I know some of you, even after having gone to the Philippines a gazillion times, have NEVER EVER ridden a jeepney! I strongly urge you to do this. Even if you are not Filipino or have never been to the Philippines,
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Where will you ever be in
A TIN CAN DISCO ON WHEELS
sitting uncomfortably stuck to the two people next to you?
If it sounds intense, it is. The physical requirements alone can make some people bow out. Like literally make a low bow while walking out of the jeepney.
Some say it is called "Jeepney" because people are sitting knee-to-knee with each other.
**BAD JOKE ALERT**
"Jeep" "Knee"? Get it? hehe <<-- (Tagalog for "haha.")
If you don't want to sit inside the small space, you are allowed to "sabit" either by sitting on top of the roof or by clinging on the back of the jeep. Don't be surprised if you see older kids clinging to the back of the jeep. I used to do this when I was younger too. Danger?-- What danger?
Anyway, should you decide to try out taking a jeepney when in the Philippines,
Here are some guidelines to follow:
1. If you are seated far from the driver (near the jeep entrance), the other passengers are expected to pass your payment to the driver (and pass your change back). Say thank you to the people.
2. If possible, pay with small bills or with exact change especially early in the morning. If people are being noisy in the Jeepney, do not ask them to be quiet. Filipinos are not known for being quiet in public.
If I keep watching Tagalog movies, am I going to learn how to speak Tagalog?
If want to learn how to speak it, the short answer is NO.
However, if you
Get some speaking practice
Learn sentence formation,
Movies are a great way to learn the language the way it is actually spoken
I get a big number of learners who have used books to self-study, but because of the difference between written and conversational Tagalog, they ended up speaking Tagalog in a way that is not normal in an everyday conversational setting. So movies are good to fix this problem!
Now, why watch a Tagalog movie to learn Tagalog?
Here are reasons why watching movies may not work for you:
Unless you are only interested in “kinda following” the movie (and maybe laughing or crying at the wrong times *eek!*)
My Steps On How To Use Movies To Learn Tagalog
1. Learn some basic grammar and vocabulary.
2. Watch the movie throughout for the fun of it and then pick a short section to focus on.
3. Ideally, you would have a Tagalog transcript. Study the transcript and make sure you understand the transcript and can translate it to English.
4. Go back to your “focus section” of the movie and turn off the subtitles.
So I am making this post really late at night. It's because I just realized (two seconds ago) that Facebook posts are embeddable! :D I wanted to see what it looked like so here I am giving it a try. I decided to share with you one of the nice things you guys have left on my Facebook page.
Salamat so much!
Oh, and don't forget we ARE on Facebook! ---->>> Join the FB group
There, you can post questions you may have about learning Tagalog, or make announcements or share information with others, or just stop by to say hello!
So I just got back from Vegas this past weekend and immediately after getting picked up from the airport, my auntie took us straight to what she called "the best Filipino buffet in Las Vegas." She said "O, maaga pa! They still have tuyo!"
So there we were, my mom and my auntie
Lalaban Ako Para Sa Filipino
And here's Jimmy Kimmel's rendition