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INTRO TO TAGALOG
Bahay Kubo and
the Filipino Concept
in English Translation
Lyrics of Filipino Songs
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of the Philippines
of Foreign Affairs
Department of Trade
Part of the SEAsite Project at Northern Illinois
University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA
and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies
TAGALOG is one of the major languages spoken in the Philippines,
mostly by people from the Tagalog regions in the main island of Luzon. It is the
lingua franca in Metro Manila, the national capital region of the country. It
also serves as a base for Filipino, one of the two official languages of the
Philippines (along with English). Read this interesting essay on the metamorphosis of Filipino as national language.
The TAGALOG language has very strong affinity
with Malay languages (Bahasa Indonesia/Malay). However, due to more than 300 years
of Spanish colonial rule over the Philippines, the language has incorporated a
significant number of Spanish words and expressions. The language also includes
words and phrases that are rooted in English and Chinese.
According to the 1990 and 2000 United
States Census, TAGALOG is the second most commonly-spoken Asian language
(after Chinese) in the United States, and the sixth non-English language spoken in
America. TAGALOG is the lingua franca
of Filipinos anywhere in the world. Most Southeast Asian scholars use TAGALOG as
the tool for research in the Philippines. It is also the language of major
works in literature and that of Philippine films and songs.
Our TAGALOG homepage is designed with both the beginning
and intermediate students of Tagalog in mind. To make your study of the language both
challenging and enjoyable, we have incorporated a number of learning activities to
enhance your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Tagalog.
Want to practice your Tagalog conversational skills?
Why not try our TAGALOG CHAT ROOM?
Just click on the TAGALOG TOOLS
link on the left-side banner of your screen, and you will be
linked to the appropriate page. Invite your Tagalog-speaking friends to join
us there, too. You can also activate the Tagalog- English Online Dictionary and Tagalog Tutor
by clicking on TAGALOG TOOLS.
If you don't find the Tagalog word/s you are looking
for, please send us an e-mail
so we could add them to our online dictionary base.
Our English-Tagalog Online Dictionary is now available. It will give you a list of corresponding Tagalog
words for the English term that you are looking for, and you can choose which
one is appropriate in terms of usage. If you have problems looking for English words
that do not have their corresponding
Tagalog words in our database, please let us know by using our Tagalog Tutor e-mail link.
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TAGALOG DISCUSSION FORUM
questions, ideas, and comments
on specific Tagalog language issues and/or
about Philippine culture in general,
and get answers from us and other site visitors.
For translation help
use our tutor
e-mail and get
answers to your questions
|Practice your Tagalog
language skills in
You can now download our
Tagalog Online Dictionary.
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batiin ang kay
Nang may ngiti
sa iyong mga mata
Ang buhay ay masaya,
palalampasin mo ba?
Iisa lang ang buhay mo,
kumilos ka, gamitin mo
Kung may nais
ang puso mo,
mangarap ka, abutin mo
Upang ito'y makamit mo,
magsikap ka, simulan mo!
mula sa orihinal na
Balik sa Umpisa
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