Fun in Tagalog – Listen & Learn

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You may notice that many Filipinos are loving, caring, and (most importantly) fun people to be with! So, before you start learning to say ‘hello’ in Tagalog you should actually start by learning how to say… drum-roll, please… ‘FUN’ in Tagalog.

How to Say ‘Fun’ in Tagalog

First, try pronouncing it out-loud on your own as best you can, then listen to the audio and practice pronouncing it following the audio until you get it down. Then move onto the next practice. Now let’s have some fun!

“Masaya.” Put the emphasis on the last syllable (ma-sa-yá).

Listen: “Masaya.” = ‘Fun’ in Tagalog with normal intonation

It’s even more masaya when you say it with a smile (happy tone). Go ahead and try to say it again with a fun voice… all you have to do is say it with a smile (this makes all the difference).

? “Masaya!” ?

Listen: “Masaya!” = ‘Fun’ in Tagalog with a smile/happy intonation

Can you hear the difference? What I love about Tagalog is that you can close your eyes and actually hear if a person is smiling. It’s beautiful!

‘Masaya’ is actually a common word and a useful expression in Tagalog, which makes this word both fun (literally!) and convenient to know. We’ll go over how to use it in conversation in just a bit, but before we do you need to learn how to say ‘hello.’

How to Say ‘Hello’ in Tagalog

Now that you know how to say ‘fun,’ you’re ready to learn ‘hello’ in Filipino. Give it a try.

“Kamusta!” (ka-mus-ta)

Listen: “Kamusta!” = Hello!

If you speak a little Spanish, then you might have confused listening to the pronunciation with “¿Cómo está?” And that’s because much of the Tagalog language actually originates from Spanish. ‘Kamusta’ (also written ‘kumusta’) is less “Hello.” and more “How are you?” – just like Spanish. So you’ll often say ‘Kamusta?’ with an intonation more as a question than an exclamation.

“Hello” and other common words used for greeting each other in Filipino are a great place to start learning Tagalog for two reasons. First, because Filipinos are so warm, and second, because Filipinos are very welcoming. In fact, saying “Kamusta!” can be quite magical to say and hear because it’s a word that shows that you care, and you’ll be sure to see lots of faces light-up and get plenty of positive reactions in return as you greet Filipinos with “Kamusta.”

You can dive deeper into learning greetings in Tagalog in our article ‘Hello in Tagalog and Other Filipino Greetings.’ For now, let’s focus first on having more fun with Tagalog. We are Tagalog Fun for crying out loud ?!

My formula for learning Tagalog is F.U.N.: F – Focus on Pronunciation, U – Understand through Practice, & N – Nurture the Connections. With all three you have a sure-fire recipe for talking Tagalog success! But it’s also incredibly important to have fun with it (my first rule for learning Filipino/Tagalog).

When to Respond, “Masaya” in Tagalog

Here are some different ways that you can use the word ‘fun’ to respond in Tagalog.

The “I’m Happy!” Kind of Masaya

In English, when someone asks you how you’re doing, it sounds a bit strange to say “I’m fun!” but in Tagalog it’s perfectly fine to say that because in this context it refers to the feelings of being happy, glad, joyful or cheerful – “I’m happy!”

So the next time a Filipino native asks you “How are you?” happily respond by saying “Masaya!” – watch their immediate reaction. You will bring a smile to their face and may even hear a giggle or two. A simple “Kamusta!” would make them feel, well, masaya for speaking their language! They may repeat the word “masaya” back to you, then start talking to you straight in Tagalog as if you were a local. Most people would say they are feeling just fine or good, but you have brought fun into the conversation by telling them that you feel masaya.

The “Enjoyable” Kind of Masaya

In Tagalog, when someone asks “How was your day?” or “How did it go?” you can happily respond by saying that it was “Masaya.”

Masaya in the context above is a descriptive word for enjoyable.

When you respond with “masaya” to describe an event, a situation or a moment, it is understood that you had an entertaining, amusing, and enjoyable time.

Tagalog Intonation & Emphasis Matters

In Tagalog, intonation (the rise and fall of your voice when speaking) and emphasis (pronouncing certain syllables more powerfully than others) matters quite a lot.

Intonation is just as important as learning what to say and how to pronounce the sounds. As you’ve listened to the audio recordings, you may have noticed my voice get louder and softer… That’s the intonation! If you didn’t notice it, then I encourage you to go back and listen again… And don’t worry, it does take some practice before it becomes crystal clear.

Nearly every word in Tagalog has a place of emphasis. The rise and fall of your voice or the “notes” of your voice are called its pitch, and the change in pitch is what we refer to as intonation. You may be thinking, “What’s the the big deal?” Well, when speaking Tagalog, remember that intonation and emphasis matter so much that if you don’t get it right you could say a completely different word or make no sense at all.

Intonation and Tone for When Saying “Fun” in Tagalog (Reminder)

As I mentioned earlier in the article, “masaya” (ma-sa-yá) has an emphasis on the last sound, but also bear in mind that a native Tagalog speaker would always match the word “masaya” with the right tone (this forms the intonation).

So, when saying masaya, you would NOT say it with a sad, bummed voice.

Example of what NOT to do: Masaya with bummed voice.

Instead, you would say it with some cheeriness with a rising pitch to demonstrate your sincere joy.

Masaya with correct intonation and tone.

Dissecting Masaya

The root word for masaya is “saya”. Saya means fun or joy. So you will often hear “saya” said within sentances. For example, say…

“Ang saya matuto ng Tagalog!” (How fun t learn Tagalog!)

“Ang saya matuto ng Tagalog!” = How fun to learn Tagalog!

You just said, “How fun to learn Tagalog!” Keep practicing it until you’ve got the pronunciation and intonnation down.

Expressions with Saya

Here are some fun expressions with the root word, “saya”. Want to be the life of the party among your Filipino friends? Simply start using any of these expressions in context while in the right situations!

“Ang saya!” (How fun!/ What a joy!/ Such joy!)

Listen: “Ang saya!” = How fun!/ What a joy!/ Such joy!

“Ang saya naman! (That was fun!)

Listen: “Ang saya naman!” = That was fun!

“Ang saya-saya!” (How REALLY fun!)

Listen: Ang saya-saya! = How REALLY fun!

“Masaya ako kasi magkasama tayo.” (I’m happy because we’re together.)

Listen: Masaya ako kasi magkasama tayo = I’m happy because we’re together.

Fun Expressions to Start and End Your Day

We’re together here on Tagalog Fun, and that makes me really masaya. The thought of you attempting to say Tagalog words and trying to understand the language makes me feel masaya. I have this goal for you, my dear learners, to be masaya.

As you learn to speak Tagalog, start the day by looking at the bright side of life and say to yourself: “Ang saya!”

Listen: “Ang saya!” = How fun!/ What a joy!/ Such joy!

Throughout the day, find the little joys and fun moments, then breathe out the words: “Ang saya naman!”

Listen: “Ang saya naman!” = That was fun!

Now that you know how to say “fun” in Tagalog, enjoy and make the most out of saying it. Tell yourself and others “Ang saya-saya!” as you learn this language!

Listen: Ang saya-saya! = How REALLY fun!

Now that we have covered how to say fun in Tagalog, your practice is to now start inserting this word into your English. So if you’re feeling happy, (and I know you are because you’re learning Tagalog) then the next time someone asks you how your day was, you’ll know exactly what to say!

Rizza Huetter

Now living in the United States, I know what it takes to master a new language and have a lot of fun doing it. I currently teach English online, but Tagalog Fun has become a passion project of mine and I hope it helps many people fall in love with Tagalog and the Filipino culture.

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