Editors Choice – Best Filipino Tagalog Language Books
If learning Tagalog isn’t on your radar as one of the most helpful languages to speak, it should be. More than 50 million Filipinos speak Tagalog as a first or second language, and the standardized form of Tagalog, called Filipino, it is the national language of the Philippines. There are twenty-two million speakers of Tagalog in the Philippines, with large populations who speak the language in Canada, Guam, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, more than 1.6 million people speak Tagalog, making it one of the most widely spoken languages besides English. According to research, it is the fifth most commonly spoken non-English language in American households, ranking just behind Spanish, French, Chinese, Hindi, and French.
Tagalog can be incredibly approachable for the average learner simply because it adapts quite a bit of vocabulary from both English and Spanish. The language is part of the Austronesian language family and is influenced not only by Spanish and English, but also Chinese, Malay, Arabic, and Persian. It’s important though to differentiate Tagalog from Filipino. While the language can sometimes casually be referred to as Filipino, it is not the same language. Filipino is the standardized version of the Tagalog adapted from dialects spoken around Manilla and injected with a heavy dose of Spanish and English vocabulary.
Why is Tagalog an important language to learn?
Have you dreamt of visiting the islands surrounding the Philippines, exploring the Banaue rice terraces, or seeing what all the commotion is about at the Mayon volcano? Learning how to speak Filipino-Tagalog will allow you to do all that and much more! This language is spoken in the Philippines, and it is one of the many Austronesian languages that are spoken there and in other parts of the world. At least fifty million people speak Filipino-Tagalog, although many of them speak it as a second language. While many of the locals in the Philippines speak English, they do love it when others learn their language. Filipino-Tagalog will seem to be slightly difficult to learn in the beginning, but in reality, it is so easy to learn! You will even learn how to read it easily, because all you need to do is sound out the words as you are reading them. There are no silent letters to deal with, so it is easier than some of the other languages that are out there for you to learn. Now, if you do not plan on visiting the Philippines any time soon, you should still learn how to speak this fabulous language. After all, you never know when you may see a Filipino who only speaks Filipino-Tagalog and they will be very appreciative that you can communicate with them!
Learn to speak Filipino Tagalog
My First Book of Tagalog introduces preschool children to the Tagalog language—also known as Filipino—the national language of the Philippines, which has been influenced by both Spanish and English. Important everyday words in Filipino culture are presented in a playful and approachable ABC structure that makes learning fun and easy. Studies have shown that kids this age are developing language skills at a rapid rate—learning new words is a snap for them!
Tagalog for Beginners is the book to help you learn Tagalog (Filipino) on your own, efficiently and accurately—whether you’re traveling to the Philippines for a vacation or a business trip, or you have ties to the sizeable Tagalog-speaking community in the U.S., or you’re merely a language lover.
Elementary Tagalog’s comprehensive approach will help students master Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, also known as Filipino or Pilipino. From learning to read Tagalog words and pronounce Tagalog sounds to using correct Tagalog grammar, communicating in Tagalog dialogues and building Tagalog vocabulary, learners will be surprised at how quickly their skills develop. The expert guidance in Elementary Tagalog is ideal both for true beginners and heritage learners who grew up in Filipino-speaking communities or families.
This course includes Lessons 1-10 from the Tagalog Level 1 Program – 5 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Tagalog is the most widely spoken of the over one hundred seventy languages in the Philippines. It is claimed by over 21 million people as their first language and an estimated 50 million Filipinos speak it in varying degrees of proficiency. Tagalog is one of the two official languages (English is the other) of the Philippines.