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Learning Filipino

People who are looking to visit or move to the Philippines will have an infinitely easier time if they learn the Filipino/Tagalog language. It is the main language for the Manila metropolitan area, as well a second language for the majority of other people who live in the country. Filipino/Tagalog is an Austronesian language with many English and Spanish-influenced words in its vocabulary; it uses the Latin Alphabet.

Some people will have an easier time learning Filipino/Tagalog than others, but there is a plethora of different resources that are accessible to the public. Individual students can decide in what way they can learn Filipino/Tagalog the easiest.

How to learn to speak Filipino/Tagalog

A lot of educational institutions offer courses on learning to speak Filipino/Tagalog, but not everyone has time to fit school into their schedules. Rather than enrolling in a course, there are several ways in which people can learn this language by their own time and motivation, be it software, books, websites or MP3s.

Learning Filipino/Tagalog software or DVDs

A few different companies work to put together software that helps people learn languages via electronic devices. Students can learn Filipino/Tagalog on their personal computers, or even on their iPods.

Rosetta Stone’s Filipino/Tagalog Program – The most well-known language learning software company, Rosetta Stone, has compiled a three-level program for learners to understand and speak the Filipino/Tagalog language. Shoppers have the option of buying all levels individually, or all three levels in one package. Students who buy this set can start out with fundamentals and gradually work into advanced conversational skills and expression.
Transparent Languages Filipino/Tagalog Program – Transparent Language’s Tagalog Deluxe 4 Program is compatible with computers, iPods and iPhones, and it will teach students important words and phrases. It also helps learners practice through games and tests, and they can perfect accents with its pronunciation practice features.

Books for learning Filipino/Tagalog

Basic Tagalog for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogs – This book comes with an audio CD, and the program has 50 lessons and vocabulary lists. It is full of introductory material, as well as insight into Filipino culture.

Websites that help you learn Filipino/Tagalog language

tagaloglang.com – This website is full of helpful lists where students can read and listen to common words and phrases. It is very simple and a good place to start.

101languages.net/tagalog – This website has a list of organized materials in the Filipino/Tagalog language. It starts students off with learning about vowels, consanents and dipthongs, and then moves them on to new phrases and vocabulary like colors, lodging and driving.


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