List of Tagalog loanwords

 

Tagalog  Spanish    Meaning
Abante Avante Ahead,
Forward
Ahente Agente Agent
Ahensya Agéncia Agency
Ambisyoso Ambicioso Ambitious
Arina Harina Flour
Baryo Barrio Village
Bisikleta Bicicleta Bicycle
Bodega Bodega Warehouse
Departamento Departamento Department
Diyos Dios God
Edukasyon Educación Education
Eskwela Escuela School
Garahe Garaje Garage
Gwapo Guapo Handsome
Giyera Guerra War
Hustisya Justicia Justice
Hapon Japón Japan
Ingles Inglés English
Istudyante Estudiante Student
Intinde Entiende Understand
Kalye Calle Street
Kapasidad Capacidad Capacity
Kabayo Caballo Horse
Karne Carne Meat
Kolehiyo Colegio College
Kotse Coche Car
Kultura Cultura Culture
Kumusta Cómo estás How are you? (general greeting)
Kwento Cuento Story
Litrato Retrato Picture
Luho Lujo Luxury
Monarkiya Monarquía Monarchy
Mundo Mundo World
Nasyonalista Nacionalista Nationalist
Numero Número Number
Olanda Holanda Netherlands
Operasyon Operación Operation
Ordinansa Ordinanza Ordinance
Otel Hotel Hotel
Oras Horas Time,
Hour
Ospital Hospital Hospital
Pamilya Familia Family
Pilipinas Filipinas Philippines
Pista Fiesta Feast
Probinsya Provincia Province
Pulis Policía Police
Pwede Puede Can
Pwersa Fuerza Force
Realidad Realidad Reality
Relo Reloj Wristwatch
Republika República Republic
Reyna Reina Queen
Sabon Jabón Soap
Sapatos Zapatos Shoes
Silya Cilia Chair
Suspekta Sospechar Suspect
Swerte Suerte Luck
Tableta Tableta Tablet
Tsinelas Chinelas Slippers
Tsismis Chismes Gossip
Teknolohiya Tecnología Technology
Trisiklo Triciclo Tricycle
Yelo Hielo Ice

English

English has been used in everyday Tagalog conversation. This kind of conversation is called Taglish. English words borrowed by Tagalog are mostly modern and technical terms, but English words are also used for short usage (many Tagalog words translated from English are very long) or to avoid literal translation and repetition of the same particular Tagalog word. English makes the second largest vocabulary of Tagalog after Spanish. In written language, English words in a Tagalog sentence are written as they are, but they are sometimes written in Tagalog phonetic spelling. Here are some examples:

Tagalog English
Awtomobil Automobile
Awdiyo Audio
Basketbol Basketball
Biskwit Biscuit
Bidiyo Video
Bolpen Ballpoint pen
Byu View
Biswal Visual
Direk Director
Ekonomiks Economics
Indibiswal Individual
Interbyu Interview
Indibiswal Individual
Iskor Score
Iskrin Screen
Ispiker Speaker
Isports Sports
Istampid Stampede
Katsup/Kechap Ketchup
Keyk Cake
Nars Nurse
Kompyuter Computer
Perpyum Perfume
Sayt Site
Websayt Website