Tagalog…kapampangan now!

We were in the middle of shearing lambs today, when my younger sister yells over the noises of the shearing shed “KIRB!” and motions outside. There waiting, was a little lady with a big camera around her neck, who immediately says to me “komusta!” 

“huh” I said, and started wondering if this strange tourist spoke english. 

she did indeed! Agnes is a lovely geologist, who is from manila!! How about it, here I am in wop-wops of nz, and there turns up on my doorstep a woman all the way from the philippines, who lives an hour or so away from where will be serving in a few months. miracle. 


Among the things we discussed, was the dialect of the angeles city. Agnes said it was a dialect called “kapampangan”. This was a happy/disappointed visit, because she said the things i have learned so far, are very formal, and if i were to speak to another person in the phillipines my age, in that way, they would be insulted, because that is they way they speak to their grandparents, or elderly. very formal. but hey, better to know, and you do have to start somewhere. where it has paid off, is in the sounds of my words, which are very ‘fillipino-like’ apparently, so here’s hoping! 🙂 


after some searching around the internet, I found several links. the first is a link to the tagalog book of mormon. the second is the link to a wiki book about the kapampangan dialect. 


to, kapampangan and agnes, the fillipino geologist! 






The Tagalog Language


This topic bothers me… 🙂


I used to wonder how to do missionary work. well. those times are looking pretty good, because now I am wondering how to do it in a language that can’t decide whether its asian or spanish.


Bring google back on stage. (you will see by now, that me and google…are tight) 


Sites that have been helpful for basic tagalog




Also, use youtube while you can!! It has endless tutorials, and sound is important! Look for tutorials with filippino people speaking, so that you pick up the proper way to sound words.

Don’t get all stressed and pedantic about picking up too much, you’ll pick up the language sooner or later in one way or another! I am told it is just handy to have before going in to the MTC. but you won’t die if you don’t! 

As the annoying poster in my social studies class used to say… “Attitude determines Altitude” (by the way, that was not the same word twice… in case you made the same mistake I did for a whole term…hmm) 


until next time, adieu 

The Waiting Game

The Countdown… 

Not long to go!!!

I’ve decided to join the rank of bloggers, after reading through some great blogs kept for missionaries serving in the angeles area, by some very dedicated family members. Now I just need to find one of those in my own family… “muuuuuuum!!!” 🙂

Tomorrow will mark a month, to the day, that I opened up my own white envelope and received my mission call the angeles mission. Its been a bit of a journey! They say that it takes a whole village to raise a child, well, in my case, it took a family to make a missionary, but the effort that it took to get here make my mission call just that much more… awesome!!!


Most of my clothes I had within a week of getting my call. mhmmm. “fanatic”, yeah, you could say that. Lots of shirts and skirts, made of light cotton materials or similar. A few dresses that are non-iron material, for the lazy days (or knackered days, more like). If you are a kiwi, and a rural one like me at that, then trademe is your friend. NZ equivalent to Ebay.

Frugality and Prudence are trendy these days! and you can be with the clothes factor. Shoes are important. After talking to a couple of sisters serving in the philippines, they recommend crocs, or shoes that are similar to croc material/styles. This is because you cover some rough ground getting around the area! rocks, mud, water. The usual leather shoe will have a short life, plus leather tends to grow mould etc when it is wet… yeah, thats not nice. My feet will be the size of the average filipino plus another one! So to be on the safe side, I am taking spare shoes with me.

So, with a little research, and the saving grace of my aunties help, and my mum’s too, the wardrobe is ready!! well…I lie. it is more than ready. It is packed and waiting in my suitcase right now… trunky? definitely.

Technology is great, I have yet to enter the Provo MTC, but through blogs and google (google is everywhere) you can really get a feel for the place. I’ll put links to the blogs I can recommend at the bottom of this page.

The language has been on my mind alot. Teaching alone is one thing, but then to teach the gospel in a foreign language…. well. you’ve got your work cut out for you. I would say that anything you can learn now, will put you that much ahead! And on that note, have been haunting online learning sites for tagalog. At this stage I know some super simple greetings, some colours, numbers, really simple stuff, but its a start.

Thats enough for the first entry, salute, more to come!

A few blogs that I found really handy!