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
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.
You can 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 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
You can now download our
Tagalog Online Dictionary.
Send us your comments,
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