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EVERYDAY GREETINGS in the Philippines

EVERYDAY GREETINGS in the Philippines

Tagalog speakers in the Philippines have many ways of greeting other people. These days it is also common to hear them say “Hi” or “Hello” as a form of greeting, especially among close friends and neighbors. There are no Tagalog translations for these English greetings because they are basically borrowed terms. Below are a few(…)

Planking is OUT, NOYNOYING is IN

Planking is OUT, NOYNOYING is IN

From various sources: Planking is so yesterday. The new “in” thing is to just laze around as if you have no worries, or “Noynoying”, in youth speak. Street rallies against oil price hikes have adapted to threats against planking protesters as youth militants are now going for an easier way in making their sentiments known.(…)

abbreviations in the Philippines

abbreviations in the Philippines

The use of abbreviations in the Philippines is very common. They are used for practicaly everything with a little longer name or sentence, just like everywhere in the world. I have the impression that Filipinos are using abbreviations more than elsewhere in the world, but that’s just my opinion. Official offices have such abbreviations where(…)

heinakuh in the Philippines

heinakuh in the Philippines

In my effort to understand the Filipino language and the Filipinos in particular, I still have lots of problems with the expression: hainakuh ! It is also written on other ways, but this is the most common way. There are many t-shirts available in shops with this expressive text, but no one can give me(…)

Jose Rizal 1861-2011

June 19, 2011 is Fathers day in many countries in the world. Also in the Philippines. But the Filipinos also remember the 150th birthday of one of their greatest hero’s: Jose Rizal. JOSE RIZAL, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town(…)

tagalog lessons 2

tagalog lessons 2

Tagalog is one of the official languages in the Philippines. Most people however are using a mixture of tagalog and English called TAGLISH. Filipinos also have the habbit of using English words but pronounce it and write it the filipino way. For example: karwas = carwash; imbestigador = investigator One of the local TV stations(…)

funny and remarkable advertizing signs in the Philippines

funny and remarkable advertizing signs in the Philippines

In the Philippines, shop owners and private persons, but also the authorities are advertizing to the public, just like in other countries. In the Philippines however you can find funny or not necessary signs along the street, on light posts or on other places. Some time ago I posted already something like this. Check Funny(…)

Funny Filipino writings

Funny Filipino writings

Taglish is the name of the common street-language used in the Philippines. It is a mixture of Tagalog and English. This makes this langauge sometimes difficult to understand, but it makes it most of the times funny to read. The picture (near a public toilet facility) says: E hi = just a pee: 1 peso,  Tae = (…)

more tagalog lessons 1

One of the stars of ABS-CBN tv is the weather man Kuya Kim (Kim Atienza). After his talk about the weather he always tells something interesting about nature, animal life, some trivia or something like that. He always says goodbye with the words: Ang buhay ay weather weather lang. I have asked my wife Flor(…)

Tagalog is breaking my tongue

Almost every day I am learning a new word in Tagalog, one ot the two official languages of the Filipinos aside from English. One of the first words I can remember learning was ‘bulaklak’ = flower. I have learned to say good morning = ‘magandang umaga’ and good afternoon = ‘magandang hapon’. Good evening =(…)

Learning Tagalog

For those people who would like to learn some Tagalog, the most spoken language in the Philippines, I’ll give some links here where to choose from. For an expat to be accepted faster in the Philippines it would be best to learn a few phrases and small sentences in Tagalog.