- tagalog

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.(…)

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 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.

living in the Philippines

living in the Philippines

When you are living in the Philippines you will found out that you are never alone unless you stay in your apartment with the door and windows closed. One of hardest things to manage is your extended family in the Philippines. Although not all families are the same, if you are married to a Filipina,(…)