Present Tense

Filipino Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Filipino. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Filipino Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Filipino, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Filipino

Present Filipino
I see younakikita kita
I write with a pengumagamit ako ng pen sa pagsusulat
You love applesgustong-gusto mo ang mga mansanas
You give moneymagbigay ka ng pera
You play tennismagtenis ka; maglaro ka ng tenis
He reads a booknagbabasa siya ng libro
He understands menaiintindihan niya ako
She has a catmay pusa siya
She knows my friendkilala niya ang kaibigan ko
We want to learngusto niyang matuto
We think Spanish is easysa palagay nami'y madali ang Kastila/espanyol
You (plural) work herenagtatrabaho kayo dito
You (plural) speak Frenchnagsasalita kayo ng Pranses
They drive a carnagmamaneho sila ng kotse
They smilengumingiti sila


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Filipino

Doctordoctor; manggagamot=formal
Headachesakit ng ulo
Heart attackatake sa puso
Help metulong
Stomach achesakit ng tiyan


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Daily Conversation in Filipino

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Filipino Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Filipino

Are you okay?ayos ka lang ba?
Call a doctor!tumawag ng doktor
Call the ambulance!tawagan ang ambulansiya
Call the police!tawagin ang pulís
Calm down!kalma ka lang!
I feel sickmasama ang pakiramdam ko=equivalent form
It hurts heremasakit dito
It's urgent!madalian!
Stop!hinto!; tigil!
Where is the closest pharmacy?saán ang pinakamalapit na botika?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)ang ganda mo!=equivalent form
You have a beautiful nameang ganda ng pangalan mo= equivalent form
This is my wifeIto ang asawa ko. Ito ang aking maybahay: formal
This is my husbandito ang asawa ko

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Filipino about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Filipino Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Filipino homepage.