How to Speak Tagalog

Some give only printed Tagalog lessons. Others give Tagalog lessons only on videos. Now we give you complete multi-media approach to learning Tagalog. Using the power of the Internet, World Wide Web, and interactive Flash technology, we give you a simple yet comprehensive approach to learning the Tagalog language.

Better than simply books or videos. You cannot really learn a language by simply reading a book or watching videos alone. Many try but fail, nothing seems to stick. Our approach uses the scientific methods used by trained educators in classrooms and corporation training centers. We use multiple methods like self-paced interactive tutorials, exercises like Identify the Correct Answer, and Fill-in-the-Blank questions. You also get immediate feedback, a feature you don't get from printed books.

Uses True Tagalog. Many lessons available today are not true Tagalog. Some were created by children of immigrants for fun. Some books teach Tagalog that are so ancient they are no longer used even in provinces. And some lessons teach expressions introduced by local TV or radio personalities but which are not used anywhere else. This course tries to stick to true native Tagalog. Not Taglish, not mixed Spanish, not slang.

Instructions and lessons always available on-line.  You may use any computer, anytime of the day, to access your lesson. Feedback to your exercises and tests are immediate because they are automated. You may repeat the lessons as many times as you desire.

You can review progress. The result of your tests are recorded in a database table only you can see. This allows  you to track your progress, as well as know which lessons you still need to work on. This record does not prevent you from going back to previous lessons or from retaking the test. You can repeat the tests as many times as you like.

Uses friendly and respectful intonation. The lessons are narrated by Ray Colorado, a native Tagalog speaker who also speaks Ilocano, the dialect of Filipinos in northern Luzon, and Bicol, the dialect of Filipinos in southern Luzon. He carefully narrates the sentences in manners that do not sound angry, disrespectful, or condescending to Filipinos in different regions.

About the Author: This course was designed by Ray Colorado, a Filipino born and raised in the Philippines, who formally studied Tagalog in elementary, high school, and college. Aside from speaking English, he is fluent in three Filipino dialects - Tagalog, Ilocano, and Bicol. He also had experience creating learning systems in various corporations in the United States, including Bank of America and AT&T.

The programs in these tutorials were created for by Filipino programmers with extensive experience in Web page formatting, script and database programming, and Flash technologies for text,  graphics and animation.

Target Audience: Tourists visiting the Philippines for family, business, trade, or missionary reasons. Children of Filipino immigrants born and raised in America, Canada and Australia.

Affordable. An enrollment now costs only $9.95. This give you three months access to all our Tagalog lessons. Currently, twelve lessons are complete and seven more are in the making. We add one lesson every week. You will be able to see these other lessons without additional cost.  

"Two years ago, while surfing YouTube, I was moved by a comment that said, 'I have seen many Tagalog lessons and tutorials. I'm still searching for lessons as decent as those available for Spanish, Japanese, Russian, or other Asian languages. This is a shame. Can't Filipinos do something about it?' That was when I began creating the Speak Fluent Tagalog course.

I know Filipinos by heart. I was born and raised in the Philippines for 28 years. I had led many Filipino community associations and was pastor of several Filipinos churches of different denominations. I know many Tagalog statements cannot be easily translated word-for-word because Tagalog, like other ancient languages, has its own poetry, symmetry and connection to unique Filipino experience.

But I've also lived in the US for over 26 years, worked in over a dozen companies and industries, attended American schools, worked with many ethnic groups, and fathered and raised four American boys. I sincerely hope Speak Fluent Tagalog course contributes to the creation of truly decent instruction materials that connect Tagalog and English speakers. " - Ray Colorado, author.

Sample Lessons

Course Outline:

  1. Lesson 1 - Looking for Places
  2. Lesson 2 - Counting and Quantities Part 1
  3. Lesson 3 - Introducing Friends and Family
  4. Counting to One Thousand
  5. Looking for Things and Persons
  6. Greetings and Appreciation
  7. Eating in a Restaurant
  8. Shopping in the Market
  9. Describing Things - Colors
  10. Describing Things - Length, Height, Depth, Width, Distance, Weight
  11. Sharing your Christian Faith
  12. Counting to One Million

Future Lessons

  • Lesson 113 - Parts of the Body
  • Lesson 114 - Talking about the Weather
  • Lesson 201 - Date, Time and Calendar
  • Lesson 202 - Future Tense
  • Lesson 203 - Past Tense
  • Lesson 204 - Present Tense
  • Lesson 205 - Visiting the Hospital
  • Lesson 206 - Active versus Passive Statements
  • Lesson 207 - Commands and Requests
  • Lesson 208 - Visiting the School and Attending a Class
  • Lesson 209 - Visiting the Farm
  • Lesson 210 - Attending a Funeral
  • Lesson 211 - Attending a Wedding
  • Lesson 212 - Courtesy and Friendship
  • Lesson 213 - Courtship and Marriage
  • Lesson 214 - Basic Arithmetic - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
  • 301 The Filipino Family, Culture and Traditions
  • 302 Filipino Names, Spelling and Pronunciation
  • 303 Philippine Geography
  • 304 Folk Songs for Children
  • 305 Folk Songs for Lovers
  • 306 Folk Songs for Patriots
  • 307 Folk Songs for Believers
  • 308 Folk Songs for Festivals
  • 309 Proverbial Sayings
  • 310 Riddles
  • 311 Reading the New Testament
  • 312 Reading the Old Testament

Lessons on Youtube Lessons on YouTube

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