Many people have never heard of Tagalog. It is an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines by the Tagalog people, who represent a quarter of the population of the country. There are twenty-two million speakers of Tagalog in the Philippines, with large populations who speak the language in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Guam, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. More than 1.6 million people in the United States speak Tagalog, making it one of the most widely spoken languages besides English. Learning the Tagalog language can be an incredible business asset, and is useful when working in the tourist industry. It can also help you learn other languages.
Many English words have found their way to the Tagalog language because of the prevalence of fluent English speakers among Philippine natives. This makes learning Tagalog fairly straightforward for both English and Spanish speakers. Here are a few Tagalog words that should look familiar.
- Arkitek = architect
- Gobernor = governor
- Doktor = doctor
- Pari = priest
- Kampeon = champion
- Garahe = garage
Learn Tagalog with Rosetta Stone
The secret to having real-world conversations in a new language is to focus on learning the language, and not just memorizing the words. Rosetta Stone’s language learning program encourages learning vocabulary and grammar in context. Our Dynamic Immersion® methodology is the backbone of the Rosetta Stone program, and can help you learn Tagalog in no time.
As you start on your journey to learn Tagalog, you’ll want to ensure you are developing accurate pronunciation. Rosetta Stone makes this a reality with our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. This technology compares your voice to native speakers in real-time and gives you immediate feedback so that you are able to ensure you have the most accurate pronunciation. The feature is also adjustable, which allows you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for you in learning to speak Tagalog, or any new language you want to pursue.
If there has been hesitation on your part to learn a new language as an adult, now is the time to put those reservations aside. Research shows that your ability to learn a language is really just a matter of practice, building confidence through speaking, and contextualizing your learning. This is exactly how Rosetta Stone works. It’s achieved at a significantly lower cost than classroom settings, and conveniently on your own time! Rosetta Stone has brief, 10-minute lessons which are set up to fit into your life at your convenience and will help you acquire the skills to understand and be understood in Tagalog.
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Surround yourself with Filipino (Tagalog) whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.