Filipino Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Filipino which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. 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.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Filipino. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Filipino

Questions Filipino
Where?saan?: fix location; nasaan: whereabouts

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Filipino sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Filipino Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?puwede ba akong sumama?
Can I help you?ano ho ang maitutulong ko sa inyo?
Can you help me?matutulungan mo ba ako?
Do you know her?kilala mo ba siya?
Do you speak English?marunong ka bang mag-Ingles? nakakapagsalita ka ba ng Ingles?
How difficult is it?gaano kahirap?
How far is this?gaano kalayo ito?
How much is this?magkano ito?
How would you like to pay?paano kayo magbabayad?
What is this called?anong tawag dito
What is your name?anong pangalan mo?
What time is it?anong oras na?
When can we meet?kailan tayo puwedeng magkita?
Where do you live?saan ka nakatira?
Who is knocking at the door?sinong kumakatok sa pinto?
Why is it expensive?bakit mahal?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Filipino, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Filipino

Misunderstanding Filipino
Can you repeat?puwede bang ulitin mo?
Can you speak slowly?puwede ka bang magsalita nang dahan-dahan
Did you understand what I said?naiintindihan mo ba ang sinabi ko?
Don't worry!huwag kang mag-alala
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)ekskuse nga ho; sori ho; ipagpaumanhin po ninyo=formal
How do you say "OK" in French?Paano mo sasabihin sa Pranses ang ""OK""?
I don't know!hindi ko alam; ewan ko
I don't understand!hindi ko naiintindihan
I need to practice my Frenchkailangan kong magsanay ng Pranses ko
Is that right?tama ba iyan?
Is that wrong?mali ba iyan?
My French is badHindi mabuti ang Pranses ko
No problem!walang problema
Quicklynang madali
Sorry (to apologize)sori ho; dinaramdam ko=formal
To speakmagsalita
What does that word mean in English?anong ibig sabihin niyan sa Ingles?
What is this?ano ito?
What should I say?anong dapat kong sabihin
What's that called in French?ano iyan sa Pranses?; anong tawag diyan sa Pranses?
Write it down please!pakisulat mo nga


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Daily Conversation in Filipino

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Filipino Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Filipino

English Filipino
In The Morningsa umaga
In the eveningsa gabi: 5 pm to 7 pm
At Nightsa gabi: 8-11 pm
Look!tingnan mo!
Hurry up!dali ka!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Filipino about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Filipino Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Filipino homepage.