Word for the Travel Wise (01/25/07)

PhilippinesIf you enjoy Filipino/Pinoy food, you’ll enjoy reading this food adventure blog by Connie Veneracion. The blog says “let the food pics do the talking,” but there is actually a considerable amount of talking done by the blogger as well with include recipes and tips for those who enjoy Asian culinary arts.

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

salamat po – thank you

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, kapayapaán, bubelya