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Money talks!!

Mayaman ka ba? (Are you rich?) Regardless of how much money you have, let’s talk about money and related words. Firstly, money in Tagalog is pera. If you speak Spanish, do not be fooled that this means “pear”, which¬†in Tagalog is peras. Do you see what they did there? E.g. May pera ka ba? Kailangan…

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Jeepney Language

Probably the most popular form of public transportation in the Philippines. They are literally the kings of the roads. A distinctive feature of a jeepney is its jeep-like front appearance. Each jeepney has its own decorations of either movie characters, religious imagery, flags of other countries (usually the US or the UK) or anime, so…

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Please

In a previous post, I wrote that the phrases for “Please” are Puwede ba, Pakisuyo¬†and Pakiusap. However, these phrases are never spoken and usually left in textbooks. You’ll see pakiusap used on signs though. A common way to say please is Paki+(verb root). As in: Pakibigay mo ako – Please give me Pakitawag – Please…

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Basic Phrases

Here are some basic phrases you can use whenever you visit the Philippines or want to impress Filipino friends. English Tagalog Hello/Hi Kumusta How are you? Kumusta ka na (ba)? I’m good Mabuti Thank you (very much) (Maraming) Salamat Good morning Magandang umaga Good afternoon Magandang hapon Good evening/night Magandang gabi Hopefully, these will give…