NANAY

ina, inang

nanay
Mom, mommy

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MARTES

This is from the Spanish word martes.

Martes
Tuesday

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Give Compliments in Tagalog

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ABALA

Notice the different stress on the syllables on this word, depending on whether it’s used as an adjective or noun.

abala, adj
busy, occupied with something

Abala ako sa paghahanda.
I’m busy preparing.

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Speaking to Older People

Remember to use po and the third-person plural form when talking to someone much older than you.

Compare the following sentences:

Ewan ko.
I don’t know. (casual)

Ewan ko po.
I don’t know. (respectful)

Salamat sa tulong mo.
Thank you for your help. (casual)

Salamat po sa tulong ninyo.
Thanks to your help. (respectful)

Take note of the following exception:
Oo.

Yes. (casual)

Opo.
Yes. (respectful)

Sometimes, ho is substituted for po.

Opo. = Oho.

Salamat po. = Salamat ho. 

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UBE

archaic spelling: ubi

ube
purple yam

 
The plant that bears ube has the scientific name Dioscorea alata. It has heart-shaped leaves. Ube is also known in English as water yam or winged yam. On the island of Hawaii, it is known as uhi.

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Popular Filipino Dishes

To help familiarize our website’s visitors with Filipino food in an easy way, we’ve drawn up a simple list of a few Philippine dishes and foodstuff commonly eaten in the Philippines. We’re still working on adding more pronunciation audio and photos. Remember to check back soon! 🙂

Chicken Adobo - Filipino Food

Adobo: pork or chicken marinated in soy sauce and vinegar

 
BALUT: Filipino duck egg

Balut: duck egg with a developed embryo

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LUNES

from the Spanish word lunes

Lunes
Monday

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