Talk Tagalog – Learn Tagalog the Natural Way
Lesson Type: Listening Comprehension
Difficulty Level: Bayani (Upper Intermediate)
Topic: Limang Katangian ng Pilipinas Bago Dumating and mga Kastila (Five Characteristics of the Philippines Before the Arrival of the Spaniards)
Philippine history is a colorful rice cake, baked with multiple layers of migrations and colonists. The farther back into the past you go the more layers you have to peel back. Before the arrival of the Colonial Spaniards, the islands had vibrant cultures and societies. Find out the more about what makes Filipinos Filipinos by taking a mental journey in the archipelago’s deep past before the first Europeans set foot on Philippine shores.
Did you find this a bit difficult? No worries. Let’s go one notch down to the intermediate level with another listening comprehension episode Ang Dyipni about the Philippine passenger jeep. There’s also a little neat quiz after each article you can take to test your learning.
You don’t want to practice listening comprehension anymore? You can read something more technical like this article on Tagalog grammar that discusses Tagalog prefixes, infixes and suffixes?
Question 1: B
Question 2: E
Question 3: A
Question 4: D
Question 5: D
Talk Tagalog – Learn Tagalog the Natural Way
Lesson Type: Listening Comprehension
Difficulty Level: Maharlika (Intermediate)
Topic: Ang Dyipni (The Philippine passenger jeep)
Philippine passenger jeeps are the most common form of transportation in the Philippines. It is impossible to spend even a day in the country without noticing these brightly-colored, garish kings of the streets. In this episode, find out where the Philippine jeepney came from, and why they are so close to the hearts of Filipinos.
All this listening make you hungry? How about practicing your listening skills with this transcript of these news reports about food glorious food the Maginhawa Food Street or Filipino Cold Streets. There is a little neat quiz after each article you can take to test your learning.
Did you like this? There’s another pilot episode like this, which is a bit longer but up one difficulty level: Limang Katangian ng Pilipinas Bago Dumating ang mga Kastila (Five Characteristics of the Philippines before the Arrival of the Spanish).
You don’t want to practice listening comprehension anymore? You can read something on the broader level like, Why Should You Learn Tagalog?.
Question 1: C
Question 2: A
Question 3: D
Question 4: D
What’s up with Tagalog verbs? To the language learner, Tagalog verbs can be plain crazy. It’s just all those crazy prefixes, infixes and suffixes which turn Tagalog verbs into a massive and messy mental exercise.
Here’s the deal. Tagalog, like most Austronesian languages, is what you call an “agglutinative language”, which in layman’s terms mean you can slap on certain sounds, which we shall call affixes (such as repeated syllables, prefixes, infixes and suffixes) to root words to change their meaning. Think of a Tagalog verb as a sticky ball of rice on to which you can keep slapping on more rice, meat and vegetables making something new, but it’s still basically a ball of rice. If you’ve already started studying Tagalog you are probably familiar with what I mean… for example tawa (to laugh) + (repeat first syllable) = tatawa (will laugh).
Scared yet? Don’t worry at the end of the article, I’m also going to give you five tips to help you start your journey to mastering Tagalog verbs at the end of the article.
These affixes – the repeated syllables, prefixes, infixes and suffixes which you slap on to your root word – seem reasonably simple at first glace. Sounds like nag-, -um-, -in which seem straightforward in their use. However, as soon as one starts digging deeper their complexity can baffle the unprepared. You can get one verb and slap on all sorts of prefixes, infixes and suffixes and that will change the tense, usage, and conotation of the word (there are more technical terms for this but let’s leave these out for now). For example, the verb takbo (meaning to run) + the infix um can be made into the word tumakbo, which equates to the simple past tense past tense ran. However you can also make that same verb takbo into a monster: nakikipagtakbuhan. Nakikipagtakbuhan means to “run at the same time with someone or something else, at a period of time in the past or the present, with the connotatation that the subject of the verb is running together or racing with the original runner”. A word like nakikipagtakbuhan is the kind of word that makes you want to run away from grammar doesn’t it?
What worsens your despair is hearing how native Tagalog speakers will use these “mutated” verbs in rapid succession without giving them a split second’s thought. It’s hard to give a definitive list with all the possible prefixes, infixes, and suffixes which you can slap on a verb, nor will I attempt such a mind-bending exercise. I’ll leave that job to linguists with thick glasses who have devoted much of their lives studying and writing thick grammar books. While studying the grammar of a foreign language has its own essential role, this site is more on learning Tagalog the natural way. Instead, what I’ll do is I’ll take a verb and just start shooting as many possible variations off the top of my head and see how far I can go.
I’ll choose the Tagalog verb kain or to eat and see how many permutations of this verb I can make by slapping of prefixes, infixes and suffixes.
KAIN (TO EAT)
kain (to eat, used as an invitation), tiga-kain (one designated to eat), kumakain (present progressive), kakain (will eat), kumain (imperative, simple past), kainan (a place or event where you eat), pakain-kain (to eat sporadically), pakain (event where you can eat, asking permission to eat), ipakain (makes someone eat something), pinapakain (feed regularly), kinain (past), papakainin (will feed), pagkain (infinitive, noun for food), pagpapakain (gerund), kakainin (something to eat in the future), papakainin (to allow to eat), magpapakain (to serve food or feed in the future), papakain (shortened form of magpapakain, used to connote it will be done in the near
future), kinakain-kain (something has been eaten sporadically in the past), kinainan (eating happened at a location), kinakainan (a place where people habitually eat), kinakain (it can be eaten, currently eating), Nakakain (has experienced eating something), Nagsikain (they began to eat, connotes, they weren’t eating before than suddenly they started eating), Magsikain (imperative, to a group of people asking them to eat), Pagkakain (having recently completed eating), kakainan (a place where eating will happen), kinakainkainan (eating sporadically happens at the location), nagpakain (past tense of pakain, to feed), nagpapakain (someone who habitually feeds something or someone else), magkainan (imperative, asking two or more people to have an eating event), nagkakainan (two or more were eating something or each other), nangangain (someone or something that eats something being referred to), nagsisikain (were in the process of eating, connoting they started eating at the time), magkakainan (two or more will eat each other, oh sounds sexy, if stress is on the second syllable, if stress is on the penultimate syllable an eating event will happen), magkakainkainan (will pretend to eat, or mock eating), and kainin (will eat, a direct imperative).
Just to put things into context, let me throw up a chart with a few of the variations I just made.
|KAIN – to eat|
|kain||used as an invitation, or an instruction.||Tara, kain tayo.
Come one. Let’s eat.
‘Wag kayo mahiya, kain lang kayo diyan.
Don’t be shy, have something to eat.
|tiga-kain / taga-kain
|Noun – one designated to eat||May baboy kami sa bukaran ang tiga-kain namin ng panis na pagkain
We have a pig out back (behind the house) that (is designated to) eat our spoiled food.
Allegic ako sa hipon, kaya paglumalabas kami at may hipon yung hinain, asawa ko ang taga-kain.
I’m allergic to shirmp so when I’m out of the house and there’s shimp in the food served, my husband/wife eats it for me.
Present progressive, an ongoing action
|Hindi ako muslim, kumakain ako ng baboy.
I’m not a muslim, I eat pork.
Kumakakain si Mark sa ilalim ng puno.
Mark is eating under the tree.
|Kakain||Future tense||Pagdating ko sa bahay, kakain ako.
When I get home, I’m going to eat.
Kakain ako ng lechon pagdating ng Pasko.
I will eat roast pig on Christmas.
|Kumain||imperative when combined with a pronoun, simple past||Kumain ka, kailangan mo magpalakas.
Eat, you need to build up your strength.
Kumain ako kaninang umaga.
I ate this morning.
|kainan||Noun – a place or event where you eat
Connotes an event where the main activity is to eat
|Nagbukas yung tatay ko ng maliit na kainan sa kanto.
My father opened a small eatery at the street corner.
May kainan bukas sa munisipyo kasi bertday ng mayor.
There will meals served at city hall tomorrow since it will be the mayor’s birthday.
|pakain-kain||to eat sporadicly, connotes there is no strong intent, or it was done without much effort||Wala siyang ginawa sa opisina ngayon, pakain-kain lang buong araw.
He didn’t do anything in the office today, he just munched on snacks the whole day.
Madalas ‘pag Linggo sa bahay lang ako, pakain-kain at patulog-tulog lang.
Usually on Sundays I just say at home, and eat and sleep the whole day.
|pakain||Noun – event where you can eat usually connoting it will be done for free, or used when asking permission to eat, or asking someone to do something as short for ‘ipakain’||Kapag pista dito, lahat ng bahay may pakain, kahit sino pwedeng makisalo.
When it’s fiesta time here, all house serve food for guest, anyone can come and eat.
Pakain ka naman sa bagong bukas mong restawran.
You should treat us to some food at your newly-opened restaurant.
Pakain mo sa mga baboy ang natirang kanin.
Feed the leftover rice to to the pigs.
|ipakain||makes someone or something eat something||Ipakain mo sa mga baboy ang natirang kanin.
Feed the leftover rice to to the pigs.
Ipakain mo sa kasintahan mo ang mahiwagan isda na ito, iibigin ka niya habang buhay.
Feed your sweetheart this magic fish, she will love you your as long as she lives.
|pinapakain||feed regularly, or was in the act of feeding
|Pinapakain ko ang mga halagang ibon ng nanay ko araw-araw.
I feed my mother’s pet birds every day.
Nakita ko si Anna kahapon sa kalsada, pinapakain niya anak niya ng kendi.
I saw Anna on the street yesterday feeding her child candy.
|kinain||past||Kinain mo ba ang ang manok ng kuya mo?
Did you eat your older brother’s chicken?
Kinain ko ang masanas kahapon.
I ate the apple yesterday.
|papakainin||will feed||Papakainin kita ng totoong pagkaing pinoy kung sasama ka sa akin sa Pilipinas.
I’ll give you a taste of real Filipino food if you come with me to the Philippines.
Papakain ko ang aso pagdating ko sa bahay.
I’ll feed the dog when I get home.
Not to be confused with the noun for food
|Ang pagkain ng prutas at gulay araw at mabuti.
Eating fruits and vegetables is good.
Ang pagkain (verb) ng masasarap na pagkain (noun) ay isa sa mga dahil kung bakit nabubuhay ang tao.
To eat delicious food is one of the reasons man lives.
(noun) Pahingi naman ng pagkain.
Please give me some food.
The road to tagalog verb mastery looks tough, but fear not, here are five tips to help you swing through the learning curve with flying colors!
There is no substitute to listening to native Tagalog speakers in a “natural environment” using these verbs. At first it may sound that you might as well be listening to a non-stop barrage of incomprehensible utterance, but you can start by focusing on just picking out one word at the time. Eventually, you’ll start picking out phrases. Then, entire sentences. You Tagalog will only progress the more you listen,.
I have to caution you that while it’s tempting to think we can pick up a foreign language totally from just from exposure or interaction with native speakers, doing some “book learning” or learning the rules behind language and looking at the language in a written form can greatly help you shorten the learning curve. I have a lot of transcribed excerpts in Tagalog just for the purpose of practicing to listen.
Learning a few examples of Tagalog verbs in the form of set phrases will help you get the ball rolling. I believe that a profound change happens in the mind once you take a language concept off the pages of a book, and throw it into a real live interaction or conversation. It helps you get the “feel” of the grammar point.
I am a big believer in phrase books and memorizing a few pre-formulated sentences. Confidence in a language is also something you develop over time, and is one of the most overlooked features of language learning.
Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. These are four overlapping but different skills. The same goes with Tagalog verbs. As you start your progression in learning Tagalog, you’ll probably learn to understand what you hear and read, more than what you can say speak and write. This is perfectly normal. Go with the flow.
It’s a big pot of rice you have to eat, and you can’t humanly eat it all at once. Learn a few tenses at the time. Start with the tenses or affixes which come most natural to you. It’s not cheating. It’s leveraging what you already know or can easily understand.
Like any life skill, getting a grasp of Tagalog verbs and indeed the language itself takes time. You are only getting better at something the more you practice. And the great thing is native speakers will nine out of ten times (or more like ninety nine out of a hundred times) appreciate you for the effort, even if they will try to answer back in English. Just keep at it, tiger!
I’ll throw in a bonus tip for you, and perhaps on a deeper level this may be the most important tip of them all. Make mistakes. Probably they’ll understand you, maybe a few times they won’t, but you have to try and keep applying what you know.
The fear of looking stupid has kept many of us from achieving greater heights. We all want to have that perfect, witty Tagalog conversation with a native speaker, but believe me, it’s not just going to happen straight from a book to reality, no matter how much you practice alone in your room. You have to make mistakes. Many mistakes. In fact I believe in speaking Tagalog from day one.
So there it is folks. Tagalog verbs can be a scary, but a language is a beautiful thing, it’s a product of a people and a culture. You just have to get over our initial fear and jump in the deep end. While the road is long, there are many flowers along the way. Imagine all the sense of achievement and fun you can have it gems like nagkakainan or nangangain.
Feel free to leave a comment or question below if there’s something you’d like to add or ask. If there are any learners or native speakers out there who would like to add to my list of the different permutations of the Tagalog verb kain, please feel free to add those in the comments.
Booyah, till next time TTC (Talk Tagalog community)!
We just talked a lot about food. Now how about practicing your listening skills with this transcript of this news report about the Maginhawa Food Street or Filipino Cold Streets. There is a little neat quiz after each article you can take to test your learning.
Or you can something on the broader level like, Why Should You Learn Tagalog?
“AlDub Fever” – Higit sa Pagpapakilig at Social Media Trending, Isa Siyang Pagsasabuhay ng Kulturang Pilipino
Lesson Type: Listening Comprehension with Contextual Video
Difficulty Level: Maharlika (Intermediate)
Makailan na bang beses bumida mga Pinoy sa international scene? Mula sa peaceful EDSA revolution, ilang kalamidad, hanggang sa mga beauty queens, singing sensations, at ngayon ay meron na naman – ang “AlDub Nation”. Ang komunidad na ito ay kinikilala ngayon hindi lamang sa Pilipinas, ng mga Pinoy sa iba’t ibang parte ng mundo, sa social media (kung saan ang huling pagsasama-sama ay umani ng record breaking na 41 million tweets ) at maging ang mga tanyag na news organizations na tulad ng BBC at CNN.
Ang AlDub ay ang pinagsamang pangalan ng baguhang actor na si Alden Richards at ang tinaguriang “ Dubsmash Queen” na si Maine Mendoza na gumaganap bilang Yaya Dub sa ngayon ay patok na segment sa pinakamatagal na noontime show na Eat Bulaga.
Sa isang hindi inaasahan at hindi pinagplanuhang insidente ay nabuo ang hinirang na phenomenal love team nina Alden at Yaya Dub at nagbigay daan sa segment na “ Kalyeserye” na ang ibig sabihin ay drama serye sa kalsada. Ito ay isang pagsasadula na live na ginagawa ng mga artista ng programang ito sa kalsada ng iba’t ibang lugar na kanilang pinupuntahan araw- araw upang mamigay ng mga papremyo.
At dahil sa team up na ito ay nabuhay na muli ang mga sinaunang kaugalian ng mga Pinoy pagdating sa pagliligawan at pag-ibig. Ang ilan sa mga ugaling ito na tilang natabunan na ng modernong panahon, katulad ng :
Ang dalagang Pilipina ay kilala sa dalawang katangiang ito. Subali’t sa paglipas ng panahon ay nagbago na ang pamamaraan at pagkilos ng dating Maria Clara na sagisag ng kapinuhan. Ang mga Pinay ay kilala rin sa pagiging pakipot kung saan ang tunay na nararamdaman , lalo na sa harap ng kalalakihan , ay tinatago, na siyang ibang –iba sa pagiging palaban at mapusok ngayon .
Ang pagsusuyuan noong unang panahon, ay hindi dinadaan sa pagtetext o pagtatagpo sa kanto lamang. Ang lalaki ay nanunuyo sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng bulaklak at iba pang mga regalo, pagdalaw sa bahay ng babae , pagharap sa mga magulang ng liniligawan, at ang paninilbihan. Ang paninilbihan ay isang pagpapakita ng kagustuhan at kahandaang gumawa ng mahihirap na mga bagay tulad ng pag-iigib ng tubig o pagsibak ng kahoy para sa minamahal na babae.
Ang pagpasok sa relasyon noon ay may tamang paggabay ng magulang . Mula sa panliligaw hanggang sa pagpasok sa relasyon ay naka-alalay ang mga magulang . Ito ay isang pagpapakita kung gaano kalaki ang paggalang nating mga Pilipino sa ating mga magulang o kapamilyang nakatatanda.
“ Sa tamang panahon” ang paboritong linya ni Lola Nidora , ang tumatayong tagapangalaga ni Yaya Dub. Isa itong pagpapakita ng angking ugali ng Pilipino na pagiging matiisin, matiyaga, ay may pananamplalataya sa Diyos na ang lahat ng ating ninanais ay kanyang ibibigay, kalian pa ? Kundi sa tamang panahon.
Dahil sa paglalagay ng ganitong mga magagandang kaugalian sa kanilang palabas ay umani na rin ng maraming pagpupuri ang AlDub love team, si Lola Nidora at ang Kalyeserye, mula sa mismong mga kabataan, sa kanilang mga magulang, guro, taga media, mga pari at ang kanilang samahan na tulad ng Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines o CBCP.
“AlDub Fever” – More than the Giddiness and Social Media Trending, It is the Filipino Culture Brought to Life
How many times have the Pinoys starred in the international scene? From the peaceful EDSA revolution, some calamities, to the beauty queens, singing sensations and now there is another one – AlDub Nation. The community is being recognized now, not only in the Philippines, by Pinoys in the different parts of the world, in the social media ( where its recent gathering earned a record breaking 41 million tweets ) and even by known news organizations like BBC and CNN.
AlDub is a combination of the names of the budding actor Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, dubbed as the “Dubsmash Queen”, who portrays Yaya Dub in the present hit segment of the longest running noontime show, Eat Bulaga.
Through an unexpected and unplanned incident came the phenomenal love team of Alden and Yaya Dub and which paved way to the segment “ Kalyeserye “ meaning a drama series on the street. It is a live dramatization performed by the artists of the program on the streets of the different places they visit everyday to give away prizes.
And because of this team-up , the old Pinoy customs when it comes to courtship and love have been revived. Some of these old ways that have been overshadowed by modern times are:
The Filipino lady is known for these two traits. But as time passes by, there have been changes in the manners and actuations of the former Maria Clara who is an epitome of being refined. Pinays are also known to being able to hold back their feelings, especially infront of the males, totally different to their being bold and aggressive nowadays.
Courtship in earlier times was not done through text messages and meet ups on the street. The men would have to woo women by giving flowers and other presents, visiting them in their homes, meeting the parents of the woman he is courting and rendering service. Rendering of services is a way of showing his willingness and preparedness to perform difficult tasks such as fetching of water and chopping of fire wood to prove his love for that woman.
Getting into a relationship before had the proper guidance of one’s parents. From the courtship to committing one’s self to a relationship, the parents are there to assist. This is a way of showing how much respect we Filipinos have for our parents and elders.
“When the right time comes “is the favorite line of Lola Nidora who acts as Yaya Dub’s guardian. This is a manifestation of our inherent patience, diligence and faith in God that everything we long for will be given by Him, when? When the right time comes.
Because of the incorporation of these values in their program, the AlDub love team, Lola Nidora and Kalyeserye have earned praises from the youth themselves, their parents, and teachers, members of the media, priests and their organization like the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines o CBCP.
This is my e-book Your First 100 Tagalog Sentences. It’s available absolutely for free on this website on this page. But if you want to support us, buy the most updated Kindle version on Amazon for a silly $1.99. Please, please, please. Your support means I can churn out more lessons. Salamat!
Title: Talk with Lala “Saleslady Attack!”
Description: In this monologue, the show host talks about her pet peeves on salesladies.
Lesson type: Listening Comprehension, transcript of third party video
Difficulty Level: Maharlika (Intermediate)
Basta ‘yon. Walang bisa yan. O, aminin niyo ‘yan, aminin niyo ‘yan. I’m snacking, McDonald’s. Yes, McDonald’s.
Hi guys, welcome back to my channel. See sa title ng aking video is “Saleslady Attack!” Yes, “Saleslady Attack.” Kung napapansin niyo naka-make-up ako and super make-up talaga ang lola niyo. Huwag niyo na lang po siya pansinin kasi meron po ako ginawang ah… pictorial. Meron kaming ginawang photoshoot so… ‘yun. Ako yung ginawa nilang model. Model daw oh.
Di’ ba minsan ‘pagka pumunta ka sa isang mall, tapos pumasok ka sa isang store, yung saleslady sobrang accommodating niya. Sa su.. [stutters]. Sa sobrang accommodating ng saleslady, alam mo yung kahit saan ka magpunta sa loob ng store nakasunod siya sa’yo. Eh di’ ba minsan… minsan nakakairita yung ganoon. Although ginagawa lang niya yung trabaho niya, pero diba’ nakakairita minsan na sunod lang ng sunod sa’yo ang saleslady.
“Ano ba? Mamaya na. ‘Pag may kailangan ako, tatawagin kita.”
“Kailangan ko mapag-isa. Huwag niyo ako sundan.”
Pero, don’t get me wrong, ah. Saludo ako sa mga saleslady na super, super mag-entertain ng kanilang customer, guest. Pero huwag naman masyadong O.A. yung parang ikaw na yung nahihiya dun sa store, kasi parang… feeling mo parang obligado ka bumili kapag sunod ng sunod sa’yo yung mga saleslady. ‘Di ba? Kahit hindi yun yung gusto kong bilhin, nabibili ko. Alam niyo yung minsan na parang sa sobrang sales talk ng saleslady, nabibili mo yung hindi mo dapat bilhin. Yun yung nararamdaman natin minsan pero syempre di’ natin masisisi yung saleslady kasi uhm… ginagawa lang naman niya yung trabaho niya, eh which is good, kasi uhm… trabaho niya yun na mag-entertain ng customers or pilitin… pilitin makabili yung customer ng product na yun. Tapos, may mga saleslady rin naman na suplada. Yes, di’ ba. Mga suplada sila, as in, di sila nag-eentertain ng mga… ng mga customers nila.
“Miss, meron ba kayo nito?”
“Ay wala ho kami niyan.” o “Ubos na po. Out of stock.” Duh?
Di’ ba may mga ganung saleslady talaga. Dahil diyan, kakain muna ako. Kasi…
One time nangyari ‘to sa’kin. Yung dad ko nagpunta sa mall, parang pumunta siya sa isang hardware sa mall. Madumi… madumi talaga yung suot niya, as in… Galing siya dun sa field. So ayun, madumi talaga siya. Hindi siya in-entertain ng saleslady, as in hindi siya in-entertain. Feeling ng saleslady, uhm… hindi siya bibili… Alam mo parang feeling niya pulubi yung tatay ko, parang ganoon. Pero merong isang ginintuang pusong saleslady na nag-entertain sa kanya. And, nagulat yung mga tao dun sa shop kasi maraming binili yung dad ko.
Oh, di’ ba? May mga saleslady talaga na judgmental. Alam niyo yung parang… parang mamatahin ka nila kung ano yung hitsura mo, kung ano yung… kung ano yung ka… ka-estado mo sa buhay. Di’ ba may mga ganoon.
May mga saleslady naman talaga na hindi nila ginagawa yung trabaho nila, as in tamad sila, as in, nakatingin lang sila sa ‘yo. Parang, duh? Parang “Bibili ba ‘to? Parang hindi naman.”
Sana nag-enjoy kayo dito sa maikling random talk ko about saleslady… Please guys, subscribe on my channel and thumbs up this video and comment in comment box below kung gusto nilang magcomment. Okay, see you later. Bye… Mwah!