Filipino Alphabet

Without alphabets the modern language is not impossible to record, after all the Egyptians used hieroglyphs to “write” their stories and history, but it is easier to learn a language once you know its alphabet. Without this foundational base you will lose your bearings easily. If you want to learn the Filipino language you have to start with the alphabet.

Before you learn the Filipino alphabet you might be worried that it will be difficult, that the characters will be unrecognizable, and that you just won’t ever get it. Let go of your fears because the Filipino alphabet is incredibly easy to learn, especially if you are familiar with other Latin-based languages. The alphabet is based off the standard Latin alphabet and has 28 letters, including the five standard vowels. There are only two added letters and they are both consonants. That’s it the alphabet you may have been scared of up until now is really that simple.

The Filipino alphabet:

Aa
Bb
Cc
Dd
Ee
Ff
Gg
Hh
Ii
Jj
Kk
Ll
Mm
Nn
Ññ
NGng
Oo
Pp
Qq
Rr
Ss
Tt
Uu
Vv
Ww
Xx
Yy
Zz

The two extra consonants in the alphabet are Ññ from the Spanish alphabet and NGng. The modern Filipino alphabet was actually only established as the national alphabet in the 1980s, up until then the alphabet was much the same but shorter. Before a Latin-based alphabet was introduced by the Spanish Filipino words used a completely different writing system.

Once you learn the modern alphabet you can then move on to learning Filipino words and phrases. Because you will have no difficulty learning the alphabet, words and phrases should also be relatively easy to learn. However if you find yourself having trouble try using memory aids such as flashcards and learning games. Remember how you learned your own alphabet as a young child? Most of us learned through cards, repeated writing of letters, and the alphabet song. In fact the alphabet song was probably the most influential way for us to learn. Try something similar when learning the Filipino language.

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