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Philippine Culture and Online Training

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Philippine Culture and Online Training




Episode 45 – Anatomy

Learn these Tagalog words and phrases related to the different parts of the body. Thank you to everyone who has become a Facebook fan. Do you think there are at least 5,000 people who want to learn how to speak Tagalog? Thank you for spreading the word among your friends. :-) Please leave a comment below if you [...]


Episode 43: Twins

Learn these Tagalog words and phrases related to twins, pairs, or partners… Twin – Kambal Your twin – Kambal mo You are twins. – Magkambal kayo. They are twins. – Magkambal sila. Together with you in… or Partnering with you in… or Your partner in… Kakambal mo sa… Growth – Paglaki Growing with you or Your partner in growth Kakambal mo sa paglaki. (identical [...]


Episode 42: Pastors and Christians

Learn these Tagalog words and phrases related Pastors and Christians… Open your Bibles to… or Turn your Bibles to… Buksan (po) natin ang ating Bibliya sa… Buksan – to open Buksan po natin – let us open (formal/respectful) ang ating – our Bibliya – Bible sa – to Chapter – Capitulo Verse – Bersiculo Where do you go to Church? Saan ka nagsisimba? Saan po kayo nagsisimba? [...]


Episode 36: Running Out Of Time

Here are some Tagalog phrases for those who were not able to finish their projects because there wasn’t enough time… Kapos – not enough Kapos sa oras – not enough time Kinapos sa oras – ran out of time Kinapos kami sa oras – we ran out of time Kulang – not enough Kulang sa oras – not enough time Download Episode [...]


Episode 35: Bahay Kubo (Vegetable Song)

Here are Tagalog words for various vegetables. Filipino children used to learn this song in pre-school. I wonder why that has changed. bahay – house kubo – hut kahit – even (if) munti – tiny halaman – plants doon – there sari-sari – varied paligid – surroundings puno – full (in this particular context) singkamas – native turnip talong – eggplant sigarilyas – winged seguidillas beans mani – [...]


Episode 34: Weight Loss

Here are Tagalog words related to dieting and losing weight. Kailangan kong mag-dieta / mag-jeta – I need to diet. Masikip na ang damit ko. – My clothes now feel tight. masikip – tight damit – clothes Kakain na lang ako… – I’ll just eat… …ng Magic Flakes. – some Magic Flakes (crackers). Anlaki na ng braso ko. – My arms are [...]


Episode 28: Umbrella Sanctuary

When it rains, some Filipinos will share an umbrella as a sanctuary from the storm. Ang lakas ng ulan – It’s raining hard. Lakas – strong ulan – rain Pwedeng maki-sukob? – May I share your umbrella? Halika – Come here Sukob na. – Share my umbrella. Sukob – Superstition. Siblings should not get married in the same year. Or, no child [...]


Episode 27: What Time Is It?

Tagalog Words and Phrases related to Time Anong oras na? – What time is it? Ano(ng) – what oras – time na – now Menos diez para las siete Menos dyis para las siete – 10 minutes before 7:00 Ang oras na ito ay hatid sa inyo ng C2 Green Tea - The time was brought to you by C2 Green Tea. C2 Green [...]


Episode 26: Plane Landing

We’re now shifting to micro-podcasting, which means each episode will contain only one Tagalog phrase. Lumapag na tayo – We (tayo) have landed (lumapag) sa paliparan – at (sa) the airport (paliparan) ng Ninoy Aquino International Airport – of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Pasay City Ordinance – “Welcome to Pasay City!” instead of “Welcome to Manila!” Download Episode [...]


Episode 25: Oh, Waiter!

Here are Tagalog phrases you’ll hear in Philippine restaurants. Filipinos love to eat. Whether it’s in a fine dining restaurant, a fastfood joint, a bistro, or even a streetside carinderia, you’ll find Pinoys talking, drinking, and eating to our hearts’ content. Learn some Tagalog phrases to say in between mouthfuls. Tagalog Words / Phrases ristawran, ristoran – restaurant panciteria [...]


Episode 24: Holy Week

Here are Tagalog lessons about Semana Santa or Holy Week. Holy Week is an important part of Philippine culture. It’s a time to pause and reflect on the state of your spiritual development, spend time with your family (particularly with your grandparents), deepen your relationship with God, or quickly recharge your office-fried brain with a quick [...]


Episode 23: Wedded Bliss

Here are Tagalog phrases about honeymoons and weddings. In the Philippines, weddings are rarely just about two people in love. They’re usually about family. Big families. And their neighbors. And officemates. And yes, even the corner sari-sari store owner. For Filipinos, it’s not a simple “welcome to my family”… it’s more of a “welcome to my [...]


Episode 22: Baby Village

Here are Tagalog lessons about phrases Filipinos utter when we’re near pregnant women and children. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a barangay here in the Philippines to raise a child, even if the baby is still in the womb. There’s this familiar sense of community, as if one’s family went [...]


Episode 21: Parental Guidance

Here are Tagalog lessons about phrases parents usually tell their children. Filipino parents don’t usually praise children. Instead, we easily jump at the chance to tell someone off, particularly when they mess up. If you want to scold a Filipino, try these Tagalog parental phrases, but deliver them with a smile. This will help get your [...]


Episode 20: Getting Around

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 [...]


Episode 19: The Way You Look

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, [...]


Episode 18: Funeral

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 [...]


Episode 17: Sing of Love

Here are Tagalog lessons about love, in preparation for Valentine’s. The Fugitive Mutineer Faeldon Was Arrested last Friday, after more than a month in hiding. He was with his girlfriend who was surveilled by authorities. Yes, love can be costly at times, but that doesn’t stop people from getting smitten. If you’re willing to let yourself go [...]


Episode 16: Boxing Pacquiao

Here are Tagalog lessons about boxer Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao KO’d Erik Morales today, and Pinoys are very happy about this. Earlier this morning, there was more than the usual crowd at the 9AM Sunday mass. Perhaps people wanted to settle their religious obligations before the boxing bout began at around 10AM (Manila time). Even the [...]


Episode 13: New Year

Here are Tagalog lessons about the New Year. Filipinos have several beliefs about the coming New Year. For example, some of us believe that wearing clothes with polka dots will usher in a year of prosperity because the dots look like money (coins). The more dots, the more money. We’re also asked to eat twelve round fruits [...]