Hello, my name is Alan. I am an American with a keen interest in the Tagalog language. I created Tagalog Phrases a few years ago and am pleased to see so many people using it. I see many returning visitors from all over the world. That’s exciting.
Tagalog refers to a language and a group of people from the Philippines. Taga (from) ilog (river) meaning, the people from the river. The Tagalog people are primarily from the Manila area of the Philippine Islands. There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and many languages are spoken there. Tagalog is the basis for the national language named “Filipino”.
Filipino has many “loan” words from other languages spoken in the Philippine Islands, as well as other languages such as English and Spanish. Some say Tagalog and Filipino are exactly the same. That’s not exactly true, however they are very similar. If you are interested in learning the Tagalog language (or Filipino), I encourage you to explore the many sentences on this site. Listen to the 1,000′s of recordings too. You can use the recordings to speak Tagalog properly and train your ear to “hear” the beautiful Tagalog language.
Many find it helpful to browse through the list of Tagalog phrases to get a feel for how the language “works”. On January 1, 2012 I moved the site to a new location and changed the design. I’ve added the ability to sort by Tagalog phrases or the English equivalent (previously, the list was always sorted by Tagalog phrases). Furthermore, I’ve added the ability to search both Tagalog and English without selecting which language to search. Some people found the old method to be cumbersome.
I hope you like the new search and sort capabilities. This website is dedicated to helping non-Tagalog speakers to learn the Tagalog language. I am also pleased to see many visitors from the Philippines, especially from the Manila area using this site. Perhaps you are interested in viewing the English translations. That’s cool!
I think this is a decent resource for viewing Tagalog phrases and their English translations. However, it is not a machine translator. It is simply a list of thousands of sentences that have been translated by a human. I am having a few native Tagalog speakers review the content for correctness.
You can use this site to learn Tagalog. If you are serious about learning Tagalog, you may want to check out the sister site, Learn Tagalog. On the Learn Tagalog website you will be introduced to the language, and will be able to listen to the sentences quite easily. Check it out!
I also added a large number of Cebuano (Bisayan) sentences to the site. You can look through many everyday sentences. I listed the Cebuano along with the Tagalog and English translations. In this way, you can get a good idea of the big difference between Tagalog and Cebuano. There are just about as many native speakers of Cebuano as Tagalog speakers. Last time I checked, there was about 20 million native speakers of Cebuano. One of the most beautiful cities in the Philippines is Cebu. The name “Cebu” is where the name of the Cebuano language comes from.
If you have comments or suggestions for this site, please refer to the Contact link at the top right of this page and let me know. I will receive an email from you and I am always open to suggestions. If you have other Tagalog phrases to suggest, please let me know. I have 1,000′s more to add to this site, but I am in the process of having them checked for correctness by a native Tagalog speaker. Thanks for visiting,