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Question: How do I say girlfriend in Tagalog

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Author Photo by: morrisjoseph180
Jan 03 2023, 12:38am CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
Question: How do I say girlfriend in Tagalog
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Author Photo repolyo Badge: Supporter
Jan 03 2023, 8:24am CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
A useful feature of the tagalog.com dictionary is that it can perform a reverse lookup. Enter an English word to find Tagalog words with a definition that contains the English word.
 
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Author Photo Juantutri Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Jan 03 2023, 10:36pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 5 days ago. 
Colloquially, and in Taglish, “girlfriend” is what we use.
 
KASINTAHAN is the true Tagalog word for girlfriend/boyfriend but nowadays it is only used in formal conversations.
 
NOBYA is adapted from the Spanish “novia”. Older generations still use the word.
 
DYOWÀ or JOWÀ is slang for boyfriend/girlfriend/lover/live-in partner and is in common use among Millenials and younger generations.
 
SYOTÀ is an older slang term for it and is not as popular as the more encompassing “dyowa/jowa” anymore.
 
"Girlfriend" is your best choice. If you really want to say it in Tagalog and you are not younger than Gen X, you may use "nobya". If you're a Millenial or younger, "jowa/dyowa" is OK, but use it only among peers. Never use "jowa/dyowa" or "syota" to refer to your girlfriend when talking to her parents unless you want to be branded as Mr. Crude. 🙂
 
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