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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Filipino Season 1, Lesson 4 - Asking How Someone Is. In this lesson, you'll learn how to ask and answer the question "How are you?" in Filipino.
Body
John: Here's the informal way to ask "How are you?" in Filipino.
Camille: [Normal] Kumusta ka?
John: First is a word meaning "hello."
Camille: [Normal] kumusta [Slow] kumusta
John: Last is the word meaning "you."
Camille: [Normal] ka [Slow] ka
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning "How are you?"
Camille: [Slow] Kumusta ka? [Normal] Kumusta ka?
John: Now, imagine you're speaking to someone you donโ€™t know well. Here's the formal way to ask, "How are you?"
Camille: [Normal] Kumusta po kayo?
John: First is a word meaning "hello."
Camille: [Normal] kumusta [Slow] kumusta
John: Next is a word indicating politeness.
Camille: [Normal] po [Slow] po
John: Last is the word meaning "you (plural)."
Camille: [Normal] kayo [Slow] kayo
John: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning "How are you?"
Camille: [Slow] Kumusta po kayo? [Normal] Kumusta po kayo?
John: Here's a response meaning "I'm fine. Thank you."
Camille: [Normal] Ayos naman ako. Salamat.
John: First is a word meaning "fine."
Camille: [Normal] ayos [Slow] ayos
John: Next is the word meaning "rather."
Camille: [Normal] naman [Slow] naman
John: Next is the word meaning "I", or "me."
Camille: [Normal] ako [Slow] ako
John: Last is the word meaning "Thank you."
Camille: [Normal] salamat [Slow] salamat
John: Listen again to the response, "I'm fine. Thank you."
Camille: [Slow] Ayos naman ako. Salamat. [Normal] Ayos naman ako. Salamat.
John: Here's a response meaning, "Not so well."
Camille: [Normal] Hindi masyadong mainam.
John: First is a word meaning "not."
Camille: [Normal] hindi [Slow] hindi
John: Next is the word literally meaning "too."
Camille: [Normal] masyadong [Slow] masyadong
John: Last is the word meaning "well."
Camille: [Normal] mainam [Slow] mainam
John: Listen again to the response, "Not so well."
Camille: [Slow] Hindi masyadong mainam. [Normal] Hindi masyadong mainam.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Camille: In Filipino culture, among close friends and family members, Kumusta ka? usually comes with a hug and kiss on both cheeks.

Outro

John: And that's all for this lesson. Don't forget to check out the lesson notes, and we'll see you in the next lesson!
Camille: Maraming salamat!

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