Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How much Tagalog do you know?

Learning Tagalog The Easy Way

Episode 8 - How much Tagalog do you know?

1. Marunong ako mag-Tagalog
2. Hindi ako marunong mag-Tagalog
3. Nakakaintindi ako ng Tagalog (Nakakaintindi ako ng Tagalog, pero konti lang)
4. Pwede mo ba akong kausapin sa Tagalog, pero mabagal lang?
5. Pwedeng paki-ulit?

So our first phrase is:

MARUNONG AKO MAG-TAGALOG

From our previous lessons, you know that the word AKO means me or I. The word MARUNONG simply pertains to knowledge of something. So the phrase MARUNONG AKO MAG-TAGALOG directly translates as ‘I know Tagalog’

Would you like to try saying it with me?

MARUNONG AKO MAG-TAGALOG
MARUNONG AKO MAG-TAGALOG
MARUNONG AKO MAG-TAGALOG

The next phrase we’re going to learn is the exact opposite. HINDI AKO MARUNONG MAG TAGALOG. The word ’hindi’ pretty much just means no or not. So it directly translates into ’I do not know Tagalog’. Say it with me.

HINDI AKO MARUNONG MAG TAGALOG.
HINDI AKO MARUNONG MAG TAGALOG.
HINDI AKO MARUNONG MAG TAGALOG.

Are you following so far? If not, don’t hesitate to go back to the beginning and listen to the past two sentences, especially since they are longer than usual.

Next up, I want to teach you guys how to express the fact that you can understand Tagalog. A lot of people, like my little sister, can understand Tagalog, but not speak it.

So here is a useful one for you guys: NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG.

I’ll say it again, but slowly: NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG.
The root word is ‘intindi’ which translates into understand. So to say NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG means you can understand Tagalog.

Say it with me a few times.

NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG
NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG
NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG

That’s a sentence you might have to practice a little more, because it is something of a tongue twister.

If you would like to say that you can understand only a LITTLE bit of Tagalog, it’s only a little different from the sentence I just taught you.

NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG, PERO KONTI LANG.

Pero directly translates into the word ‘but’ and ‘konti’ translates into ‘a little’, and ‘lang’ translates into ‘only.’ Therefore, this sentence means ‘I understand Tagalog, but only a little’

Say it with me.

NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG, PERO KONTI LANG.
NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG, PERO KONTI LANG.
NAKAKAINTINDI AKO NG TAGALOG, PERO KONTI LANG.

I hope you are doing well so far, since we’re studying particularly difficult words today and putting them together in a somewhat weird way if you’re unfamiliar with Tagalog.

By now, I’m sure your Tagalog-speaking friend will be thoroughly impressed. However, if you’re still learning Tagalog, and would like to practice, this next sentence should be really useful.

PWEDE MO BA AKO KAUSAPIN SA TAGALOG, PERO MABAGAL LANG?

That literally translates into ‘Can you speak to me in Tagalog, but much slower?’ That way you can practice your Tagalog without being rushed into it!

The keyword here is KAUSAP, which means talk. There is also the word MABAGAL which means slow.

Say this sentence with me.

PWEDE MO BA AKO KAUSAPIN SA TAGALOG, PERO MABAGAL LANG?
PWEDE MO BA AKO KAUSAPIN SA TAGALOG, PERO MABAGAL LANG?
PWEDE MO BA AKO KAUSAPIN SA TAGALOG, PERO MABAGAL LANG?
PWEDE MO BA AKO KAUSAPIN SA TAGALOG, PERO MABAGAL LANG?

If you’re getting it so far, then I’m glad! I feel like we tackled some really really good words today that will be useful to you in the future.

Finally, we’ll learn a highly useful phrase that will be most relevant to our lesson today.

It is simply ‘PWEDENG PAKI ULIT?’
Which just translates into, ‘can you say that again, please?’

Isn’t that useful?

So let’s learn it.

PWEDENG PAKI ULIT?
PWEDENG PAKI ULIT?
PWEDENT PAKI ULIT?

Great! The word ‘ulit’ just means ‘again’ just so you know the meaning of the keyword in that sentence.

I think you did a great job today and I’m really happy we did some more challenging stuff today.

I really appreciate it when you guys email me feedback and tell me what you would like to learn more. Also, if you would like to send greetings out on our show or anything of the sort, feel free to email us or send us some audio clips. That would be really cool.

Feel free to email us at learntagalogeasy@yahoo.com. Again, it’s at learntagalogeasy@yahoo.com

Our site can be found at www.learntagalogeasy.blogspot.com. Again, it’s at www.learntagalogeasy.blogspot.com and that’s where you can find transcripts of all our episodes.

We hope you learned a lot today and will be here to join us for Episode 9.

PAALAM!

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