years, FilipinoPod101 has been helping students learn to speak Filipino by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Filipino fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Filipino Instructors: FilipinoPod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Filipino vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Filipino and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Filipino Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Filipino. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Filipino conversations or lessons is all it really takes. FilipinoPod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Filipino and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

    Today, classrooms are no longer the only or even best place to learn a new language like Filipino. More and more people are finding that they can easily learn a language just about anywhere they have a few minutes of spare time, including their daily commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends over 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work, or over 300 hours a year.

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

    But rather than simply sitting in traffic and wasting the time, you can instead use your daily commute to literally learn Filipino in just a few short months! FilipinoPod101 has developed specialized learning tools that you can use on your commute to work (and home again) to master the language in your spare time. Keep reading to learn how to get your free audiobook to use on your next commute so you can see for yourself how easy it is to transform “dead time” into realizing your dream of learning a new language!

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    But before we look at how to transform your commute home into a mini-classroom, let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why traditional classroom settings just aren’t the best option for most people in today’s fast-paced world.

    • Difficulty Getting to and From Class
    • Learning on Someone Else’s Schedule
    • Very Expensive and May Cost $1,000’s to Complete
    • Can Take Years to Finally Complete Classes and Learn the Language

    The simple truth is that traditional classroom instruction is simply not a viable option for most people in today’s very fast-paced, time-starved world. Now let’s examine how you can learn a language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classes—all during your commute to work and back home again!

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    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

    1. The Average Commute Time is More than 300 Hours Per Year

    Between the commute to work and getting back home again, over 6 hours a week is completely wasted and not helping you reach any goals or objectives. But thanks to online language learning platforms with audiobooks and other resources that you can access during your commute, you can easily transform wasted time into tangible progress towards learning a new language. With over 300 hours available annually, your daily commute could provide you with enough time to literally master a new language each and every year!

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

    How would you like to transform all those spare commuting hours each week into more money for a new car, house, or even a dream vacation? According to research, someone making $30,000 per year can boost their annual income by $600 or more per year by learning a second language. Added up over the course of a lifetime, you can boost your total earnings by $70,000 or more while achieving your dream of learning a new language during your daily commute!

    How? From work-at-home translation jobs to working overseas, there are many ways to leverage your second language into more money in your bank account! So instead of wasting your precious time, you can make your commute more productive and profitable and the more languages you learn, the higher your income potential.

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

    Not sure if it’s practical to learn another language while commuting to and from work each day? Well not only is it possible—learning in your car on the way to and from work each day can actually help you learn and master Filipino or any language much faster! The simple truth is that repetition is absolutely vital to truly internalizing and mastering any language. So, if you listen to audiobooks or even audio lessons on your commute to work and then repeat the same lesson on your commute home, the information is more likely to be “locked-in” to your long-term memory!

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    5 Ways FilipinoPod101 Makes It Easy to Learn a Language On Your Commute

    FilipinoPod101 has been helping people just like yourself learn and master Filipino in the comfort of their home, during their daily commute, or any place they have a few minutes of spare time. Here are five features provided by FilipinoPod101 that make it easy to learn a new language while commuting to and from work:

    1. The Largest Collection of Audio Lessons on Planet by Native Speaking Instructors
    Every single week, FilipinoPod101 creates new audio lessons by native speaking instructors. All lessons are short, to the point, and guaranteed to improve your mastery of Filipino.

    2. Word of the Day
    Simply exposing yourself to new information and vocabulary terms helps increase your fluency and mastery of Filipino. So every single day, FilipinoPod101 adds a new Word of the Day for you to learn and memorize during your commute.

    3. Daily Dose Mini-Lessons
    Have a short commute to work but still want to make progress towards learning and mastering Filipino? Not a problem! Our Daily Dose Mini-Lessons are 1-minute or less and designed to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

    4. All Content Available on a Convenient Mobile App
    You don’t need a PC or tablet to learn Filipino during your daily commute. At FilipinoPod101, all of our lessons, tools, and resources are available 24/7 via our Mobile App. That means you can access all of our audio lessons and other tools during your commute to work or any time you have a few spare moments!

    5. Audiobooks and Other Supplemental Resources
    In addition to the world’s largest online collection of HD audio lessons, FilipinoPod101 has also created several audiobooks to enhance your understanding and make it more convenient than ever to learn a language during your commute!

    Conclusion

    The average commute time of most Americans is over 300 hours each year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn and master a new language. In fact, you can use the “dead time” during your daily commute to learn a new language and potentially boost your lifetime earnings by up to $70,000 or more! Whatever your motivation, FilipinoPod101 has the tools and resources necessary to help you learn a new language each year during your commute to and from work. Act now and we’ll even provide you with a free audiobook to try out on your next commute!

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    How To Say ‘Hello’ in Filipino, and Other Filipino Greetings!

    How to Say Hello in Filipino

    So, you’re heading for the Philippines to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

    However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Filipino, greeting someone correctly in Filipino could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Filipino greetings before you embark on your journey. Filipino greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Filipino in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at FilipinoPod101.

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    1. Must-Know Filipino Greetings

    Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

    This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Filipino! At FilipinoPod101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Filipino. And you will have fun!

    The focus of this lesson is greetings in Filipino

    Topic 1: How to say “hello”

    Sentence from the lesson:
    Kamusta.
    “Hello ”

    The most used informal greeting, Kamusta, literally means “how are you?” but it is the closest equivalent to “hi” or “hello.”
    Musta is a shortened version of kamusta which can only be used when greeting friends or close ones.
    If you want to make kamusta formal, just add po! Kamusta po!
    We can also say: Magandang araw! Literally, Magandang araw means “good day” however if you want to be more specific about which time in the day, you may also use Magandang umaga or Magandang tanghali meaning “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” respectively. Magandang gabi! Maganda means “beautiful” or “good.” The connector -ng is added to connect Maganda and gabi.
    In formal situations, you should add po to the Filipino greetings already mentioned:
    Magandang araw po.
    Magandang umaga po.
    Magandang tanghali po.
    Magandang gabi po.

    Topic 2: How to How to say “Goodbye”

    Sentence from the lesson:

    Paalam

    “Goodbye”

    When leaving in a formal situation, Filipino people say paalam! Paalam means “good-bye,” but it is uncommon to say paalam in daily conversations in the Philippines because you might sound too formal. Instead, Sige, mauna na ako, “okay, I’ll go ahead” is a more casual way of saying goodbye.
    Finally, in Filipino we have an expression meaning “see you soon” that can be considered both formal and informal. Hanggang sa muli!
    To make it formal, just add po:
    Paalam po.
    Sige, mauna na po ako.
    Hanggang sa muli po.

    Language Tip

    Another famous greeting you might hear in the Philippines is Mabuhay! This literally means “Live!” but is used to mean “Welcome!”. It is used in formal situations like when welcoming an audience during events or when welcoming people into the country but not necessarily when welcoming guests to your home.

    2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Filipino

    Filipino Greetings

    Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at FilipinoPod101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Filipino greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

    Here is our Filipino greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

    1- Good morning.

    Magandang umaga.

    ‘Good morning’ in Filipino is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

    2- Good evening

    Magandang gabi.

    This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

    3- How are you?

    Kamusta?

    Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

    4- How have you been?

    Kamusta ka na?

    This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

    5- What’s up?

    Ano meron?

    An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

    6- Long time no see.

    Ang tagal nating di nagkita

    This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

    7- Hey!

    Hey!

    This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

    Saying Hello

    8- Good afternoon.

    Magandang hapon.

    ‘Good afternoon’ in Filipino is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

    9- How’s it going?

    Kumusta na?

    This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

    10- It’s nice to see you again.

    Masaya akong makita kang muli.

    This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Filipino.

    11- How’s everything?

    Kumusta naman ang mga bagay-bagay?

    This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

    12- How’s your day?

    Kumusta ang araw mo?

    Ask this when you’re speaking to your Filipino friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

    13- Yo!

    Yo!

    Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

    14- Hello!

    Kumusta!

    Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Filipino greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at FilipinoPod101!

    15- It’s nice to meet you.

    Masaya akong makilala ka.

    When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

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    Friendly native Filipino speakers guide you step-by-step through the process of learning vocabulary, phrases and much more. They demonstrate correct pronunciation and emphasis of the words, so as to ensure that you speak like a native when you’re done! Watching the enthusiastic tutors makes not only for a pleasant and more personal experience - it also allows you to copy mouth and lip movements. It’s like learning from your own Filipino friend in your own home!

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    PC, Android, iPhone, iPad, laptop, even TV - whatever device you prefer! Go online with our FREE app to do your lessons, no matter where you are or which device you are using. All you need is a good internet connection to log on and learn to speak Filipino at your own pace, in your own place!

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    In any language, correct pronunciation is often crucial. The nuances in language require this, or you could find yourself saying things you don’t mean. You will find our Pronunciation Tool invaluable to wrap your mouth around the correct way to greet in Filipino!

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Filipino

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Filipino!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Filipino Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can FilipinoPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Filipino - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Filipino? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Filipino words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - magbiro
    2. funny - nakakatawa
    3. lie - magsinungaling
    4. sneaky - mapanlinlang
    5. prankster - pilyo
    6. prank - kapilyuhan
    7. play a joke - lokohin ang isang tao
    8. humor - katatawanan
    9. deceptive - mapanlinlang
    10. April 1st - ika-una ng Abril
    11. surprise - manggulat
    12. fool - loko

    2. Filipino Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Filipino Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Filipino to prank your favorite Filipino friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Filipino in 1 month.
      • Nag-aral ako ng Filipino sa loob ng isang buwan.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Lahat ng klase ngayong araw na ‘to ay nakansela.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Sorry, pero nasira ko ang paborito mong pares ng salamin sa mata.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • May kakabangga lang sa kotse mo.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Magpapakasal na ako.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Nanalo ka ng libreng tiket.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Nakita kong tinotow ang kotse mo.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Namimigay sila ng mga libreng gift card sa harap ng building.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • May gwapong lalaking naghihintay sa’yo sa labas.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • May isang magandang babaeng nagpapabigay nitong numero ng telepono sa’yo.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Pwede ka bang bumaba? Mayroon akong isang espesyal na bagay para sa’yo.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Salamat para sa love letter kaninang umaga. Hindi ko kailanman maiisip na ganon pala ang iyong nararamdaman.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Filipino, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can FilipinoPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Philippines, or if you work for any Filipino company, knowing the above Filipino prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Filipino words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Filipino & New Year Wishes

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Filipino

    Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

    So, how do you say Happy New Year in Filipino? Let a native teach you! At FilipinoPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Filipino New Year wishes!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Philippines
    2. Must-Know Filipino Words & Phrases for the New Year!
    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Filipino
    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
    7. How FilipinoPod101 Can Help You Learn Filipino

    But let’s start with some vocabulary for Filipino New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Philippines

    How to Celebrate New Year

    In the Philippines, New Year’s Day is celebrated every 1st of January. The celebration starts with New Year’s Eve, when families gather for Media Noche meaning the meal to greet the new year, and to set off firecrackers. This is why New Year’s Eve is said to be the noisiest day of the year in the Philippines, because of the large number of outdoor celebrations, parties, and firecrackers.

    Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

    What do you think would be a good outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve in the Philippines?

    If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

    During New Year’s Eve, families gather in the houses of their parents for Media Noche. Media Noche is a feast shared by the family to welcome the new year. Every type of food served is laced with an underlying meaning and is believed to bring luck, or swerte and prosperity, or kasaganaan for the new year. Some of the food prepared during the party, or handaan in Filipino, include a dozen circular fruits believed to bring prosperity, biko (which is a kind of sweetened sticky rice), in order to make our luck stick around; and pansit (a type of noodles) or spaghetti for longevity. In Filipino, the word longevity is mahabang buhay.

    Filipinos believe that it’s necessary to make noises to ward off evil spirits. That’s why firecrackers are set off the moment the clock strikes twelve, and normally continue on until early morning. The exact time new year begins is the noisiest because you won’t just hear firecrackers, but also the ringing of pots and pans, trumpets, and blowing of horns.

    In recent years, going to street parties to welcome the New Year has become a popular tradition in the Philippines, especially in Manila. This is partly due to the fact that firecrackers are gradually being prohibited for individual use. Due to the massive amount of firecrackers used and since the people typically setting them off at home are not professionals, individual use of firecrackers brings danger to the neighborhood.

    Many people also attend street parties sponsored by the two biggest television stations in the country. One of these is held every year at the intersection of Ayala and Makati Avenue. Here, participants can closely see their favorite artists, dance, and watch a fireworks display from professional pyrotechnicians.

    When welcoming the new year, it’s a tradition for children to jump at midnight, since it is believed that it will make them taller. It is also common to see adults jumping because they are still hoping to grow taller!

    Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

    What do you think would be a good outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve in the Philippines?

    It is said that polka dots are the best design to wear on New Year’s Eve! Filipinos believe that wearing something with circular patterns, like polka dots, will bring a prosperous year full of luck, especially when it comes to money.

    Happy New Year!
    Maligayang Bagong Taon!

    2. Must-Know Filipino Words & Phrases for the New Year!

    Filipino Words & Phrases for the New Year

    1- Year

    taon

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Philippines could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

    2- Midnight

    hatinggabi

    The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

    3- New Year’s Day

    Araw ng Bagong Taon

    In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

    You can do it!

    4- Party

    kasiyahan

    A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

    5- Dancing

    sayawan

    Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

    6- Champagne

    champagne

    Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

    7- Fireworks

    paputok

    These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

    Happy Near Year!

    8- Countdown

    countdown

    This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

    9- New Year’s Holiday

    Bagong Taon

    In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

    10- Confetti

    konfeti

    In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    11- New Year’s Eve

    Bisperas ng Bagong Taon

    This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

    12- Toast

    tagay

    A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

    13- Resolution

    resolusyon

    Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

    14- Parade

    parada

    New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At FilipinoPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Filipino New Year celebrations are like!

    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year’s Resolutions List

    So, you learned the Filipino word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at FilipinoPod101 - what are yours?

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    New Year's Resolutions

    1- Read more

    Magbasa ng mas marami.

    Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Filipino in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Filipino language skills!

    2- Spend more time with family

    Mag-ukol ng mas maraming oras sa pamilya

    Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

    3- Lose weight

    magpapayat

    Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

    4- Save money

    mag-ipon

    Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to FilipinoPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

    5- Quit smoking

    Tumigil sa paninigarilyo.

    This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

    6- Learn something new

    Matuto ng bago.

    Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

    7- Drink less

    Bawasan ang pag-inom.

    This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

    8- Exercise regularly

    Regular na mag-ehersisyo.

    This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

    9- Eat healthy

    Kumain ng masustansyang pagkain

    If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

    10- Study Filipino with FilipinoPod101

    pag-aaral ng Filipino kasama ang FilipinoPod101.com

    Of course! You can only benefit from learning Filipino, especially with us! Learning how to speak Filipino can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. FilipinoPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes

    Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

    Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Filipino new year greeting!

    Make decorative notes of these in Filipino, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Filipino incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

    Language Learning Quotes

    Still undecided whether you should enroll with FilipinoPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

    Click here to read the most inspirational Language Learning Quotes!

    As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Filipino could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Filipino - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

    Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Filipino - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

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    How to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Filipino

    How to Say Merry Christmas in Filipino

    Do you know any ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Filipino? FilipinoPod101 brings you easy-to-learn translations and the correct pronunciation of Filipino Christmas phrases!

    Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

    Christmas is the annual commemorative festival of Christ’s birth in the Western Christian Church. It takes place on December 25th and is usually celebrated with much food and fanfare! However, not all cultures celebrate Christmas. In some countries, Christmas is not even a public holiday! However, many countries have adapted Christmas and its religious meaning to tally with their own beliefs, or simply in acknowledgment of the festival’s importance to other cultures. If you want to impress native Filipino speakers with culturally-appropriate Christmas phrases and vocabulary, FilipinoPod101 will teach you the most important ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Filipino!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines
    2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes
    3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary
    4. Twelve Days of Christmas
    5. Top 10 Christmas Characters
    6. How FilipinoPod101 Can Help You

    1. How to Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

    Christmas Words in Filipino

    The most colorful and happiest season in the Philippines is Christmas. Note that here we say season, or in Filipino panahon, because Christmas in the Philippines is not just celebrated on a single day, but over 3 to 4 months! From September to January, the spirit of Christmas is felt across the entire country, which is why the Philippines is usually recognized for having the longest Christmas in the world.

    Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

    What do Filipinos call the tradition of Secret Santa?

    If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

    Before Christmas Day, Catholics in the Philippines must make many preparations. Misa de Gallo, also known as Simbang Gabi, is a novena of nine masses held from the 16th to the 24th of December. This mass is celebrated over nine consecutive days, usually beginning at 5 in the morning, but some masses are held as early as 3 in the morning.

    Many Filipinos wake up early and strive to complete the entirety of the Misa de Gallo. It is believed that if you are able to attend each ceremony, you can make a wish and it will come true.

    During Christmas Eve, Filipinos usually go to church to attend Misa de Aguinaldo. This is held on the 24th of December between 10 in the evening and midnight, or in Filipino hatinggabi.

    Like other feasts and celebrations in the Philippines, parties, food, and most importantly, family, are key pillars of the festivities. In the Philippines, big families are very common, which is why Christmas celebrations are always lively and noisy.

    During Christmas gatherings, families come together to eat Noche Buena meaning Christmas meal. This feast includes queso de bola, which is edam cheese sealed in red paraffin wax, chocolates, fruit salad, ham, and sometimes even roasted pork. This is also the time when people exchange and open presents, or regalo.

    Also, wherever you go you will undoubtedly hear Christmas Carols, or in Filipino karoling, often sung by children carrying copper bottle caps, spoons, forks, and other household items that can make a sound to carry a beat.

    Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

    What do Filipinos call the tradition of Secret Santa?

    In the Philippines, Secret Santa is called Monito or Monita, and of course, the gift recipient doesn’t know who picked him or her. It is also called Kris Kringle and done during Christmas parties with friends, classmates, or workmates.

    2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes for the Holiday Season

    Holiday Greetings and Wishes

    1- Merry Christmas!

    Maligayang Pasko!

    Do you know how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Filipino? Learn here how to pronounce it perfectly! ‘Merry’ means to be joyful, to celebrate and generally be in good spirits. So, with this phrase you are wishing someone a joyful, celebratory remembrance of Christ’s birth!

    2- Happy Kwanzaa!

    Happy Kwanzaa!

    Surprise your African-American, or West African native friends with this phrase over the Christmas holidays! Kwanzaa is a seven-day, non-religious celebration, starting on Dec 26th each year. It has its roots in African American modern history, and many people celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas!

    3- Have a happy New Year!

    Magkaroon ng isang masayang Bagong Taon!

    In countries where Christmas is not officially celebrated, but a Gregorian calendar is observed, this would be a friendly festive-season wish over New Year.

    4- Happy Hanukkah!

    Maligayang Hanukkah!

    Hanukkah is the beautiful Hebrew festival over November or December each year. It is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’ and is celebrated to commemorate the Jewish freedom of religion.

    5- Have a great winter vacation!

    Magkaroon ka sana ng isang masayang winter vacation!

    This is a good phrase to keep handy if someone doesn’t observe any religious festival over the Christmas holidays! However, this will only be applicable in the Northern hemisphere, where it is winter over Christmas.

    6- See you next year!

    Magkita tayo sa susunod na taon!

    Going away on holiday over Christmas season, or saying goodbye to someone about to leave on vacation? This would be a good way to say goodbye to your friends and family.

    7- Warm wishes!

    Lubos na bumabati!

    An informal, friendly phrase to write in Filipino Christmas cards, especially for secular friends who prefer to observe Christmas celebrations without the religious symbolism. It conveys the warmth of friendship and friendly wishes associated with this time of year.

    8- Happy holidays!

    Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!

    If you forget how to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Filipino, this is a safe, generic phrase to use instead.

    9- Enjoy the holidays!

    Magsaya ngayong bakasyon!

    After saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Filipino, this would be a good phrase with which to wish Christmas holiday-goers well! It is also good to use for secular friends who don’t celebrate Christmas but take a holiday at this time of the year.

    10- Best wishes for the New Year!

    Lubos na bumabati para sa bagong taon!

    This is another way of wishing someone well in the New Year if they observe a Gregorian calendar. New Year’s day would then fall on January 1st.

    3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

    Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

    Christmas is associated with many traditions and religious symbols in multiple countries across the world. It originated centuries ago in the West with the birth of Christianity, and the celebrations are often embedded with rich cultural significance. So, by now you know how to say Merry Christmas in Filipino! Next, learn pertinent vocabulary and phrases pertaining to Christmas, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. At FilipinoPod101, we make sure you sound like a native speaker!

    1- Christmas

    Pasko

    This is the Filipino word for ‘Christmas’. Most happy Christmas wishes in Filipino will include this word!

    2- Snow

    niyebe

    In most Northern-hemisphere countries, Christmas is synonymous with snow, and for Christmas, the snowman is often dressed as Santa Claus.

    3- Snowflake

    snowflake

    Snowflakes collectively make up snow. A single snowflake is small, white, light like a feather and icy cold! When put under a microscope, the snowflake reveals itself to have the most beautiful, symmetrical patterns. These patterns have become popular Christmas decorations, especially in Western countries.

    4- Snowman

    snowman

    As you guessed - a snowman is only possible to build if it is snowing! What a fun way to spend Christmas day outside.

    5- Turkey

    pabo

    Roast turkey is the traditional main dish on thousands of lunch tables on Christmas day, mainly in Western countries. What is your favorite Christmas dish?

    6- Wreath

    wreath

    Another traditional Western decoration for Christmas, the wreath is an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring. Many families like to hang a Christmas wreath outside on their houses’ front doors.

    7- Reindeer

    reindeer

    Reindeer are the animals commonly fabled to pull Santa Claus’ sled across the sky! Western Christmas folklore tells of Father Christmas or Santa Claus doing the rounds with his sled, carrying Christmas presents for children, and dropping them into houses through the chimney. But who is Santa Claus?

    8- Santa Claus

    Santa Klaus

    Santa Claus is a legendary and jolly figure originating in the Western Christian culture. He is known by many names, but is traditionally depicted as a rotund man wearing a red costume with a pointy hat, and sporting a long, snow-white beard!

    9- Elf

    duwende

    An elf is a supernatural creature of folklore with pointy ears, a dainty, humanoid body and a capricious nature. Elves are said to help Santa Claus distribute presents to children over Christmas!

    10- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

    ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is a Christmas song based on an American children’s story book with the same name. Rudolph is one of Santa’s reindeer. The song became more famous than the book, and can still be heard playing in many shopping malls over Christmas time across the globe!

    11- North Pole

    Hilagang Polo

    The cold North Pole is where Santa Claus is reputed to live with his reindeer!

    12- Sled

    kareta

    A sled is a non-motorised land vehicle used to travel over snow in countries where it snows a lot, and is usually pulled by animals such as horses, dogs or reindeer. This one obviously refers to Santa’s sled! Another word for sled is sleigh or sledge.

    13- Present

    regalo

    Gift or present giving is synonymous with Christmas Eve and the greatest source of joy for children over this festive time! This tradition signifies that Christ’s birth was a gift to mankind, but not all people who hand out presents over Christmas observe the religious meaning.

    14- Bell

    kampanilya

    On Christmas Day, or Christmas Eve, many religious celebrants enjoy going to church for a special sermon and Christmas rituals. The start of the sermon is often announced with bells or a bell, if the church has one. For this reason, the sound of ringing bells is often associated with Christmas Day.

    15- Chimney

    tsimineya

    The chimney is the entrance Santa Claus uses to deliver children’s presents on Christmas Day, according to folklore! Wonder how the chubby man and his elves stay clean…?!

    16- Fireplace

    fireplace

    In most countries where it snows, Christmas is synonymous with a fire or burning embers in houses’ fireplaces. Families huddle around its warmth while opening Christmas presents. Also, this is where Santa Claus is reputed to pop out after his journey down the chimney!

    17- Christmas Day

    Araw ng Pasko

    This is the official day of commemorative celebration of Christ’s birth, and falls each year on December 25.

    18- Decoration

    palamuti

    Decorations are the colourful trinkets and posters that make their appearance in shops and homes during the Christmas holiday season in many countries! They give the places a celebratory atmosphere in anticipation of the big Christmas celebration. Typical Christmas decorations include colorful photographs and posters, strings of lights, figurines of Santa Claus and the nativity scene, poinsettia flowers, snowflakes and many more.

    19- Stocking

    medyas

    According to legend, Santa Claus places children’s presents in a red stocking hanging over the fireplace. This has also become a popular decoration, signifying Christmas.

    20- Holly

    asebo

    Holly is a shrub native to the UK, and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is characterised by glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries. Ironically, its significance for Christmas relates to Christ’s crucifixion and suffering rather than his birth. However, the leaves’ distinctive shape and image have become popular Christmas decorations.

    21- Gingerbread house

    gingerbread house

    According to legend, the gingerbread house synonymous with Christmas is related to Christ’s birth place, Bethlehem. Bethlehem literally means ‘House of Bread’. Over centuries, it has become a popular treat over Christmas time in many non-religious households as well.

    22- Candy cane

    candy cane

    According to folklore, Christmas candy canes made their appearance first in Germany in the 16th century. A choir master gave children the candy canes to suck on in church in order to keep them quiet during the Christmas sermon! Apparently, the candy is shaped like a cane in remembrance of the shepherds who were the first to visit the baby Jesus. Today, like gingerbread houses, they are still a popular sweet over the festive season!

    23- Mistletoe

    mistletoe

    Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on certain trees. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the mistletoe has magical powers, and could protect a household from evil if hung above a door during December. The belief didn’t last but the habit did, and the mistletoe is another popular Christmas decoration!

    4. Twelve Days of Christmas

    Twelve Days of Christmas

    Wow, you’re doing extremely well! You know how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Filipino, and you learned pertinent vocabulary too! The Twelve Days of Christmas is not very well known in modern times, so, you’re on your way to becoming an expert in Christmas traditions and rituals. Well done!

    The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a traditional festive period of 12 days dedicated to celebrate the nativity of Christ. Christmas Day is, for many who observe Twelvetide, the first day of this period.

    ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is also a popular Christmas song about a series of gifts given on each day of Twelvetide. According to experts, these gifts were created as a coded reference to important symbols in the Christian church. Here is a list of those gifts mentioned in the song! Do you recognise them?

    5. Top 10 Christmas Characters in American Culture

    Top 10 Christmas Characters

    This is fantastic, you know how to explain almost everything about Christmas in Filipino! However, do you know the most popular Christmas characters in American culture? Your knowledge will not be complete without this list.

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