February 2006


Here are Tagalog lessons about public transport systems and commuting.

Filipinos get from place to place by riding pedicabs, tricycles, taxis, FX vans, buses, or even the Metro Rail Transport (MRT).

Tagalog Words / Phrases

Magkano hanggang… – How much from here to… (destination)
Bayad po. – Here’s my payment.
Para. – Stop.
Diyan lang sa tabi. – Please stop on the side. (Please pull over.)
Sa tabi lang po. – Please stop at the curb. [respectful form]
Sandali lang. – Just a moment, please.
Makikiraan po. – Excuse me. Please let me pass.

Kayo na ang bahala. – It’s up to you (how much you want to pay me).
Pwede na ba ang bente-kwatro? – Is P24.00 enough?

Lakad na! – Let’s go.
Mag-FX tayo. – Let’s ride an FX van.
Saan tayo bababa? – Where will we disembark?
Ilang sakay? – How many rides will we take?

Download Episode 20 – Getting Around
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Here are Tagalog lessons about people meeting after a long time and commenting on how each one looks.

Filipinos will usually notice something new about you if they haven’t seen you for quite some time. It can be your new hair cut, your added weight, your shed pounds, or how great you look.

Tagalog Words / Phrases

Uy, long time no see. – Hey, long time no see. (Haven’t seen you for quite some time.)

Wow, bagong gupit, ah. – Wow, you have a new haircut.
Okay, ah. – Looks fine.
Ayos, ah! – Looks great!
Buhay pa ba ang barbero? – Is your barber still alive?

Oist, ang taba mo na, ah! – Hey/Pssst, you’ve gained weight!
Naku, tumaba ka! – Oh no, you’ve grown fat!

Uuuuy, ang payat mo na, ah! – Heeey, you’re so slim!
Ay, ang payat mo na… – Oh no, you’ve lost so much weight…

Lalo kang bumata… – You look younger…
Anong sikreto mo? – What’s your secret?

Wow, blooming tayo ngayon, ah. – My, aren’t we blooming today…
Mukhang inspired ka. – You look inspired. (read: in love)

Download Episode 19 – The Way You Look
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Here are Tagalog lessons about Funerals.

We Filipinos are sometimes at our most vulnerable during funerals. That’s why it means a lot to us if you take the time to visit during the wake, and moreso if you are present during the interment or burial of our departed relatives.

Tagalog Words / Phrases

Lamay – Funeral wake.
Nakikiramay po kami. – We are grieving with you.
Ano po ang nangyari? – What happened?
Sige ho… Tutuloy na po kami. – Okay… We have to go now.
Condolence uli, po… – Again, our condolences…
O siya, sige… – Oh, all right…

Download Episode 18 – Funeral
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