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Author Photo by: Meggs
Jun 09 2020, 10:13pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 7 days ago. 
Question: Hi, I have a question about the pronunciation of the Filipino word kutsilyo. I would have thought that it would have a "ch" sound with the ts in the spelling, however when I listen to the recording it sounds like "koot-sill-ee-yo" to me. Is it just my hearing or is it pronounced differently?
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Author Photo Ignatius
Jun 09 2020, 11:47pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 7 days ago. 
@Meggs It's from the Spanish cuchillo, knife. It's pronounced kut'sil'yo. The two LL s, called elye in Spanish, is pronounced LY in Filipino, old Castillian pronunciation. Modern Spanish pronounces this as Y.
 
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Author Photo hamilee Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Jun 10 2020, 11:38am CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@Meggs
You are right. It is pronounced differently but the meaning is the same. You can use either depending on your mood. 😁😉
 
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Author Photo Meggs
Jun 10 2020, 6:51pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@hamilee Salamat po
 
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Author Photo Meggs
Jun 10 2020, 6:51pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@Ignatius Salamat po
 
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Author Photo Bituingmaykinang
Jun 10 2020, 8:15pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 6 days ago. 
The pronounciation will vary from region to region, person to person. Ch became ts in standardized Tagalog because the orthography was "Tagalized" after WW2. They tried to follow the "orthography" of the baybayin so they rid of Tagalog of Spanish "loan letters". This is the reason why if you look at the American-era Philippine coins, you'll see "Filipinas". After the war, it became "Pilipinas"
 
But pronounciation wise, you'll also hear it as cuchillo or kutchilyo. Some languages in the Philippines have the "ch" sound like Ibaloi and many Filipinos can pronounce the "ch" sound. I pronounce it as kut-chil-yo because that's what I grew up with.
 
Tagalog used to follow Spanish orthography.
 
Whether it's kootseelyo or kutchilyo, it doesn't matter. Just make sure you don't say malaki ang súso when you mean malaki ang susó. Lol
 
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Author Photo Meggs
Jun 11 2020, 9:53pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 5 days ago. 
Thank-you for your explanation :-)
 
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Author Photo Ignatius
Jun 13 2020, 12:57am CST ~ 3 weeks, 4 days ago. 
@Meggs you're welcome.
 
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Author Photo hamilee Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Jun 13 2020, 10:06am CST ~ 3 weeks, 3 days ago. 
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