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10 years ago
Did You Know You Were Speaking Tagalog?

Words in English from the Tagalog language:

boondocks (from "bundok," mountain)

10 years ago

Wish Bud would have calmed and stayed--I miss him.



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How are you?

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10 years ago

Paalam = Goodbye myspace graphic comments

10 years ago

TERRY     This thread is also helping m,e learn & speak Tagalog,...Sharing, the sites, I've found and heard of through Gemma,....  

Thank You for what You posted,...... 

10 years ago

Do you speak English?: Marunong ba kayong mag-Ingglés?

Do you understand?: Naiintindihan ba ninyo?

I understand: Naiintindihan ko hô.

I don't understand: Hindi ko hô naiintindihan.

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  • Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet in which each consonant has an inherent vowel /a/. Other vowels are indicated either by separate letters, or by dots - a dot over a consonant changes the vowels to an /i/ or and /e/, while a dot under a consonant changes the vowel to /o/ or /u/.
  • The inherent vowel is muted by adding a + sign beneath a consonant. This innovation was introduced by the Spanish.
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
The Baybayin alphabet

Baybayin alphabet

Latin alphabet for TagalogA aB bK kD dE e G gH hI iL lM mabakadaegahailamaN nNg ngO oP pR rS sT tU uW wY ynangaoparasatauwaya

Hear the Tagalog alphabet at:

10 years ago

Tagalog    Tagalog (abakada)

Tagalog is an Austronesian language with about 57 million speakers in the Philippines, particularly in Manila, central and southern parts of Luzon, and also on the islands of Lubang, Marinduque, and the northern and eastern parts of Mindoro. Tagalog speakers can also be found in many other countries, including Canada, Guam, Midway Islands, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, UK and USA.

Tagalog used to be written with the Baybayin alphabet, which probably developed from the Kawi script of Java, Bali and Sumatra, which in turn descended from the Pallava script, one of the southern Indian scripts derived from Brahmi. Today the Baybayin alphabet is used mainly for decorative purposes and the Latin alphabet is used to write to Tagalog.

The name Tagalog derives from tagá-ílog, which means "resident beside the river". Little is known of the history of the language before the arrival of the Spanish in the Philippines during the 16th century as no eariler written materials have been found.

The earliest known book in Tagalog is the Doctrina Cristiana (Christian Doctrine) which was published in 1593. It was written in Spanish and Tagalog, with the Tagalog text in both Baybayin and the Latin alphabet.

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In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. Philippines is the world's 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK.


Tagala - the Philippines first Filipino-Spanish dictionary which was printed in 1613, 25 years older than the first book printed in the United States.


The exotic jeepney is a post-war creation inspired by the GI jeeps that the American soldiers brought to the country in the 1940s. Enterprising Filipinos salvaged the surplus engines and came out unique vehicles of art.


The word "boondocks," which is now a part of the English language, dictionary, and vocabulary, comes from the Tagalog word "bundok," meaning "mountain."


Halo-Halo! Halo-halo literally means, "mix-mix". And its is just that: a mixture of sweetened fruits and beans, lavished with pinipig (crisp flattened rice flakes), sugar and milk, topped by crushed ice and ice cream. You know its summertime when halo-halo stand start sprouting by the roadside and by the beach, all whipping up their heavenly concoctions of such a refreshingly divine dessert. You can make your own by selecting and mixing your ingredients to make a perfect Halo-Halo. Halo-Halo is uniquely, unforgettably Filipino!

The Philippine Basketball Association is Asia's premier and the world's second oldest professional league.


The world's largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in a giant Tridacna (mollusk) under the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the "Pearl of Lao-Tzu", the gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches in diameter. As of May 1984, it was valued at US$42 million. It is believed to be 600 years old.

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Here's a Great site for learning more about the Philippines  

10 years ago
Mixed Seafood with Oyster Sauce Recipe


Estimated cooking time: 30 minutes


Seafood with Oyster Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 kilo of seafood (any one or a combination of crabs, prawns, squid, clams, mussels and any seafood)

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • spring onions (cut 1 inch long)

  • 1 thumb sized ginger, sliced into strips

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar or monosodium glutamate

  • 1/3 cup of oyster sauce

  • 2 pieces green finger pepper (sili pag sigang) chopped

  • 3 table spoons of cooking oil or olive oil

  • 1/3 cup water

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:
  • Cut crabs into 2 or 4 if very big

  • Steam crabs and prawns for 5 minutes

  • Clean squid and cut into 1 inch long sections

  • On a big wok, sauté garlic until golden brown, then add ginger and onions, sauté for a minute more

  • Add water and bring to a boil

  • Add squid, clams, mussels and other uncooked seafood.

  • Boil for 5 minutes

  • Add crabs and shrimp

  • Add the oyster sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Sprinkle the sugar or monosodium glutamate (vetsin)

  • Add the long green chili

  • Mix well and bring to a boil

  • Simmer for 3 minutes

  • Serve hot with steamed rice

Seafood with Oyster Sauce Cooking Tips:
  • Add the long green chili earlier if you prefer your mixed seafood with oyster sauce hot.

  • The above recipe can be used for just one type of seafood like crabs only or a combination of many including fish.

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Pork / Chicken Adobo Recipe


Estimated cooking time: 50 minutes


Adobo Ingredients:
  • 1/2 kilo pork, cut in cubes

  • 1/2 kilo chicken, cut into pieces

  • 1 head garlic, minced

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup vinegar

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 5 laurel leaves (bay leaves)

  • 4 tablespoons of cooking oil or olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons water

Adobo Cooking Instructions:
  • In a big sauce pan or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil then sauté the minced garlic and onions.

  • Add the pork and chicken to the pan. Add 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, vinegar, paprika and the bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or when meat is tender.

  • Remove the pork and chicken from the sauce pan and on another pan, heat cooking oil and brown the pork and chicken for a few minutes.

  • Mix the browned pork and chicken back to the sauce and add cornstarch dissolved in water to thicken.

  • Add salt and/or pepper if desired

  • Bring to a boil then simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

  • Serve hot with the adobo gravy and plain rice.

Adobo Cooking Tips:
  • You have the option to add crushed ginger to the onions and garlic when sautéing. Ginger adds a unique flavor to your pork/chicken adobo.

10 years ago
Filipino Recipes

Welcome to the Filipino recipes site. Featured on this site are free Filipino recipes that have become all time Philippine favorites. Traditional Filipino food recipes that are simple to cook and always a pleasure to serve and eat...dishes that are always welcome on the dining table. Filipino food consist mostly of vegetables, seafood, dairy, meat and rice. Like Philippine fiestas, Filipino recipes are rich in flavour & color.

Pork & vegetables dishFilipino culinary arts is greatly influenced by Chinese, European, American, Arab and Asian cuisines. A fusion of various recipes from earlier traders, Asian immigrants and former colonizers.

Before the Spaniards colonized the Philippines, the country's cuisine consisted of root crops, game, vegetables and seafood. Filipino food recipes then was almost always either boiled, roasted or broiled. Foreign trade brought in all kinds of spices and plants to the Philippines. And like the Filipino today, its cuisine is a gastronomic feast from different countries and cultures - from east to west.

Filipinos have embraced as their own cuisines form other countries like the noodles from the Chinese, rice and meat dishes from the Spaniards, fast-food from the Americans and even spaghetti from the Italians. All these now form part of the Philippine cuisine - with the Filipino touch, of course.

There are however many Filipino recipes from each region of the Philippines. The Filipino's penchant for cooking resulted into a unique Philippine culinary arts. The Ilocanos from the north is known for their Pakbet - a simple but nutritious vegetable dish. While the Bicolanos are famous for their Bicol Express a hot and spicy dish in coconut milk. Overall, nothing beats the fame of the tasty pork and chicken adobo, a dish the Philippines is known for throughout the world.

Experience the tastes and colors of Philippine food. A gastronomic delight that has been savoured through many generations. Enjoy the free Filipino food recipes on this site and happy cooking!

10 years ago

Hello Irma!      I guess small world!  Quezon City is where my fiance is from,..Back in february, we were there,..She showed me where she went too high school and other places,...Spent a week in Boracay then,....Maramig Maganda!

I was just joking of the room being pangit,...It was a Beautiful hotel!!  

My introduction ( in Pilipino)
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Mabuhay! Kumusta kayong lahat! Exciting ito, to communicate, to learn other tongues. I'm Irma Paulme, from Quezon City, Philippines.

TRANSLATION: Long live! How are you all! This is going to be exciting, to communicate, to learn other tongues.

Hi Bud! The room is not that pangit, medyo madilim lang (kinda dark that's all).

10 years ago

Think my keyboard typos were contagious, LOL. Such good friends here--thank you Bud and thank you Terry!


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Our room in Ortigas


Forgive the room being messed up,..(pangit),...But had some Great views from it!  

10 years ago

Hey Bug I'm Just Trying To learn it I get It off Line And Post It To help Everyone That Would Like To Learn The Language

A view from our hotel room from Ortigas, in Metro Manila
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A view from Ortigas, A part of metro Manila


Manila, or metro Manila is made up of many smaller area's, sorta like New York,....But a Huge City overall,.....

10 years ago

I didn't realize you were so into Tagalog,.. Tulog,....Salamat,...Just recently along with the book & CD's, I have,...Found a mabuti online free interpretor service,...

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A Jeepney,..A major mode of transportation in Manila

This is a Jeepney, with every owner their decorated differently, from ornately, too religious, too whaterever they wish to do on the outside, *Always Very Colorful*,....The cheapest and most used transportation around Manila,...Usually packed full,..Their cheaper than taxi's,...

10 years ago

A Trycycle taxi,....

The "Tricycle" is a major mode of transportation,,...When leaving the island resort on Boracay Island,...We rolled our eyes at leaving in this,..(We didn't),...No room for us and suitcases,....Sadly, just away from the "tourist" area's,....There's slums,....Quite a contradiction in life,....

10 years ago

Salamat Terry & Patti!          Hey, this will help me too learn more din na,...As Gemma calls it mixing english & tagalog,..."Tag-lish"

10 years ago
I am happy Masaya ako.

Time Oras
I love you Mahal Kita
Please Pakiusap

Up Taas
Down Baba
Left Kaliwa
Right Kanan
North Hilaga
East Silangan
South Timog
West Kanluran
Far Malayo
Near Malapit
Bad Masama
Beautiful Maganda
You are beautiful Maganda Ka
Cheap Mura
Expensive Mahal
Big Malaki
Small Maliit

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I/We Ako/Tayo
You Ikaw
They Sila
He/She Siya

Yes Oo/Opo
No Hindi

What? Ano?
When? Kailan?
Where? Saan?
Who? Sino?
Why? Bakit?
How? Paano?
How many? Ilan?
How much? Magkano?

What is your real name?
Yon tunay na pangalan?
How do you say .... in Tagalog?
Ano sa Tagalog ang .....?
What is the meaning of ....?
Ano ang ibig sabihin nang ....? / Ano yun ....?
I am learning Tagalog
Nag aaral magtagalog
I am
Ako nga
I am from England
Sa England ako
Your country is very beautiful
Maganda ang bayan mo.
I am happy Masaya ako.

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English / TagalogLearn Tagalog
through books & CD's
Welcome(greeting) Mabuhay!
Good morning Magandang umaga
Good day Magandang arao
Good afternoon Magandang hapon
Good evening Magandang gabi
Noon Tanghali

How are you? Kumusta ka?
I am fine Mabuti naman
OK OK din
Thank you Salamat
Thank you very much Maraming salamat
You're Welcome Walang anuman
Good luck to you.
Mabuting kapalaran sa iyo.
Goodbye Paalam
Mabuhay (Mabuhay is used for a variety of positive greetings)
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Use saán or nasaán to ask "Where?" 1. Use "saán " with a verb:
Saán ka pupuntá?
Where are you going?2. Use "nasaán" if there is no verb:
Nasaán ang banyo?
Where is the bathroom?

10 years ago

Ako ay Mabuti Salmat... there is no way i will learn this, but sounds fun...

10 years ago

Oh cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!! Bud! Thank you!
Maramig Salamat

Heyyyyyyyyy Patti!! :)
10 years ago

"Ano'ng pangalan mo?"       (Whats your name?)

"Kinagagalak ko kayong makilala"     (I'm glad to meet You)

"Ako ay si Bud"    (I am Bud)

"Kamusta ka?"    (How are You?)

"Mabuti"    (Fine, Good)      (ma-boot-ti)

"Salamat"  (Thank You)

"Maramig Salamat"  (Thank You Very much)   (ma-rom-mig)

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