For those who are interested in learning some Tagalog I have created a list of the most used words and short sentences to get by in the Philippines.
Pronunciation is not that difficult, just be sure that you say each letter, and not in groups (like the ou in this word). If you see two aa in a word, pronounce it as a-a or i-i in other words.
The only problem could be the accent.
Some words have different meaning if the accent is placed on a different syllable. That will make speaking Tagalog more funny: see the smiling Filipino faces when you do it wrong! And they are very willing to correct you, which is good for having ‘contact’.
When I was still new in the Philippines, some extended family members were trying to teach me some Tagalog. Just like we did when we were young adults, teaching foreigners the bad words first, they were doing just the same to me. So be aware in using that kind of words.
My list however, is completely safe to use, as long as you pronounce it well.
In future posts I will try to explain other often used words but with multiple meanings.
Check here for the list of words and sentences. It will open in a spreadsheet. It is alphabetically ordered.