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Go Filipino: Let's Learn Tagalog

37 EpisodesProduced by Kris AndresWebsite

Tagalog, which is mainly spoken in the Philippines, is one of the most beautiful languages in Asia. Writer and self-confessed language nerd Kris Andres wants to share that beauty with you. Whether you are visiting the country for business or pleasure, married or dating someone from the Philippines, … read more

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Lesson 34: Do It (Actor Focus Verbs)

June 24th, 2020


It is time to pay attention to the most difficult part of learning the Tagalog language: verbs. In this lesson, we learn about the Actor Focus Verbs …

Lesson 33: How Many Of This? (Questions: Ilan?)

June 13th, 2020


This episode focuses on the Tagalog word for "how many." We will also focus on why Filipinos need to open a discussion about why Black lives matter.

A …

Lesson 32: Where Are You Now? (Questions: Saan? Part 2)

May 31st, 2020


This is the second half of our lesson about SAAN (where), which includes three new questions words that are based on it: NASAAN, TAGASAAN, and PARA SAAN.

May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Let's …

Lesson 31: Where On Earth? (Questions: Saan? Part 1)

May 16th, 2020


This lesson is the first part of our discussion about SAAN, the Tagalog word for "where."

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- Caroline Jane Walsh
- Jess …

Lesson 30: Who In The Name? (Questions: Sino?)

May 9th, 2020


Continuing our series about questions, we will learn about SINO, the Tagalog word for "who."

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- Caroline Jane Walsh
- …

Lesson 29: What In The World? (Questions: Ano?)

May 1st, 2020


Continuing our lesson about questions, we take a deeper dive into ANO, the Tagalog word for "What."

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- Caroline Jane …

Lesson 28: Yes Or No? (Questions: The "Ba" Particle)

April 15th, 2020


This is the first of our series of lessons about questions. Here we learn how any sentence becomes a yes-or-no question just by adding a single word into the mix. Where that word is placed, however, requires precision.

A …

Lesson 27: Don'ts and Don'ts (Negations: Huwag, Ayaw)

April 8th, 2020


This is the second half of our lesson about negations, featuring negative commands and negative actions. We also learn about what happens when we use two negative words in a sentence.

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- …

Lesson 26: Nothings and No's (Negations: Wala, Hindi)

April 1st, 2020


This is the first lesson about negations or expressing negatives in a sentence. Here we discuss the Tagalog words for "nothing" and "no."

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- Jess L
- Raphprobably
- Elaine
- Craig Putz
- …

Lesson 25: Building Without Moving (Non-Verb Sentences)

March 24th, 2020


In this lesson, we create Tagalog sentences without using any verbs.

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- Jess L
- Raphprobably
- Elaine
- Craig Putz
- …

Lesson 24: Build It And Switch It (Foundations Of A Tagalog Sentence)

March 17th, 2020


We've learned about the basic components of Tagalog grammar; now it's time to use them in building a sentence.

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- Jess …

Lesson 23: Be The Most (Adjectives, Part 4)

March 10th, 2020


It's Go Filipino's first birthday! Many thanks to everyone who has listened and supported this humble podcast for the past 12 months.

In this lesson, we wrap up our discussion about the superlative adjectives.

A heartfelt …

Lesson 22: Be The Best (Adjectives, Part 3)

February 26th, 2020


Superlative adjectives in the Tagalog language are more than just "most" and "-est," This lesson is the first part of learning how to craft Tagalog superlatives.

A heartfelt thanks to my Patrons:
- Lisa Charleson
- Craig …

Lesson 21: Let's Compare Them (Adjectives, Part 2)

February 6th, 2020


We continue our lesson about Tagalog adjectives. This time, we talk about comparative adjectives or how Tagalog speakers compare two or more nouns.

A …

Lesson 20: Let's Describe Them (Adjectives, Part 1)

January 16th, 2020


New year, new lesson! This lesson talks about Tagalog adjectives, specifically the neutral kind. We also learn how Tagalog adjectives link with the nouns they describe and its additional functions.

A heartfelt thanks to …

Lesson 19: Let's Talk About Reasons (Pronouns, Part 5)

January 4th, 2020


Happy New Year, everyone! Manigong Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat! This episode is the final part about pronouns, where we learn about the demonstrative locative pronouns. They are also the only pronouns with a unique …

Lesson 18: Let's Talk About Directions (Pronouns, Part 4)

December 23rd, 2019


Kris is spending the holidays in California and has recorded his first of several lessons while overseas. This lesson is part 4 of Pronouns, focusing …

Lesson 17: Let's Talk About Locations (Pronouns, Part 3)

December 2nd, 2019


The Locative Pronouns, also known as the SA-Pronouns, has four functions. Being how detailed I am in teaching the Tagalog language, the discussion about this type of pronoun comes in three parts. In this lesson, we …

Lesson 16: Let's Talk About Relations (Pronouns, Part 2)

November 19th, 2019


In this lesson, we continue our discussion about pronouns in the Tagalog language as we take a closer look at the Relational Pronouns. We see how Tagalog pronouns change depending on whether the noun is the focus or not.

Lesson 15: Let's Talk About Gender (Pronouns, Part 1)

October 23rd, 2019


In this lesson, we get to know pronouns in the Tagalog language, particularly those that serve as the focus of a sentence, and whether you will need …

Bonus Lesson: Go Filipino Review, Chapter 2

October 8th, 2019


You've learned numbers, shapes, and even measurements. It's time to put your knowledge to the test with another edition of Go Filipino Review! We …

Lesson 14: Weigh Your Options (Size and Weight, Part 2)

September 24th, 2019


In this episode, we continue our lesson on measurements in Tagalog as we deep dive into the colonial period and modern times. We learn about how …

Lesson 13: Estimate Your Worth (Size and Weight, Part 1)

September 1st, 2019


In this episode, we learn about the ancient Tagalog system of measurement. Although these units of measurement have become archaic and are used informally nowadays, we want to show how the ancestors of modern-day …

Lesson 12: Round We Go (Shapes)

August 7th, 2019


In this episode, we learn about the Tagalog words for different shapes and figures.

Also, August is "Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa" (National Language Month) in the Philippines. We learn a quick history of the country's …

Lesson 11: Time Will Tell (Numbers, Part 2)

July 24th, 2019


In this lesson, we learn about Tagalog numbers based in Spanish. We also learn why the Spanish language is not prevalent in the Philippines nowadays …

Lesson 10: Count On Me (Numbers, Part 1)

July 16th, 2019


We are taking things slowly as we talk about how Tagalog speakers count numbers.

Go Filipino Recommends: "Oro, Plata, Mata," a film by Peque Gallaga. Set in Negros Island during World War II, it tells the story of how …

Lesson 9: Celebrate Pride (Colors)

June 26th, 2019


Happy Pride, mga kapatid! Let's talk about colors in Tagalog and how they are used as adjectives.

Go Filipino Recommends: "Moondogs" by Alexander …

Lesson 8: The Building Blocks (Root Words)

May 18th, 2019


We previously learned about Markers, those tiny words that assign roles to nouns within a sentence. Naturally, we should be learning about nouns, but …

Bonus Lesson: Go Filipino Review, Chapter 1

May 10th, 2019


It’s time to put your Tagalog knowledge to the test. You heard it right; we’re doing a pop quiz! Go Filipino Review has 10 multiple-choice questions …

Lesson 7: Words With Benefits (Markers, Part 3)

May 2nd, 2019


We are down to the final stretch of Markers, where we learn how SA indicates beneficiaries and future time, as well as the last two markers: KAY and KINA. We also scratch the surface of Tagalog pronouns, family titles, …

Lesson 6: Where You At? (Markers, Part 2)

April 22nd, 2019


We continue our lesson about Markers, concentrating on ones that indicate non-focus actors and locations. We also learn the Tagalog words for family members and commonly-used verbs to impress your friends and family.

Lesson 5: Focus On, Focus Off (Markers, Part 1)

April 15th, 2019


Markers are integral in the Tagalog language, but not a lot of Filipino language courses teach this. In this episode, we learn how markers work, as well as the importance of focus in a Tagalog sentence.

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Lesson 4: Taking Names (Who?)

April 10th, 2019


In this lesson, we learn new sentences revolving around the Tagalog word for "WHO," which you can use on telephone conversations and learning about …

Lesson 3: Building Your Vocabulary (What?)

March 31st, 2019


In this lesson, we learn about how to build your Tagalog vocabulary, which involves a lot of "what's this" and "what's that," all while getting …

Bonus Lesson: Double Vowels and Glottal Stops

March 16th, 2019


Continuing from Lesson 2,  let’s talk about double vowels, glottal stops, and the two ways of saying “yes” and “no.”   

Support "Go Filipino" by listening to this podcast using the free RadioPublic app for iOS or …

Lesson 2: Find Your Way (Questions Tourists Could Use)

March 10th, 2019


Let's learn how to make use of the Tagalog language as a tourist. This episode helps you ask for directions, say sorry for bothering strangers, and ask how much is the "Barrel Man." 

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Lesson 1: The Foundations (Pronunciations and Basic Greetings)

February 25th, 2019


Before we go deep into learning the Filipino language, we focus first on the pronunciations of vowels and basic greetings.

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