This blue-eyed Tito needs your help in improving his Tagalog speaking skills

Gil Cadiz

Kurt Harris is a 36-year-old American dude who has amassed almost 24,000 followers on Instagram for his entertaining posts and stories in which he speaks or attempts to speak in fluent Tagalog.

His bio says, β€œPurong Amerikano πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Natututo ng wikang Tagalog Puti ako sa labas, kayumangi ako sa loob. Mabuhay!”

Kurt is single and based in Salt Lake City, Utah but travels to Los Angeles and Toronto for work. He was with the U.S. Marines starting when he was 17 until he was 28, but now, he works in Finance.

We the Pvblic reached out to Kurt for a few questions and unsurprisingly, he came back with all-Tagalog answers. Read on!

Bagong account para tulungin ako magaral ng Tagalog πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

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What’s your Filipino connection?

Pumunta ako sa Philippines noong 2001-2003 bilang isang Christian missionary.Β Kagagaling ko lang ulit sa Pinas noong June! Gusto kong bumalik at maranasan ang Pasko ng Pilipinas.

Which parts of the Philippines have you been to?

Manila, Baguio, Abra, Pangasinan at La Union.

Paaanong sabihin ito sa Tagalog?

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What are your honest thoughts about our country?

Mahal ko ang Pilipinas. Yung pagkain, mga tao, wika, pagmamataas sa Pilipinas, ang kabaitan ng mga Pinoy, at saka Halo-halo. 😊

What are your best memories of the Philippines so far?

Pag nagsalita ako ng Tagalog sa mga tao at nakita ko na ngumiti sila.

Ganito ang taglamig sa amin. Mas maganda sa La Union sa palagay ko.

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When did you have the interest to learn Tagalog?

Nung dumating ako sa Pinas bilang isang missionary, nag-aral ako two hours each day ng Tagalog para maging mahusay.

How did you learn the language?

Tiyaga tiyaga lang. Napakahirap ang matuto ng Tagalog para sa mga Amerikano.

How does a squid swim in the sea???

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What do you do to keep getting better at it?

YouTube videos at sa pamamagitan ng aking Instagram account @TagalogKurt

What are your honest thoughts about the language?

Napaganda talaga ang wikang Tagalog. Hindi katulad ng anumang ibang wika sa mundo. Umaasa ako na gagamit ang mga Pinoy ng mas maraming tunay na salitang Tagalog, halimbawa “korek” vs “tama” at “titser” vs “guro”.

Aside from learning Tagalog, what are your other interests?

Mahilig ako sa klasikal na musika, pagbubuhat, at pagbabasa ng classical literature katulad ng Milton, Chaucer, Wordsworth, etc.

Do you plan to do some entertainment projects here in the Philippines?

Gusto kong bumalik sa Pinas at magkaroon ng isang meet and greet sa mga social media followers ko.

Which Filipino celebrities do you want to meet or work with?

Willie Revillame, Jessica Soho, Kris Aquino, and Manny Pacquiao!!!

Why do you think Filipinos especially the millennials should follow you on Instagram?

Kasi pogi ako. 😊 Pero sa katunayan, gustong gusto kong maging napakahusay sa pagsasalita ng Tagalog at kailangan ko ang kanilang tulong, suporta, at pagmamahal. At… nakakatawa ang mga posts ko (sabi ng nanay ko, hahaha).

What do you hope to ultimately achieve with your @TagalogKurt account on Instagram?

Una: Gusto kong mapatawa ang mga Pinoy.
Pangalawa: Mapabuti ang aking Tagalog.
Pangatlo: Makipagkaibigan.

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