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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 previous lessons we learned how to count in Filipino. I hope you spent some time practicing the numbers, because they will come in handy today. We’re going to learn how to go shopping in the Philippines!
Before we go, you need to know how to say “How much is this?”
Magkano ito?
[slowly] Magkano ito?
Are you ready to go shopping in the Philippines? Let’s go!
You see something you like and want to ask the shop clerk how much it costs. First, you might want to say either…ate, “older sister” or kuya, “older brother”. It’s common in the Philippines to call a sales clerk ate or kuya to show respect to them.
Ate, magkano ito?
Kuya, magkano ito?
Magkano means “how much” and ito means “this.”
To be more polite you just add po to the phrase:
Ate, magkano po ito?
Kuya, magkano po ito?
If you want to be more specific when asking "how much is this?" and refer to a certain type of object, we need to add the connector “ng” to ito and then the object that you want to buy.
For example, a "hat" is sumbrero.
Ate, magkano po itong sumbrero?
Kuya, magkano po itong sumbrero?
“How much is this hat?”
(slowly)Ate, magkano po itong sumbrero?
(slowly)Kuya, magkano po itong sumbrero?
The shopkeeper will usually answer by simply saying the price: Isang daang piso po.
Or even the price without the peso: Isang daan po.
You might also hear them use the word “lang” meaning “only” or “just”, to imply that the price is cheap.
For example:
Isang daang piso lang po.
Isang daan lang po.
What is isang daan? I’m not telling you!
Okay, okay, it’s "one hundred"! The hat costs one hundred pesos.
Now it’s time for Mayumi’s Tips.
It is common to haggle in Philippine bargain markets so when buying don’t forget to say “May bawas pa po?” meaning “Is there a discount?” Just remember, it’s easier to get discounts if you’re polite so don’t forget those po’s. Happy shopping!
At this point, can you count pesos in Filipino? We are going to learn how to do this and much more in the next lesson! I’ll see you in the next
Filipino sa 3 minuto lesson.
Hanggang sa muli!