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INTRODUCTION
Betsey: Kamusta! Hi everyone, I’m Betsey.
Becky: Hello! I’m Becky, and welcome to FilipinoPod101.com. This is Pronunciation Series, Lesson 1 - The Pronunciation of Consonants in Filipino.
Becky: In the Basic Bootcamp series, we introduced some basic Filipino pronunciations, and gave you a glimpse of it, but with this series, we’d like to take you on a journey to mastering your pronunciation.

Lesson focus

Betsey: That’s right. In this first lesson, we will go through the pronunciation of consonants in Filipino.
Becky: We’ve talked before about the Filipino alphabet, known as Abakada.
Betsey: Let’s refresh our listeners’ memories though. The initial Abakada has five vowels - A, E, I, O, and U. And it has fifteen consonants - B, K, D, G, H, L, M, N, Ñ (enye), NG, P, R, S, T, W and Y.
Becky: In this lesson, we’ll go through the consonants. But don’t worry about it too much, because if you remember, there are only a few differences between the pronunciation of Filipino consonants from the English consonants.
Betsey: So first, we’ll give a word in English that contains the same sound, followed by an example word in Filipino that has that sound. First up is the Filipino alphabet B
Becky: This sounds like the English B, as in “Bath”
Betsey: A Filipino example is Bahay, which means "House” (slowly) Bahay.
Becky: Next up is K as in “Kitchen”
Betsey: A Filipino example is Kain, which means "Eat”, slowly Kain
Becky: Next is D as in "Dog"
Betsey: An example is Dugo, which means "Blood”
Becky: Next, G as in "Get"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Gutom which means "Hungry”
Becky: Next, H as in "Hole"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Hangin which means "Air”
Becky: L as in "Lamp"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Likod which means "Back”
Becky: M as in "Mobile"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Mahal which means "Love”
Becky: Next is N as in “None” The Spanish ‘enye’ (Ñ) or N with wave mark or tilde on the top is also used, but mostly for names or locations that come from Spanish.
Betsey: A Filipino example using N is Nakaw, which means "Steal”
Becky: N-G as in "Sung"
Betsey: A Filipino example of NG [say the sound here] is Ngipin, which means "Teeth”
Betsey: Now, we have talked about most of the consonants and their pronunciations. As you can see, most of the Filipino letters sound the same as their English equivalents.
Becky: But there are some consonants or consonant groups that don’t sound the same as in English. The consonant N-G is one of them.
Betsey: There’s a Filipino word that is just ‘N-G’ This is the object marker in Filipino. It is pronounced “Nang” even though it’s written just NG.
Becky: Then we have..
Betsey: “Ang” or A-N-G. which is the subject marker. This might not be as hard to pronounce, because the “ng” consonant is placed at the end of the word like in English words.
Becky: And what’s the next one?
Betsey: We also have the word “Mga” or M-G-A. It’s pronounced as “Manga”. This means “Approximately” or “About”. It can also indicate a plural of a noun. So for example, you can use it to say “My friends” or “Mga kaibigan ko”. (slowly) “Mga kaibigan ko”. You can see the first word was pronounced as ‘Manga’ even though it was written as just M-G-A.
Becky: Ok. Let’s go back to other consonants. The next is “P” as in "Pig"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Pabor which means "Favor”
Becky: Next is R as in "Run"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Rinig which means "Hear”. Remember this “R” sounds more like the Spanish “R”, where you roll your tongue.
Becky: And next, S as in "Sun"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Sira which means "Broken”
Becky: T as in "Tea"
Betsey: A Filipino example is Talim which means "Sharp”
Becky: W as in "Wave”
Betsey: A Filipino example is Wagi which means "Victory”
Becky: Y as “Yes”
Betsey: A Filipino example is Yabang which means "Conceited”
Becky: Ok, so those are just a few examples of how these consonants are pronounced.
Becky: Listeners, you should use this list to practice saying these consonants!
Betsey: They’re not very hard, so we’re sure you can master them in no time.

Outro

Becky: Okay, that’s it for this lesson. To reinforce what you’ve learned in this lesson, don’t forget to check the lesson notes.
Betsey: Thanks for listening, everyone.
Betsey: See you next time. Paalam!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners!

Do you like this new series?

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Sunday at 08:00 AM
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Hi Ferris Walker,


The lesson notes have more words listed out compared to the conversation listed above. You can refer to the lesson transcript if you want to read out just the words in the conversation. Salamat! 😁


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Ferris Walker
Saturday at 10:44 AM
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the teaching does not line up to the teaching for the different letter the speaker only said one right out all the ones she read off

just think i paid $170 .00 for your lesson you do not even teach and speak what you have wrote down.

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Wednesday at 03:22 PM
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Hi Gene Walker,


The lesson notes have more words listed out hence have different words compared to the conversation listed above. You can refer to the lesson transcript if you want to read out just the words in the conversation. Hope this helps! Salamat Gene!


Betsey

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Gene Walker
Friday at 08:57 AM
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The first person said words right the second person only got about 3 words right in what you all wrote out the words where to sound right. It hard to learn when you have one thing wrote and someone saying something else. Very disappointing.

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Sunday at 12:43 PM
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Hi David Brockes,


Thank you so much for your feedback! I agree that hearing a word spoken by a native speaker is a great way to remember how it should be pronounced. Thank you for your comment! Salamat!


Betsey

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David Brockes
Sunday at 03:21 PM
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I find the best way of all your layouts, is where you have the word, or sentence, the English meaning, and the button so you can just push it to get the tagalog pronunciation. That way you can just sit on one word in the column and press it over and over, and only move on to the next letter, word, or sentence pronunciation when you wish. See If it was a list like a lot of the others you could just sit on any vowel or consonant, press the speaker icon for the sound of that one, then press the icon for the word example. It's more user friendly that way every time.

David Brockes
Sunday at 03:09 PM
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Oo, I am learning the pronunciation first, before the meaning.

It is very important to hear the word a few times and say it until you sound like it THEN, and only then, look at the tagalog word.

If you look at the word and your mind pronounces it a different way it is then harder to save the correct pronunciation inside your head. Don't guess pronounce a word.

Team FilipinoPod101.com
Sunday at 12:05 PM
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Hi Stephen,


Thank you for your feedback! Some words in the lesson notes are supplementary to the podcast. For the list of words in the podcast alone, please refer to the lesson transcript. Hope this helps! Thank you for helping us make the site better. :)


Betsey

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Stephen Buck
Tuesday at 02:25 AM
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Most words spoken in the podcast do not match the words listed above.

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Thursday at 03:25 PM
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Hi graeme,


Thank you for posting!

We are glad to hear that you are interested in our language and culture. :grin:

Keep practicing everyday and you will get there soon :thumbsup:


Cheers,

Laura

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