Word for the Travel Wise (11/12/06)

PhilippinesIt’s a quiet day around my way and quite peaceful to say the least. Not a whole lot to report, so I’m making my word selection based on my mood. It’s not exactly the word for peaceful, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy trying to find ways to use this one while in the P.I.

Today’s word is a Tagalog word used in the Philippines:

kapayapaán – peace

Tagalog is one of the major languages in Central Philippines and part of the Austronesian language family. For some reason I was surprised by the number of free GOOD resources available to prospective Tagalog student. Wikipedia has great background info on the lingo as well as related languages, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Waray-Waray, and Cebuano. Mongabay pretty much covers all the really good, up and running links to sites that help teach Tagalog, after checking out a few I’ll do the favor of pointing the best out. The first is an interactive language and Filipino culture resource site tools are provided for both teachers and students. A pretty intense breakdown on local slang and how it is derived can be found here. Travel Lang has word and phrase generator that spits out all the basic words you’d use while visiting.

Past Filipino/Tagalog words: taon, kalye, alak, masarap, sayaw