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Wow. How is that? And you learn the languages through self-studying?

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dragonsky wrote:

I know a friend that went to work overseas and she started a family there, I can't imagine how tough would it be if she had a kid back home, it sounds like a hell of a dilemma


It would be better living with the family abroad. But it's a lot better living in the Philippines with the same compensation other countries give.

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ikaymoreno wrote:

This was my sister's dilemma too. If she works abroad, they'd have a better life. If she stays, she can be sure her kids gets the care she wants her to have. Sigh.


Totally right. Then you'll tell yourself, "If I was just there..." It's so frustrating sometimes.

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dragonsky wrote:

How old was your kid when you worked overseas? Was he living with you in a new culture and country or did he stay back?


He was 1 1/2 when I left and he stayed back.

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ikaymoreno wrote:

Actually, I had to quit my full time job because I just can't juggle my schedule anymore. I feel bad for my husband because our budget's resting solely on his shoulders now but we both have been working non-stop for 10+years. We thought it'd be good for the kids to have parents instead of maids for a change. :P

As for your kids these days, I think it's more of the parents too. My kid had a friend who kept stealing her toys so I told her to not play with that kid anymore. We weren't rude or anything. I just told her to tell the kid they're not allowed to play together anymore. That kid's parents had the balls to go to my house and confront me because "we're discriminating against them because they're poor". That and her kid only takes stuff we can afford to buy anyway. Insert facepalm here.

I have two girls and my eldest is VERY outspoken. She's the one who'd get in people's faces if they bother her. When she was in 3rd grade, she had a classmate who kept teasing her "Gaby (Gabi) Gulay". This kid teased her for weeks. Then my kid snapped and confronted her. She asked the kid: Why are you like that? Don't your parents talk to you? Do you have a bad home? Don't your parents teach you good manners? Is that why you're poor?

Granted, the poor part is a bit foul but I still think it's incredulous that she's the one who got reprimanded and not the kid who teased her for weeks.


I totally agree. I used to work overseas, but decided not to go back at the moment to take care of my son. My son never had a "yaya". As much as possible, we only want family members to take care of him.


I feel like your kids are the ones being discriminated here. Facepalm to them.

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ikaymoreno wrote:

Michelle.Batan wrote:

ikaymoreno wrote:

I think so. Even in my country, there are dialects that are at risk of "disappearing" because no one really uses it anymore.

Is this true? Can you name few?

Here you go. :)

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2018/01/29/1782295/kapampangan-dying-language-serious-threat-culture-and-identity

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248078736_Thirty_endangered_languages_in_the_Philippinesv


Oh no, I'm a little guilty of this. I speak fluent Pangasinan, but don't want to teach my son at the moment. Well, the good news is he understands the language and even tries to speak it just by hearing us talk to each other in Pangasinan. :)

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Thanks a lot for enlightening me, Ikay. I could imagine you're a supermom. I wonder how you manage to be a wife, a mom and a teacher all in one.


Children are totally different these days. How I wish your daughter would be able to go back soon and forget those past experiences.


What?!!! Well, the teacher or school administration deserved whatever they heard from you. They should never tolerate bullying in their school. And how can you not call someone pathetic and useless when they locked you up in the bathroom?!


I'll check the link above and see if it's possible for my son. He's 4 years old. I'm a bit scared of letting him go to school because he might be influenced by others. Like I said, children these days are different. As for my son, he says "bad 'yon" when he hears someone saying "bastos, loko, hoy, uy, bwisit." LOL

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Wow. I'm really interested in home-schooling my son too, but I don't know how and where. Would you tell me more about it please?

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:

Also when American product are described as having knobs instead of dials that's a p#nis


I've probably heard this in movies, but never knew they were referring to the "p". LOL

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leosmith wrote:

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Very well explained, edz. Might as well explain when and how we use ika-(number) for dates or counting. For example, ika-1, ika-28. I myself is a bit confused when it's used in dates of the month or anniversaries. Thanks in advance.

So when do you use ordinal numbers, if at all? I hear unang and huling pretty often, but ika- very rarely.


It's rarely used here in the North, but I often hear it in the news as follows: (You would notice that the first three numbers do not use "ika")


Una

Ikalawa

Ikatlo

Ika-apat and so on...


You'll often hear a newscaster saying:

"Kahapon ay ipinagdiwang nila ang ika-dalawampu't isang anibersaryo ng mag-asawa."


Hope this helps.

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Very well explained, edz. Might as well explain when and how we use ika-(number) for dates or counting. For example, ika-1, ika-28. I myself is a bit confused when it's used in dates of the month or anniversaries. Thanks in advance.

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I've read one time on Facebook that our dialect here in my province is dying. Many parents do not teach their children how to speak our dialect.

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Is this a one-on-one lesson, ikay? Or is it an online session as well?

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Wow. It's great to hear that your daughter wants to learn another language. Spanish would be easier, I guess, because we got some of our words from the language.

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Are the language courses only available in Manila? I haven't heard of TESDA offering those courses here in the province. :)

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Thank you for the clarification, leosmith. I also think learning depends on the eagerness of the person, the available resources and the time and effort of the teacher. Learning all by yourself and without someone with you who knows the language can be really difficult.


So, ikaymoreno, we still have a chance with Korean. :)

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Apparently, the languages that I want to learn are in Group 4. :sweat_smile:

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Thanks, ikay. I'll probably try one of these soon. :)

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Language probably got this cutie's interest at an early age. What an exceptional girl!

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This is a good read, ikay. Thank you. Well, I just hope they would also offer to those who wants to learn the languages and not only for those who need it.

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they're beyond what you can...

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ikaymoreno wrote:

I think it's one of those words that we just "coin" to Tagalog like midya and kompyuter. We tagalize it by changing the spelling. We had a class in college that discussed this and why it's preferable to do this over using hard to understand Tagalog words/terms. I forgot what rationale was given though.


Great point here too, ikay. Easily understanding the word comes first. Some Tagalog words are seldom used because not many Filipinos know those words even exist. I'm not sure how to properly address those tech words though.

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I suddenly remembered a game we used to play when we were younger. I can't recall what was it called so I just thought of a game title above.


One will think of a letter, then the person next to him/her have to name of a Person, Country and an Animal which start with the given letter.


Let me start:


P: Paolo, Philippines, Panther

Next: Name a person, country and an animal which start with letter S.  

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Charlyn wrote:
Mine, if one purposely say yeah instead of simply saying yes... :wink:


Especially if he/she is a young individual talking to an older person, right? That was one of my pet peeves too.

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Like Charlyn, I start with greetings first then go ahead to learning how to say the 5W and 1H.

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Rose.Angelie wrote:

Out of plain curiosity, why would someone ask? Hehe


Well, Rose, the truth is someone asked me to translate a sentence wherein the word 'website' was used. Got no luck in looking for the Tagalog word in an English-Tagalog dictionary and online. It's a good thing that Michelle found the site above. :)

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Wow Michelle! This resource is really helpful. Thanks a lot! :)

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Hello Charlyn! It's one of the best because I got spend the New Year with my family, which I haven't done for two years. :)

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Right. Some were words I've never even heard.

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Hello Filipino friends!


I've been asked what the Tagalog word is for "website". Do you have any idea if there is a word for it in Tagalog? :)

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Rose.Angelie wrote:

Not Language related but mine includes people who walk sooo slow (they're usually on their phone) in the middle of a busy street/corner/corrider/alley/pedestrian, aisle,etc.. and those that suddenly stop (while walking) without taking consideration/not minding the people behind them. Whenever this happens, I'd tell the person "EXCUSE MEEE" in a loud, sarcastic tone. Lol


It's okay to "lava walk" in a not-so-busy street, but not in a crowded place. It's irksome for people whose time is gold. :)

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Fried chicken mixed with Fish Sauce and Tomato Dip. Yummy!

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:

This is a cool resource if anyone finds something similar in Spanish thsywouldbe awesome


Right, Jade. It would be great if they have it on other languages too.

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Oghenekevwe wrote:

You should be proud of yourself, I scored lower than that and now I have to update my vocab.


Thank you, Oghenekevwe. I have to update mine as well. :) I guess the test challenged most of us here in Language Tools. :)

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Got 17700, and I have no idea why.  

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Glad to have you here, Hanna. :) Welcome!

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edz.conde wrote:

Plus one for this...haha. In addition, it's a sore in my eyes when I got to see people using "kong" instead of "kung" and vice versa, in our language. One is possesive while the latter is conditional. Example...

1) Ang anak KONG bunso ay mabait.(My youngest child is kind.)

2) KUNG maganda ang epekto sa aking kalugusan, bibili ako ng produkto. (If the effect is good for my health, I'll buy the product.)


Omg, edz. It's frustrating that people nowadays fail to understand the difference between kong and kung.

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meifeng wrote:

Oh geez - that's also my pet peeve. I can always feel my head exploding whenever people use the wrong one. The worst part is I still have to politely smile, and try not to be too pedantic.


Right, meifeng. It's like an itch that you have to endure from scratching.

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Oghenekevwe wrote:

I feel you Sister. It gets me really upset every time people use them incorrectly and i have to bite my tongue from correcting them.


Right sis. And we wonder whether it's because the student lacked focus or other factors caused it.

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Mine is the improper use of they're, there and their.  

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This is a good read, Jade. :)

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Will do, Michelle. 

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I've read that sleeping at 10:00 pm to 3:00 am is the best time to sleep in order to rejuvenate body cells. Well, the hours of sleep depends on which age range you belong. For people with old age, a good 4-6 hours of sleep is enough.

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went to the woods where...

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Venezuela has got a number of beauty queens too. One of my Facebook news feed has a list of all the Ms. Universe title holders, and Venezuela has the most number, I guess.

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Asana comes in handy for project management. You get to receive reminders of deadlines and to-do stuff. Though I haven't explored it's full usefulness yet, I think it's a great way for people involved in the project to communicate, create sub-tasks and even delegate tasks up to the project's completion.

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Thank you, Ari. We held our breaths the moment Steve was about to announce who would take the crown. :) 

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led him to be so...

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ikaymoreno wrote:

Nope. :) I'm not really into travelling and mostly just travel for work. Would love to go to Japan though. :P


Japan is interesting too, ikay. I wish you'll get to travel there soon. :)

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Hi Charlyn! I thought so too. But I've learned that they also have 27 letters, so I gave it a shot.

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Wow, happy birthday as well to your grandmother, Ari. :)

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Hello Charlyn, are you interested in learning Korean too? :)

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Happy mother's day to you and your mom Ari. Right. I remember mother's day celebration of Saudi Arabia and the Philippines are different. In Saudi, it's like an ordinary day, but here in the Philippines, we go out on a date every Mother's Day. :)

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Wow ikay, I could imagine how dedicated you are. I'll surely try that one out if I have the time. Hoping to visit Korea soon. Have you been there?

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Then, this mysterious man came...

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One of the topics that we sometimes don't give a toss to. I literally got confused when I had this English to Tagalog job where 'interpretation service' and 'translation service' were used. I think interpretation is more on the subjective side of a text while translation is objective.

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I can only read really slowly. Sometimes I stop and think, "How do I pronounce this again? What letter is this again?" My vocab mainly comprises of words I usually hear from k-dramas and variety shows.

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Hello ikay, thank you for taking your time to share this information and citing a number of examples as well. I somehow got your point. So, that's basically how it sound in that there's no really R sound in Korean as it is with the American R. I really appreciate it.


And if you have more info you can share, I'll be checking out this thread.

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There's something I'm curious about. ㄹ can be r or l in English. I'm really wondering when to use the r sound or the l sound within a word or a sentence.

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I think it'd be better to leave the tribe and even other tribes alone. Change is good, but would the benefits outweigh the risks they'd be facing? Whether they choose to fit into the modern world or keep themselves isolated is completely up to them. 

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character this tiny creature is...

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little creature which came out...

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meifeng wrote:

I was watching this video about the languages of Singapore, and one thing that struck me on the Malay section - nobody speaks like that. I learned formal Indonesian in school, and when I was in Indonesia, and spoke the way it appeared in the video, people laughed at me. I sounded like an idiot by focusing too much on being accurate; simply responding in short sentences would have been more natural.


Good point there, meifeng. I guess that's how it is for any language. It's that when we are being too bookish or being too formal, natives would think we're from the olden times. Well, I have to admit, I'm a really self-conscious person just like you.

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To her surprise, she then...

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Nice intro video ikay. :) So, that's what romanization is.

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Oh my. Sorry for the typo. Right. Grammar is the biggest obstacle for me.

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I voted for being. I find listening and pronouncing the words of a foreign language really helpful, but I get stuck once I start getting conscious of the proper grammar. Like, if I don't find any resources where I can learn the correct grammar, it's preventing me from making progress or worst, to even continue studying the language.

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ikaymoreno wrote:

To be honest, I felt like the Filipino subjects in high school were a waste of time. I really didn't feel like I was learning anything.



Right. It's one of those subjects that make us feel sleepy. But still, teachers and even the government should find a way on how to make the subject more interesting and engaging to students, right?

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ikaymoreno wrote:
Filipino subjects are no longer mandatory in college. The first decent Filipino subject I had was in college. T_T


You have a point here ikay. How could they say that those are no longer mandatory in college, when they should be the ones promoting Filipino subjects.

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only to see that he

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From what I've read, Korean language would only an option for students. But removing Filipino and/or Philippine Literature (Panitikan) from the curriculum alone, even without the addition of Korean in the course, is not a good idea at all. I get upset to see fellow Filipinos who do not know our language very well. Well, I hope the government would take steps to focus more on that and enhance students' learning of the Filipino language.


P.S. I know this is off topic, but I also hope that teachers stop the "FB or IG likes-based" grading of students. 

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Because of what he did...

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I'm not sure about the facts, but English seems to be considered by people as the universal language. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Vladyslava wrote:
I also agree with the point that educational institutions should support foreign language learning and provide facilities to do that.

Do educational institutions there offer foreign language courses as well? 

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I don't think it's reasonable for universities to require students to know at least one foreign language. It could be a rewarding to some, but could also be a burden to other students. It could also possibly discourage students in pursuing college. I think it would be better to offer foreign language courses as an option and not as a requirement.

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but the man was too...

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Looking forward that you would address this in the future as most people nowadays opt for the 'handy' options. Thank you.

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Another concern that I'd like to raise since I'm using my phone is that the options to italicize, bold or make the font size bigger or smaller are not present.

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She went on to find...

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Thank you admin. I see that the other posts have been deleted now. :)

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in order to change the...

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No worries admin. It's just that it's a little messy to look at the essay posted 5x. I'm using Samsung Galaxy and Chrome.

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Hello admin,

I just made an entry into the Essay section using my phone. I clicked on it once then noticed nothing's happening and so I clicked the Submit button one more time. Still seeing the same, I clicked the submit button several times. Then when I was directed to the Essays page, I saw my entry was posted 5x. I was trying to delete the other posts, but can't find the Delete button. I hope there's an option to undo or correct this when this happens again. 

Thank you.

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I'll give this a try. :)


"was a lovely girl who..."

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I really wonder how teaching English online is done. How do you guys do it?

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edz.conde wrote:
Both are correct. "You got" is simple past and "you've got" is in present perfect tense. Like in this sentence... "You got the answer right", which means that your answer to a question is correct, while it could be "You got the answer in number 1 right, but let us see if you've got all the answers correct. " The 2nd sentence means the checking of the paper is not yet finished, so the action is continuing.


Got your point Edz. Thanks a bunch!

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Thank you Temitope. I'll take note of that. :)

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I often hear the phrase 'you got' used at the start of sentences, and always end up changing 'you got' to 'you've got'. I think 'you've' got is grammatically correct. Hearing it often got me wondering if 'you got' is also correct.

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I'm on the listening side. I've learned how to converse in Arabic without knowing how to read it. But eventually, I forced myself to learn (although not all) their alphabet as well. A good teacher or a friend to speak to would also be a good resource.

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Right. Kaya maraming nonsense na away sa social media eh. And negativity can sometimes be contagious to others.

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Maraming gamit ang ingles. But we would realize, as we grow older, na hindi iyon ang pinakaimportanteng bagay sa mundo. Sana subukan din natin magpakabihasa sa sarili nating wika. :)

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Glad I came across this post while looking for a Korean language guru here. Thanks!

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Hi ikay, would you also also give me some tips on how to familiarize myself with the combined vowels? "wa" is the easiest for me.

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ikaymoreno wrote:

A lot of Korean vowels actually sound closer to Filipino vowels than English.

아 = a

에 = e

이 = i

우 = u


Exactly, ikay. I couldn't resist to associate these with the Filipino language sometimes. :)

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leosmith wrote:

I meant that you should only use that as a back-up. It's best to just listen to the sound and try to map it directly to the hangul. If that fails then you can use the english sound-alike trick.


Thanks a lot leosmith. I'll get to that best option then.

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Thank you for sharing the link, Aileen. Great way to learn more about Aussies. Hope you keep sharing more of these interesting posts. :)

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