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Ethnologue lists 175 languages spoken in the Philippines.

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English and Filipino are the official languages of the Philippines.

 

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Agta, Casiguran Dumagat [dgc] (Philippines: Sierra Madre.)
 

Masampat a edow de ikaw

general daytime greeting

 

Masampat e abi-abi

morning greeting

 

Masampat ta abi-abi

morning greeting

     
Agta, Central Cagayan [agt] (Philippines.)
  Umanu ka lā? how are you?
 

Fo

general greeting spoken by a visitor approaching a house

 

Ā ikamuy mantu

reply to Fo, literally "ah, it's you"

 

Simarok kām

reply to Fo, literally "come on inside"

  Ittay yakoey general greeting spoken by a visitor, "I'm here"
  Ittā kānan general greeting spoken to a visitor, "you're here"
 

Hād nagafum?

general greeting, "where are you coming from?"

 

Hād eyām?

general greeting, "where are you going?"

 

Hād eyām muy?

general greeting, "where are you going?"

 

E yāk lā ten

reply to Hād eyām and Hād eyām muy, literally "I'm just walking there"

 

E yāk ta agyān muy

reply to Hād eyām and Hād eyām muy, literally "I'm going to your place"

     
Agta, Dupaningan [duo] (Philippines: northeast Luzon, Cagayan, and Isabela.)
  Angayam? where are you going? spoken to one person
  Angayan mo? where are you going? spoken to one person
  Angayan moy? where are you going? spoken to a group
  Umetnod ka agat welcome greeting, "please have a seat"
     
Agta, Umiray Dumaget [due] (Philippines: Aurora and Quezon.)
  Masampat a dow general daytime greeting
  Masampat a abi-abi morning greeting
  Masampat a udto midday greeting
  Masampat a apon afternoon greeting
  Masampat a abi evening greeting
  Kamusta ka mo di? how are you?
  Nadeno ka? where are you going?
  Dino ka po agow? where are you going?
     
Agutaynen [agn] (Philippines: Agutaya Island.)
 

Muyang kaldaw

general greeting

  Muyang damal damal morning greeting
  Muyang koto midday greeting
 

Muyang apon

afternoon greeting
  Muyang labi evening greeting
  Muya ka reply to greetings
  Muya ka kaman reply to greetings
  Tagbalay greeting used when arriving at a house
  Dayon  reply to Tagbalay, "come in"
  Ariapa nagalin? greeting used to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Ariamopa nagalin? greeting used to a group of people arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Ariapa paning? greeting used to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Ariamopa paning? greeting used to a group of people going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Atan lamang reply, "over there"
  Paningo ong nindio reply, "I'm going to your place"
  Pamisitao lamang greeting spoken by a visitor, "I have come to visit"
  Yawa pala greeting used to a person arriving, "it's you"
  Pakayata welcome greeting, "come on up"
  Paleda welcome greeting, "come in"
  Pakaronga welcome greeting, "have a seat"
     
Alangan [alj] (Philippines: north central Mindoro.)
  Maalen pag umaga morning greeting
  Maalen paagrateng welcome greeting
     
Ayta, Abellen [abp] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Komohta? how are you?
  Way ihtew ka ibat? where are you coming from?
  Way ihtew ka makew? where are you going?
  Ihtew bengat reply to Way ihtew ka ibat and Way ihtew ka makew
  Apo greeting used when approaching a house
  Tao greeting used when approaching a house
  He greeting used when approaching a house
  Manik kao welcome greeting, "come on up"
  Homlep kao welcome greeting, "come inside"
  Mikno kao welcome greeting, "have a seat"
     
Ayta, Mag-antsi [sgb] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Bapa wa greeting used when approaching a house
  Dara wa greeting used when approaching a house
  Hika aod dara reply to Bapa wa and Dara wa, "it's you!"
  Ay-iri ka ubat? where are you coming from?
  Ay-iri ka munta? where are you going?
  Bayron bêngat reply to Ay-iri ka munta, "over there"
  Munta ko kamoyu reply to Ay-iri ka munta, "I'm going over to your place"
  Nagpasyal akong bêngat greeting spoken by a visitor, "I've just come to visit"
  Munik ka dara welcome greeting, "come on up"
  Humoên ka dara welcome greeting, "come in"
  Mikno ka dara welcome greeting, "have a seat"
     
Ayta, Mag-Indi [blx] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Mahampat umabiyak

morning greeting

 

Mahampat nin mahambak kumuyu

morning greeting

 

Mahampat nin kaawat kumuyu

afternoon greeting

 

Mahampat nin yabi kumuyu

evening greeting

  Antuy ubatan mu? where are you coming from?
  Ubat aku du reply to Antuy ubatan mu, "I came from there"
  Antuy lakun mu? where are you going?
  Hayri kainin maglaku? where are you giong?
  Sumun kayna welcome greeting, "come inside"
  Miknu kayna welcome greeting, "have a seat"
     
Balangao [blw] Philippines: Luzon.)
  Nokay hen narpowan? greeting to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Nokay hen ayam? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Emeya ahchi reply to Nokay hen narpowan and Nokay hen ayam
  Haa manggagga ay reply to Nokay hen narpowan and Nokay hen ayam
 

Apo

greeting spoken when approaching a house

 

Henggep ayu

reply to Apo

  Ay chayu peetha

reply to Apo

  Ay ummaliayu?

reply to Apo

     
Bantayanon [btx] (Philippines: Central Visayas.)
  Maayong adlaw general daytime greeting
 

Mayong aga

morning greeting
  Maayong udto midday greeting
  Maayong gab-i nighttime greeting
     
Bantoanon [bno] (Philippines: Western Visayas.)
 

Mayong adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Mayong aga

morning greeting

 

Mayong hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Mayong gabi-i

evening greeting

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

 

Maado, salamat

reply to Kumusta ka

  Hariin ka gihalin? greeting to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Pariin ka? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Tagbalay greeting used when arriving at a house
  Ikaw yaki reply to Tagbalay
     
Batak [bya] (Philippines.)
 

Horas

general greeting

 

Horas bah

general greeting

     
Bikol, Central [bcl] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Marhay na adlaw

general greeting

 

Dios marhay na adlaw

general greeting

 

Marhay na adlaw po

formal greeting

 

Marhay na aga

morning greeting

 

Dios marhay na aga

morning greeting

 

Marhay na aga po

formal morning greeting

 

Marhay na odto

noontime greeting

 

Dios marhay na odto

noontime greeting

 

Marhay na odto po

formal noontime greeting

 

Marhay na hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Dios marhay na hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Marhay na hapon po

formal afternoon greeting

 

Marhay na bangi

evening greeting

 

Dios marhay na bangi

evening greeting

 

Marhay na bangi po

formal evening greeting

 

Kumustas?

how are you?

 

Kumusta?

how are you?

 

Kumusta po kamo?

how are you?

  Kumusta po? how are you?
  Kumusta na? how are you? informal
  Maray man po reply to Kumustas, Kumusta, and Kumusta po
  Maray man reply to Kumustas, Kumusta, and Kumusta na
 

Maogmang pag-abot

welcome greeting

     
Bikol, Libon [lbl] (Philippines: Albay Province.)
 

Dios maray na aldaw

formal greeting

 

Maray na aldaw

informal greeting

 

Dios maray na aga po

formal morning greeting

 

Maray na aga

informal morning greeting

 

Dios maray na odto po

formal noontime greeting

 

Maray na odto

informal noontime greeting

 

Dios maray na hapon po

formal afternoon greeting

 

Maray na hapon

informal afternoon greeting

 

Dios maray na banggi po

formal evening greeting

 

Maray na banggi

informal evening greeting

 

Kumusta po?

how are you?, formal

 

Maray man po

reply to Kumusta po

 

Kumusta na?

how are you? informal

 

Maray man

reply to Kumusta na

     
Bikol, Northern Catanduanes [cts] (Philippines: Northern Catanduanes.)
 

Mayad nga adlaw

general greeting in the Pandaray-a dialect

 

Mayad nga aga

morning greeting in the Pandaray-a dialect

 

Mayad nga hapon

afternoon greeting in the Pandaray-a dialect

 

Mayad nga gabii

evening greeting in the Pandaray-a dialect

     
Bikol, Rinconada [bto] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Maray na aldəw general daytime greeting
  Maray na mararamrāgən early morning greeting
  Maray na ramrag morning greeting
  Maraya na mudtō midday greeting
  Maray na apon afternoon greeting
  Maray na gab-ī evening greeting
  Maray na lawəd nighttime greeting
     
Bikol, Southern Catanduanes [bln] (Philippines: Southern Catanduanes.)
 

Dios marhay na aldaw

general daytime greeting

 

Mayad na aldaw

general daytime greeting

 

Dios marhay na aga

morning greeting

 

Mayad na aga

morning greeting

 

Dios marhay na hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Mayad na hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Dios marhay na banggi

evening greeting

 

Mayad na banggi

evening greeting

 

Kumusta po kamo?

how are you?

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

 

Mayad

reply to Kumusta ka

 

Dagos po

welcome greeting

     
Binukid [bkd] (Philippines: Minandao.)
 

Maayad ha aldew

general daytime greeting

 

Maayad ha anlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Maayad ha selem

general greeting

 

Maayad ha maselem

morning greeting

  Maayad ha udto midday greeting
  Maayad ha maudto midday greeting
 

Maayad ha hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Maayad ha mahapon

afternoon greeting

 

Maayad ha daleman

evening greeting

  Kumusta kad-en? how are you?
  Hindu ka tag-payanaen? where are you going?
 

Maayad ha pag-uma

welcome greeting

     
Blaan, Koronadal [bpr] (Philippines: Cotabato.)
 

Mayo

general greeting

  Gamu kadì reply to Mayo, literally "it's you"
 

Fyu flafus

morning greeting

 

Fyu alturo

afternoon greeting

 

Fyu flavi

afternoon greeting

 

Fyu kifu

evening greeting

  Nè gufdum? greeting to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Nè gusngém? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Nè gusalum? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Lo déé reply to Nè gufdum, Nè gusngém, and Nè gusalum
     
Blaan, Sarangani [bps] (Philippines: Cotabato.)
 

Fye flafus

morning greeting

 

Fye flavi

afternoon greeting

 

Fye kifu

nighttime greeting

 

Kumusta ge?

how are you?

 

Det kagkaham?

how are you?

 

Afyu flafus

morning greeting in the Bolul dialect

 

Afyu flavi

afternoon greeting in the Bolul dialect

 

Afyu kifu

nighttime greeting in the Bolul dialect

 

Fliu flafus

morning greeting in the Digos dialect

 

Fliu flavi

afternoon greeting in the Digos dialect

 

Fliu kifu

nighttime greeting in the Digos dialect

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Bolinao [smk] (Philippines: Pangasinan Province.)
 

Kumusta kamo

general greeting

 

Maabig a awro

general greeting

 

Maabig a buklas

morning greeting

  Maabig a yabina afternoon greeting
 

Maabig a yabi

evening greeting

  Kumusta?

how are you?

 

Ani idya mo?

how are you?

 

Maong det

reply to Ani idya mo

  Dada' greeting used when arriving at a house
  Ay, sikamo anamain reply to Dada'
  Sikamo main reply to Dada'
  Adti ka ibat? greeting to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Adti keen mo? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Adti ka mako? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Itaw e reply to Adti ka ibat, Adti keen mo, and Adti ka mako
  Mako kodtaw reply to Adti ka ibat, Adti keen mo, and Adti ka mako
     
Bontok, Central [lbk] (Philippines: Guinaang.)
 

Khawis

general greeting

 

Khawis ay akhew

general daytime greeting

 

Khawis ay wiit

morning greeting

  Khawis ay misuyaw afternoon greeting
 

Ay dakayo sa?

greeting spoken to a group of people who are arriving

 

Kamusta ka?

how are you?

 

Khawis

reply to Kamusta ka

  Into nan nalpowan? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Into nan omeyam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Ischi reply to Into nan nalpowan and Into nan omeyam
  Tokayo greeting spoken when arriving at a house
  Chakayo pet sa reply to Tokayo
     
Bontok, Southern [obk] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Ay cha-ud nan norpowam? where are you coming from?
  Ay ayyam? where are you going?
  Omoyyak aschi reply to Ay ayyam, "just there"
  Na-oyak greeting used when approaching a house
  Somkopka welcome greeting used at a house, "come in"
     
Butuanon [btw] (Philippines: Butuan City and Minandao.)
 

Madyaw nga adlaw

general greeting

 

Madyaw nga buntag

morning greeting

 

Madyaw nga hinaat

morning greeting

 

Madyaw nga udto

noontime greeting

 

Madyaw nga hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Madyaw nga duum

evening greeting

  Kumusta kaw? how are you?
  Kumusta na kaw? how are you?
  Madyaw salamat reply to Kumusta kaw and Kumusta kaw
  Madyaw nga pagkani welcome greeting
     
Caluyanun [clu] (Philippines: Caluya Islands.)
 

Mayad nga adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Tagbalay

greeting spoken by a visitor

 

Ikaw gali

greeting spoken to a visitor

  Adin kaw agalin? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Adin kaw maayan? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Diyan lang reply to Adin kaw agalin and Adin kaw maayan
     
Capiznon [cps] (Philippines: Northeastern Panay.)
 

Paanoano ka

general greeting

 

Maayo adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Maayo aga

morning greeting

 

Maayo gabi-i

evening greeting

 

Kamusta?

how are you?

 

Maayo man

reply to Kamusta

     
Cebuano [ceb] (Philippines.)
 

Maayong adlaw

general greeting in the Visayan dialect

 

Maayong buntag

morning greeting in the Visayan dialect

 

Maayong udto

noontime greeting in the Visayan dialect

 

Maayong hapon

afternoon greeting in the Visayan dialect

 

Maayong gabii

evening greeting in the Visayan dialect

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you? in the Visayan dialect

 

Maayo man

reply to Kumusta ka in the Visayan dialect

  Maayo reply to Kumusta ka in the Visayan dialect
  Maayo, salamat reply to Kumusta ka in the Visayan dialect
  Maayo kaayo reply to Kumusta ka in the Visayan dialect
  Maayong pag-abot welcome greeting in the Visayan dialect
 

Maajong adlaw

general greeting in the Boholano dialect

 

Maajong buntag

morning greeting in the Boholano dialect

 

Maajong udto

noontime greeting in the Boholano dialect

 

Maajong hapon

afternoon greeting in the Boholano dialect

 

Maajong gabi-i

evening greeting in the Boholano dialect

 

Kamusta ka?

how are you? in the Boholano dialect

 

Maajo man

reply to Kamusta ka in the Boholano dialect

 

Maaung adlaw

general greeting in the Leyte dialect

 

Maaung buntag

morning greeting in the Leyte dialect

 

Maaung udto

noontime greeting in the Leyte dialect

 

Maaung hapon

afternoon greeting in the Leyte dialect

 

Maaung gabii

evening greeting in the Leyte dialect

     
Chavacano [cbk] (Philippines.)
 

Buenas

general greeting in Caviteño and Zamboangueño dialects

 

Buenas dias

morning greeting in Caviteño and Zamboangueño dialects

 

Buenas tardes

afternoon greeting in Caviteño and Zamboangueño dialects

 

Buenas noches

evening and nighttime greeting in Caviteño and Zamboangueño dialects

 

Quetal

informal greeting in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Quetal man uste?

respectful greeting to an elder in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Quetal man ustedes?

respectful greeting to a group of elders in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Quetal man evo?

informal greeting to one person in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Quetal man evos?

informal greeting to one person in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Quetal man kamo?

informal greeting to a group in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Quetal man tu?

informal courteous greeting to one person in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Quetal man vosotros?

informal courteous greeting to a group of people in Zamboangueño dialect

 

Buenamente man, gracias

reply to all greetings beginning with Quetal man

 

Bienvenido

welcome greeting spoken to one person

 

Bienvenidos

welcome greeting spoken to a group of people

     
Chinese, Lan Nang (Min Nan) [nan] (China. Philippines.)
 

汝好

di ho: general greeting in the Lan Nang (咱人話) dialect of the Philippines

 

汝好汝好

di ho di ho: general greeting in the Lan Nang (咱人話) dialect of the Philippines

     
Chinese, Mandarin [cmn] (China. Philippines.)
 

汝好

nî hâo: general greeting

 

您好

nín hâo: general greeting

 

晚上好

wǎn shàng hǎo: evening greeting

 

晚安

wǎn ān: evening and nighttime greeting

 

你好吗?

nî hâo ma: how are you?, also written 你好嗎

 

您好吗?

nín hâo ma: how are you?, also written 您好嗎

 

我很好

wǒ hěn hǎo: reply to 你好嗎

 

你怎么样?

nǐ zěnme yàng: how are you?, informal

 

幸会

xìng huì: greeting used when meeting someone for the first time

 

久仰

jiǔwén dàmíng: polite greeting used when meeting someone for the first time

 

欢迎

huan ying: welcome greeting, also written 歡迎

 

欢迎光临  

huan ying guang lin: welcome greeting, also written 歡迎光臨

     
Chinese, Yue Cantonese [yue] (China. Philippines.)
 

你好

néih hóu: general greeting

 

wei: general greeting

 

早晨

jou san: morning greeting

 

午安

ńgh ón: afternoon greeting

 

晚安

máahn ón: evening greeting

 

晚上好

máahn seuhng hóu: evening greeting

 

早抖

jóutáu: nighttime greeting

 

你好嗎?

néih hóu ma: how are you?

 

點呀?

dím a: how are you?

 

我幾好

ngóh géi hóu: reply to 你好嗎 and 點呀

 

好好

hóu hóu: reply to 你好嗎 and 點呀

 

幾好

gei hóu: reply to 你好嗎 and 點呀

 

喂, 食咗飯未呀?

wei, sik jor fan mei a: greeting used around lunch/dinnertime: "did you have your meals?"

 

歡迎

fun ying: welcome greeting

 

歡迎光臨

fun ying guang lam: welcome greeting

     
Cuyonon [cyo] (Philippines: Palawan coast.)
  Mayad nga adlaw general daytime greeting
  Mayad nga timprano morning greeting
  Mayad nga ugto midday greeting
  Mayad nga ugtong adlaw midday greeting
  Mayad nga apon afternoon greeting
  Mayad nga 'pon afternoon greeting
  Mayad nga sirem sundown greeting
  Mayad nga gabi evening greeting
  Komosta ka ren? how are you?
  Komosta ka? how are you? spoken to one person
  Komosta kamo? how are you? spoken to a group
  Mayad da reply to Komosta ka ren
     
Davawenyo [daw] (Philippines: Davao.)
 

Madayaw

general greeting

 

Madayaw nga adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Madayaw nga buntag

morning greeting

 

Madayaw nga hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Madayaw nga gabi-i

evening greeting

  Madayaw nga pag-abot welcome greeting
     
Dumagat, Remontado [agv] (Philippines.)
 

Mapiyang abe-abe

morning greeting in the Kaliwa Dumagat dialect

 

Kanna ka pupure?

general greeting, "where are you going?" in the Kaliwa Dumagat dialect

 

Piyon na abe-abe

morning greeting in the Kanan Dumagat dialect

 

Dino ka paago?

general greeting, "where are you going?" in the Kanan Dumagat dialect

 

Magandang umagha-a

morning greeting in the Remontado dialect

     
English [eng] (United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Philippines, various other countries.)
 

Hello

formal greeting

 

Hi

informal greeting

 

Good morning

morning greeting

 

Good afternoon

afternoon greeting

 

Good evening

formal evening greeting

 

Good day

formal daytime greeting

 

Welcome

formal greeting spoken to a person who is arriving

 

How are you?

how are you?

 

Fine

reply to how are you

 

Fine, and you?

reply to how are you

 

I'm fine, thank you, and you?

formal reply to how are you

     
Eskayan [esy] (Philippines: Taytay, Bohol.)
Abilaki general greeting
  Griyalu aga morning greeting
  Griyalu agatacang midday greeting
  Griyalu lingay afternoon greeting
  Griyalu cloper evening greeting
  Lamis samyal thank you
     
Filipino [fil] (Philippines.)
 

Magandang araw po

formal daytime greeting

 

Magandang araw

informal daytime greeting

 

Magandang umaga po

formal morning greeting

 

Magandang umaga

informal morning greeting

 

Magandang tanghali po

formal noontime and early afternoon greeting (until 2 pm)

 

Magandang tanghali

informal noontime and early afternoon greeting (until 2 pm)

 

Magandang hapon po

formal afternoon and early evening greeting (from about 2 pm until 7 pm)

 

Magandang hapon

informal afternoon and early evening greeting (from about 2 pm until 7 pm)

 

Magandang gabi po

formal evening and nighttime greeting (after about 7 pm)

 

Magandang gabi

informal evening and nighttime greeting (after about 7 pm)

 

Halo

informal greeting

 

Kumusta po kayo?

how are you? formal

 

Mabuti po naman

reply to Kumusta po kayo

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you? informal

 

Mabuti naman

reply to Kumusta ka

 

Mabuhay

welcome greeting

 

Maligayang pagdating

welcome greeting

     
Finallig [bkb] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Na oyak

greeting spoken by a visitor arriving at a house

 

Aka

greeting spoken to a person who is arriving

  Ay chaud nan norpowam? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Ay ayyam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Omoyyak aschi reply to Ay chaud nan norpowam and Ay ayyam
     
Ga'dang [gdg] (Philippines.)
 

Ayowak

greeting spoken by a person approaching a house

 

Ayokayu

reply to Ayowak

  Sintaw naggabwattannu? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Sintaw angannu? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Se'oy reply to Sintaw naggabwattanu and Sintaw angannu
  Umunek kayu welcome greeting, "come on up" 
  Sumallung kayu welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Gaddang [gad] (Philippines.)
 

Macasta si daddaramat

morning greeting

 

Dios si daddaramat

morning greeting

  Macasta si fuwab

afternoon greeting

 

Dios si pananganaw

afternoon greeting

  Macasta a gaffi

evening and nighttime greeting

 

Dios si gaffi

evening and nighttime greeting

 

Manantaw si kayu?

how are you?

  Manantaw ka? how are you?
  Mappia ac pay reply to Manantaw ka
     
Hanunoo [hnn] (Philippines: Southern Oriental Mindoro.)
 

Mayad karawang sirang

general daytime greeting

 

Mayad pagsurip

morning greeting

 

Mayad pagyabi

evening greeting

 

Anong aypod upadan

welcome greeting spoken to a friend

 

Sarin ka pagmangginan?

literally, "where did you come from?"

     
Higaonon [mba] (Philippines: Misamis Oriental.)
 

Madagway masolom

morning greeting
 

Madagway ha masolom

morning greeting
 

Madagway ha aldaw

daytime greeting
  Madagway mahapon afternoon greeting
 

Madagway ha pag-uma

welcome greeting

     
Hiligaynon [hil] (Philippines: Iloilo and Capiz.)
 

Maayong adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Maayong aga

morning greeting

 

Maayong buntag

morning greeting

 

Maayong udto

noontime greeting

 

Maayong hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Maayong gabi-i

evening greeting

 

Maayong sab

evening greeting

 

Maayo

general greeting

 

Halo

informal greeting

 

Kamusta ka?

how are you?

 

Kamusta ikaw?

how are you?

 

Maayo man

reply to Kamusta ka and Kamusta ikaw

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Ibaloi [ibl] (Philippines: Benguet Province.)
  Mapteng nga akow general daytime greeting
  Mapteng nga agsapa

morning greeting

  Mapteng ja agsapa

morning greeting

 

Mayatya agsapa

morning greeting

  Mapteng nga mamah' shem

afternoon greeting

 

Mayatya maatsim

afternoon greeting

 

Mayatya maashim

afternoon greeting

  Mapteng nga edavi evening greeting
  Mapteng ja davi evening greeting
 

Mayatya edavi

evening greeting

 

Mayatya davi

evening greeting

  Kas-ano ka? how are you? spoken to one person
  Kas-ano kayo? how are you? spoken to a group
  Tuwa'y edapo-an mo? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
 

Tuwa'y dagwan mo?

greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Ondawak shiman reply to Tuwa'y edapo-an mo and Tuwa'y dagwan mo
  Salamat son sikayon emen welcome greeting spoken to a group, "thank you to you all"
  Osok cadi welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Ibanag [ibg] (Philippines: Isabela and Cagayan.)
 

Dios nikau ta umma

morning greeting

 

Mapia nga umma nikau

morning greeting

 

Makasta nga taugnganagaw

noontime greeting

 

Dios nikau ta aggaw

afternoon greeting

 

Makasta nga aggaw

afternoon greeting

 

Mapia nga fuggag nikau

late afternoon greeting

 

Dios nikau ta fuggag

late afternoon greeting

 

Dios nikau ta gabi

evening and nighttime greeting

 

Mapia nga gabi nikau

evening and nighttime greeting

 

Makasta nga gabi

evening and nighttime greeting

 

Kunnasi ka ngana?

how are you?

 

Mapya gapa

reply to Kunnasi ka ngana

     
Ibatan [ivb] (Philippines: Babuyan Island.)
  Tawo

greeting spoken by a person approaching a house

 

Inyo sawen

greeting spoken to a visitor (literally, "oh, it's you!")

 

Ari kamo na

greeting spoken to a visitor (literally, "you're here")

 

Ara ka mangu?

how are you?

 

Mapya

reply to Ara ka mangu

  Dino nakayapwan nyo? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Dino nagayan nyo? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
Kwanan nyo? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  May ako dwadaw reply to Dino nakayapwan nyo, Dino nagayan nyo and Kwanan nyo
     
Ifugao, Amganad [ifa] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Maphod di bigat mo morning greeting
     
Ifugao, Batad [ifb] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Maphod an algo

general greeting

 

Maphod an biggat

morning greeting

 

Maphod an himbatanngan

afternoon greeting

 

Maphod an habi

evening greeting

 

Immalia'

greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house

  Maphod ta umali ayul reply to Immalia'
  Ngay nalpugwam? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Hay umayuam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Umuya' hidi reply to Ngay nalpugwam and Hay umayam
     
Ifugao, Mayoyao [ifu] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Maphod an arkhaw general greeting
  Maphod an nanong mu morning greeting
  Maphod an laphin evening greeting
  Ngay umatano? how are you?
  Ngay umojom? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Immali ami greeting spoken to a person arriving at a house
     
Ifugao, Tuwali [ifk] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Mayat an biggatna

morning greeting

 

Maphod an biggatna

morning greeting

 

Mayat an himbatangan

afternoon greeting

 

Maphod an himbatangan

afternoon greeting

 

Mayat an mahdom

evening greeting

 

Maphod an nahdom

evening greeting

 

Musta ka ngay?

how are you?

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

 

Maphod

reply to Kumusta ka

  Maphod, salamat reply to Kumusta ka
  Salamat thank you
  Munhana ak thank you
 

Imaliyak

greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house

  Daanay nalpuwam? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Pangayam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Pangayan yu? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Umeyak hidi reply to Daanay nalpuwam, Pangayam and Pangayan yu
     
Ilocano [ilo] (Philippines.)
 

Naimbag nga bigat

morning greeting

 

Naimbag a bigatyo

formal morning greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people

 

Naimbag a bigatmo

informal morning greeting

 

Naimbag nga aldaw

noontime greeting

 

Naimbag ñga aldawyo

formal noontime greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people

 

Naimbag ñga aldawmo

informal noontime greeting

 

Naimbag nga malem

afternoon

 

Naimbag a malemyo

formal afternoon greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people

 

Naimbag a malemmo

informal afternoon greeting

 

Naimbag nga rabii

evening greeting

 

Naimbag a rabiiyo

formal evening greeting to one person, and morning greeting to a group of people

 

Naimbag a rabiim

informal evening greeting

 

Kumustaka?

how are you?

  Ania ngay? how are you? informal
  Ania ti damag? how are you? informal, "what's the news?"
  Ania ti damag dita? how are you? informal, "what's the news over there?"
     
Inabaknon [abx] (Philippines: Capul Island.)
 

Mahalap al'law

general greeting

 

Mahalap nalong

morning greeting

 

Mahalap amudto

noontime greeting

 

Mahalap kuhap

afternoon greeting

 

Mahalap sangom

evening greeting

  Mahalap may reply to greetings
 

Kumusta?

how are you?

  Singnga kaw tikang? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Manalingnga kaw? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Palingnga kaw? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Ari hamok reply to Singnga kaw tikang, Manalingnga kaw, and Palingnga kaw
     
Inakeanon [akl] (Philippines: Aklan Province, northern Panay.)
 

Mayad-ayad nga adlaw

general greeting

 

Mayad-ayad nga agahon

morning greeting

 

Mayad-ayad nga hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Mayad-ayad nga gabi-i

evening greeting

 

Kumusta?

how are you?

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

 

Mayad man

reply to Kumusta ka

 

Kamusta ka eon?

how are you?

 

Mayad nga adlaw

general greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

 

Mayad nga agahon

morning greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

 

Mayad nga hapon

afternoon greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

 

Mayad nga gabi-i

evening greeting in the Ibayjanon dialect

 

Musta eon?

how are you? in the Ibayjanon dialect

     
Inonhan [loc] (Philippines.)
 

Mayad nga adlaw

general daytime greeting
     
Iranun [ill] (Philippines: Mindanao. Malaysia: Sabah.)
  Assalamu alaikum general greeting
  Antuna abar? how are you?
  Mapia reply to Antuna abar
  Antuna abar ka? how are you?
  Antuna e abar? how are you?
  Inguma kanu welcome greeting
  Dadseg kanu welcome greeting
     
Iraya [iri] (Philippines: Mindoro.)
 

Anta

general greeting spoken to a man

 

Ayna

general greeting spoken to a woman

 

Andaw

general greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Tu'an

greeting spoken to a male friend

 

Ta

greeting spoken to a man you don't know

 

Ya

greeting spoken to a woman you don't know

     
Isinai [inn] (Philippines.)
  Si bijat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Si bijbihat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves an bijat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves si bijbihat morning greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Si ejaw general daytime greeting in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves an ejaw general daytime greeting in the Dupax dialect
  Si lawi nighttime greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Mavves mu lawi nighttime greeting spoken in the Dupax dialect
  Kamosta-a? how are you? in the Dupax dialect
  Mevvesa-e reply to Kamosta-a
  Mabbet si bikat morning greeting spoken in the Bambang dialect
     
Isnag [isd] (Philippines.)
 

Atan na

greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house

  Napiya nga algaw daytime greeting
  Napiya nga gidam afternoon greeting
  Napiya nga gabi nighttime greeting
     
Itawit [itv] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Helo

general greeting

 

Napia nga algaw

general daytime greeting

 

Napia nga mataruk

morning greeting

 

Napia nga giram

afternoon greeting

 

Napia nga gabi

nighttime greeting

 

Minya ka?

how are you?

 

Kunnisi ka?

how are you?

 

Kunnasi ka?

how are you?

 

Minya kamo?

how are you? spoken to more than one person

 

Kunnasi kamo?

how are you? spoken to more than one person

 

Napia nak

reply to Minya ka, Kunnisi ka and Kunnasi ka

     
Itneg, Binongan [itb] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Nabalo ay wakas daytime greeting
  Nabalo ay labi nighttime greeting
     
Itneg, Maeng [itt] (Philippines: Luzon.)
  Nabalu ay wakas daytime greeting
  Nabalu ay gidam afternoon greeting
  Nabalu ay labi nighttime greeting
     
Itneg, Moyadan [ity] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Bag araoyo

morning greeting

 

Bag aguidamyo

nighttime greeting

     
Ivatan [ivv] (Philippines.)
 

Kapian ka pa nu Dios

general greeting in the Itabayaten dialect
 

Kapian ka pa nu Dios aschapanderak

morning greeting in the Itabayaten dialect

 

Kapian ka pa nu Dios aschamacuyab

afternoon greeting in the Itabayaten dialect

 

Kapian ka pa nu Dios ascha'xep

evening greeting in the Itabayaten dialect

 

Capian ka pa nu Dios

general greeting in the Ivasayen dialect

 

Capian ka pa nu Dios si chamavucjas

morning greeting in the Ivasayen dialect

 

Capian ka pa nu Dios si chamacuyab

afternoon greeting in the Ivasayen dialect

 

Capian ka pa nu Dios si chana'jep

evening greeting in the Ivasayen dialect

 

Ara ka mangu?

how are you?

 

Mapya

reply to Ara ka mangu

 

Jinu ngayan mu?

greeting spoken to a person going somewhere: "where are you going?"

 

Jinu nangayan mu?

greeting spoken to a person returning from somewhere: "where did you go?"

 

Dunguryaw

reply to Jinu ngayan mu and Jinu nangayan mu

     
Kagayanen [cgc] (Philippines.)
  Miad na sellem morning greeting
  Indi ka galin? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Indi ka punta? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Indi ka punta anduni? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Untan nang reply to Indi ka galin and Indi ka punta
  Tagbalay greeting spoken when arriving at a house
  Kaon pla reply to Tagbalay
  Manaik ka welcome greeting, "come on up"
  Dayon ka welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Kalagan [kqe] (Philippines: Davao.)
  Assalamo alaykom

general greeting used by Muslims

  Alaykom issalam reply to Assalamo alaykom
  Komosta kaw? how are you?
  Madayaw gihapon reply to Komosta kaw
  Wain kaw magasikun? greeting spoken to someone arriving, "where did you come from?"
  Makain kaw? greeting spoken to someone going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Makain kaw kadto? greeting spoken to someone going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Madin kaw? greeting spoken to someone going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Madin kaw paduug? greeting spoken to someone going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Adto gaid reply to Makain kaw, Makain kaw kadto, Madin kaw, and Madin kaw paduug
  Kamo sa kadi greeting spoken to a visitor, "it's you!"
  Panaos adi welcome greeting, "come in"
  Pag-ingkod welcome greeting, "have a seat"
  Suod kamo welcome greeting
     
Kalagan, Tagakaulu [klg] (Philippines: Southern Mindanao.)
 

Madyaw masolem

general greeting

 

Madyaw na maselem

general greeting

 

Madyaw na alaw

general daytime greeting

 

Madyaw aga

morning greeting

 

Madyaw na alasdose

noontime greeting

 

Madyaw ambong

afternoon greeting

 

Madyaw na ambong

afternoon greeting

 

Madyaw gabi

evening greeting

 

Madyaw na gabi

evening greeting

 

Kumusta kaw?

how are you?

 

Kumusta da kaw?

how are you?

Kalinga, Limos [kmk] (Philippines.)
  Nanligwatam? greeting spoken to a person who is arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Sin nat ayam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Umuyak sidi reply to Nanligwatam and Sin nat ayam
 

Apu

general greeting spoken when approaching a house

 

Aweyyu

general greeting spoken to a person arriving

  Lumnok kayu welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Kalinga, Lower Tanudan [kml] (Philippines.)
  Dinu nalpuwam? greeting spoken to a person who is arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Dinu ayam? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Iyak si andi reply to Dinu nalpuwam and Dinu ayam
  Tagu

general greeting spoken when approaching a house

  Awwayyu

general greeting spoken to a person arriving

  Sumakaykayu welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Kalinga, Lubuagan [knb] (Philippines: Luzon)
  Napiye un al-algaw daytime greeting in the Balbalasang dialect
  Napiye un lafi nighttime greeting in the Balbalasang dialect
  Mamfyayo al-algaw daytime greeting in the Guinaang dialect
     
Kalinga, Southern [ksc] (Philippines: Pinukpuk.)
 

Napiya un algaw

daytime greeting
 

Napiya un gidgidam

morning greeting

 

Napiya un labi

evening greeting

 

Taku

general greeting spoken when approaching a house

 

Wayyu

general greeting spoken to a person arriving

  Umayam? where are you going?
  Aschi reply to Umayam, "over there"
  Marpuwam? where are you coming from?
  Lumnòayu welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Kallahan, Kayapa [kak] (Philippines: Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao.)
 

Pahad ni agsapa

morning greeting

 

Pahad ni madem

afternoon greeting

 

Pahad ni malabi

evening greeting

     
Kallahan, Keley-i [ify] (Philippines.)
  Immali kami general greeting
     
Kamayo [kyk] (Philippines.)
 

Madayaw

general greeting

 

Madayaw na adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Madayaw na buntag

morning greeting

 

Madayaw na hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Madayaw na dum

evening greeting

     
Kankanaey [kne] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Gawis ay agew

general greeting

 

Gawis ay agew mo

general greeting spoken to one person

 

Gawis ay agew yo

general greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Gawis ay agsapa

morning greeting

 

Gawis ay agsapa mo

morning greeting spoken to one person

 

Gawis ay agsapa yo

morning greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Mayat ay agsapa

morning greeting

 

Gawis ay malem

afternoon greeting

 

Gawis ay malem mo

afternoon  greeting spoken to one person

 

Gawis ay malem yo

afternoon  greeting spoken to a group of people

  Mayat ay masdem afternoon greeting
 

Gawis ay labi

evening greeting

 

Gawis ay labim

evening greeting spoken to one person

 

Gawis ay labi yo

evening greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Mayat ay labi

evening greeting

 

Nagapuam?

greeting spoken to a person entering a village ("where are you coming from?")

 

Nalpuam?

greeting spoken to a person entering a village ("where are you coming from?")

 

Umayam?

greeting spoken to a person leaving a village ("where are you going")

     
Kankanay, Sagada Igorot [xnn] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Gawis ay agew

general greeting

 

Gawis ay agsapa

morning greeting

 

Gawis ay malen

afternoon greeting

 

Gawis ay labi

evening greeting

  Nagopowam?

greeting spoken to a person entering a village ("where are you coming from?")

  Nalpowam?

greeting spoken to a person entering a village ("where are you coming from?")

  Omayam?

greeting spoken to a person leaving a village ("where are you going")

  Omeyak isdi reply to Omayam
  Apu

general greeting spoken when approaching a house

  Immali kayo

general greeting spoken to a person arriving

  Immali ka oppay

general greeting spoken to a person arriving

     
Kinaray-a [kjr] (Philippines: Iloilo and Antique provinces.)
 

Mayad nga adlaw

general greeting

 

Mayad nga aga

morning greeting

 

Manami nga aga

morning greeting

 

Mayad nga hapun

afternoon greeting

 

Manami nga hapun

afternoon greeting

 

Mayad nga gabi-i

evening greeting

 

Manami nga gabi-i

evening greeting

 

Diin kaw maagto?

where are you going?

 

Ano bay pamatyag mo?

how are you?

 

Maayong adlaw

general greeting in the Karay-a dialect

 

Maayong aga

morning greeting in the Karay-a dialect

 

Maayong udto

noontime greeting in the Karay-a dialect

 

Maayong hapon

afternoon greeting in the Karay-a dialect

 

Maayong gabi

evening greeting in the Karay-a dialect

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you? in the Karay-a dialect

     
Maguindanao [mdh] (Philippines: Maguindanao and Cotabato.)
  Asalamu alaikum general greeting used by Muslims
  Alaikumi salam reply to Asalamu alaikum
  Mapia mapita morning greeting
  Mapia maudtu noontime greeting
  Mapia malulem afternoon greeting
  Mapia magabi evening greeting
  Endaw kanu ebpun? greeting spoken to a person arriving ("where are you coming from?")
  Endaw kanu mangay? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere ("where are you going?")
  San bu reply to Endaw kanu ebpun and Endaw kanu mangay
     
Malaynon [mlz] (Philippines: Aklan Province.)
 

Mayad nga adlaw

general greeting

 

Mayad nga agahon

morning greeting

 

Mayad nga hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Mayad nga gabi-i

evening greeting

 

Kamusta

informal greeting

 

Musta eon?

how are you?

     
Mamanwa [mmn] (Philippines: Mindanao.)
  Ankar-in sa kamo ey? where are you going?
  Hain sa kamo garing? where are you coming from?
     
Mandaya [mry] (Philippines: Davao Oriental.)
 

Anda

general greeting

 

Madayaw na adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Madayaw na 'maga

morning greeting

 

Madayaw ng 'apon

afternoon greeting

 

Madayaw na gab-i

evening greeting

 

Kumusta da kaw?

how are you?

 

Madayaw sa

reply to Kumusta da ka

  Madayaw na pagdatung welcome greeting
     
Manobo, Agusan [msm] (Philippines.)
 

Kumusta

general greeting

 

Kumusta na

general greeting

 

Hondà

general greeting

 

Madojow now aedow

daytime greeting

  Andei ka man kapuun? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Andei ka man? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Andei ka ogdeg? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Duon da reply to Andei ka man kapuun, Andei ka man, and Andei ka ogdeg
  Mayo greeting spoken when arriving at a house
  Ayo greeting spoken when arriving at a house
Iyu naan reply to Mayo and Ayo
     
Manobo, Bukidnon [mbb] (Philippines.)
 

Kumusta

general greeting

 

Maayad ha masalam

general greeting

  Maayad ha adlaw daytime greeting
     
Manobo, Cotabato [mta] (Philippines.)
 

Kumusta

general greeting

  Mepion magtu simang morning greeting
  Mepion nekebugsang noontime greeting
  Mepion mehapun afternoon greeting
  Mepion sigep evening and nighttime greeting
  Keduwan ko ya? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where have you come from?"
  Keduwan yu ya? greeting spoken to a group of people arriving, "where have you come from?"
  Angayan ko ya? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Angayan yu ya? greeting spoken to a group of people going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Dahiya daa reply to Keduwan ko ya, Keduwan yu ya, Angayan ko ya, and Angayan yu ya
  Kaini a greeting spoken when arriving at a house
  Lagbas ka welcome greeting, reply to Kaini a, "come in"
  Kuni mabes welcome greeting, reply to Kaini a, "it's you"
 

Siit

general greeting in the Tasaday dialect

     
Manobo, Dibabawon [mbd] (Philippines: Manguagan, Mindanao.)
  Madayow no kasooman morning greeting
  Padadyun ka welcome greeting
  Madoyow su migandini ka welcome greeting, "it's good that you have come"
     
Manobo, Matigsalug [mbt] (Philippines: Davao del Norte.)
  Meupiya general greeting
  Meupiya red general greeting
  Meupiyan maselem morning greeting
  Meupiya ne maselem morning greeting
  Meupiyan aldew daytime greeting
  Meupiya ne aldew daytime greeting
  Meupiya maapun anggam afternoon greeting
  Meupiyan maapun afternoon greeting
  Uya, meupiya reply to any of the above greetings
  Hendei kag puun? greeting to a person arriving, "where did you come from?"
  Dutun de reply to Hendei kag puun
  Hendei kag pabulus? greeting to a person passing by, "where are you going?"
  Pendei kaa? informal greeting to a person passing by
  Dutun de reply to Hendei kag puun, Hendei kag pabulus, and Pendei kaa
     
Manobo, Obo [obo] (Philippines: Minandao.)
  Mopian solom general greeting
     
Mansaka [msk] (Philippines: Minandao.)
  Andà general greeting
  Madyaw na masurum morning greeting
  Madyaw na allaw general daytime greeting
  Madyaw na gabi evening and nighttime greeting
  Madyaw na pagdatung welcome greeting
     
Mapun [sjm] (Philippines.)
  Assalamu alaykum general greeting
  Salam kita greeting used when shaking hands
     
Maranao [mrw] (Philippines: Mindanao and Lanao.)
 

Mapiya kapipita

general daytime greeting

 

Mapiya gagawii

evening greeting

 

Mapiya kagagawii

evening greeting

 

Assalamu alaikum

general greeting used by Muslims

 

Mapipiya kano?

how are you?

 

Mapiya mambo

reply to Mapipiya kano

 

Antona-a i masosowa a ka?

how are you?

 

Mapiya, salamat

reply to Antona-a i masosowa a ka

 

Bolos ka

welcome greeting

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Masbatenyo [msb] (Philippines: Masbate Province.)
  Maayo na aga morning greeting
  Maayo po na aga morning greeting
  Maaya na udto midday greeting
  Maaya po na udto midday greeting
  Maayo na hapon afternoon greeting
  Maayo po na hapon afternoon greeting
  Maayo na gab-i evening greeting
  Maayo po na gab-i evening greeting
  Matiano ka na? how are you?
  Kumusta ka? how are you?
  Maayo man reply to Kumusta ka
  Mapakain ka? where are you going?
     
Molbog [pwm] (Philippines: Palawan Province. Malaysia: Sabah.)
  Masalám mala'ikúm general greeting
  Mala'ikúm asalám reply to Masalám mala'ikúm
  Imboko tu juan? where are you going?
  Tumalib na kau used when passing by, literally "I am passing by"
     
Palawano, Brooke's Point [plw] (Philippines: Palawan Island.)
 

Menungang meriklem

morning greeting

 

Menungang tengeldew

noontime greeting

 

Menungang mapun

afternoon greeting

 

Menungang gebi

evening greeting

 

Menunga gasi

reply to Menungang greetings

 

Embe mawa' miu?

greeting spoken to a person who is going somewhere, "where are you going?"

 

Embe tenaan miu?

greeting spoken to a person who is arriving, "where are you coming from?"

 

Embe taaw?

greeting spoken when approaching a house

 

Atu' kew nega?

greeting spoken when approaching a house

 

Tindal kew

welcome greeting spoken to a person approaching a house

 

Seled kew

welcome greeting, "come in"

     
Pampangan [pam] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Mayap a aldo

general greeting

 

Mayap a yabak

morning greeting

 

Mayap a yabak pu

formal morning greeting

 

Mayap a yugtu

noontime greeting

 

Mayap a yugtu pu

formal noontime greeting

 

Mayap a gatpanapun

afternoon greeting

 

Mayap a gatpanapun pu

formal afternoon greeting

 

Mayap a bengi

evening greeting

 

Mayap a bengi pu

formal evening greeting

 

Kumustá?

how are you?

     
Pangasinan [pag] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Masantos ya agew

general greeting

 

Masantos ya agew ed sika

general greeting spoken to one person

 

Masantos ya agew ed sikayon

general greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Maabig ya agew

general greeting

 

Maabig ya agew ed sika

general greeting spoken to one person

 

Maabig ya agew ed sikayo

general greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Masantos ya kabuasan

morning greeting

 

Masantos ya kabuasan ed sika

morning greeting spoken to one person

 

Masantos ya kabuasan ed sikayo

morning greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Maabig ya kabuasan

morning greeting

 

Maabig ya kabuasan ed sika

morning greeting spoken to one person

 

Maabig ya kabuasan ed sikayo

morning greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Masantos ya ngarem

afternoon greeting

 

Masantos ya ngaremed sika

afternoon greeting spoken to one person

 

Masantos ya ngaremed sikayon

afternoon greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Maabig ya ngarem

afternoon greeting

 

Maabig ya ngaremed sika

afternoon greeting spoken to one person

 

Maabig ya ngarem ed sikayo

afternoon greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Masantos ya labi

evening greeting

 

Masantos ya labi ed sika

evening greeting spoken to one person

 

Masantos ya labi ed sikayon

evening greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Maabig ya labi

evening greeting

 

Maabig ya labi ed sika

evening greeting spoken to one person

 

Maabig ya labi ed sikayo

evening greeting spoken to a group of people

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

 

Kumusta na?

how are you?

 

Masalese ku pu

reply to Kumusta ka and Kumusta na

 

Mayap ku pu

reply to Kumusta ka and Kumusta na

     
Porohanon [prh] (Philippines: Camotes Island.)
 

Maazong adlaw

general daytime greeting

  Maazong buntag evening greeting
  Maazong gabi evening greeting
     
Romblomanon [rol] (Philippines: Romblon and Sibuyan.)
 

Mabuhay

general greeting

 

Maayong adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Maayong aga

morning greeting

 

Maayo nga alasdose

noontime greeting

 

Maayong hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Maayong gab-i

evening greeting

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

     
Sama, Balangingih [sse] (Philippines: Mindanao.)
  Kaa sau general greeting, "it's you"
  Ahò, aku na saitu reply to Kaa sau
  Uwi, atakka na kaam general greeting, "you've arrived"
  Singgahan da ka? how are you?
  Painggahan kaa? where are you going?
  Bai kaa mininggahan? where have you come from?
  Pasakat kaa welcome greeting, "come in"
  Anengkô kaa welcome greeting, "have a seat"
     
Sama, Pangutaran [slm] (Philippines: Pangutaran Island.)
  Na, ka'u ko' iyu general greeting, "you are here"
  Aho' reply to Na ka'u ko' iyo
  Assalam mu alayukum

general greeting used by Muslims

  Alaykum mu assalam reply to Assalam mu alaykum
  Paingga ka'u? greeting to a person going somewhere: "where are you going?"
  Mainggale' kala'usan nu? greeting to a person going somewhere: "where are you going?"
  Bsa' na niya' mowe' na aku reply to Mainggale' kala'usan nu, "I'm going home"
  Bay ka'u paingga? greeting to a person arriving: "where have you come from?"
  Pasakat na ka'u welcome greeting, "come up"
  Ninko' ka'u welcome greeting, "have a seat"
     
Sama, Southern [ssb] (Philippines. Malaysia.)
  Assalam mu alayukum

general greeting used by Muslims

  Alaykum mu assalam reply to Assalam mu alaykum
  Uy, luun kow? greeting used when arriving at a house
  Aha' reply to Uy, luum kow
  Na, kau ko ili reply to Uy, luum kow
  Pingga kow? greeting to a person going somewhere: "where are you going?"
  Bey kow pingga? greeting to a person arriving: "where have you come from?"
  Bey kam pingga? greeting to a person arriving: "where have you come from?"
  Pee reply to Pingga kow, Bey kow pingga and Bey kam pingga
  Pinaan sidja reply to Pingga kow, Bey kow pingga and Bey kam pingga
  Ningkó' kow welcome greeting, "have a seat"
     
Sambal [xsb] (Philippines.)
 

Maabig a awlo

general greeting

 

Maabig a buklah

morning greeting

 

Maabig a buklas

morning greeting in the Masinloc dialect

 

Maabig a yabi

evening greeting

 

Kumusta cay na?

how are you?

 

Ayus bongat

reply to Kumusta cay na

  Ayti ka mako? where are you going?
  Itaw ay reply to Ayti ka mako, "just walking"
  Mako ko itaw komoyo reply to Ayti ka mako, "I'm going to your place"
  Ayti ka ibat? where have you come from?
  Dara greeting spoken when approaching a house
  Sika payti reply to Dara
  Moli ka welcome greeting, "come on up"
  Lomoob ka welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Sangir [sxn] (Indonesia: Sulawesi. Philippines: Mindanao, Balut and Sarangani.)
  Tabea general greeting
  Salam general greeting
  Salamate general greeting
  Salamate nasahampi welcome greeting
     
Sorsogon Waray [srv] (Philippines.)
 

Mayad nga adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Mayad nga aga

morning greeting

 

Mayad nga gab-i

evening greeting

     
Spanish [spa] (Spain, Mexico, and various countries in Central and South America.)
  Buenos días morning greeting
  Buenas tardes afternoon and evening greeting
  Buenas noches nighttime greeting
  Hola informal greeting
  ¿Cómo está? how are you? spoken to one person, formal
  ¿Cómo está usted? how are you? spoken to one person, formal
  ¿Cómo estás? how are you? spoken to one person, informal
  ¿Cómo están? how are you? spoken to a group of people
  ¿Cómo están ustedes? how are you? spoken to a group of people
  Bien rely to Cómo está, Cómo está usted, Cómo estás, and Cómo están
  Muy bien rely to Cómo está, Cómo está usted, Cómo estás, and Cómo están
  Bien, gracias rely to Cómo está, Cómo está usted, Cómo estás, and Cómo están
  Estoy bien rely to Cómo está, Cómo está usted, and Cómo estás
  ¿Qué tal? how are you? informal
  ¿Qué tal andas? how are you? informal
  ¿Qué hay de nuevo? how are you? informal, "what's new"
  ¿Qué hay? how are you? informal, "what's new"
     
Subanen, Central [syb] (Philippines: Minandao, Zamboanga, Sulu Archipelago.)
  Gempia gendaw daytime greeting
  Gempia siselem morning greeting
  Gempia taasendaw midday greeting
  Gempia delabung afternoon greeting
  Gempia remma afternoon greeting
  Gempia gebii evening and nighttime greeting
  Dai' getaw dun? greeting spoken when approaching a house
  Ain ka pegangay? where are you going?
  Ain ka angay? where are you going?
  Mekpanawpanaw dau dini reply to Ain ka angay, "I am just walking"
  Pegangayu ditug benwa niu reply to Ain ka angay, "I am going to your place"
  Ain ka buat? where are you coming from?
  Gempia pegdateng welcome greeting
  Dayun ka dini seled welcome greeting, "come in"
 
Subanen, Southern [laa] (Philippines: Minandao and Zamboanga.)
  Getaw greeting spoken when approaching a house
  Arin ha angay? where are you going?
  Mangay u ritu reply to Arin ha angay, "I am going there"
  Pephanaw panaw u lak reply to Arin ha angay, "I am just walking"
  Mangay u tu ryanyu reply to Arin ha angay, "I am going to your place"
  Ditu phari'an reply to Arin ha angay, "I am going to the market"
  Arin ha genat? where are you coming from?
  Seled amu welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Subanon, Western [suc] (Philippines: Zamboanga Peninsula.)
  Molongas gondaw daytime greeting
  Ombais gondaw daytime greeting
  Gompya gondaw daytime greeting
 

Piag gondaw

daytime greeting
  Molongas gondaw sog glam niu daytime greeting spoken to a group of people
  Ombais gondaw sog glam niu daytime greeting spoken to a group of people
  Gompya nog gondaw sog glam niu daytime greeting spoken to a group of people
  Molongas sisolom late morning and early afternoon greeting
  Bais sisolom late morning and early afternoon greeting
  Ombais sisolom late morning and early afternoon greeting
  Gompya sisolom late morning and early afternoon greeting
 

Piag sisolom

late morning and early afternoon greeting

  Molongas tasondow noontime greeting
  Ombais tasondow noontime greeting
  Gompya tasondow noontime greeting
  Piag tasondow noontime greeting
  Molongas lalabong late afternoon and early evening greeting
  Ombais lalabong late afternoon and early evening greeting
  Gompya delabong late afternoon and early evening greeting
 

Piag delabong

late afternoon and early evening greeting

  Molongas gobi evening greeting
  Ombais gobi evening greeting
  Gompya gobi evening greeting
 

Piag gobi

evening greeting

  Ayen ka posungu'? greeting to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Posungu' u dioyo reply to Ayen ka pasungo, "I am going there"
  Sagya u mikpanowpanow reply to Ayen ka pasungo, "I am just walking"
  Posungu' u ditu' niu reply to Ayen ka pasungo, "I am going to your place"
  Ayen ka tidow? welcome greeting to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
     
Surigaonon [sul] (Philippines: Surigao.)
 

Marajao na adlaw

general greeting

 

Marajao na buntag

morning greeting

 

Marajao na hapon

afternoon greeting

 

Marajao na duyom

evening greeting

 

Kamusta?

how are you?

     
Tagabawa [bgs] (Philippines.)
  Madigár general greeting
  Madigár sillam kaneko morning greeting spoken to one person
  Madigár sillam kaniyo morning greeting spoken to a group
  Madigár mappon kaneko afternoon greeting spoken to one person
  Madigár mappon kaniyo afternoon greeting spoken to a group
  Madigár dukillam kaneko evening greeting spoken to one person
  Madigár dukillam kaniyo evening greeting spoken to a group
  Áskiyu kannê greeting to a person arriving, "it's you!"
  Ándayé igtikudan nu? greeting to a person arriving, "where have you come from?"
  Ándayé sadunan nu? greeting to a person passing by, "where are you going?"
  Mánda ka? greeting to a person passing by, "where are you going?"
  Taddô dád reply to Ándayé sadunan nu and Mánda ka by a person not going far, "just over there"
  Madunna dád tug babà reply to Ándayé sadunan nu and Mánda ka by a person going downhill, "down there"
  Madunna dád tug daya reply to Ándayé sadunan nu and Mánda ka by a person going uphill, "just up there"
  Pénék kó welcome greeting, "come in"
     
Tagakaulo [klg] (Philippines: Southern Mindanao.)
  Madyaw masolem general greeting
  Madyaw na maselem general greeting
  Madyaw na alaw general daytime greeting
  Madyaw aga morning greeting
  Madyaw na alasdose noontime greeting
  Madyaw ambong afternoon greeting
  Madyaw na ambong afternoon greeting
  Madyaw gabi evening greeting
  Madyaw na gabi evening greeting
  Kumusta kaw? how are you?
  Kumusta da kaw? how are you?
     
Tagalog [tgl] (Philippines.)
 

Magandang araw po

formal daytime greeting

 

Magandang araw

informal daytime greeting

 

Magandang umaga po

formal morning greeting

 

Magandang umaga

informal morning greeting

 

Magandang tanghali po

formal noontime and early afternoon greeting (until 2 pm)

 

Magandang tanghali

informal noontime and early afternoon greeting (until 2 pm)

 

Magandang hapon po

formal afternoon and early evening greeting (from about 2 pm until 7 pm)

 

Magandang hapon

informal afternoon and early evening greeting (from about 2 pm until 7 pm)

 

Magandang gabi po

formal evening and nighttime greeting (after about 7 pm)

 

Magandang gabi

informal evening and nighttime greeting (after about 7 pm)

 

Halo

informal greeting

 

Kumusta po kayo?

how are you? formal

 

Mabuti po naman

reply to Kumusta po kayo

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you? informal

 

Mabuti naman

reply to Kumusta ka

 

Mabuhay

welcome greeting

 

Maligayang pagdating

welcome greeting

     
Tagbanwa, Calamian [tbk] (Philippines: Palawan region.)
 

Mopyang kaldow

general greeting

 

Mopyang temprano

morning greeting

 

Mopyang lawi

evening greeting

 

Kumustara?

how are you?

     
Tandaganon [tgn] (Philippines: Tandag.)
  Madayao na adlaw general daytime greeting
  Madayao na buntag morning greeting
  Madayao na hapon afternoon greeting
  Madayao na duyom evening greeting
     
Tausug [tsg] (Philippines.)
 

Salam

general greeting

 

Asalaamu alaykum

general greeting

 

Walaykum usalaam

reply to Asalaamu alaykum

 

Marayaw adlaw

general daytime greeting

 

Marayaw mainaat

morning greeting

 

Ūwa'

greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house
 

Ūwa' awn tau

greeting spoken by a person arriving at a house
  Sakat kaw reply to Ūwa' and Ūwa' awn tau
 

Biya diin na kaw?

how are you?

 

Maunu'unu na kaw?

how are you?

 

Maunu'unu na kaw yan?

how are you?

 

Maunu'unu na kita yan?

how are you?

 

Amu-amu ra

reply to Maunu'unu na kaw

 

Pakain na kaw?

greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
 

Pakain na kaw yan?

greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Pakain kaw? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Bakas kaw hari'in? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?
  Madtu na aku reply to Pakain kaw, Pakain na kaw, Pakain na kaw yan, and Bakas kaw hari'in
     
Tboli [tbl] (Philippines.)
 

Hyu hlafus maam

morning greeting

 

Hyu hlafus

morning greeting

 

Hyu tungo karaw

afternoon greeting

 

Hyu koluy

afternoon greeting

 

Hyu kifu

evening greeting

 

Kumusta wo'?

how are you?

     
Tiruray [tiy] (Philippines: Upi, Cotabato, and Mindanao.)
 

Feyo gefewen

morning greeting

 

Feyo geutoh

noontime greeting

 

Feyo temegen

afternoon greeting

 

Feyo buteng

nighttime greeting

 

Falas seman?

how are you?

  Hon i tidéwo muwe de? greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
  Hon i ayo muwe de? greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Dob nan saén reply to Hon i tidéwo muwe de and Hon i ayo muwe de
  Dob nan greeting spoken when arriving at a house
  Dob nan gom sa dafo? greeting spoken when arriving at a house
  Begom wayo reply to Dob nan and Dob nan gom sa gafo
     
Waray-Waray [war] (Philippines.)
 

Maupay

general greeting

 

Maupay nga oras

general greeting spoken in the Leyte-Samarnon dialect

 

Maupay nga adlaw

general daytime greeting spoken in the Leyte-Samarnon dialect

 

Maupay nga aga

morning greeting spoken in the Leyte-Samarnon dialect

 

Maupay nga udto

noontime greeting spoken in the Leyte-Samarnon dialect

 

Maupay nga kulop

afternoon greeting spoken in the Leyte-Samarnon dialect

 

Maupay nga gab-i

nighttime greeting spoken in the Leyte-Samarnon dialect

 

Maupay na adlaw

general daytime greeting spoken in the Ormoc City (Leyte) dialect

 

Maupay na aga

morning greeting spoken in the Ormoc City (Leyte) dialect

 

Maupay na udto

noontime greeting spoken in the Ormoc City (Leyte) dialect

 

Maupay na gab-i

evening greeting spoken in the Ormoc City (Leyte) dialect

 

Kumusta ka?

how are you?

 

Maupay man

reply to Kumusta ka

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Yakan [yka] (Philippines: Basilan Island.)
 

Ohah

general greeting

  Salaam general greeting
  Assalamu aleikom

general greeting used by Muslims

  Aleikum mussalam reply to Assalamu aleikom
 

Sainge ru kite?

how are you?

 

Tungannu?

greeting spoken to a person arriving, "where are you coming from?"
 

Ambannu?

greeting spoken to a person going somewhere, "where are you going?"
  Hap pi tu reply to Tungannu and Ambannu
  Uha, a'a luma' greeting spoken when arriving at a house
  Mana'ik kew reply to Uha a'a luma'
  Padiyalem kew reply to Uha a'a luma'
     
Yogad [yog] (Philippines: Luzon.)
 

Dyos apú

general greeting

  Makasta ya agaw daytime greeting
  Makasta ya biga nighttime greeting
  Kassandi ka? how are you?
     
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