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INTRODUCTION
Matt: Hello Listeners! Welcome back to FilipinoPod101.com. This is Lower Beginner, season 1, lesson 25, Why Are You Studying Filipino? I’m Matt.
Ice: Hello. And I’m Ice.
Matt: In this final lesson of the series, you’ll learn how to ask and answer “why” questions.
Ice: Answering “why” questions is a good way to express your opinions and thoughts on different subjects.
Matt: That’s right. The conversation takes place at a language school between two friends - an American and a Japanese person.
Ice: They’re friends, so they’ll be using casual Filipino.
Matt: Okay. Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Amerikano: Bakit ka nandito?
Hapon: Kasi nag-aaral ako ng Filipino.
Amerikano: Bakit ka nag-aaral ng Filipino?
Hapon: Kasi gusto kong makipag-usap sa mga Pilipino.
Amerikano: Bakit gusto mong makipag-usap sa mga Pilipino?
Hapon: Kasi masiyahin silang tao.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Amerikano: Bakit ka nandito?
Hapon: Kasi nag-aaral ako ng Filipino.
Amerikano: Bakit ka nag-aaral ng Filipino?
Hapon: Kasi gusto kong makipag-usap sa mga Pilipino.
Amerikano: Bakit gusto mong makipag-usap sa mga Pilipino?
Hapon: Kasi masiyahin silang tao.
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Amerikano: Bakit ka nandito?
Matt: Why are you here?
Hapon: Kasi nag-aaral ako ng Filipino.
Matt: Because I’m studying Filipino.
Amerikano: Bakit ka nag-aaral ng Filipino?
Matt: Why are you studying Filipino?
Hapon: Kasi gusto kong makipag-usap sa mga Pilipino.
Matt: Because I want to talk with Filipinos.
Amerikano: Bakit gusto mong makipag-usap sa mga Pilipino?
Matt: Why do you want to talk with Filipinos?
Hapon: Kasi masiyahin silang tao.
Matt: Because they're cheerful people.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Matt: Ice, I've heard that Filipino’s themselves even study Filipino up to college.
Ice: That’s true. Alongside English, Filipino is taught in school from the elementary school level, up to college in the Philippines.
Matt: So most people also speak English?
Ice: Yes, they do. However, people use Filipino more in daily conversations, so if you want to join in a discussion, you should know how to speak in Filipino.
Matt: Are Filipino and English the only languages used in the Philippines?
Ice: Actually, no. In each province, they have a local dialect that's somewhat similar to the Filipino grammar, but has different vocabulary words.
Matt: So do you need to learn that specific dialect for each province?
Ice: No you don’t need to. Everyone can understand and use Filipino regardless of the province, so you only need Filipino to be understood in all parts of the Philippines.
Matt: That’s good to know.
VOCAB LIST
Matt: Ok, let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word we’ll look at is:
Ice: bakit [natural native speed]
Matt: why
Ice: bakit [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: bakit [natural native speed]
Matt: Next:
Ice: nandito [natural native speed]
Matt: here
Ice: nandito [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: nandito [natural native speed]
Matt: Next:
Ice: kasi [natural native speed]
Matt: because
Ice: kasi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: kasi [natural native speed]
Matt: Next:
Ice: makipag-usap [natural native speed]
Matt: to talk
Ice: makipag-usap [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: makipag-usap [natural native speed]
Matt: Next:
Ice: masayahin [natural native speed]
Matt: cheerful, happy
Ice: masayahin [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: masayahin [natural native speed]
Matt: Next:
Ice: tao [natural native speed]
Matt: people, person
Ice: tao [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: tao [natural native speed]
Matt: Next:
Ice: ba [natural native speed]
Matt: a particle that marks a question
Ice: ba [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: ba [natural native speed]
Matt: And last:
Ice: ako [natural native speed]
Matt: I, me
Ice: ako [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: ako [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Matt: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Ice: We’ll start with the word “bakit.”
Matt: It's an adverb used as an interrogative to ask the reason or purpose of an action. In short, it can be equivalent to the adverb “why.”
Ice: That’s right. And next is the word“kasi.” “Kasi” is used to answer the questions that are asked with the word “bakit” or “why.”
Matt: You can use it to connect the phrase or idea that expresses the reason for some action or situation. You can use it the same way as you use “because," "for the reason," and "since” in English.
Ice: Yes, that’s right. Now, the last one is “masayahin.” It comes from the adjective “masaya,” which means “happy.”
Matt: This adjective is used to describe the personality of someone as being happy, optimistic, energetic, and cheerful.
Ice: “masayahin” also elicits an image of happiness by the nature or appearance of a person.
Matt: For example, we can express the sentence “She's cheerful” as..
Ice: “Masayahin siya” or “Siya ay masayahin”.
Matt: Okay! Now on to the grammar.
GRAMMAR POINT
Matt: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and respond to "why" questions. Let’s start by asking the "why" questions.
Ice: Okay, to ask “why” questions, you use the adverb “bakit.” To make a sentence, you first say "bakit", followed by the subject, and then the predicate.
Matt: Note that in this pattern, the subject should be a pronoun.
Ice: That’s right, because when the subject is a noun instead of a pronoun, you have to switch the predicate and the subject.
Matt: Using the pattern, how do you ask “Why are you crying?”?
Ice: Well“you” is “ka” and the predicate “crying?” is “umiiyak,” and here the subject is a pronoun.
Matt: So we would use the first pattern, right?
Ice: Yes, and using that, we would say "bakit ka umiiyak?".
Matt: Meaning "Why are you crying?”
Ice: Exactly. Now let’s use the second pattern, when the subject is a noun.
Matt: All right. For example how do we express “Why is Ana happy?”?
Ice: Well “happy” is “masaya.” Also, note that when the subject is the name of a person, you have to include the determiner “si” before the noun.
Matt: So, substituting all of these into the pattern, we have...
Ice: Bakit masaya si Ana?
Matt: Meaning “Why is Ana happy?”
Ice: That’s right. Now let’s learn how to respond to these “why” questions. In that case, we would say the word "kasi", and then give our reason.
Matt: So, if I want to answer, “Because I have to,” how would I say that?
Ice: “I have to” can be expressed as “Kailangan ko,” so you can say “kasi kailangan ko.”
Matt: meaning “Because I have to.”

Outro

Matt: Well listeners, that’s all for this lesson, and for this series. We hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. Remember, you can check the lesson notes for more examples and information, and leave us a message at FilipinoPod101.com if you have any questions or comments.
Ice: And don’t forget that practice makes perfect!
Matt: Definitely! Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you in another series. Bye!
Ice: Keep practicing everyone! Paalam!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi Listeners! Why Are You Studying Filipino? *Try answering in Filipino! 

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Tuesday at 11:23 am
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Hi Craig!


Salamat sa iyong pagbahagi. Ipagpatuloy mo ang iyong pag-aaral!


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Craig Phillips
Thursday at 5:14 am
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Nagtututo ako ng Filipino kasi mayroon akong maraming mga kaibigan sa flipino at gusto kong ipakita ang aking paggalang sa kanila.

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Sunday at 2:27 pm
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Hi Brandon!


Walang anuman, Brandon! We're glad to have you in the community ? if you ever have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!


Salamat!


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Brendon
Saturday at 8:56 am
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Maraming salamat po :) i love this site so much. after all this time i cant believe i found this, it perfect.

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Tuesday at 8:14 pm
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Hi Brendon!


Great job on your Filipino. :) You can improve the statement by saying:


[Nag-aaral ako ng Filipino] kasi mahal ko ang Pilipinas at ang nanay ko ay Filipina. Proud na proud ako maging Pinoy kahit na half Pinoy.


Great job again! If you ever have any questions, feel free to comment in any of the lessons!


Salamat!


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Brendon
Sunday at 3:20 pm
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kasi mahal ko ang pilipinas at nay ko ay filipina. Proud na proud maging pinoy kahit na half pinoy. sorry if i constructed it wrong po.

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Thursday at 10:31 am
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Hi Takeshi!


Did you mean kasiyahin and kasiyahan?

Kasiyahin comes from the root word kasiya which means to fit. For example, 'pagkasiyahin mo ang baon mo' meaning 'make your allowance fit'.


Kasiyahan on the other hand is a noun that means a celebration.


Salamat!


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Takeshi
Wednesday at 8:50 am
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Kamusta po kayo?


What is the different between kasiyahin and kasayahin?


Salamat po.