How To Say “Goodnight” In Tagalog And Other Filipino Dialects

You may be thinking about what is the Filipino equivalent of a good night. However, there is no Filipino equivalent for the word goodnight. Though good night and Magandang gabi may be of the same meaning, they serve a different purpose. 

Goodnight is a farewell word wishing someone a good sleep; however, when you say Magandang gabi, it is just greeting someone to have a good evening. However, if you meet a Filipino or have a Filipino friend, you can tell them “gudnayt,” The word gudnayt is a loan word from the English greeting goodnight.

Though there might be no exact equivalent for goodnight in Tagalog, you can still use Filipino phrases to indicate a good wish for someone as they go to sleep. I have searched and gathered information on how to give you ideas in saying good night in Tagalog.

Naway Magkaroon Ka ng Mahimbing na Pagtulog

“Naway magkaroon ka ng mahimbing na pagtulog” mean may you have a good sleep. Though there is no exact translation for good night, you can typically say “Naway magkaroon ka ng mahimbing na pagtulog”. Though this is rarely used, some use this one, especially those who are elderly and are not used to using English words.


Anna: Matutulog na po ako lola.

Lola: Naway magkaroon ka ng mahimbing na pagtulog.


Anna: I am going to sleep now, grandma.

Grandmother: May you have a good sleep.

Magpahinga ka ng Mabuti

Magpahinga ka ng mabuti is also one of the phrases many use to suggest a person sleep now to rest, especially after work. In many Filipino films, and you may observe in many Filipino families, they typically use that phrase in asking one of their family members to take some rest after a long day.


Anna: Nanay, matutulog na po ako, pagod po ako ngayon.

Nanay: Magpahinga ka ng mabuti.


Anna: Mom, I am going to sleep; I am exhausted.

Mother: Take a good rest. 

Matulog ka ng Mahimbing

Matulog ka ng mahimbing is also one of the alternative phrases to use when wishing someone a good night’s rest. The meaning of “Matulog ka ng mahimbing is ” Sleep tight”. This phrase is usually said to someone close to you, like a mother to a child or someone special.


John: Ma, matutulog na po ako.

Mama: Sige anak, matulog ka ng mahimbing.


John: Mom, I’m going to sleep now.

Mother: Okay, son, sleep tight.

Matulog ka ng Mabuti

Matulog ka ng mabuti is also one of the phrases spoken by someone wishing them to have a good night’s rest. After a long day, you can say this to a friend, a family member, or someone close to you. MAtulog ka ng mabuti means “You may sleep well.”


John: Nay, inaantok na po ako.

Nanay: sige anak, matulog ka ng mabuti.


John: Mom, I am so sleepy.

Mother: Okay, son, you may sleep well.

Mauna Na ako Matulog

Mauna na ako matulog means, I’ll go to sleep first. This phrase may not be the direct translation of goodnight, but this phrase suggests that someone will sleep. This phase is also an indirect way of saying goodnight as you tell the person that it is time to bed. 


Anna: Mauna na ako matulog nay.

Nanay: Sige Anna, mauna ka na.


Anna: I’ll go to sleep first.

Mother: Okay, Anna, you go first.

Matutulog na Ako

Matutulog na ako means I am going to sleep. This phrase may not directly say goodnight but is a phrase that means you are going to bed now. This phrase can be said to the person you are with or to the person you are messaging to. You are telling them that you are sleepy and it’s bedtime. 


John: Matutulog na ako Anna.

Anna: Sige, John mauna ka.


John: I am going to sleep, Anna.

Anna: Okay, John, you go first.

Matulog ka na

Matulog ka na is a phase ordering a person to go to sleep. The direct translation of it in English is going to sleep. This phrase can often be heard by many Filipino parents asking their children to sleep already. This phrase may not be a direct translation of goodnight, but it signals that it is already time to go to sleep.


Nanay: Matulog ka na Anna.

Anna: Opo, nay.


Mother: Go to sleep now, Anna.

Anna: Okay, mom. 

Matutulog ka na ba?

“Matutulog ka na ba?” is a question asked by a person who is already sleepy. This phrase can also be an indication that the person is also asking you to go to sleep. This question is often asked if you and your friend call or talk with each other late at night, and the conversation seems endless. You can say “Matutulog ka na ba?” and they can already sense that both of you need to rest now. 


Anna: Matutulog ka na ba John?

John: Sige, matulog na lang tayo, gabi na pala, di ko namalayan.


Anna: Are you going to sleep?

John: Okay, let’s sleep; I haven’t realized it’s already late.


Gunayt is derived from the English word goodnight. Many people use gudnayt as an informal word because of its spelling. You may read this one in many chat groups, or if you have a Filipino friend, they will respond using the word gudnayt if they want to wish you a goodnight’s sleep.


Anna: nay, maaga pa ako bukas mauna na po ako.

Nanay: Sige, gudnayt.


Anne: Mom, I need to be early tomorrow; I’ll go ahead.

Mom: Okay, goodnight.


Goodnight has no direct translation in Tagalog. However, you can use phrases and questions that can also be used in wishing someone a goodnight’s rest. The expressions and words can be used in different situations and based on whom you are talking to. There are informal and casual ways of saying the phrases. Note that saying goodnight and wishing someone a good night’s rest indicates politeness.

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