Let’s start with the Tagalog /k/, /p/ and /t/. Ka, pa, ta. These
three consonants are pronounced without a puff of air after them. So they’re
like the /k/, /p/ and /t/ in skill, spill and still.
And not the ones in kill, pill and till, which have a puff of breath after
them. So again, ka, pa and ta.
Then you have the sound /ng/. Nga. This sound can also be found at the
beginning of a word in Tagalog. For example, ngayon, which means today
or now. You can practice this initial /ng/ sound by saying ringing…,
Then there’s the Tagalog /r/. Ra. It’s similar to the double /t/
in better in most accents of American English, or it can be slightly
Now, let’s quickly go through the consonant sounds you’ll find in native Tagalog
ba, da, ga
ha, ka, la
ma, na, nga
pa, ra, sa
ta, wa, ya.
There’s actually another consonant sound in Tagalog, which is called the glottal stop,
but we’ll cover that in a later video.
Lastly, let’s pronounce the Tagalog /ll/ and what we call en-ye in
Tagalog. These are found in words borrowed from Spanish.
lla – it’s like an /l/
followed by a /y/
and ña – a bit like the /gn/ in lasagna