Tagalog is the basis of the Filipino national language.
When you ask a native of the Philippines what the country’s official language is, the answer will be English and Filipino. That is decreed in the country’s Constitution and that is what is taught in schools.
Highly educated Filipinos are very compulsive about differentiating between the Tagalog language and the Filipino language. A Tagalog sentence has few borrowings from English and Spanish, while a Filipino sentence liberally uses English- and Spanish-derived words, as well as words and expressions from other Philippine languages, such as Cebuano, Ilocano, and Kapampangan.
Since 2002, the aim of this website has been to help foreigners converse with the average Filipino who naturally mixes Tagalog with words from English, Spanish, and other Philippine languages.
HOW TO PRONOUNCE “TAGALOG”
Matutong magsalita ng Tagalog.
Learn to speak Tagalog.
Dito sa “Tagalog Lang.”
Here at “Tagalog Lang.”
Don’t pronounce “Tagalog” like the English word ‘tagalong’ — No!
WHAT IS TAGALOG?
Tagalog refers to a people and to their language.
1. The Tagalogs (the Tagalog people) live in Manila and nearby areas.
2. The Tagalog language is the basis of the Filipino national language.
Ask a native of the Philippines if the country’s official language is Tagalog, and the answer will be “No, it’s not called Tagalog, but Filipino.” This is because that is what the law says and that is what is taught in the educational system.
A foreigner who says that the Philippine national language is “Tagalog” may offend politically conscious Filipinos from other parts of the country where Tagalog is not the first language. Cebuano, Kapampangan, Ilocano and such are NOT mere dialects of Tagalog — they are completely distinct LANGUAGES that are very different from each other.
Tagalog and Cebuano are as different as Spanish is from French, if not more so. The same goes with Kapampangan, Ilocano, and other languages spoken in the Philippines, a country of diverse geography with more than 7,000 islands.
Now that that lecture is out of the way… Are you ready to start learning Tagalog?
Let’s start with the numbers! tagaloglang.com/numbers
isa, dalawa, tatlo, apat, lima
one, two, three, four, five
Designed for individual learners, Easy Tagalog has 20 short lessons. The book focuses on basic vocabulary, practical situations, and grammar needs, in an easy-to-follow way: it forms a step-by-step guide towards building sentences and dialogues.
The focus is conversational. There are 2 or 3 dialogues per lesson, and all dialogues are short so that they can easily be remembered as you build your skills.
The dialogues follow two characters, both traveling to the Philippines for the first time: Melissa Roja, a 20-year-old Filipina American student studying at the University of the Philippines, and Ralph Woods, a bank manager on a two-year assignment for a North American investment bank.
Melissa is staying at the house of her cousin Sarah, an advertising executive, and Ralph is renting a condo unit in Makati. A fourth character is Mr. Richard Tolentino, a lawyer at Ralph’s bank.
The sidebar Info boxes throughout the book offer two kinds of tips: grammar tips and culture tips. At the end of each lesson, you’ll find a place to pause, and to “sum up” what you’ve covered, usually by creating a few sentences.
That’s Easy Tagalog!