Learning Tagalog...

@CODYMAC (1357)
San Diego, California
May 31, 2012 6:51pm CST
Ok, so most of you who know me, know that I have a girl friend who lives in the Philippines. She speaks English very well, and some of my friends say not to worry about learning her language. I disagree because I think that it wouldnt be right not to learn. I want to do this not only for her, but for me. I want to do it out of respect. First, I want to get some ideas as to what to learn, and the best source to learn from. I am only online with her for 15 minutes per day, so that is not an option. I dont want to listen to my friends, because I think that they are wrong, for one, but I need a little guidance. What do you all think? Thank you all for helping me out with this.
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@gloryacam (5540)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Do you speak other languages? If you speak spanish, or bahasa indonesia or malaysia, it would be easy because Tagalog (the official name is Filipino) borrows a lot of words from these two languages. It is fairly easy, but, as with learning other languages, you need to spend some time on it. There are a lot of language learning sites.
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• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Does the guy look like he can speak indonesian? because if he is new to this, it's gonna take him time to learn. i posted some guide on this sites, how ever it is not that good because it was asking him to subscribe to a book or something. Filipino language is hard enough already, he didn't ask for other languages to learn He was asking help specifically to learn Filipino
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@MissPiggy (1742)
• Indonesia
1 Jun 12
Tagalog borrows some words from Bahasa Indonesia or Malysia? Really? Or maybe Malay as it is the root. Anyway, so if I want to learn Tagalog too, I can learn it pretty fast? Wow...that's amazing. I just knew it.
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@gloryacam (5540)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
@ LK: we could never really tell nowadays. What with an almost boundary less world we have now where people speak some other people's language. Of course when I suggested for him to look into language learning sites, I had in mind that he would look for Filipino there. He wouldn't go search for learning Korean if it was Filipino he wanted to learn.
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@kheydia (882)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Wow, i am so glad to hear that you are learning the language of your girlfriend, well, so few of you are doing that, you really love your girlfriend do you, ... tale good care of her and good luck to your language study... "Magandang araw sa'yo" means "good day to you"
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Thank you, and you have a great day too. I love the language because I heard it spoken, and it is just wonderful. Have a great day my friend.
• Canada
1 Jun 12
Yes and don't forget Mahal na mahal kita:) I love you very much... I am sure you know that one by now!
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
2 Jun 12
HEHE.. I have learned that, and I will learn how to say, "Where is the ice cream"!
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Good luck Codymac. If you think you can learn fast on learning other language, I think you won't have a hard time learning Tagalog. My husband is an american and he live here in Philippines for 7 years already and he only know 2 Filipino words. LOL I tried to teach him but he was having a hard time of remembering the words. I think he is not interested. hehehhee Anyway, that is nice to know that you are willing to learn our language. Good luck!
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
I love the sound of it. I listen to her talk to family and I just love to hear it spoken. So, not only in our 15 minute conversations do I get to "see" her speak the words, but I also get to hear them spoken. I really think it will be a HUGE deal for her and her family. That is laziness to the extreme if he does not know how to speak it. Have a great day.
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@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Yeah I know! Well, my husband is just a slow learner when it comes to learning other language. He even tried studying Spanish years ago and didn't learn anything. lol We have an American friend who is married to a Filipino who visited here once and decided to stay at least 6 months. I was very surprised that on his first month here in our country, he can talk fluent Tagalog. hahha I don't know how he learned that fast!
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Some people are just great linguists and others are not that great. I have a good friend who is from Brazil, and he wanted to know if I could speak his language, so he gave me a book, and I read it to him. Just the words on the page. I had no idea what they meant, but he told me that it was not that bad, so he thought I had that gift. I never learned Portugese. I did learn Spanish. I kknow about 45% of that language, and that is how I noticed a few words in Tagalog. I think it has to do with being disciplined. You should put full effort into everything you do. That is how I see it. He probably wanted to learn it bad enough. In my case, I was tired of my Mexican friends always talking about me, without knowing what they are saying plus it was fun to learn.
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@redhotpogo (4427)
• United States
1 Jun 12
High fives on the Pinay. My wife is Filipino. You are correct. You should learn the language. They told me the same thing. "Oh don't worry about it, everyone here speaks English." Yeah, but it's a matter of respect. I can't give you any advice on how to learn it, because everything I tried is wrong. I got a Tagalog/English dictionary and they said it's wrong. I got an online language program, and they said it's wrong. I would suggest getting a Filipino language tutor. I'm still struggling to learn myself, because I don't have a lot of time. I work a lot. Oh and heads up. It's not that easy. They have words we can't pronounce. Like Ng. How do you pronounce that? There's no vowels. When they say it they say "Nang" But if you say "Nang" they will say that you're saying it wrong. Maybe it's the American accent. Do you know the basic stuff? Kamusta? (pronounced ka moo sta)(kamusta ka na) How are you? Mahal Kita. (you would say that to your girl friend) it's a romantic way of saying I love you. OO (pronounced Oh Oh) means yes. Hindi (pronounced hinday) means no. salamat means thank you. oh and they drink a lot of water and eat a lot of rice so you should know tubig ( too big = water) and bigas (be gaus = rice uncooked) kanin (ka neen = rice cooked) This is what I did. Start with the things around the house, because of course you will want to help your Phil girl. So get some paper and write down the english and tagalog for each thing and tape it to it. Like the window, the door, the closet, etc. Then everyday when you look at those things you will learn them. That's how I learned. I still have to work on my conversation speech though.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, redhotpogo. Yes, i do know a few of the things you said. But,I think with it being a phonetic language, it should be a little easier to learn. I know a lot of Spanish, and that too is a phonetic language. It has also helped me to understand some of the words in Tagalog. Thanks for your lessons, and there is a link that I was given by another member here, I think I will look at that one as well. Thanks for all of that, and have a great day.
• Canada
1 Jun 12
That is Awesome redhotpogo, those are pretty much the first words that I learned too! Tagalog is a beautiful language and I am trying to learn some of it to for my girl friend:)
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• United States
2 Jun 12
ah you too musicscout. Well best of luck. Your gf will appreciate it.
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• Canada
1 Jun 12
Good luck to you! I admire the fact you want to learn her language that's sweet. My girlfriend is from the Philippines too and she has been here in Canada for a few years and speaks English well too. For me its even harder because she speaks their native Tagalog and also her dialect called Cebu or bisyan. I hope to learn the wonderful Philippine languages one day too!
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@gloryacam (5540)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
That's interesting. There are so many local dialects here, maybe as many as there are islands here (7,100++ islands). It would be pretty cool to know a lot. I know only 3 and could understand a little bit in 2 other dialects.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello. Well, I see that there are many dialects, and she is from Caloocan City. another Filipina I know who is in Israel working is from Mexico, Pampanga, and she didnt even learn Tagalog until she was 16. I just want to learn my Girl friend's dialect. Thanks for the response.
• Canada
1 Jun 12
Yes I think that would be very impressive for her if you learned it:) You said that she just learned Tagalog when she was 16 that is odd as it is there national language. I know my gf is Cebu but she said that she had to learn Tagalog as a child too, I just assume they all did.
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• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Hello CODYMAC, Actually i wasn't digging too much on yah or maybe i am a bit forgetfull. My country has become a third world that nobody really wanted to be more interested in learning the language. But I wanted to say thank you in advance for even planning to do so. hard to believe that a lot of my people thinking english is a priority and tagalog is secondary. I don't know if i can be much of a help because i pretty much learned it (wasn't easy) when i was kid through college. But I have found sites that maybe useful to you as a start. not a referral link. http://tagaloglang.com/Basic-Tagalog/Tagalog-Sentences/learn-tagalog-online.html http://speakingtagalog.com/ good luck.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, LetranKnight25. Thank you for these links, and I am happy. You know, it means s lotto me to do this...I do know how to speak some Spanish, and I can see that there many words that are similar. I figure that it took me 6 months to learn Spanish, it should take about 6 months to learn Tagalog.
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Hi CODYMAC, Mabuhay! One advice would be to have Tagalog lessons online with a native Filipino. I'm a Filipino myself and I teach Tagalog online using Skype conversation. But to be honest, I'm more of an English teacher online for Korean and I teach online one person for my Tagalog lessons and we have only once a week Tagalog lessons using Skype conversation. If you want to know the details, you can give me a personal message here in Skype. I will invite you as a friend so we can message each other. So that's it, one good advice is to practice Tagalog online with a native Filipino. Ingat!
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Well,thank you for that. I will contact you so that we can do some online lessons. I have just a few minutes every day to talk with my girl friend, but we just try to catch up on how the day was. 15 minutes goes fast when you are talking about the day. This is just wonderful and I am grateful for it . Thanks.
@lynboobsy11 (11343)
• Philippines
2 Jun 12
I'm glad that you want to learn our language, what's your girlfriend opinion on this did she tries to give you a lesson? she can teach you since she is a Filipina you said you always talk on skype, you have already the chance to ask for her help. If she wants you to learn our language.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
2 Jun 12
Hey lyn, Well, I have asked her to teach me, but we only have 15 minutes to talk on skype every day due to our time difference. I did ask her to teach me 3 words per day, and she said she would if we had more time to talk. Seeing that with me, the language is very interesting, and I have knowledge of Spanish, so it will be a little easier. Plus, it is a phonetic language, which means the letters are pronounced the same every time. Thanks for responding... Have a great day
@jaiho2009 (38988)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Filipino language is not hard to learn since it is almost the same with English language. You can read and pronounce the word by syllables -unlike other languages that the letters you see from how it is written is not what you expect it sounds to be like. Good luck on your wish to learn our language and thanks. I can see that there are responses that offers you help online and also links given for a starter. You can also try the "translation" but of course- it's not accurate- but by learning word for word- you will learn a lot more.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, jaiho2009. thank you for responding. :) I have a small knowledge of Spanish, so I see many words in both languages are similar... I am excited to learn and I just need to get some down before I get there in August. I feel like you all have been a great help to me. Thank you all so much for the input. Have a great day jaiho.
@enelym001 (8325)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
WOw that is so sweet of you and she is so lucky that you are thinking of learning her language! Tagalog is really easy to learn, I have observed that from many foreigners in our country. And even if I'm outside the Philippines, there are people here in the Middle EAst who are so good and just learned to speak our language because as a taxi driver, most of his passengers are Filipinos who teaches him and speaks to him in our language. You may try researching online or buy a tagalog-english dictionary. And when you visit her in the Philippines, I am sure you will learn it easily. Goodluck Codymac!
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, enelym001. Thank you sooo much for that. It means a lot. You are right in that I need to get a dictionary and just learn the words. Also, I noticed that it has a lot of words from other languages. I speak some Spanish and I see some are similar. Thanks for your response, and have a great day there. Hope you get back to family, and keep up the good spirit..
@airasheila (5456)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Good day Codymac, Its glad to know that you are interested to study our mother tongue which is Tagalog. Well, for me, this language is easy to learn since it can be syllabicate. Hence, if you know how to pronounce well the syllabus of the word, then you can find it easy to learn it. As compared to other words, Tagalog words are also easy to pronounce, thus, its no big deal if you pronounce it slowly at first since you are just a beginner. Nevertheless, wishing you goodluck on your choice to study that language.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, airasheila. Yes, I am very interested in it... I have been debating as to if I would just wait until I went there, or get some understanding before I got there. Now, I know that I want to have a little bit of the language down before I get there. Thank you for your response. Have a great day..
1 Jun 12
hi codymac, that's so sweet of you to make an effort to learn your girlfriends language. yeah it may need alot of effort, but it will be worth it. Try checking some website for tagalog words. And also asked your girlfried to talk to you in tagalog once in a while.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Thanks for that, anjoroldan00. I really want to do it, because I think it will be a great thing for me and for our future. BTW, welcome to myLot, and I hope that you have a great time here.
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
I have a boyfriend who lives in Washington so I understand where you are coming from. Just like you he wants to learn Filipino. Since I am online constantly, I try to be his tutor. However if you are serious of taking lessons you might want to buy a Filipino-English dictionary first so you would be able translate pronouns, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. Its optional if you wish to hire a tutor. You can spend on one or just try to apply what you have learned by reading, conversing and watching Filipino materials. If you are able to mingle with some Filipinos in the area do so. Do not let your friends hinder you. Based on my fiance's experience learning the language is very important. Trust me it can save you a lot of heartaches if you know what she or her friends is saying.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, hwoarangpoy. Yes, I think that the links I was given earlier are going to be a huge help... I am gearing up to start soon, so anything will help. I know what you mean about saving me heart ache. Thanks. Have a great day.
@hexebella (1137)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
I suggest you go ahead and learn the language, it is not difficult....not because I am a Filipino, but because I learned 3rd, 4th and 5th language....I could compare the language structure and Filipino is just simple. Learning foreign languages has many rewards in life..... http://socyberty.com/education/my-rewards-in-learning-foreign-language/
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, hexebella. I have learned that it is Phonetic. So it it like spanish in many ways. I think it will be great to learn and I will have fun with it. thanks for responding.
@ryanong (9688)
• Vietnam
1 Jun 12
Oh you mean you wanna learn your gf's mother language? If yes, then it is nice. You should go ahead with it. I understand you guys can communicate by English well but it is so good when you can speak mother language, so that when you have a chance to see her family, you can make a talk using her mother language. I love to learn new language also, but currently i can't. I am busy with earning money...However, i wanna learn some languages more when i have free time.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Yes, ryanong, I do want to learn her mother language. I am just overly excited to, and I have asked her to teach me 3 words per day. I want to have a little knowledge of it for when I go there in August. Yes, once I get there, I will talk to her family and that is another reason I wish to learn it. That is the best part. Have a great day.
@SIMPLYD (91003)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
That was so nice of you Codymac , liking to learn how to speak the Filipino language. I see that LetranKnights has given you a link where you can start learning how to speak it. You can very well go to that site and learn from there. Maybe also you could request your girlfriend to email you the basic Filipino words. Good luck codymac!
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hello, SIMPLYD. I will use those links, and I know that I will learn a lot very quick. I do love hearing her speak it to her family, and for the short time we are on Skype every day, I ask her to keep her mic on. It helps me to get a better grasp of it. Thanks for your comment. Have a great day.
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Try to take scenes from the movies and jot down the words said. Then one by one translate the words to tagalog. It may take a month to build your tagalog vocabulary. Another month to memorize them and another month to construct sentences and another month to speak them. Over the succeeding months maybe you can speak at conversations with ease and it goes downhill from there.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Thanks for your response and it looks like a great thing to do. I do listen to her talking to her family and I love the sound of it. Just a great idea, and again I thank you for it.
@Lucas818 (377)
1 Jun 12
Hello mate, I would suggest that you can try to speak tagalog with her, as much as possible. You may not get use with it at first, but I'm sure you will get better. First from few words then you could construct sentences. I studied linguistic and I found that this way works! I learnt plenty of languages and I would like to learn tagalog as well!! It's an unique language.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Yes, you are right in that it is a unique language. I love to hear it spoken, and think it will be great to have a little understanding of where it came from, and what influenced it. I see some Spanish, and I know a lot of Spanish. Thanks for your response.
@MissPiggy (1742)
• Indonesia
1 Jun 12
You're right. Don't listen to your friend. Even if only a few words it will make your girlfriend happy. Moreover when she knows you don't learn it from her. It means you care. I used to have some relationships with boys from other countries (Pakistan and Turkey) and the fact that I learned their language, even only limited, made them happy. And it's coming handy when we meet other people from those countries. Another benefit is that you will have more glossary. I don't know how to explain it to you better but I think you know what I meant.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Hey, how are you? I was gonna post in your other discussion to clear up what I meant by your boss being a husband, friend... and your mother...well what I was meaning is what you told your mother would be told to someone else. Sooner or later it was going to get back to your boss. She has friends, he has friends, etc. That is what I meant about your mom, and your boss. Anyway, yes, I do know what you mean. It will help me out later in life, some time... Thanks for taking the time to respond.
@Bhebelen14 (5200)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Hi CODYMAC youre so nice and I am happy because you want to learn our national laguage which is TAGALOG. For me the best way to learn TAGALOG is to find a friend or someone who you can speak tagalog to teach you and talk to you even a few hours a day, but make sure that you can trust this person and really teach you the right word. I know it is hard for you learn tagalog but keep it up I know you will make it. Good luck.
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@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
1 Jun 12
Thanks Bhebelen14. I really do want to do this, and I am starting now... I have been looking at the links I was given just a little bit ago. I am a quick learner, so I should have it down in at least 6 months. Thanks for the response.
@flowerchilde (12533)
• United States
7 Jun 12
If it were me, I'd be heading to my nearest library, even if they do not have what you need, they may know where you can find it. Good luck!
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
8 Jun 12
Hello, Long time... Yeah, I have been hitting the internet something hard. I only have 2 months to impress her. Jk, But I am doing it for me mostly because I love a challenge. I want to also do it out of respect. Thanks the the response. Have a great day.