Days of the Week in Tagalog (Filipino)

If Tagalog is your first foray into Austronesian languages, you’ve stumbled upon a gold mine. The national language of the Philippines, also called Filipino, has been heavily influenced by outsiders. And what that means for English speakers who embark on the quest to learn Tagalog is that you won’t be heading into the language empty-handed.

For speakers of English, French, Portuguese, and especially Spanish, Tagalog displays some familiar vocabulary. Take the days of the week in Tagalog for example. Other than adapting Filipino spelling and slight changes for Tagalog pronunciation, what you’ll see is nearly identical to the days of the week in Spanish. A little surprising, isn’t it? Let’s take a look.

Days of the Week in Tagalog (Filipino)

English Tagalog
Monday Lunes
Tuesday Martes
Wednesday Miyercoles
Thursday Huwebes
Friday Biyernes
Saturday Sabado
Sunday Linggo

Comparing Tagalog days of the week to Spanish, you’ll notice only a couple minor differences.

  1. “v” in Spanish becomes “b” in Tagalog.
  2. “ie” in Spanish becomes “iye” in Tagalog.
  3. “ue” in Spanish becomes “uwe” in Tagalog.
  4. “j” in Spanish becomes “h” in Tagalog.
  5. The Spanish word for Sunday (“domingo“) changes to “Linggo” in Tagalog (linggo also means week).

And there you go: Two languages with one fell swoop!

While travelling in the Philippines, you might also notice one more way that Filipinos say the days of the week in Tagalog. In English! This won’t surprise you too much if you’ve already begun to learn Tagalog numbers, where there are three different ways of saying each: in Tagalog, in English, and in Tagalog Spanish. But let’s save that for another day…

Ryan O'Rourke

Ryan O'Rourke is a Canadian traveller, food & drink aficionado, and the founder & editor of Treksplorer. With over 20 years of extensive travel experience, Ryan has journeyed through over 50 countries, uncovering hidden gems and sharing firsthand, unsponsored insights on what to see & do and where to eat, drink & stay. Backed by his travel experience and in-depth research, Ryan’s travel advice and writing has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post and Matador Network. You can connect with Ryan on Twitter/X at @rtorourke.

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