Speaking Tagalog is not enough. Sometimes, you need to speak Pilipino English, or English with a Pinoy accent. Example words: journal, country, southern. If you pronounce English correctly, you might not be able to connect with some listeners who might call you “Bostonian”.

Tagalog words / phrases
magkita tayo sa… – let’s meet in the…
mayabang – boastful
Ma, bayad po – Mister, here’s my payment (for the jeepney fare)
Ma, kulang po – Mister, it (the change you gave me) is not enough
bakit? – why?
magkano ang binigay ko? – how much did I give you?
ano? – what?

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