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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Filipino Season 1, Lesson 8 - Talking About Your Age. In this lesson, you'll learn how to ask someone's age and to say yours in Filipino.
Body
John: Here's the informal way to ask "How old are you?" in Filipino.
Camille: [Normal] Ilang taon ka na?
John: First is a word meaning "how many."
Camille: [Normal] Ilang [Slow] Ilang
John: Next is the word meaning "year."
Camille: [Normal] taon [Slow] taon
John: Next is the word meaning "you," singular.
Camille: [Normal] ka [Slow] ka
John: Last is the word meaning "already."
Camille: [Normal] na [Slow] na
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning "How old are you?"
Camille: [Slow] Ilang taon ka na? [Normal] Ilang taon ka na?
John: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, "How old are you?"
Camille: [Normal] Ilang taon na po kayo?
John: First is a word meaning "how many."
Camille: [Normal] Ilang [Slow] Ilang
John: Next is the word meaning "year."
Camille: [Normal] taon [Slow] taon
John: Next is the word meaning "already."
Camille: [Normal] na [Slow] na
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 old are you?"
Camille: [Slow] Ilang taon na po kayo? [Normal] Ilang taon na po kayo?
John: Here's a response meaning "I am 17."
Camille: [Normal] Ako ay labingpito.
John: First is a word meaning "I."
Camille: [Normal] ako [Slow] ako
John: Next is the word literally meaning "is" or "am."
Camille: [Normal] ay [Slow] ay
John: Last is the word meaning "seventeen."
Camille: [Normal] labingpito [Slow] labingpito
John: Listen again to the response, "I am 17."
Camille: [Slow] Ako ay labingpito. [Normal] Ako ay labingpito.
John: Here's a response meaning, "I prefer not to say."
Camille: [Normal] Ayaw ko po sanang sabihin.
John: First is a word meaning "unwilling."
Camille: [Normal] ayaw [Slow] ayaw
John: Next is a polite phrase meaning "I."
Camille: [Normal] ko po [Slow] ko po
John: Next is the word meaning "would."
Camille: [Normal] sanang [Slow] sanang
John: Last is the word meaning "say."
Camille: [Normal] sabihin [Slow] sabihin
John: Listen again to the response, "I prefer not to say."
Camille: [Slow] Ayaw ko po sanang sabihin. [Normal] Ayaw ko po sanang sabihin.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Camille: As a rule of thumb, it is considered rude to ask women their age. Some indirect ways of figuring out another person's age could be asking where and when they graduated from college or how long they have been working.

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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