Learning a Language in the Philippines
By: The GoAbroad Team
Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. When foreigners visit the Philippines they sound so funny trying to speak the language in an American or any other accent. There are a lot of ways to learn Filipino language. Nowadays, there are countless English -Tagalog Dictionaries that you can buy. That will be of great help especially for foreigner students, or first time travelers to Philippines. You can also try speaking or talking with a Filipino which would come very easy since Filipinos use the English language as a medium of instruction in school. Also, Filipinos are delighted of the thought that foreigners ask them to teach English. Most of the time, they love doing it over a cup of coffee or in the living room while watching television. The moment they hear lines thrown in certain shows, that's the time that they start teaching you the language. For Spanish students, it will not be that difficult. Filipino words are mostly influenced by the Spanish culture due to over three centuries of colonial rule.
Posted on: Philippines, Learning a Language
Below are basic Tagalog phrases and greetings translated to English useful for travelers:
Magandang umaga! - Good Morning!
Magandang Tanghali -Good noon!
Magandang Hapon -Good afternoon!
Magandang Gabi -Good evening!
Salamat -Thank you
Walang anuman -You're welcome
Magkano ang pamasahe? -How much is the fare?
Oo / Opo - Yes
Hindi / Di pwede - No
Kumusta? - How are you?
Hindi ko alam magtagalog-I can't speak Tagalog
Hindi ko maintindihan - I can't understand
Saan mo gustong pumunta?-Where do you wanna go?
Gusto kong pumunta sa... -I want to go to...
Ingat! - Take care
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