Tagalog Syllables Aka “Abakada”

Tagalog Syllables Aka “Abakada”

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In 1940, the Philippines adopted an indigenized version of the Latin alphabet for the Tagalog-based Filipino national language known as “Abakada”. It was superceded by the modern Filipino alphabet as the official alphabet of the Philippines in 1987. However, learning “Abakada” is still a vital step to speaking Tagalog.

A B K D E G H I L M N Ng O P R S T U W Y

Pronunciation

Rule: Spell or name each consonant with an “a” at the end.

A B K D E G H I L

A B K D E G H I L
A Ba Ka Da E Ga H I La

 

M N NG O P R S T U W Y

M N NG O P R S T U W Y
Ma Na Nga O Pa Ra Sa Ta U Wa Ya

 

The majority of words in the Tagalog language will be comprised of “Abakada” letters, so get to know them well and practice your pronunciation!

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