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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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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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