Filipino / Tagalog language translation for the meaning of the word pala in the Tagalog Dictionary.

Definition for the Tagalog word pala:

palá  Play audio #5652Save to Flash Cards
[enclitic]  after all; surprisingly; indeed; so; oh, I just realized; said after a fact one has just discovered

Root: pala
String frequency indicator:

Very Frequent
This string is used more frequently in casual content than formal content.?

Example Sentences Available Icon Pala Example Sentences in Tagalog: (12)
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Aka ko bibisita lang si Ann sa kapatíd niyá sa America. Hindî ko alám na tuluyan na palá siyáng doón títirá.
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I thought Ann was just going to visit her sibling in America. I did not know that she would already live there eventually.
Maalala ko palá...
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Which reminds me, ... / By the way, ...
Hindî ko alám na idinaos na palá ang kasál nilá.
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I didn't know they got married.
Nagtátrabaho pa palá kayó roón.
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So you're still working there. (formal) (indicates surprise)
Sa tahanan lang palá matátagpuán ang tunay na kaligayahan.
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I realize that true happiness can be found at home.
Dumatíng palá si John.
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John came (surprisingly). / John came after all.
Oo ngâ palá, akó na!
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Oh, yes! It's my turn now! (I didn't realize!)
Gumágabí na palá
It's becoming night/dark already!
Hindî ko namalayan na umuwî na palá si David.
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I did not realize that David already went home.
Nabanggít nga pala ni Alice na bakâ hindî siyá makapuntá sa kasál mo.
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By the way, Alice mentioned that she may not be able to go to your wedding.
Biglâng naisip ni Jane na mahál na palá niyá si Dick.
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Jane suddenly came to realize that she already loves Dick.
Hindî naramdamán ni Tom na may dumukot na palá ng pitaka niyá sa bulsá.
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Tom did not notice that someone already picked his wallet from his pocket.

User-submitted Example Sentences (4):
User-submitted example sentences from Tatoeba who have self reported as being fluent in Tagalog.
Tunay pala yung tsismis.
Tatoeba Sentence #1719859 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
The rumor turned out to be true.

Kaya, tama rin pala ako!
Tatoeba Sentence #2915127 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I was right too, then!

Hindi ko alam na may pakialam ka pala.
Tatoeba Sentence #5214092 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
I did not know you still care.

Ano, ito pala ang nata de coco na pinag-uusapan ng lahat.
Tatoeba Sentence #2091347 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
So, this is the nata-de-coco that everyone is talking about.

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Related Words:
Words spelled the same with a different pronunciation, stress, or definition:
2:pala  Play audio #9649Save to Flash Cards
[noun]  shovel; spade

3:pa  Play audio #9946Save to Flash Cards
[noun]  blessing; grace; favor

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How to pronounce pala:

Play audio #5652
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Related Filipino Words:
palapasiyangá palápagpapagantimpamapalâ
Related English Words:
soafter allsurprisinglyindeedoh i just realized
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