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Hello! Kumusta! Nay ang pangalan ko. I’m from Austin, TX and I

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Feb 09 2020, 8:40am CST ~ 3 mos., 19 days ago. 
Hello! Kumusta! Nay ang pangalan ko. I’m from Austin, TX and I’m a beginner Filipino language student . I’m using Pimsleur, currently on lesson 6 of Tagalog level 2.
I am studying the Filipino language because my Lola is getting older and it makes her light up when I talk to her in Tagalog. The verb conjugations are starting to confuse me, so I thought I’d join this
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Feb 09 2020, 9:51am CST ~ 3 mos., 19 days ago. 
@AdoboNay Welcome, fellow Texan! I went to UT Austin and my sister lives in Austin there too.
 
Feel free to ask any language questions you may have here.
 
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Feb 09 2020, 10:27am CST ~ 3 mos., 19 days ago. 
Ah cool! Maraming Salamat!
I actually do have a question:
 
I’m getting confused whether to use “niya” or “siya” in my sentences. Can you help with this?
 
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Feb 09 2020, 11:33pm CST ~ 3 mos., 18 days ago. 
@AdoboNay Kumusta! The basic difference:
Niya is either possessive (his/her) or used for specific types of verbs as the doer (she/he), when used with “object-focused” verbs.
Ex: Kinain NIYA ANG hamburger. He ate the HAMBURGER. (Answer to WHAT did he eat?)
 
Siya is the doer (she/he) for “doer-focus” verbs.
Ex: Kumain SIYA NG hamburger. HE ate the hamburger. (Answer to WHO ate the hamburger.)
 
Same with ako vs ko, ka vs mo, kami vs namin, sila vs nila etc. Does that help?
 
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Author Photo AdoboNay
Feb 10 2020, 7:33am CST ~ 3 mos., 18 days ago. 
Wow that is so helpful! Salamat!
 
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