Tagalog Interjections

Sige.

O sige.

OK. / All right.

Tama’.

I agree. / Correct.

Tumpak!

Sinabi mo!

Exactly!

Syempre.

Of course.

Grabe!

Wow! / Oh, my!

Ano ba ‘yan!

What the heck (is that)! / My goodness! / For goodness’ sake! / For crying out loud! (expresses surprise, confusion or irritation)

Sayang.

Too bad. / What a pity. / What a waste.

Bad trip.

Bummer.

Aray!

Ouch!

Kadiri’!

Yuck! / Ew!

Saklolo!

Tulong!

Help!

Dali’!

Hurry up!

Yehey!

Yay! / Yippee!

Haching!

Achoo! (sneeze)

Talaga?

Really?

A ganon?

Ganon ba?

Is that so?

Sigurado ka?

Are you sure?

Nye!

Used when something turns out to be not as exciting or extraordinary as expected.

Pwera biro’.

No kidding.

Pake ko?

What do I care?

Wala’ akong pake.

I don’t care.

Malay mo.

You never know.

Ay!

Aba!

Oh!

Naku!

Naku po’!

Naku pu’!

Oh! / Oh no! / Yikes!

Hay naku.

Hay nako.

Sigh. / Oh well. / My goodness… / For goodness’ sake… / For crying out loud… (expresses resignation or irritation, depending on the intonation)

Hoy!

Oy!

Hey!

Uy.

Psst.

He!

Shut up!

este…

a…

am…

um… / er…

Tagalog grammar bookThis is the free online edition of Essential Tagalog Grammar: A Reference for Learners of Tagalog
Download Sample  |  Buy Ebook or Print Edition

“I got a copy of your book and I love it. It's really the best I've come across.”
— Martin Kelemenis, Geneva, Switzerland