Speak Ilocano

Positive Personality Traits

Understanding
Mannakaawat (mhan-nah-kah-ah-hwat)

Patient
Naanus (nah-ah-noos)

Kind
Nasingpet (nah-sing-pet)

Industrious
Nagaget (nah-gah-get)

Intelligent
Nasaririt (nah-sah-ri-rit)
Nalaing (nah-lah-ing)

Fast
Napaspas (nah-pas-pas)
Naalibtak (nah-ah-lib-thak)

Honest
Napudno (nah-pood-noh)

Trustworthy
Mapagtalkan (mah-phag-thal-khan)

Gallant
Galante (gah-lhan-teh)

Respectful
Managraem (mah-nhag-rah-em)

Brave / Courageous
Natured (nah-too-red)

Careful
Naannad (nah-ahn-nhad)

Friendly
Mannakigayyem (mhan-nah-kee-ghay-yem)

Friend
Gayyem (ghay-yem)

Generous
Manangisagut (mah-nah-ngee-sah-goot)

Compassionate / Merciful
Naasi (nah-ah-see)

Prudent / Sensible
Nanakem (nah-nah-kem)

Good
Nasingpet (nah-sing-pet)
Nasayaat (nah-sah-yah-at)

Neat
Managdaldalus (mah-nhag-dhal-dah-loos)

Shy
Managbabain (mah-nhag-bah-bah-in)

Quiet
Naulimek (nah-ooh-lee-mhek)

Persistent
Napinget (nah-pee-ngeht)

Helpful
Mannulong (mhan-nooh-long)
Mannakitulong (mhan-nah-kee-tooh-long)

Healthy
Nasalung-at (nah-sah-loon-at)

Health
Salun-at (sah-loon-at)

Loving
Managayat (mah-nah-gah-yat)

Romantic Expressions

Love
Ayat (ah-yhat)
Pammateg (pham-mah-teg)

I love you.
Ay-ayatenka. (ai-ah-yah-ten-kah)
Ipatpategka. (ee-phat-pah-teg-kah)

I love you, too.
Ay-ayatenka met. (ai-ah-yah-ten-kah met)

I always think of you.
Malaglagipka a kankanayon. (mah-lhag-lah-ghip-kah ah khan-kah-nah-yon)

I miss you.
Mailiwak kenka. (mah-ee-lee-wahk ken-kah)

Affectionate / Loving
Nalailo (nah-lah-ee-loh)

To woo, to pay court to
Armen (ahr-men)

When will you say “yes”? (courtship)
Kaanonak a sungbatan? (kah-ah-no-nhak ah soong-bah-than)

Do you have a boyfriend?
Adda nobiom? (add-dah no-byom)

Are you married?
Adda asawamon? (add-dah ah-sah-wah-mon)

Please grant my wish.
Patgam koma ‘toy dawatko. (phat-gahm koh-mah toy dah-waht-koh)

Our love
Ayan-ayatta (ah-yhan ah-yaht-tah)

Can we meet again?
Agkitatanto manen? (ag-kee-tah-than-toh mah-nen)

Please
Pangngaasim (phang-ngah-ah-seem)

Until next time.
Inton maminsan manen. (een-ton mah-meen-sahn mah-nen)

You smell good.
Nabangloka. (nah-bang-loh-kah)

You’re beautiful.
Napintaska. (nah-peen-tahs-kah)

You’re very beautiful.
Nakapinpintaska. (nah-kah-pin-pin-tahs-kah)

Yes
Wen (wen)

Can I court you?
Mabalin ‘ti agarem? (mah-bah-lin tee ah-gah-rem)

I will wait for your decision.
Urayek ta pangngeddengmo. (ooh-rah-yek tah phang-nged-deng-moh)

Pretty
Nalapsat (nah-lhap-saht)

Elegant / Beautiful
Nalibnos (nah-lib-nos)

I’m in love with you.
Agduyosak kenka. (ag-dooh-yoh-sahk ken-kah)

My dear _____. (address)
Patpatgek a _____. (pat-pat-ghek ah _____.)

I want to marry you.
Kayatko nga idatagka iti altar. (formal) (kah-yhat-koh nga ee-dah-thag-kah ee-tee al-tar)
Kayatka ka nga ikasar. (direct, informal) (kah-yhat kah nga ee-kah-sar)

Address of a wife to her husband
Lakay (lah-khay)

Address of a husband to his wife
Baket (bah-ket)

Address given to a lady
Imnas (eem-nhas)

May I know your name?
Mabalin makiam-ammo? (mah-bah-lin mah-kee am-ammoh)

I’m _____.
Siak ni _____. (syahk nee _____.)

My love (address)
Ayat ko (ah-yhat koh)
Dungngo (doong-ngoh)

My life
Biagko (byahg-koh)

Life
Biag (byahg)

Life of my life
Biag ‘toy biagko (byahg toy byahg-koh)

You’re like a beautiful flower.
Kaska la napintas a sabong. (kas-kah lah nah-pin-tahs ah sah-bong)

Address given to a young lady
Ading (ah-ding)

I want you in my life.
Kasapulanka ditoy biagko. (kah-sah-poo-lhan-kah dee-toy byahg-koh)

Wish you were here.
Addaka koma ditoy. (add-dah kah ko-mah dee-toy)

Professions and Crafts

Ilocano words for various professions.

Work / Occupation
Pagsapulan (phag-sah-poo-lhan)
Trabaho (trah-bah-ho)

Profession
Propesion (pro-pehs-yon)

Lawyer
Abugado (ah-booh-gah-do)

Architect
Arkitekto (ar-kee-tek-to)

Actor
Aktor (ak-tor)
Artista a lalaki (ar-tees-tah ah lah-lah-kee)

Actress
Aktres
Artista a babai (ar-tees-tah ah bah-bah-ee)

Barber
Mammukis (mham-mooh-kees)

Veterinarian
Beterinario (beh-teh-ree-nahr-yo)

Porter
Kargador (khar-gah-dor)

Carpenter
Karpintero (khar-peen-teh-roh)

Teacher
Manursuro (mah-noor-sooh-roh)

Dentist
Dentista (den-tees-tah)

Engineer
Inhiniero (in-heen-yeh-roh)

Guard
Guardia (gwahr-jah)

Judge
Ukom (ooh-kom)

Farmer
Mannalon (mhan-nah-lon)

Fisherman
Mangngalap (mhang-ngah-lhap)

Housekeeper
Agtagibalay (ahg-tah-ghi-bah-lhay)

Poet
Mannaniw (mhan-nah-niw)

Writer
Mannurat (mhan-nooh-rhat)

Jeweller
Alahero (ah-lah-heh-roh)

Photographer
Retratista (ret-rah-tis-tah)

Singer
Kumakanta (kooh-mah-khan-tah)

Dancer
Mannala (mhan-nah-lah)

Journalist
Agiwarwarnak (ah-ghi-war-war-nhak)

Publisher
Agipabpablaak (ah-ghi-phab-phab-lah-ahk)

Doctor
Mangngagas (mhang-ngah-ghas)
Doktor (dok-tor)

Musician
Musiko (mooh-seeh-koh)

Nurse
Narse (nhar-seh)

Baker
Panadero (pah-nah-deh-roh)

Blacksmith
Mammanday (mham-mhan-dhay)

Pilot
Piloto (pee-loh-toh)

Cobbler
Sapatero (sah-pah-teh-roh)

Driver
Agmanmaneho (ahg-mhan-mah-neh-ho)

Mechanic
Mekaniko (meh-kah-nee-koh)

Tailor
Sastre (sas-treh)

Tourist
Turista (tooh-rees-tah)

Visitor
Bisita (bee-see-tah)

Quack doctor
Albolario (al-boh-lhar-yoh)

Butcher
Mammarti (mham-mhar-tee)

Businessman
Negosiante (neh-ghos-yahn-teh)

Cashier
Kahera (kah-heh-rah)

Vendor
Aglaklako (ahg-lhak-lha-koh)
Lumalako (looh-mah-lah-koh)

Fortune teller
Mammadto (mham-mhad-toh)

Politician
Politiko (poh-lee-tee-koh)

Student
Estudiante (es-tood-yhan-teh)

Priest
Padi (pah-dee)

Seminarian
Seminarista (seh-mee-nah-ris-tah)

Machinist
Makinista (mah-kee-nis-tah)

Laundrywoman
Labandera (lah-bhan-deh-rah)

Helper / Maid
Katulongan (kah-tooh-loh-ngan)

Colors

Learn the Ilocano words for different colors.

Color
Maris (mah-ris)

White
Puraw (poo-rhaw)

White (said of skin)
Napudaw (nah-pooh-dhaw)

Black
Nangisit (nah-ngee-sit)

Blue
Asul (ah-sool)

Red
Nalabaga (nah-lah-bah-gah)
Nalabbasit (nah-lhab-bah-sit)

Yellow
Duyaw (doo-yhaw)
Amarilio (ah-mah-ril-yoh)

Yellowish
Dumuyaw (doo-moo-hyaw)

Green
Berde (ber-deh)

Orange
Maris kahel (mah-ris kah-hel)

Violet
Bioleta (byo-leh-tah)

Brown
Maris daga (mah-ris dah-gah)

Gold
Balitok (bah-lee-tok)

Golden
Bimmalitok (beem-mah-lee-tok)

Pink
Maris rosas (mah-ris roh-sas)

Cream
Krema (kre-mah)

Gray
Dapoen (dhap-wen)

Bronze
Bronse (bron-seh)

What color is available?
Ania a maris ti adda? (ahn-yah ah mah-ris tee ad-dah)

Is there other color?
Adda sabali a marisna? (add-dah sah-bah-lee ah mah-ris-nah)

I like _____.
Kayatko iti ____. (kah-yaht-koh ee-tee _____.)