Plural

Filipino Lesson 3 (Plural and Languages)

Duration: 30 mins

The 3rd lesson is about the plural in Filipino and how to create it from the singular form. In addition, I will include a list of vocabulary about languages, nationalities, and countries. Finally, you will find some common everyday sentences. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Filipino Classes.

Plural

Knowing how to create the plural from the singular word can double the vocabulary you already know. It can make it easy to have a conversation about different topics by simply knowing some grammatical rules. For example how to change the word "book" to "books" or "woman" to "women".

Below is a list of singular words and their plural equivalent. I included examples about nature as well as about humans. The table contains 3 columns (English, Filipino, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Singular vs. Plural in Filipino

English Filipino
Countrybansa
Countries
Lakedagat-dagatan/lawa
Lakesmga lawa; mga dagat-dagatan
Languagelenguwahe; wika
Languagesmga wika
Womanbabae
Womenmga babae
Manlalaki
Menmga lalaki
Boybatang lalaki
Boysmga batang lalaki
Girlbatang babae
Girlsmga batang babae

Now we will try to implement some of the words above into full Filipino sentences. That way you will be able to see how both forms are used when embedded in a structure.

Singular vs. Plural in a Sentence

English Filipino
We speak two languagesnakakapagsalita kami ng dalawang lenguwahe/wika
They speak four languagesnakakapagsalita sila ng apat na lenguwahe/wika
I visited one countrybinisita ko ang isang bansa
She visited three countriesbinisita niya ang tatlong bansa
She has one sistermay ate siya
He has two sistersmay dalawang kapatid na babae siya

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Languages, Nationalities, and Countries

Below is a list of 50 words related to languages, nationalities, and countries. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to have a good conversation about how many languages you speak or where you came from.

Languages Nationalities and Countries List in Filipino

English Filipino
Arabic (language)arabik
Moroccan (nationality)Moroccan
Morocco (country)moroko
Brazilian (language)portuges (sa Brazil)
Brazilian (nationality)Brazilian
Brazil (country)brasil
Chinese (language)intsik
Chinese (nationality)Intsik
China (country)tsina
English (language)Filipino
British (nationality)Ingles
Britain (country)britanya; Inglatera
American (nationality)Amerikano
America (country)estados unidos; amerika
French (language)pranses
French (nationality)Pranses
France (country)pransiya
German (language)aleman
German (nationality)Aleman
Germany (country)alemanya
Greek (language)griyego
Greek (nationality)Griyego
Greece (country)gresya
Hindi (language)hindi
Indian (nationality)Indian
India (country)india
Irish (language)Irish; Irlandes=Spanish cognate=formal
Irish (nationality)Irlandes
Ireland (country)Irlandiya=Spanish cognate
Italian (language)italyano
Italian (nationality)Italyano
Italy (country)italya
Japanese (language)hapones
Japanese (nationality)Hapon
Japan (country)hapon
Korean (language)Koreano
Korean (nationality)Koreyano
Korea (country)koreya
Persian (language)farsi
Iranian (nationality)Iranian
Iran (country)iran
Portuguese (language)portuges
Portuguese (nationality)Portuges
Portugal (country)portugal
Russian (language)ruso
Russian (nationality)Ruso
Russia (country)rusiya
Spanish (language)espanyol;kastila
Spanish (nationality)Kastila; Espanyol
Spain (country)espanya

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Daily Conversation in Filipino

Finally, a list of sentences about languages, nationalities, and countries plus some bonus phrases. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Filipino Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Filipino

English Filipino
Languages
I don't speak Koreanhindi ako marunong mag-koreyano; hindi ako marunong magsalita ng Koreyano
I love the Japanese languagegustong-gusto ko ang salitang Hapones
I speak Italianmarunong akong mag-Italyano
I want to learn Spanishgusto kong matutong magsalita ng Kastila/espanyol
My mother tongue is GermanAleman ang wika ko
Spanish is easy to learnmadaling matutuhan ang Kastila/Espanyol
Origins
He has a Moroccan rugmay rug siyang galing sa Morocco
I have an American carMayroon akong kotseng gawa sa Amerika
I love French cheesegustong-gusto ko ang kesong galing sa Pransiya
I'm ItalianItalyano ako
My father is GreekGriyego ang tatay ko
My wife is KoreanKoreyana ang asawa ko
Countries
Have you ever been to India?nakapunta ka na ba sa India
I came from Spaintaga-Espanya ako; galing ako sa espanya
I live in AmericaNakatira ako sa amerika/estados unidos
I want to go to Germanygusto kong pumunta sa Alemanya
I was born in Italyipinanganak ako sa Italya
Japan is a beautiful countrymagandang bansa ang Hapon
Phrases
Long time no seeang tagal nating di nagkita
I missed younamis kita
What's new?ano bang atin?
Nothing newwalang pagbabago
Make yourself at home!
Have a good tripmaligayang paglalakbay=formal

Fun Facts

Language Quote that by simply knowing how to form the plural, you can double the number of nouns in your vocabulary, without having to memorize all the plural form.

Congratulations! You finished your third lesson in Filipino about singular, plural, languages, nationalities, and countries. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Filipino Lesson 4. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Filipino homepage.