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How to Say Your in the Tagalog Language
By:TF Andrews

Let's look at some of the vocabulary and words found in the Tagalog language. In particular, we will look at phrases using the word "your." By looking at some examples, using the word "your" one can better get a feel for the language. The word "your" in Tagalog is "iyo" or "mo" and it is used to show possession similar to its English counterpart. For instance, when you refer to "your dress", you say "iyong damit" or "damit mo." Likewise, the phrase "iyong kape" or "kape mo" means "your coffee." Note how "ng" is added to the ending of the word "iyo."

Filipinos are family oriented. Family is highly valued. Being close with family and being united are important. At family events and at other times, family bonds are often renewed and strengthened. Here are some words related to family. To say "your father" one can say "ang iyong ama" and the words that can be used when saying "your mother" are "ang iyong ina." Alternatively we could have said: "ama mo" or "ina mo" which means "your father" and "your mother" respectively. When referring to someones daughter we say " iyong anak na baba" which translates as "your daughter" in Filipino. Moreover, to say "your son" we can say "iyong anak na lalaki." For extended members of the family, phrases such as "your uncle" translate as: "iyong tiyo mo." On the other hand, to say: your aunt in Tagalog we could say "iyong tiyahin." The word "ama" is used for father and "ina" is used when saying "mother" in Filipino. The word for "child" is "anak" and the word for "baby" is "sanggol." The grandmother and grandfather in the family are addressed as "lola" and "lolo."

In Tagalog, you can ask someone their name by asking "Ano ang iyong pangalan?" or "Ano ang pangalan mo?" Both forms are acceptable.

I spend a lot of time with my niece, helping her with her homework and making sure she understands her school work. I accompanied her to school last week as she was receiving a prize and she wanted me to be there when she received it. I watched her walk slowly up to the stage when her name was called out. Her teacher reached down and gave her the prize saying, "Ang premyo ay sa iyo" which means "this prize is yours." I have taught my younger brother and sister how to use the word "paki" (please) when asking for something. As a child, I was taught to respect my elders and I have also taught my siblings to do the same.

The word for "your" in Tagalog is " iyo" or "mo." The word "your" is often used in phrases and sentences when speaking Tagalog. Someone wanting to learn Tagalog should definitely learn this word and learn how to use it in phrases and sentences.


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