Learn Tagalog 01

Tagalog pronunciation: Vowels

Welcome to the Learning Tagalog video series for total beginners.

In this series, you’ll learn about Tagalog pronunciation, linkers or connectors between certain words, and how to say "there is," "to be," "to have" and so on. So these are very basic and very commonly-used phrases in Tagalog. And they’re very easy to learn.

Let’s start with Tagalog pronunciation.

Pronunciation is important, because it helps you distinguish words from one another. So it helps you understand what you hear. And of course, if you pronounce words correctly, people will understand you better.

Let’s first go through the vowels that are used in native Tagalog words: a, e, i, o, u. Once again: a, e, i, o, u.

Now, let’s do the Tagalog diphthongs. A diphthong in Tagalog is a vowel followed by a /y/ or a /w/ in the same syllable. So the Tagalog diphthongs are: ay, ey, oy, uy, aw, ew, iw and ow.

In the next video, we’ll take a look at the consonants found in Tagalog. Thank you for watching.

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