INTINDI

from the Spanish entiende, meaning ‘understands’

intindi
to understand

Mahirap bang intindihin?
Is it hard to understand?

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ABERYA

from the Spanish avería, meaning “damage, breakdown, malfunction”

aberya
mechanical trouble

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KAAGAD

root word: agad

kaagad, adv
immediately

Napansin ko si Ana kaagad.
I noticed Anne immediately.

OKTUBRE

from the Spanish octubre

Oktubre
October

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Practice Basa (Read) and Basâ (Wet)

Tagalog words with the same spelling can have two different meanings depending on the pronunciation.

Notice the difference between basa (a verb meaning ‘to read’) and basâ (an adjective meaning ‘wet’).

 

basa
read (verb)

basâ
wet (adjective)

 


 

basa
read (verb)

 

Basahin mo ito.
Read this.

 


 

basâ
wet (adjective)

 

Basâ ang upuan.
The seat is wet.

 


 
The Tagalog word for ‘pronunciation’ is pagbigkas.

UGAT

This word has at least two meanings.

ugat
root, origin

ugat ng puno
tree root

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WAKÁS

wakás
end, conclusion
 

sa wakás
finally

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‘Are you Filipina?’

You think she’s Filipina and you want to make a good first impression by asking her if she’s Filipina in Tagalog. Here’s how to do it.

The Tagalog word for ‘Filipina’ is Pilipina. Filipinos also use the slang Pinay.

Pinay ka ba?
Are you Filipina?

 

Pilipina ka ba?
Are you Filipina?

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