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Gina:Hi and welcome to the Absolute Beginner series at FilipinoPod101.com. This is season 1, lesson 5, Ordering some Delicious Filipino Food. I’m Gina.
Betsey: Kamusta! And I’m Betsey.
Gina: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask for something in a Filipino restaurant.
Betsey: Our conversation will take place in a Filipino restaurant on Cebu Island.
Gina: It’s between a customer and a waitress.
Betsey: The speakers don’t know each other, so they’ll be using formal Filipino.
Gina: Alright, let’s listen to the conversation.
Gina: Okay, let’s learn some more about Filipino culture. Betsey, can you tell us something about Filipino food and Filipino restaurants?
Betsey: Sure thing, Gina. Actually, in the Philippines there are more fast food chains than restaurants.
Gina: Oh really?
Betsey: Popular fast food chains offer almost the same range of products at affordable prices.
Gina: How about the menu?
Betsey: Most fast food menus includes fried chicken with rice or spaghetti, French fries, hamburgers, sundaes, and other rice meals. One of the local fast food chains, called Jollibee, is the most popular chain in the country. You definitely have to try their chickenjoy and spaghetti!
Gina: There’s a good tip, listeners! So what’s the most common food that we can find in Filipino fast food places?
Betsey: Well, almost all fast food places will surely have chicken on their menu.
Gina: So Filipinos love to eat chicken!
Betsey: It’s true! Okay, now onto the vocab.
Gina: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. What’s first, Betsey?
Betsey: First up is “Magandang gabi”.
Gina: Ah that sounds familiar! Isn’t that “Good evening”?
Betsey: Yes it is.
Gina: It’s an interjection used to greet people in the Philippines at night time.
Betsey: That’s right. “Maganda” which means “pretty or beautiful” + “gabi” which means “night”, is used to greet people during the evening.
Gina: So is this the only way of greeting people at night?
Betsey: That is the common greeting, but if you want, you can also change the adjective “maganda” to any positive adjective that usually starts with “ma-“.
Gina: For example?
Betsey: We can use the adjective “maaliwalas”
Gina: Which means “clear”
Betsey: So it’s going to be “maaliwalas na gabi”
Gina: That’s nice. It means that the sky is clear and the weather is probably good”
Betsey: Yes you’re right.
Gina: I see. Let’s now move on to our next word.
Betsey: Right! Next up is “sandali”, which is a noun that means “a moment”. It is commonly followed by the adjective “lang”, which expresses the speaker’s request for the listener to wait for a moment.
Gina: What does “lang” mean?
Betsey: It means “just” or “only”. “lang” is a shortened form of the word “lamang”
Gina: Can we also add “po” at the end of this sentence to make the request more polite?
Betsey: You can! So then it would be “sandali lang po”. However, there is a phrase that’s used in formal settings, and that’s “Mangyaring maghintay po lamang”.
Gina: Is that “Please wait a moment”?
Betsey: Yes you’re right. It’s only used in extremely formal situations, and it’s almost never heard in casual conversations.
Gina: So we won’t often hear this in the Philippines then?
Betsey: That’s right. Okay, now on to the last word for this lesson. It’s “sige”, and it’s an interjection used by the speaker to express his or her agreement.
Gina: The meaning is the same as “alright”.
Betsey: Yes. If the speaker is being asked to do something and he or she replies with “sige”, it means that the speaker is willing to do the action being requested.
Gina: Well, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Now onto the grammar.
Gina: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask for something in Filipino.
Betsey: To ask politely for something, you should use the phrase “Pahingi po + (ako) + ng + item you’re asking for”. This statement is usually immediately followed by expressing thanks by saying “salamat”, even before the person gives you what you have asked for.
Gina: Let’s break this down.
Betsey: The first word, “Pahingi”, is a verb which means “to request.”
Gina: Then add “po” to be polite.
Betsey: Then we have “ako”, which means “I” - this is optional. Next we add the particle “ng” which marks the object being asked for.
Gina: Lastly, we say the thing that we are asking for.
Betsey: Let’s review the whole sentence before we move on. “Pahingi po ako ng menu”
Gina: “Can I get the menu?”
Betsey: Good going everyone! We hope you followed that.
Gina: Of course they did! Is that all we’ve got Betsey?
Betsey: No Gina. We still have several more polite ways to make requests or ask for things in Filipino.
Gina: Alright, bring it on!
Betsey: (laughs) Okay - Another example is “Maari po ba akong humingi ng + item you’re asking for”
Gina: In English it’s “Can I please ask for...” and then the item being asked for.
Betsey: Let’s break it down. “Maaari” is an adjective that means “can/to be able to”.
Gina: Then we add “ba”, which is a question marker.
Betsey: Then comes “akong”, which is the subject “I/me”. Next is “humingi”, a verb conjugated from “hingi”, which is a noun that means “to request”. Then add “ng” which is the particle. And last but not the least, the item that you are asking for.
Gina: Alright! That was a tough one.
Betsey: I hope everyone was able to follow along, but if you’re having any trouble, make sure to check out the lesson notes for this lesson.
Gina: Yes, there, you’ll find further details and more examples from this lesson.


Gina: Okay, that’s it for this lesson.
Betsey: Thank you for listening everyone.
Gina: See you next time!
Betsey: Paalam.


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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Let's practice how to order food in Filipino!

Saturday at 12:00 pm
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Hi Peter,

It comes from the word ninyo which means you or you are. Great job practicing! Salamat!


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Saturday at 5:26 am
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Maaliwalas umaga Betsey

What does niyo mean?

Ako ai Peter.

Ang asawa ko ay Pilipina.

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Sunday at 12:09 pm
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Hi Commancee Danjiz,

Good job practicing! Keep it up :) Salamat!


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Commancee Danjiz
Thursday at 1:51 pm
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Hello, pahingi po ako ng tubig. Salamat

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Friday at 4:37 pm
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Hi Thomas!

You can say "maaari po bang makabili ng adobong manok?" to say "can I buy some chicken adobo?"

If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask through the comment section.



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Thomas Tolleson
Thursday at 1:29 pm
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Helo, po ako makakakuha ng ilang manok adobo, mangyaring, salamat.

Wednesday at 10:07 am
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Hi Pieter,

All the audio are correct variations of how the word "po" is pronounced. It's a great way to recognize how native speakers would say it! Hope you enjoyed this lesson!



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Friday at 6:39 pm
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I almost every sentence there is "po". And in most it sounds like "po", but why does it sound like "poe" in "Pahingi rin po ng tubig." ?

Saturday at 10:49 am
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Kamusta po kayo.

Why is it " Kunin niyo na po ang order ko". In stead of Kunin mo or Kunin ka?

Salamat :)

Tuesday at 3:14 pm
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Hi Carlos!

That's great! We're glad you were able to use your Filipino~ What did you order? :) tell us about your experience :)



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