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Betsey: Mabuhay! Hello everyone! Betsey: here.
Becky: Hi everyone, I’m Becky, and welcome back to FilipinoPod101.com! This is All About, Lesson 4 - Filipino Pronunciation Made Easy. In this lesson, we’ll be talking about pronunciation, and tips to improve your Filipino.
Betsey: Some English speakers may have trouble with certain long Filipino words, but we assure you that it’s all about practice!
Becky: And we’ll be helping you every step of the way.

Lesson focus

Betsey: As we mentioned before, Filipino vowels are more or less the same as English.
Becky: So let’s start by giving you examples of what those vowels sound like.
Betsey: The Filipino vowels are “A”, “E”, “I”, “O”, “U”.
Becky: “A” is pronounced like in “Car”.
Betsey: “E” is pronounced like in “Get”.
Becky: “I” is pronounced like in “tea”
Betsey: “O” would be pronounced like in “toe”
Becky: And “U” would be pronounced like in “flu”
Betsey: Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?
Becky: It’s pretty straightforward. And there aren't any additional sounds in the vowels section. So, once you remember and understand these basic sounds, you’re good to go.
Becky: Now let’s move on to the consonants.
Betsey: Well, the initial ‘Abakada’ Alphabet only had 15 consonants. And all of them, with the exception of ‘Ñ’ and ‘NG’ are used the same as in the English Alphabet.
Becky: So let’s try practicing those two.
Betsey: First off, the ‘Ñ’ sound comes from the Spanish. So, when you pronounce it, it sounds like ‘Nya’.
Becky: Just like in the word “Piñata”.
Betsey: ‘Piñata’. Just think of it as N and Y coming together. For example, ‘Piña.’ ‘Piña’ is “pineapple” in Filipino.
Becky: Now let’s talk about the next sound, the “n”,“g” combination. This sounds like the last two letters of “sing” or “king”.
Betsey: It shouldn’t be hard, but what can be different with the ‘ng’ sound in Filipino, is that it can be placed in the first syllable, in the middle, or at the end. Unlike with English, where it is usually in the end.
Becky: Betsey, let’s give an example.
Betsey: Sure! “Tooth” in Filipino is ‘Ngipin’. (slow, by syllable) - ‘Ngipin’.
Becky: Let’s give another example with this combination in the middle of the word.
Betsey: Ok. How about ‘langit’, which means “heaven”. (slow) ‘La-ng-it’
Becky: One useful tip is to practice the word with a “sing-along”. Keep on saying it and take out the “-long” at the end, and just say “sing-a”.
Betsey: “Sing-Along.” “Singa.” By the way, ‘singa’ means “sneeze” in Filipino.
Becky: These are the most distinct ones. Other than that, we’ve pretty much covered it.
Betsey: Well, there’s maybe one more we can cover. The ‘R’ sound can also be different from the way it’s pronounced in English.
Becky: That’s right - it’s closer to the way it’s pronounced in Spanish.
Betsey: More of a rolling ‘r’. For example, “listen” in Filipino is ‘Rinig’, (slow) ‘Ri-nig’.


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


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Thursday at 06:30 PM
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What do you think of Filipino pronunciation? Do you think it is easier than other languages?

Thursday at 02:28 AM
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How can we distinguish the different sounds each of the vowels make? The "i" at the end of "hindi" sounds different in:



-Hidi ako!

Also, I can't find any reference on the reason why Filipino would adopt the Norwegian "u"... Can you help us understand what you mean by: The Norwegian letter -u is pronounced like the [u] in "flu."? (Hopefully I'm not trying your patience.

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Hi Arbin,

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Wednesday at 01:43 PM
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Hey at the end of the lesson the tool for line by line audio is mentioned to be found in the premium member resources under the lessons page, although I can't seem to find it. And yes I am a premium member. Help, please.

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Friday at 02:41 PM
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Hi Anne,

Filipino is a very beautiful and melodic language. I'm glad you're enjoying learning this. Looking forward to more of your comments and conversing with you in Filipino in the near future! Salamat!



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Wednesday at 06:50 PM
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I LOVE The sound of Filipino! To me it sounds like a bubbling brook with all the “ng” and “g” and “ang” and “a” sounds ... and lots of “m”’s too make it such a gentle language ... so pea evil and soothing ... and then there’s the way Filipino rolls the “r”s ... Yay!! So much more melodic and more fun than English - I can hardly wait to be able to speak it fluently myself!! 🤗

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Sunday at 09:10 PM
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Hi Harold,

Walang anuman! 😇

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Tuesday at 08:44 AM
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Well I am so low on the knowing Filipino, but watch a lot of shows and understand nothing

So that was reason one for trying this......I will have to listen many times to get this.

guess should have paid more attention in spanish class... :-)

But listened to the first 4 lessons, and makes some sense going to be a long time before ready

Reason two is I am planning a trip to the Philippines later this year....and would like to understand my friends

but most speak Tagalog so hoping will give me some reason of talking some

Thank you ...for providing this

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Hi Gabriel,

Walang anuman! We're glad you're learning well from the lessons! Feel free to ask by commenting if you ever have any questions. Salamat!


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Friday at 01:58 PM
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Nice, easy lesson. Thank you.:sunglasses: Salamat ha.

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Thursday at 12:12 PM
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Hello Alex,

Thank you for posting.

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