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Kamusta kayo, ako si Mayumi. Hi everybody! I’m Mayumi.
Welcome to FilipinoPod101.com’s “Filipino sa 3 minuto”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Filipino.
In the last lesson, we learned how to talk about your plans. In this lesson, we are going to deal with the verb “to be” in Filipino, ay and how to use it to talk more about yourself!
When you meet a new person in the Philippines, they might ask you Taga-saan ka? which means "From where are you?"
To answer this, you can start your sentence with “Ako ay taga-...” or “I am from...” followed by the country you are from.
For example:
“Ako ay taga-Amerika.”
“I am from America”
“Ako ay taga-Espanya.”
“I am from Spain.”
“Ako ay galing taga-Tsina.”
“I am from China.”
You can also use this “Ako ay...” formula to share more about yourself like your job;
“Ako ay isang guro.” I am a teacher.
“Ako ay isang artista.” I am an actor or actress.
Filipino is a gender neutral language, however there are nouns that have gendered terms like some nationalities and occupations. For these cases, masculine forms commonly end with an o whereas, feminine forms usually end with an a.
Here are some examples:
I am American would be:
“Ako ay Amerikano.” for men
And “Ako ay Amerikana.” for women.
For Japanese it would be:
“Ako ay Hapones.” for men
And “Ako ay Haponesa.” for women.
To say I am a doctor:
men would use: “Ako ay isang doktor.”
While women would say: “Ako ay isang doktora.”
For lawyers it would be:
“Ako ay isang abogado.” for men
And “Ako ay isang abogada.” for women.
Now it’s time for Mayumi’s Insights.
Filipinos are very curious people so expect to be asked Taga-saan ka? or “Anong ginagawa mo?” which means “What are you doing?” or more specifically, “What is your job?” Just use the “Ako ay...” formula and I’m sure you’ll make new friends in no time!
Great job! Now you can introduce yourself with more than just your name.
In the next Filipino sa 3 minuto lesson, you’ll be able to tell your age, too! Hanggang sa muli!