Useful phrases in Bikol

A collection of useful phrases in Bikol, a Philippine language spoken mainly on the Philippine island of Luzon.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase Bikol / Bicol
Welcome Maugmang Pag-abot
Maugmang Pagdatong
Dagos tabì
Hello (General greeting) Hello
Hello (on phone) Hello
How are you? Nom? (inf)
Nem? (inf)
Kumusta ka? (frm)
Tara? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Marhay man. Salamat
Long time no see Haloy na kitang dai naghilingan
What's your name? Ano an pangaran mo?
My name is ... Ako si ...
Where are you from? Taga saín ka?
I'm from ... Taga ... ako
Pleased to meet you Kaugmahan kong mámidbídan ka (sg)
Kaugmahan kong mamidbidan kamo (pl)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Marhay na aga
Dyos marhay na aga
Marhay na pagka-aga
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Marhay na hapon
Dyos marhay na hapon
Marhay na pagkahapon
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Marhay na banggi
Dyos marhay na banggi
Marhay na pagkabanggí
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Máduman na ako (inf)
Mádigdi na ako (inf)
Paáram (frm)
Good luck! Swertihon ka man lugod!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Marhay na aldaw saimo
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Magpakabasog ka
Yes Iyo
Iyo tabì (frm)
No Dai
Dai tabì (frm)
Maybe Tibaad
I don't know Inda
Dai ko aram
Do you understand? Nasasabutan mo?
I understand Nasasabutan ko
I don't understand Dai ko nasasabutan
Please speak more slowly Pakiluway-luwayan man tabi an pagtaram mo
Please say that again Paki-otro tabi kan tinaram mo
Please write it down Pakisurat man tabi
Do you speak English? Tatao ka magtaram nin Ingles?
Do you speak Bikol? Tatao ka magtaram nin Bikol?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Iyo, diít lang.
Speak to me in Bikol Kaulayon mo ako nin Bikol
How do you say ... in Bikol? Pàno mo itaram an ... sa Bikol?
Excuse me Maki-agi (To get past people)
Maki-agi tabi (frm)
How much is this? Mangguràno ini?
Mangguràno tabi ini? (frm)
Sorry Pasensya na tabi
Please Tabì
Thank you Salamat
Salamat na marhay
Dyos mábalos
Reply to thank you Daing ano man
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Hain tabì an banyo?
This gentleman will pay for everything An lalaking ini an mabayad kan gabos
This lady will pay for everything An babaying ini an mabayad kan gabos
Would you like to dance with me? Pwede kang makabayle?
Do you come here often? Pirmi kang yaon digdi?
I miss you Napupùngaw ako saímo
I love you Namumùtan taka
Padabà taka
Padangat taka
Get well soon Magparahay ka na
Go away! Lumayas ka digdi!
Leave me alone! Pabayai na akong magsolo
Help! Tabang!
Tabangi ako!
Fire! Igwang sulô!
Igwang kasulô!
Stop! Para!
Para tabì! (frm)
Call the police! Umapód ka nin pulis!
Christmas greetings Maugmang Pasko
New Year greetings Maugmang Bàgong Taon
Magayagayang Bàgong Taon
Easter greetings Maugmang Pagkabuhay Liwat ni Kristo
Birthday greetings Maugmang Compleaño
Maugmang Kaaldawan
One language is never enough Bakô nanggad manínigô an sarô sanang tataramon
My hovercraft is full of eels Panô nin kasili an sakuyang hoberkrap

Some phrases supplied by Misha L. San Buenaventura, with corrections by Karl Ian Basilla Basallote

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