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posted March 17, 2012 07:57AM
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Hey everyone.

So after an amazing and life changing vacation to the Philippines, I've had enough of living in the UK.  I want to get out, spread my wings, find an alternative to a long and boring career and see where I end up. So to speak...

I have started learning Tagalog using the Rosetta Stone software, but although I have learned and memorised a great many words, I suck with sentence structure and formation.  When my Filipino friends are chatting, I can understand what they are talking about by picking out certain words, but nothing beyond that.

As the Filipinos are very multi-lingual and good with language, does anyone know of anything better than Rosetta Stone?  Any books, learning methods, software etc?

Anyway, thanks for reading.

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posted March 17, 2012 09:11AM
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the most effective way of learning the language is to practice it frequently :) join the forums here and little by little, try to express your thoughts in 'tagalog'... eventually you'll get used to it :)

welcome to the philippines, sir :)

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posted March 17, 2012 09:30AM
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If you're that serious maybe you could hire a Filipino tutor coz it will take much longer to learn just by the software. If he/she can't teach you personally then maybe online? Material aids may be Tagalog films, soap operas, comics, songs or what have we. It's nice to know somebody from another land to actually find interest about the Philippines and its language. Welcome!
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posted March 17, 2012 10:42AM
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@yellowcupcake - yeah it's all too easy for me to reply here in English, so I should try and practise in Tagalog without sounding weird :) thanks for your reply Sir/Ma'am!

@great2find - I was thinking of maybe trying that as I've seen adverts here on Sulit of people looking for English teachers. At the moment I have to sit through Pinoy Big Brother, Vice Ganda and Kris TV, not so good, although I do pick up on a few words. I will pick up the Filipino diyaryo tomorrow as well! Yeah, I love it there, especially miss the adobo. Salamat Po!
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posted March 17, 2012 11:35AM
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Hi mike - welcome to our country - as we say "Mabuhay"

- also thanks for your positive post regarding the 20 reasons thread of avanikolai

- My german friend long ago practiced her tagalog by reading tagalog comic books. Since they came with ilustrations it was easier for her.

- you can actually search the internet. there are some posted like - "Darna"

- try buying a basic picture book at "National Bookstore" that has the tagalog and english word printed. Since as you said you can pick up the conversation from the familiar words you know.

- And dont' worry about not being able to form correct tagalog sentence structures for now. Here in the Philippines we actually think that sounds cute. sort of like a british "Taglish"

 

 

- Were honored that you are exerting efforts to learn proper tagalog. 

- Don't worry you'll pick up on the language soon enough. 

- enjoy the warm weather, It's going to get a lot warmer.

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posted March 17, 2012 11:48AM
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Salamat! Happy to be there for as long as I'm welcome.

I really appreciate the ideas, it's all stuff I haven't thought of. Although I did see Darna, that finished ages ago :p

I will probably need to source this material from the internet as I'm in England at the moment, so thanks for making me jealous of missing the summer there :)

By the way, I have noticed the Filipinos mixing English into their speech, and heard it was a way of being more comfortable using and practising English, but it doesn't really work the other way round?
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posted March 25, 2012 11:25PM
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That's what we call Taglish or a mixture of Tagalog and English.... actually schools don't really encourage that. You just mentioned you are following Vice Ganda.... just don't confuse using the gay lingo she will be using sometimes. Better yet, watch Eat Bulaga if available in your area.... watch out for their mainstays Jose Manalo, Joey De Leon... but don't listen to Jimmy Santos because of his carabao English Cool

Mabuhay ka 

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posted March 25, 2012 11:35PM
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magbasa ka ng tagalog pocketbooks.bumili ka din ng tagalog dictionary.kung may mga salitang di mo maintindihan isulat mo sa papel.tapos pwede mong tingnan ang kahulugan o itanong sa kakilala mong marunong magtagalog.subukan mong intindihin yung sinabi ko para matuto ka.
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posted March 26, 2012 12:06AM
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learning tagalog is much harder than english, i will teach you free of charge? btw single? hahahaa *giggles
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posted March 26, 2012 12:30AM
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keep listening and try talking. it will help
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posted March 27, 2012 01:11AM
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some basic questions

whats your name? = anong pangalan mo?
how much? = magkano?
where? = saan?
how are you? = kamusta?
where are you? = nasaan ka?

thank you = salamat po
good morning = magandang umaga
good evening = magandang gabi
i love you = mahal kita

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posted March 27, 2012 01:25AM
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great2find posted on March 25, 2012 10:25PM

That's what we call Taglish or a mixture of Tagalog and English.... actually schools don't really encourage that. You just mentioned you are following Vice Ganda.... just don't confuse using the gay lingo she will be using sometimes. Better yet, watch Eat Bulaga if available in your area.... watch out for their mainstays Jose Manalo, Joey De Leon... but don't listen to Jimmy Santos because of his carabao English Cool

Mabuhay ka 


Thanks for the reply and advice, yeah anytime I hear Vice Ganda, he just seems to be screaming or singing a lot.

Just Googled Carabao English, haha, I guess you could say I have Carabao Tagalog then, or worse!




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laugh posted on March 25, 2012 10:35PM
magbasa ka ng tagalog pocketbooks.bumili ka din ng tagalog dictionary.kung may mga salitang di mo maintindihan isulat mo sa papel.tapos pwede mong tingnan ang kahulugan o itanong sa kakilala mong marunong magtagalog.subukan mong intindihin yung sinabi ko para matuto ka.


Salamat sa reply. Bumibili ako ng "Tagalog for beginners" by Joi Barrios. She's a Tagalog professor at Princeton or Harvard. Hope it helps!




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Intelenet posted on March 25, 2012 11:30PM
keep listening and try talking. it will help


Thanks for the reply, yeah it's helped to a point.




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marjee posted on March 27, 2012 12:11AM
some basic questions

whats your name? = anong pangalan mo?
how much? = magkano?
where? = saan?
how are you? = kamusta?
where are you? = nasaan ka?

thank you = salamat po
good morning = magandang umaga
good evening = magandang gabi
i love you = mahal kita


Thanks! Although if that is basic, I would consider myself above basic as I know all of these phrases :)

"Hindi nagmamaneho ng kotse ang batang lalaki" is probably my longest sentence :)


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posted March 27, 2012 01:34AM
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you dont need to learn a lot..you already know the basic...you just need to practice pronouncing it correctly...
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posted April 13, 2012 01:40PM
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Uy Michaelh!! kamusta na ano na ang balita sayo? abala ka ba?

maganda ito sali ka sa mga forums para sa pag-aaral mo ng tagalog. sikapin mong ma-practice iyan kausapin mo kami dito ng tagalog ng mas madalas. kung may mali hindi naman nakakatawa iyon, ang cute cute nun sa totoo lang.^^
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posted April 13, 2012 01:46PM
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great2find posted on March 25, 2012 10:25PM

That's what we call Taglish or a mixture of Tagalog and English.... actually schools don't really encourage that. You just mentioned you are following Vice Ganda.... just don't confuse using the gay lingo she will be using sometimes. Better yet, watch Eat Bulaga if available in your area.... watch out for their mainstays Jose Manalo, Joey De Leon... but don't listen to Jimmy Santos because of his carabao English Cool

Mabuhay ka 

Carabao, Kenkoy or Taglish . . . . 

Pahalagahan ang Inang Wika!


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