Philippines

Filipino Language

 
The national language is Pilipino although there are at least 87 regional dialects. English, widely spoken and understood, is the language used for most business and legal transactions. Hokkien, Cantonese, and Mandarin are spoken by older members of the Filipino-Chinese community.
 
Filipino is the official language of education, but is considered less important than English in schools. As a result most Filipinos, especially in urban areas, can speak a decent level of English. This fact is reassuring for expats, and definitely helps foreigners settle in to daily life. Filipino is the major language for cinema and broadcast media, but print media relies more on English.
 
Language Guide: Pilipino (Tagalog)
 
English
 
Hello
Good morning
Good evening
Goodbye
Please
Thank you
Yes
No
Water
How much?
Take Care
Welcome
Pilipino
 
Kamusta
Magandang Umaga
Magandang Gabi
Paalam
Pakiusap
Salamat
Oo
Hindi
Tubig
Magkano
Ingat
Maligayang Pagdating