Pika-Pika – Anong Pangalan Mo?

17 06 2009

Pika-pika PangalanWe’ve all known each other for quite some time and fortunately we’ve all been courteous enough to introduce ourselves. But what if you encounter a stranger, a little lost kid, or a duwende perhaps? I’m sure they won’t be going all James Bond with their names. So in order to get the ball rolling in the friendship and familiarity department, here’s a quick lesson on asking someone’s name




10 responses

17 06 2009

Ako si Jacki. Good one!! Short and sweet and now I can make more friends. That’s what it’s all about, right? You guys are a roll now…keep it coming… When I get good enough, I’ll have my puppet speak Tagalog…I’m a ventriloquist. (need jokes! lol)

17 06 2009

hahaha! wow! can’t wait for the puppet speaking in filipino! that would be cool! ASTIG!

20 06 2009

What does TT stand for that you are saying? And what is Pika Pika?

20 06 2009

T.T. stands for Tambay Talk, which is a segment of the podcast where we pick out a particular phrase or word in the lesson that we want you all to practice!

In Filipino, Pika-Pika is the general term for finger foods that are either served as hors d’oeuvres or snacks. So these short lessons are like appetizer shows or in-betweeners that serve to satisfy your hunger for Filipino lessons!

20 06 2009

Thank you for explaining what Pika-Pika is.

Hindi ba “anong” is short for “ano ang”? Should there be an apostraphe after the word “ano” as in ano’ng ?
Sorry I have to ask, 75 lang ang grade ko sa Tagalog, eh.

20 06 2009

Hi MynaBird!

Yup! ‘Anong’ stands for ‘ano ang’! But there’s no need to place an apostraphe in between. The apostraphe is not used in Filipino. 🙂

22 06 2009

Salamat sa paliwanag. Kaya pala 75 lang ang grade ko.

21 06 2009

The Filipino language likes compounding words. Yeah just compound those words together, that’s it. Oh yeah.

21 06 2009

Oh ho, let’s add a little complexity to this simple lesson

Challenge for next lesson: Nakakapagpabagabag ^_^ Anyway, it could be worth mentioning the phrase “Ang pangalan mo ay ano?”

“Anong pangalan mo?” or “Ano ang pangalan mo?”
structure-wise literally goes “What’s name yours?” or “What is name yours?”

If you are having trouble conceptualizing that type of structure it could be beneficial, though less natural, to construct Filipino sentences using a more strict translational usage of “is”

The phrase “Ang pangalan mo ay ano?” or “Ang pangalan mo ay?” means “Your name is what?” or “Your name is?”

Literally they translate to “The name [of] you[rs] is what?” or “The name [of] you[rs] is?”

The word “ay” is the most direct translation of the English “is” and is used very much in the same manner. The consequence of this is that your speech may sound a bit more formal or, at worst, a bit confrontational but it may be easier for you to construct sentences as you can take your sentence in English. For example:

The dog is black.
>>>Just replace “is” with “ay” and then translate both sides into the Filipino words or chunks that they are supposed to be.

The dog [ay] black.

The dog = “Ang aso”

“Ang aso” ay black.

black = “itim”

Ang aso ay itim. = The dog is black.

Compared that to constructing/translating it as “Itim ang aso” which when structurally translated to English is “Black [is] the dog.”

This though is for constructing stuff on your own, the beauty of the site of course is that it provides templates of conversation and then allows the learner to essentially “plug in” the needed terms. I’m sure what I;ve said has been covered before, but I think it’s worth repeating anyway. 😀

21 06 2009

Thanks Raz for that in depth discussion! It’ll surely be useful to the learners! Genio!

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