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INTRODUCTION
Ice: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FilipinoPod101.com.
Brandon: This is Lower Beginner, season 1, lesson 3, Telling People Where You’re From in Filipino. I’m Brandon.
Ice: Hello. And I’m Ice. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask someone where they are from in Filipino.
Brandon: That sounds interesting. I bet this is a question our listeners will hear a lot.
Ice: Definitely. The conversation takes place during the day and is between two friends.
Brandon: And since the speakers know each other well, they’ll be using informal Filipino.
Ice: That’s right!
Brandon: Let’s listen to the conversation
DIALOGUE
Jenn: Tagasaan ka?
Jasmine: Taga-Amerika ako.
Jenn: Talaga Amerika? Tagasaang lungsod ka sa Amerika?
Jasmine: Taga New York ako.
Jenn: New York City?
Jasmine: Oo. Ikaw, taga Hong Kong ka ba?
Jenn: Hindi. Hindi ako taga Hong Kong.
Jasmine: Kung gayon, tagasaan ka?
Jenn: Taga-Shanghai ako.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Jenn: Tagasaan ka?
Jasmine: Taga-Amerika ako.
Jenn: Talaga Amerika? Tagasaang lungsod ka sa Amerika?
Jasmine: Taga New York ako.
Jenn: New York City?
Jasmine: Oo. Ikaw, taga Hong Kong ka ba?
Jenn: Hindi. Hindi ako taga Hong Kong.
Jasmine: Kung gayon, tagasaan ka?
Jenn: Taga-Shanghai ako.
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Jenn: Tagasaan ka?
Brandon: Where are you from?
Jasmine: Taga-Amerika ako.
Brandon: I’m from America.
Jenn: Talaga Amerika? Tagasaang lungsod ka sa Amerika?
Brandon: America, really? Which city in America?
Jasmine: Taga New York ako.
Brandon: I’m from New York.
Jenn: New York City?
Brandon: New York City?
Jasmine: Oo. Ikaw, taga Hong Kong ka ba?
Brandon: Yes. How about you, are you from Hong Kong?
Jenn: Hindi. Hindi ako taga Hong Kong.
Brandon: No. I’m not from Hong Kong.
Jasmine: Kung gayon, tagasaan ka?
Brandon: Then, where are you from?
Jenn: Taga-Shanghai ako.
Brandon: I’m from Shanghai.
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Brandon: So Ice, the Philippines has a lot of provinces, doesn’t it.
Ice: It does. The country is an archipelago, and has three main island groups, which are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Brandon: I see. Are there differences between the people living in the three island groups?
Ice: Yes there are. The people living in central Luzon are known as the Tagalog, The people from Visayas are called Bisaya. But there are many other diverse cultures and dialects spread throughout the Philippines.
Brandon: Yes, for example, most people in Mindanao are Muslims. Can you give us a little more information about how the different islands influence Filipino culture?
Ice: Filipinos often ask each other where they come from, and those that come from the same province or island tend to be closer to each other.
Brandon: So it’s like a clique then?
Ice: Yes, sort of. It’s just tradition that people who come from the same province or island bond more than those that do not.
Brandon: I suppose that makes sense. Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Brandon: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Ice: taga [natural native speed]
Brandon: from, originated from
Ice: taga [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: taga [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ice: saan [natural native speed]
Brandon: where
Ice: saan [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: saan [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ice: tagasaan [natural native speed]
Brandon: from where, from what place
Ice: tagasaan [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: tagasaan [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ice: Amerika [natural native speed]
Brandon: U.S., America
Ice: Amerika [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: Amerika [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ice: lungsod [natural native speed]
Brandon: city
Ice: lungsod [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: lungsod [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ice: Hong Kong [natural native speed]
Brandon: Hong Kong
Ice: Hong Kong [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: Hong Kong [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ice: Shanghai [natural native speed]
Brandon: Shanghai
Ice: Shanghai [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: Shanghai [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ice: New York [natural native speed]
Brandon: New York
Ice: New York [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: New York [natural native speed]
: And last:
Ice: talaga [natural native speed]
Brandon: really
Ice: talaga [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ice: talaga [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Brandon: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Ice: The First word is taga.
Brandon: That’s the Filipino word that expresses location.
Ice: Yes, you’re right. The word taga functions in two ways.
Brandon: Ok, What’s the first function?
Ice: When taga is followed by a place or a noun that expresses location, its meaning becomes "coming from" or "native of that place".
Brandon: Let’s give an example. First, let’s use "America" as the noun that expresses location.
Ice: taga-Amerika. Just add taga, to Amerika and you get the phrase taga-Amerika.
Brandon: Which means "coming from America" or a "native of America".
Ice: Yes, that’s right.
Brandon: Good. How about the other function?
Ice: When followed by the word saan, we form tagasaan.
Brandon: This is a question word that asks where a person comes from, right?
Ice: Yes, that’s right. We'll talk more about that in the grammar point later.
Brandon: Excellent! What is the next word?
Ice: The next word that we’re going to talk about is lungsod.
Brandon: That's the word for "city", right?
Ice: Yes. Lungsod is a noun that refers to a "city". It's used in formal and informal Filipino.
Brandon: For example?
Ice: We can say Nakatira ako sa lungsod.
Brandon: That's informal Filipino for "I live in the city".
Ice: We should note that if the word lungsod is followed by a place or the name of the city, we should add the word ng after it.
Brandon: So, if we want to say Manila City…
Ice: That will be lungsod ng Maynila.
Brandon: Great, what is the last word?
Ice: Talaga, the adverb for "really". It’s used to convince people of the statement that the speaker is saying.
Brandon: For example?
Ice: We can say Hindi talaga ako masaya.
Brandon: Which is "I’m really not happy".
Ice: The other function of the adverb talaga is to express surprise.
Brandon: For instance?
Ice: We can say Talaga? Hindi ako makapaniwala!
Brandon: Which means, "Really? I can’t believe it!" Ok, now let’s move on to the grammar.
GRAMMAR POINT
Brandon: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask someone their country or place of origin. Ice, how do you say “Where are you from?" in Filipino?
Ice: Tagasaan ka?
Brandon: So what if you want to ask about someone else, for example "Where is she from?"
Ice: We just change the pronoun ka in the phrase tagasaan ka to siya.
Brandon: So that will be…
Ice: Tagasaan siya?
Brandon: So we can use this to ask:
"Where is she from?" or "Where is he from?"
Ice: Yes, that’s right.
Brandon: I see. How do we answer the question?
Ice: We answer using the sentence pattern (Taga + [your place or country of origin] + ako)
Brandon: That's to say "I’m from (this country or place)", right?
Ice: exactly!
Brandon: Let’s say I'm from America. How do I say that in Filipino?
Ice: You should say Taga-Amerika ako.
Brandon: That's "I’m from America." Now how do we say that another person is from a place, or how do we state, "She is from America."?
Ice: We just replace the pronoun ako with siya. So our sentence pattern becomes (Taga + [your place or country of origin] + siya)
Brandon: So to say “She is from America” it would be...
Ice: Taga-amerika siya
Brandon: Can we have another example? Let’s say your talking about someone from Japan. Using the sentence pattern it would be…
Ice: Taga-Japan siya.
Brandon: Which means, "He is from Japan" or "She is from Japan." So you can use siya for both male and female?
Ice: Yes, that’s correct.
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Outro

Brandon: Well, that’s all we have for this lesson.
Ice: If you’d like more explanations and examples, please check the lesson notes.
Brandon: And remember: practice makes perfect so leave us a comment and let us know where you are from in Filipino! Thanks for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time. Bye!
Ice: Paalam !

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi Listeners! Tagasaan ka?

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Sunday at 11:03 pm
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Hi Julie!


Good job practicing Filipino! Salamat! If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask me.


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Julie
Tuesday at 6:07 am
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Taga-Amerika ako. Taga Washington DC ako.

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Hi Andrea,


Good job on your practice!

You can say “I was born in Maryland but grew up in Colorado?” as "Pinanganak ako sa Maryland pero lumaki sa Colorado"


Hope that helps! Salamat :)


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Andrea
Saturday at 5:57 am
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Taga-Amerika ako. Nakatira ako sa Colorado.


How would you say "I was born in Maryland but grew up in Colorado?"


Salamat po for the helpful lessons!!!

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Monday at 6:42 pm
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Hi Jason!


Good self introduction :) just to check on the spelling... "nakatira ako sa Ohio" to mean "I live in Ohio."


The best way really is to ask "Taga saan ka?" since asking "taga saang lungsod (ka) sa Pilipinas?" (Which city in the Philippines (are you from)?) isn't very common unless you already know which region they're from. But don't feel discouraged, you can definitely still ask them your question :).


Salamat!


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Jason
Thursday at 9:46 am
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Hello, kamusta!


Taga-Amerika ako. Nakatiro ako sa Ohio.


Thanks for the excellent lessons. As has been mentioned here, the Philippines is broken up into islands, island groups and provinces. Would "Tagasaang lungsod sa Philippines?" be the way to ask a Filipino where in the Philippines they are from, or is there a better way?


Salamat!


Jason

Betsey
Tuesday at 11:48 am
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Hi Kayla,


Thank you for your comment! Yes, this is Tagalog. We understand that some borrowed words may be seen as misspelled English words. Sorry for the confusion!


Salamat!


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Betsey
Tuesday at 11:48 am
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Hi Ian,


Thank you for practicing with us.


I'm from Canada would be 'Taga Canada ako.' Taga saan, literally means 'from where' as in asking the question. :)


Good job on the second part! Nakatira ako sa Toronto is perfectly phrased :).


Kung gayon is the Filipino counterpart of 'in that case' or 'therefore'. The phrase is used the same as in English. :)


Mahilig sila sa pagkaing Hapon. Kung gayon, kumain kami sa isang Japanese restaurant.


They like Japanese food. Therefore, we ate at a Japanese restaurant.


Salamat!


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Ian
Wednesday at 1:12 pm
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Tagasaan Canada ako. Nakatira ako sa Toronto.


I am from Canada. I live in Toronto.


Could you explain the phrase "Kung gayon".


Salamat.