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Betsey: Mabuhay! Hi everyone! Welcome back to FilipinoPod101.com! I’m Betsey.
Becky: And I’m Becky. This is All-About, Lesson 14 - Top 5 Filipino Classroom Phrases. In this lesson, you’ll learn the phrases you may hear or need in a classroom. This lesson will be very practical and useful!

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Betsey: Listeners, it’s best if you know these phrases before you get into class!
Becky: So let’s get right to it then!
Betsey: The first phrase is ‘Ano ang ibig sabihin ng…’
Becky: This can literally be translated and means “What is the meaning of…?”
Betsey: So, to use it you say ‘Ano ang ibig sabihin ng...’ then you add the word you’re trying to ask about after it.
Becky: Betsey, can you give us an example?
Betsey: Sure! ‘Ano ang ibig sabihin ng kotse?’ means, “What is the meaning of ‘kotse’?” Becky, can you tell the listeners what ‘kotse’ means?
Becky: It means “car”.
Betsey: So in response, you might hear in Filipino, ‘Ang ibig sabihin ng kotse ay “car”’ which means “The meaning of ‘kotse’ is car.”
Becky: Ok, what’s our 2nd phrase?
Betsey: It’s ‘Paki bukas ang libro niyo’. ‘Paki bukas ang libro niyo’ literally means “Please open book your”. ‘bukas’ means “open” and ‘niyo’ means “your”.
Betsey: ‘Niyo’
Becky: is a plural of “your” that indicates that the order is directed at multiple people.
Betsey: That’s right. Now, if you just say ‘Bukas’ on its own, it sounds like more of a command, so to add “please” you will have to put ‘Paki” before the sentence, making it ‘Paki bukas ang libro niyo’, which means “Please open your books”.
Becky: Ok, what’s our 3rd phrase?
Betsey: It’s ‘Hindi ko maintindihan.’ ‘Hindi ko maintindihan’ can be literally translated as “Not I understand”, or more naturally, “I don’t understand”.
Becky: This is another useful one to know. It’s important to be able to say when you don’t understand something.
Betsey: The 4th phrase is ‘Paki ulit po’. This can be translated as “Please repeat it”. It means “Please say it again” or “Please do it again”. In a more casual situation, you can just say ‘Paki ulit’, but of course when you are talking in a classroom or to teachers, it’s polite to use ‘po’.
Becky: Filipinos are very respectful to teachers in particular, and often refer to them as “Ma’am” or “sir”.
Betsey: That’s right. So make sure to get into the habit of using ‘po’.
Becky: When you’re a beginner, keeping up with a native speaker can be very hard. So, asking people to repeat what they’ve said can be very useful, and you will probably be saying it a lot! Now Betsey, what’s our 5th and final phrase?
Betsey: It’s ‘Naintindihan mo?’ ‘Naintindihan mo?’, which can be translated as “Understood you?” This means, “Did you understand?”
Becky: So can we have a recap of all 5 phrases we learned in this lesson?
Betsey: Okay. Let’s do it. ‘Ano ang ibig sabihin ng…’ for “What does this mean?” (slow) ‘Ano ang ibig sabihin ng…’
Betsey: Next is ‘Paki bukas ang libro niyo’ for “Please open your books” (slow) ‘Paki bukas ang libro niyo’
Becky: And next?
Betsey: ‘Hindi ko maintindihan’ for “I don’t understand” (slow) ‘Hindi ko maintindihan’
Becky: And next?
Betsey: ‘Paki ulit po” for “Please say it again” (slow) ‘Paki ulit po’
Betsey: And lastly, ‘Naintindihan mo?’ for “Did you understand?” (slow) ‘Naintindihan mo?’
Becky: Ok, that brings us to the end of another lesson.


Becky: Thanks for listening, everyone!
Betsey: And we’ll see you next time...bye! Paalam!

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What did your teacher say when you used these phrases?