Our Tagalog Interactive Language and Philippine Culture Resources site is designed for both the serious and casual learners of Tagalog and Philippine culture. For serious Tagalog learners, this site is basically supplemental to the more comprehensive Tagalog language materials available in hardcopies (such as books for formal study of Tagalog, dictionaries, etc.) as it provides interactive learning through various activities (reading, writing, speaking, listening). For casual learners of Tagalog, this site provides a quick overview of the Tagalog language and Philippine culture through the use of interactive learning activities, such as Tagalog phrases, songs, etc. What follows is a brief description of how one can use the site based on his or her interests on the Tagalog language and about Philippine culture.
This site provides interactive Tagalog language learning activities, primarily through thematic lessons. The lessons are divided into two: Beginning Tagalog 1 and Beginning Tagalog 2. The Beginning Tagalog 1 lessons are for learners who have minimal language skills in Tagalog and would like to do activities to build their vocabulary in the language. The Beginning Tagalog 2 lessons are for learners who have a good set of vocabulary words and have a basic understanding of the syntax and grammar of the language. Reading, writing, and listening activities are imbedded in each of the lessons in both levels such as textual, audio, and picture-drag-and drop quizzes.
The site also has an introduction to Tagalog Grammar link, which introduces non-Tagalog speakers to the rules, principles, and nuances of the Tagalog language. In addition to its use as a supplement to the lessons, the Tagalog Grammar section was also designed to be read from start to finish on its own.
For intermediate or advance Tagalog learners, the site also has links to Tagalog Short Stories, Poems, Riddles, Proverbs, and Idioms.
We are still working on the Intermediate Tagalog
lessons as well as the English-Tagalog onsite dictionary.
For casual learners, the site contains useful
Tagalog phrases and links to Tagalog songs, poems, etc. that provide an overview of the
language. The Useful Tagalog Phrases
link, for example, introduces one to a number greetings in Tagalog, days and months,
counting numbers, directions, and functional phrases in different contexts and/or
occasions. More specifically, Tagalog for Travelers
will be useful for non-Tagalog speakers travelling to Manila and other areas of the
Philippines where Tagalog is widely spoken, as it lists some of the functional phrases in
various contexts (e.g., hailing a taxi, at the airport, in the market, in the
This link is especially designed for kids who
want to learn the Tagalog alphabet, numbers, colors, terms for family members, Philippine
fruits, vegetables, and some Philippine games. A special section of Aesop's fables
translated into Tagalog are also included in the link.
This link provides lesson plans
for classroom teachers, communicative activities for language teachers, songs for
classroom use, essays in English for instructional use and other information that teachers
may use and modify for classroom purposes.
This link provides brief overviews to
Philippine history and peoples, regional cultures, music, dances, food, Filipino recipes,
and politics among other things. A number of news and feature articles from various
sources are also included in this link, along with colorful images related to these
articles and features.
This site also provides a
visitor with a number of Tagalog language tools to help you in learning the
language, such as the Onsite
Tagalog Dictionary, Tagalog Tutor, and Tagalog
Chatroom. The Tagalog
onsite dictionary is limited to Tagalog-English translation of Tagalog words. We are
still working on the English-Tagalog onsite dictionary; in the meantime, one can use the Tagalog Tutor e-mail form on this site to request help for
translation of some Tagalog words not found in the dictionary or short Tagalog phrases.
We will try our best to respond within 24-48 hours after we receive your e-mail
questions. The Tagalog
Chatroom is especially useful
for advance Tagalog learners to practice their Tagalog conversational skills. We
will resume special chat sessions during the regular school semesters in the Fall and
Taking Quizzes and Listening to Audios