First time in Angeles City : Essential Filipino Words & Phrases

Whenever visiting any foreign country or city that you are not familiar with, it is always a wise idea to study up on some of the basic local dialects. One nice thing about the Philippines is English is a common second language. It is taught to the children in schools starting at the elementary level. Most Filipinos in Angeles speak at least a little basic English, and many you will find our very fluent in their English skills. With that being said, however, we still recommend learning some of the basic and more popular Filipino words and phrases. This will not only help you with your everyday interactions with the locals, but you will also gain respect from them by knowing at least some of the language. Many Filipinos tend to be shy about their English skills, so knowing a bit of their language, regardless of how rough it may be, can help bridge the mutual shyness with both parties. It may also show that you know some of their dialects, thus squelching any possible discussion between themselves in their native tongue for the fear that you may understand what they are saying!

The two common Filipino languages spoken in Angeles are Tagalog and Kapampangan. Kapampangan is mostly spoken in Pampanga province and in southern Tarlac, while Tagalog is widely spoken across the country, particularly on the island of Luzon. When people refer to the “Filipino” language, they generally mean Tagalog.

Without getting into the scientific details of the two languages, they closely resemble each other with slight differences in spelling and vowel accents. Many locals speak a combination of the two, and many others will combine Tagalog with Visayan (spoken primarily in Cebu) English, or other languages native to their region or province. Despite all these dialect mutations, most Filipinos understand each other well. Listen intently to their conversations when you arrive here. It is pleasant-sounding with an exuberant rhythm spoken at a rapid pace.

We have assembled a list for first-time visitors of key Filipino phrases and words to help you along. These are words you will likely hear around you every day in Angeles. Hone in on the accents and how they are pronounced. Then practice a little, perhaps on your own or with an acquaintance of the opposite sex, you have taken a liking to. This may also help to impress any future acquaintances you may have a chance to meet.

Tip: I’s are pronounced as E’s, all A’s are short, U’s are pronounced ooh, and all R’s are slightly rolled.

Kamusta? : How are you?

Oo : Yes

Opo : More respectful way to say yes to older folks

Hindi : No (the last “i” is pronounced like a long e)

Magkano? : How much? 

Ewan ko : I don’t know

Teka lang : Wait or Hang on

Salamat! : Thank you!

Para : Stop (When getting off a jeep)

Para Po : Stop please

Maganda : Beautiful (many locals shorten this to “Ganda”) 

Pogi / Gwapo : Handsome

Patawad Po : I’m sorry 

Masama : Bad

Magandang umaga! : Good Morning!

Magandang hapon! : Good Afternoon!

Magandang gabi! : Good evening or Good night

Masarap : Delicious

Paalam! : Goodbye!

Isa : One

Dalawa : Two

Tatlo : Three

Apat : Four

Lima : Five

Anim : Six

Pito : Seven

Walo : Eight

Siyam : Nine

Sampu : Ten 

Tubig : Water

Pagkain : Food

Kanan : Right

Kaliwa : Left

Diretso : Straight

Lang : just (Ex.: joke lang = It’s just a joke)

Pumunta : Go / Went

Wala : None or Nothing   

Don’t be shy. Try using a few words or phrases every day in public. You will be pleased with yourself when you get a response signaling they understand you. Have fun!