The Philippines is one of those countries that are blessed with people who speak different tongues. It can be due to the fact that the country has been inhabited by people across the globe and those influences contribute to the richness of the languages. There are about 87 different languages and dialects spoken in the Philippines.Tagalog was made the national language in 1946 and was changed to Pilipino in 1962. English is also widely used.

BAHALA NA (Come What May) is enriched with the use of some of the Pilipino phrases mentioned below. With the influx of Filipinos everywhere, it might be a great idea if you learn a few words. It can also be beneficial if you decide to visit the Philippines for business or for pleasure. Pronunciation is a bit tricky since we put the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first so you just have to watch it. The words are said phonetically. Have fun and I will come back every so often and add more words. Here are some useful phrases for beginners.

1.    Magandang Umaga Po – Good Morning Sir/Madam

2.    Magandang Hapon Po – Good Afternoon Sir/Madam

3.    Magandang Gabi – Good Evening

4.    Kumusta? – How are you?

5.    Mabuti – I’m fine

6.    Salamat – Thank you

7.    Walang Anuman – You’re welcome. Literally it means “It does not matter.”

8.    Sino – Who

9.    Ano – What

10.Bakit – Why

11.Saan – Where

12.Gaano – How much

13.Dito – Here

14.Duun – There

15.Bahala Na – Come What May

Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May.




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