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Filipino Media

I'm interested in watching Filipino shows/movies online, but haven't been able to find any anywhere.  I'm not picky about genre or anything like that, what are some good sites where I can do this?

Also, is there any free, reliable, online source that I can use to teach myself at least basic tagalog?  I know I can't gain complete comprehension online, much less for free, but I would like to start up some basic vocab and phrases.

Thanks in advance.


because philippine pop culture is super cool :p

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Ninang

I received a letter from my Ate in the Philippines. This is part of the letter that I am wanting to be sure I understand. She really is asking me to be one of her son's ninang, right? I am afraid to be like, "I would love to be your son's godmother!" if I am misunderstanding.  I'm quite sure I'm not but when I was there her husband asked me to be the godmother (before the baby was born) & I thought he was joking so I  said, "Sure!" but didn't take him seriously. Can someone translate this for me, so I can be sure I understand? Thanks a bunch!
 
...Siya nga pala payag ka ba na maging
ninang ni Buby sa dedication nya.  Gaganapin namin ang kanyang dedication
sa July 11 Sabado yon.  Isa ka sa mga ninang ha.. Sana pumayag ka..



Kumusta ka na?

I have a really simple question...I am wondering what kind of ways you can say how you're feeling; other than mabuti naman or the regular stuff that makes you think the person only has a superficial knowledge of the language. For example, when I teach a class in English and I say "How are you?" and all the students answer back, "We are fine." or "I am fine" every time, I know their knowledge is only superficial. When someone at work says, "Hey Jennessa! How ya doin?" I don't just say, "I'm fine. How are you?" I say, "Oh I'm doing great! " or "Good", "Alright," "Not too great," "Awesome!", "Okay," etc...
How do you native speakers or advanced Tagalog students respond in Tagalog for some variaty? 

Tagalog program

My husband lived in the Philippines for 2 years and when he was back in the States, he worked for an import company based there. His Tagalog is pretty good. We just got word that his boss wants to send us over in 6 months to open an office there. I know most people speak English very, very well over there, but we have had house guests from the Philippines before, and I know, quite understandably, that they slip in and out of Tagalog a lot, too. I'm not expecting to have a comprehensive knowledge of the language when we move, but I would like to have some basics down.

We were planning on using Rosetta Stone, because we had access to it for free through our library's webpage. However, they bailed on that program and opted for one that only does European languages. I've learned since that Rosetta Stone isn't the best program for Asian languages, because it basically just plugs the Tagalog words into the standard European-based lesson and so you're not getting the proper nuance or sentence structure a lot of the time.

Someone on Yahoo questions asked about what programs to try and someone offered the following links:

http://www.multilingualbooks.com/tagalog.html
http://www.transparent.com/languagepages/Tagalog/products.htm

Has anyone used these programs for learning Tagalog who can vouch for them? Are there others I should look into?
How do you use "lang"? Where do you place it in a complete sentence? I know it means "only", but my friend used it today, and he only said, "joke lang." ...so i'm not exactly sure if i'm using it correctly.

Also... do you guys know any comforting/funny phrases in tagalog? My mom's been feeling a little down since she found out her mom was in the hospital in the Philippines and has been missing home, so... I thought maybe I could say something funny or comforting in Tagalog to cheer her up just a little bit. She likes that I'm trying to learn Tagalog, and likes it when I speak to her in Tagalog.


Thanks for you help! It's greatly appreciated!

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