NA

Two common uses for the word na.

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NG

Ikalabindalawang titik o letra ng abakada.
The twelfth letter of the abakada alphabet.

Binibigkas ng nang na pang-una sa tuwirang layon.

Ibang anyo ng pang-angkop na na.

ng

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MARTES

This is from the Spanish word martes.

Martes
Tuesday

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MARSO

This is from the Spanish word marzo.

Marso
March

 

buwan ng Marso
month of March

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LINGGO

This is likely influenced by the Spanish word domingo. The Malay word is minggu, from the Portuguese domingo.

The word linggo can mean ‘Sunday’ or ‘week.’
(To compare, the Spanish word for ‘week’ is semana.)

Linggo
Sunday

linggo
week

ngayong Linggo
this Sunday

katapusan ng linggo
end of the week

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PEBRERO

from the Spanish febrero

Pebrero
February

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ILAN

tanong kung gaano karami

Ilan?
How many?

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MAG-

The Tagalog prefix mag- is used to verbalize nouns. You can translate it as ‘do’ in most cases, but the meaning depends on the context. This is very useful because you can put it in front of English nouns. Filipinos do this all the time! That’s why when you hear them speaking Tagalog, there seems to be a lot of English words sprinkled in.

Mag-tennis tayo.
Let’s ‘do’ tennis.
(Let’s play tennis.)

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