If you’ve ever watched foreign films, you know that certain countries are known for certain genres. The French have their charming comedies; the Americans their special effects and explosions. The Indians have everything (believe it or not, India is currently the largest producer of feature films in the world), and while most East Asian countries have plenty of romantic movies, you still have lots of variety with the popularity of Hong Kong’s action-comedy, Korea’s horror films and Japan’s dramatic tearjerkers. In the Philippines, though, it seems that it’s all about the romance, which isn’t surprising given the Filipinos love for…love!
To help you blend in on this Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d leave you with a list of romantic phrases you can say in Tagalog, so you won’t miss a beat next time you happen to be in this part of the world.
Key Romantic Phrases in Tagalog
“I love you” “Mahal kita”
“I like you” (as in crush) “May gusto ako sa iyo”
“May I date you?” “Puwede ba kitang ligawan?”
“I want to marry you” “Gusto na kitang pakasalan”
“Will you marry me?” “Tatanggapin mo ba ang alay kong pakasalan kita?”