Teaching myself Philippine Tagalog

May 12, 2008 11:01pm CST
Hello!!!! Im a student of different languages. I guess you could call it Linguestics lol or BS! Anyway My Fiance is Filipina and i am trying to learn Tagalog on my own. However there are so many shortened words and phrases i find myself quite lost in translation lol Not he flic. Is there a Pinoy or Pinay out there that could offer a little assistance? plzzzz??? Ingat Pohs, Salamat in advance.
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@djoana09 (106)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
hello warriorthree! tagalog is so easy to learn, i swear. I'm a filipina. before I'm not used to speak tagalog because we have our own dialect in our province, but after we moved to Manila which is a tagalog speaking place, I learned to speak tagalog in less time.
26 Jul 08
Salamat maganda poh! hee hee! I am trying to learn. I find the hard stuff is the short text versions of tagalog. So ur in nursing school ehh? good choice.You live in Manila now?? Ill soon be your neighbor coz in moving to Pasig in the Pinagbuhatan Brgy. Nagpayong. Lets magkita sa jollibees Shaw blvd lol. SM mall?. Ingat poh! keep up the school work gurl. You made a wise choice of career. bye bye now God Bless Sincerely, Rob
@djoana09 (106)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
thanks! i live in Bataan, before i live in manila.. so you're migrating to the philippines? with your fiance? good! it's better to live here in the Philippines because the people are so hospitable
26 Jul 08
yES I AM MOVING THERE. MY FIANCEE' GRADUATED FROM RIZAL HIGH SCHOOL AND ST JOHN'S BOSCONIAN LOL!!
@ashryl (85)
• Philippines
13 May 08
Hi warriorthree! I'm a Filipina, just drop a message on my inbox should you need assistance in learning the Filipino language. Good luck to you and your fiance! All the best!
13 May 08
Hello Ashryl!! Musta poh? I am happy that you are here. My fiance is from Pasig City, next door huh? lol. Any way the words or abbreviations i cannot find in any dictionary are like; anu, un, sun, ult, ung, q, d, n, mtndaan, nung, qng, dti, pow, ing, tau and so on. can you help me? Ingat Poh & salamat in advance. Rob, warriorthree
@ashryl (85)
• Philippines
13 May 08
Hi rob! Well, it's a lot of explaining to do and I don't think this is the proper venue for that. If you have a Yahoo messenger, please post your ID here so I can add you and explain the language better through. My sense is that you're communicating with your fiance through a text message or chat which makes it more complicated because the shortened words you mentioned are not spelled right. This is usually done by filipinos when sending a text message or chat to save time and character space.
26 Jul 08
Hi ashryl!! It is I again! Rob, Warriorthree. I will be coming to Pasig in earlty September to live with my fiancee's family, My yahoo is warriorthree@yahoo.com. I am still having trouble with the words i mentioned as well as what you had said before Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thx Gurl Ingat!
@pearl1003 (671)
• Philippines
28 Jul 08
OMG... ur message was 3 months ago. i wish i was able to read ur post earlier so i could have taught u some tagalog. Well, its easy to learn it especially u know the basics. But listen Rob, dont worry a lot coz Philippines is an english speaking country. It is our second language here so it is widely used. I'm sure u wont have any problem. Here is the best you have to learn.. say "mahal na mahal kita" to your fiancee.. it means "i love you very much".
28 Jul 08
Helo Pearl poh! Musta ka Poh? Salamat ang comment.Fiancee'akin siya knows pag-ibig ako niya. lol. I know i am not making any sence at all. But I believe to truly love a pinay a man should learn her language as well as her culture and accept both with an open heart. To me, that is true love. Ingat Pearl poh! God Bless.
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
hi again... everytime you say "po" it is a sign of respect and that's good. Learning each other's culture and language is a very nice idea. I'm sure your wife-to-be will love you more for thinking that way... And it is also important that you win the hearts of her family... lol. Filipinos love to be pampered and respected... so just continue what you are doing. Goodluck and God bless!
@alena824 (376)
• Philippines
28 Jul 08
I think your difficulty lies in the fact that you are trying to learn Tagalog using short messaging or texting. I think that is the downside of cellphones and texting, people tend to abbreviate words to get more in to fit one message. The result is we now forget how to spell the words we commonly use. And if a beginner were to learn the language based on that, well, yes it will be a little hard. The best way for you to learn our language is to do it the old-fashioned way: through phonetics and the alphabet, as well as definition. Best of all, practice, practice, practice.
28 Jul 08
Salamat Alena po! You are exactly correct. It is text massaging wording. WOW!!! what a mess. That was really the only thing I have trouble with. Ingat po God Bless!
@nylnemnad (166)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
its som amazing that people from the other side of the earth wanted to learn our language. maybe youll learn more quickly if you get in touch with a lot of filipino people. its really important that youll learn some important word or sentences before going here in our country in that way you can understand simple conversation. here are some samples: 1. how are you?= kumusta ka? 2. whats your name?= anong pangalan mo? 3. im sorry= pasensya na/patawad? 4. where is the store?= saan ang tindahan? 5. how much is this?= magkano po ito? 6. lets eat.= kain na tayo hope it helps..goodluck
26 Jul 08
Salamat poh! Welcome Ang bahay ni Rob & Beth Pasig City anytime poh! Ingat, at saka paalam poh! Ako may ba baliw pero masaya !!! lol!! : D Ingat as always poh!
@ayessa (1586)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
Hi rob! You seems a fast learner! I fond reading your responses and its a good sign that you are really willing to learn our language. Anyway, hope you'll have a good time in our country this september
26 Jul 08
Thank you very much. I have some pinay and pinoy friends here in the USA I try to be involved with the filipino community. as I do love your culture. For the time being Pasig City will be our home. In which we hope to buy a home in the pinas and come to the USA once a year as well. Take care and thank you for your kind comments. Sincerely, Rob = Ang Malaki Pinoy Puti!!! The Big White Guy!! LOL
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
Wow it's nice to hear that a non Filipino is so interested to learn the language. I am happy for you and hopefully you could find a good linguist in my country who could assist you on your yearning to learn our language. I could speak the language but I doubt if I could be of help as I also have a hard time teaching others as I am not an expert on teaching the language myself.
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
19 May 08
Learning Tagalog is so easy... once you get to visit and stay here for a long time, you will get to use to it. Goodluck! Best wishes. Cheers!