The Complete English and Tagalog Phonetics Guide

Complete Guide of the English and Tagalog Phonetics - Effective Reading Guide for Kids

The English and Tagalog Phonetics

Have you learned your ABC, English and Filipino alphabets?

Now, let's go to the next step! The Phonetics. It is the combination of consonant and vowel letters.

The purpose of these materials is for children to be familiar with Tagalog and English phonetics.

These phonetics are available in the capital and small letters as there are English letters that are not always in use in the Filipino language.

This way, the kids will learn to read English words, not just Tagalog.

The English Phonetics

In English alphabet, there are five (5) vowel letters, Aa Ee Ii Oo Uu, and twenty-one (21) consonant letters, Bb Cc Dd Ff Gg Hh Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz.

The English Phonetics in Big Letters - Effective Reading Guide for Kids
The English Phonetics in small letters - Effective Reading Guide for Kids

In English phonetics,  there are two (2) phonetic examples for the consonant letter Qq.

For the reason that most of the English words that start with the consonant letter Qq, are followed by the vowel letter Uu.

But, it is pronounced based on the sound of the second vowel letter.

Here are the pronunciations of the consonant letter Qq NOT followed by the vowel letter Uu:
  • QA is KA as in Qatar (an Arab country in Middle East)
  • QE is KE as in Qetesh (a fertility goddess)
  • QI is KI as in Qintar (a monetary unit of Albania)
  • QO is KO as in Qozhaya (a monastery in Lebanon)
  • QU is KU as in Qurl (lazy)
Here are the pronunciations of the consonant letter Qq followed by the vowel letter Uu:
  • QUA is KWA as in Quarter
  • QUE is KWE as in Question
  • QUI is KWI as in Quiz
  • QUO is KO/KOW as in Quotes
  • QU is KYU as in Qubo (American channel for children)


The Tagalog Phonetics

This Tagalog phonetics has five (5) vowel letters and sixteen (16) consonant letters, Bb Kk Dd Gg Hh Ll Mm Nn Ññ NGng Pp Rr Ss Tt Ww Yy.

It is composed of the Abakada alphabet, including the consonant letters Ññ and NGng.

The Tagalog Phonetics in Big Letters - Effective Reading Guide for Kids
The Tagalog Phonetics in small letters - Effective Reading Guide for Kids

The Official Tagalog Phonetics

The official Tagalog phonetics has 28 letters.

It has the (23) consonant letters, the entire consonant English letters with the Spanish consonant letter Ññ and the Tagalog letter NGng and the (5) vowel letters.

However, in this reading material, the consonant letter Qq has two (2) phonetics examples.


Similar to the English phonetics (see above for the pronunciation guide), most of the words that start with the consonant letter Qq are followed by the vowel letter Uu.

But, it is pronounced based on the sound of the second vowel letter.

The Official Tagalog Phonetics in Big Letters - Effective Reading Guide for Kids
The Official Tagalog Phonetics in small Letters - Effective Reading Guide for Kids
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