I was not good at Filipino. As a student, when I had to write a Filipino essay, I would first write it in English, and then translate it in Filipino. The English-Filipino dictionary was an invaluable tool for me. In college, my friend would often correct my Filipino (“Itago, hindi taguin.”)
When my daughter was very young and was only beginning to speak in Filipino, she would use English affixes with Filipino words. When asked what she was doing to an object, she replied “Mom, I’m only ganyaning it.” (She added the sufifix –ing to the Filipino word ganyan.)
Below is the third installment to the lesson on Pagbubuo ng mga Salita. The first one was on Mga Salitang Inuulit. The second was about Tambalang Salita or Filipino compound words. This 15-page pdf file provides many examples of Filipino words that have affixes (unlapi, gitlapi, hulapi, kabilaan, laguhan). There are many Filipino affixes. This lesson does not give them all but it provides the most common affixes used.
Feel free to print it but please do not use it for profit.
Aralin sa Maylapi
Here is a list of examples of Filipino compound words (mga tambalang salita). The English definitions of the compound words are also given. The list is incomplete, but I hope you will find it helpful. Please write a comment if you find any errors in the file or if you would like me to add more compound words to the list.
Pagbubuo ng mga Salita_Tambalan
Below are two worksheets (and their answers) on Tambalang Salita.
Tambalang Salita_1 , Mga sagot sa Tambalang Salita_1 : Students are asked to choose from a list the appropriate Filipino compound word (tambalang salita) to complete a sentence. This 2-page pdf worksheet has 25 items.
Tambalang Salita_2 , Mga sagot sa Tambalang Salita_2 : Students are asked to select the second word to complete a Filipino compound word (tambalang salita). They can choose from a list of given words. This 1-page pdf worksheet has 20 items.
Here is a list of Filipino root words that are repeated to make new words (salitang inuulit). The English definitions of these words are also included. The list is incomplete, but I hope you will find it helpful in your study. I am currently working on the list of Filipino compound words (salitang tambalan). I’ll post it in a few days.
Pagbubuo ng mga Salita_Inuulit