How does the Philippine language sound ?

How does the Filipino language sound ? Listen to the music video below of a Philippine song produced by Troy Laurete, a Filipino American musical director , who is currently Arianne Grande’s current musical director. ( Beyonce’s and Lady Gaga’s , too, I heard ) The original song is sung by Regine Velasquez, a Filipina singer. To make it relatable to Americans, I ‘ve chosen this video that’s sung by an American singer, Pia Toscana.. ( I guess she’s Laurete’s celebrity friend ) Pia Toscana is amazing. Her Tagalog pronunciation is flawless. Just my guess,she speaks Italian ……maybe this is the reason why her pronunciation of Filipino language is flawless. Spanish speakers can pronounce unaccented Filipino, as well.

Filipino love ballads are beautiful. So check out the video below. ( I can imagine Whitney Houston singing this, RIP Whitney Houston. )

The title of the song is ” Kailangan Kita” ( I Need You ). Music is part of any culture. Be curious, be entertained.

20 responses to this post.

  1. Letters are basically pronounced at their “value”, right? A is Ah. Not Ay. Do you have tonic accent? On part of the word? Or some words in the sentence?


    • I’m not exactly sure what a tonic accent is.

      And yes, your righ, letters are basically pronounced at their “value”.

      For example, in Filipino alphabet….

      ah…. eh…. ih ( pronounced like “ee” ) …oh ( not Ohwww) … then uh ( pronounced like double oo, as in goon.

      The title of the song ” Kailangan Kita” is pronounced ka- ih-la-ngan kih- tah.

      The “ng” sound is a bit tricky. One has to exercise pronouncing nga, nge, ngi, ngo, ngu.

      It’s not hard , though. The English word SINGING has the same sound as the Filipino “ngi “… si – nging.

      Filipino language is straightforward…. PRONOUNCE AS SPELLED.

      Actually, Filipino language ( Tagalog ) is one of the top 10 easiest language to learn.


      • Salamat for the quick update. 😉 (Only word I know, I need to progress.)
        I suspect the ‘ng’ could be similar to some sounds in Africa: like inhaled? Dog is Swahili is mbwa. pronounce hm-bwa. cat is mpaka. hm-paka.
        There are languages where the k is like clicking your tongue.
        Love it. Maybe I will learn Tagalog some day. (Is Diwa = princess?)


        • Diwa is ” in spirit ”

          Diwata is fairy

          Priincess is prinsesa.

          The letter ” NG ” is not inhaled. It’s like the NG in SiNGing., Singer , also in song. I think but not sure, it’s nasal.

          Singing…. nga, nge, ngi……nging,…. singing.


          • Salamat, salamat. I only have a dozen taglog words written down and I got them mixed up. LOL. Diwa is new to me. Diwata was the name of a blog by a Philipino young woman who seems to have disappeared. Princesa is Spanish. (Written down)
            ‘ing’ duly noted… have a nice Sunday, “Mercedes”. 😉


      • Tonic accent. Spanish has three “accents”, i.e stress on a syllable. “Agudo”, stress on the last syllable. (French stresses all words on the last syllable, which gives it its flat, monotone sound). “grave”: stress on the one before last syllable. “Esdrújulo”, middle syllable. Roughly. So in Spanish the key syllable varies from word to word, which gives a sing-song melody to the sentence.
        (Now I understand Mandarin or Cantones have several tones. Like 7 different kinds of o’s. very difficult.)


    • PS…. Does it sound very strange ?


      • What would sound strange? The pronunciation or the ease of learning? (Plus for me if there is a lot of Spanish sprinkled , the better)
        Adios, “Socorro”. 😉
        have a great week.end. 🙏🏻


        • Oh, okay. Filipino language is composed of about 45 % Spanish words, or, of Spanish origin. Filipinos tell time in Spanish. Almost all the stuff in a Filipino house are in Spanish… tenedor, cuchillo, la mesa, silya ( cilla ) abre lata ( can opener) bentana ( window) Cama, ( bed) , plato, baso ( glass ) , kusina ( kitchen, cucina ) Bano , ( pronounced banyo … bathroom ) Cuarto ( bedroom, ) sala ( living room ) suelo ( floor ) pinto ( door) pintura ( paint ) etc. etc. etc.


          • Again I love this. I think I would have a good time in Philippines, learning the language.
            Again there are telling details. Baso (glass) comes for “vaso”, but again , the v is pronounced B. Bano, comes from baño. where the ñ is pronounced ni. Ño = nio. Ña = nia.
            Thank you again for taking the time. You’ve doubled my Tagalog vocabulary in no time.


  2. Nice song and performance.
    Kita means in Finnish ‘mouth’, ‘throat’.
    Take care 🙂


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