Tagalog language facts for kids

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Wikang Tagalog
Native to Philippines
Region Central and South Luzon
Ethnicity Tagalog people
Native speakers 28 million  (2007)
96% of the Philippines can speak Tagalog (2000)
Language family
Standard forms
Writing system Latin (Tagalog/Filipino);
Historically Baybayin
Official status
Official language in Philippines Philippines (in the form of Filipino)
Regulated by Commission on the Filipino Language
Linguasphere 31-CKA
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.

Tagalog 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.

Some helpful phrases

  • 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?

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