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Diphthongs and Other Letter Pairings

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Diphthongs

Certain vowel and semi-vowel combinations ( diphthongs ) are pronounced differently in Filipino than in English.

Here are the diphthong pronunciations you should learn:
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Examples:
"ay" is pronounced like the vowels in the English words "sky" or "tie" or "try"
kawáy
bantáy
ayaw
bahay
pamaypáy
tatay
"aw" is pronounced like the vowels in the English words "loud" or "proud" or "cow"
ayaw
bulalakaw
sabáw
"ey" is pronounced as in the English word "stay" or "play" or "tray"
reyna
Leyte
empleyado
"iw" at the end of a word is pronounced as in the English sound "ee-oo"
balíw
sisiw
paksíw
"uy" at the end of a word is pronounced as in the English word "oo-ee"
kasúy
badúy
"oy" is pronounced like the vowels in the English words "boy" or "toy" or "soy"
baboy
langóy
amóy
to
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Examples:
"ay" is pronounced like the vowels in the English words "sky" or "tie" or "try"
kaway
bantay
ayaw
bahay
pamaypay
tatay
"aw" is pronounced like the vowels in the English words "loud" or "proud" or "cow"
ayaw
bulalakaw
sabaw
"ey" is pronounced as in the English word "stay" or "play" or "tray"
reyna
Leyte
empleyado
"iw" at the end of a word is pronounced as in the English sound "ee-oo"
baliw
sisiw
paksiw
"uy" at the end of a word is pronounced as in the English word "oo-ee"
kasuy
baduy
"oy" is pronounced like the vowels in the English words "boy" or "toy" or "soy"
baboy
langoy
amoy
toyo
Other Letter Pairings:

Other letter pairings where the Filipino pronunciation is different than in English:
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Examples:
"sy" and "siy" is pronounced similar to "sh" in the English word "shout"
siyá
siyete
siyám
siyokoy
"ts" is pronounced similar to "ch" in the English word "teacher"
titser
tsek
tsokolate
tsinelas
"dy" and "diy" are pronounced similar to "j" in the English word "jeep"
dyipni
dyakpat
dyak en poy
diyaryo
diyós
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Examples:
"sy" and "siy" is pronounced similar to "sh" in the English word "shout"
siya
siyete
siyam
siyokoy
"ts" is pronounced similar to "ch" in the English word "teacher"
titser
tsek
tsokolate
tsinelas
"dy" and "diy" are pronounced similar to "j" in the English word "jeep"
dyipni
dyakpat
dyak en poy
diyaryo
diyos


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