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Tagalog language

Austronesian language

Tagalog[3] is one of the main languages spoken in the Philippines. More than twenty-two million people speak it as their first language. It originally was spoken by the Tagalog people of the Philippines, who were mainly in Bulacan, Cavite, and some parts of the island of Luzon. Now it is spoken nationwide, just like English. It is a mix of Spanish, Malay, and English. It originally was used with an abugida, the Baybayin script, but now the Latin alphabet is used to write the words.

Wikang Tagalog
Native toPhilippines
RegionCentral and South Luzon
EthnicityTagalog people
Native speakers
28 million (2007)[1]
96% of the Philippines can speak Tagalog (2000)[2]
Standard forms
  • Bataan
  • Batangas
  • Bulacan
  • Lubang
  • Manila
  • Marinduque
  • Tanay-Paete
  • Tayabas
  • Balbal
Latin (Tagalog/Filipino);
Historically Baybayin
Official status
Official language in
Philippines Philippines (in the form of Filipino)
Regulated byCommission on the Filipino Language
Language codes
ISO 639-1tl
ISO 639-2tgl, fil
ISO 639-3tglinclusive code
Individual code:
fil – Filipino
Predominantly Tagalog-speaking regions in the Philippines. The color-schemes represent the 4 dialect zones of the language: Northern, Central, Southern, and Marinduque. In addition, Tagalog is used as a second language across the entire country.


Some helpful phrasesEdit

  • Doon: there
  • Banyo: Bathroom
  • Wala: none
  • May ______ ba kayo?: Do you have ______?(formal)
  • Mayroon po: Response to "May ______ ba kayo", meaning "Yes, sir".
  • Wala po: Opposite of "Mayroon po".
  • Kayo: you (formal), informally, it refers to "you all".
  • Magkano ito?: How much is this?
  • po: ma'am or sir (used in sentences to be polite to an elder speaker)
  • Mabuhay!: Long Live
  • Sino Ka?: Who are you?
  • Ako po si (Pangalan)...: I am (Name)...
  • Mahal kita: I love you
  • Nanay: Mom
  • Tatay: Dad
  • Hindi: No
  • Bakit?: Why?
  • Saan?: Where?
  • Ano?: What?
  • Kailan?: When?
  • Sino: Who?

Related pagesEdit


  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. "Educational characteristics of the Filipinos". 2005-03-18. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  3. English, Leo James (1990). "Tagalog, Pilipino". Tagalog-English Dictionary. Check date values in: |date= (help)

Other websitesEdit

  Tagalog at Wikibooks
  Filipino phrasebook travel guide from Wikivoyage
  Media related to Tagalog language at Wikimedia Commons