22 December 2009

Filipino Language Learning Lessons at Learn More Tagalog Web Site

Here are four Filipino language learning lessons worth looking into at the Learn More Tagalog web site. There are more than 20 free online audio lessons that you can study at this free Filipino language learning web site.

The lessons were developed by a native Filipino language speaker who also speaks and writes English as a second language. The study program involves listening how the native Filipino speaker reads the sentences with the corresponding translation on the text of the web page. You don't have to download anything because the audio portion is streamed from an extremely fast server. The lessons are available 24 hours a day everyday and accessible with a computer that has an Internet connection. Below are excerpts from the lessons.

Filipino Useful Words and Phrases

"There are words that you will repeatedly hear being used by native Tagalog speakers. Some of them have really no direct translation in other languages so that we can only surmise their approximate meaning in other languages. Here are a few words and phrases that you will often hear being used by Filipinos when they are talking. I have given their approximate meanings and used them in simple sentences."

How to Verbalize Other Parts of Speech

"Have you ever heard of the word to verbalize? Well, if you will look in the dictionary, you will find out that the word verbalize has two meanings. The first, and the one we are most familiar with, is to say what's on someone's mind or let out one's feelings. The other less familiar meaning is to convert another part of speech, say a noun or an adjective into a verb. And that is what I want to talk about in this lesson."

Respect and Formality in the Filipino Language
"Respect and formality in the Tagalog language are indicated through the use of certain words or by the preference of a certain word over another. In the first case, words of respect are inserted in appropriate places in the sentence to show respect for the person or persons being addressed. In the second case, normal words are replaced with alternative words that indicate respect for the person or persons addressed."

Spanish Legacy in the Filipino Language and Culture

"There is a lot of Tagalog words that have been derived from their Spanish counterparts. The words, however, changed in spelling based on the phonetic sounds of the Tagalog alphabet. The Tagalog words silya and bintana were derived from the Spanish words silla and ventana. The Tagalog words kutsara, tinidor and kutsilyo represented the Tagalog spellings of the Spanish words cuchara, tenedor and cuchillo. And so it is true with the Tagalog words pahina and biyahe which are simply the Tagalog way of spelling the Spanish words pagina and viaje."

Learning the Filipino language can be a daunting task but with a little creativity and disciplined allocation of time, much can be achieved by a learner intent on gaining expertise on the new language.