What is May I please talk to (name of the person) in Tagalog

how to ask in tagalog when you are looking for a person

 

In our culture and in most cultures, when you’re a stranger,  and you are looking for a specific person, you introduce yourself first. Most of the time, we use the word “po” an article used for formality or as a sign of respect. The person that you are talking to will most likely help you, because you are polite enough to  introduce yourself.

 

Here is an example.

Magandang Araw! Ako po si Paula. Pwede po bang makausap si Ken?

 

Here are the meanings of the words that we used:

Magandang araw – Good day

Ako po si – How you say “I am” with respect

Pwede po bang – May I please, but the more formal way to say it is “Maari po bang…”

Since we are learning the modern Tagalog language, the word “pwede” is commonly used. Some meanings of “pwede” is can, yes or possible.

Makausap si – means to talk to

 

Here’s a situation: I wanted to talk to Ken, and it is my first time to go to Ken’s house, this is what I should say, if in case I did not see Ken rightaway.

Magandang Araw po! Ako po si Paula. Pwede po bang makausap si Ken?

Let me say it again…

Magandang Araw po. Ako po si Paula. Pwede po bang makausap si Ken?

 

Now if I wanted to talk to Ken over the phone, This is what I should say…

Hello, si Paula po ito. Pwede pong makausap si Ken?

In English: Hello this is Paula, Can I please talk to Ken?

Let me say it again…

Hello, si Paula po ito. Pwede pong makausap si Ken?

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