“Learn Tagalog Quicker and With Less Frustration…”
That’s right — I’m presenting a unique resource I developed to help you learn Tagalog faster, and easier. This method can be used IN ADDITION to whatever other ways you are using to learn Tagalog. If you want to learn Tagalog, and build vocabulary quickly, then you simply must read what I have to say in this letter!
I started learning Tagalog back in 2005 or so. I had already spent about two years studying a language from India known as Hindi. It was slow going but a great experience. They use a different writing system, so after I mastered that, it was much easier.
When I decided to learn Tagalog, I wanted to use some of the things that I found helpful when learning Hindi. One of those techniques is what this resource is all about.
When I was learning Hindi, I found it very helpful to read through phrase books. Every phrase book I found was organized into categories such as transportation, getting a hotel room, food, eating out, etc.
I began to create a list of Hindi and English translations to study. I typed the ones I wanted to learn into an Excel spreadsheet. I found it easy to move the sentences around that way. I could move sentences I was very comfortable with to one area of the spreadsheet and keep the sentences I was still learning in another area.
A real break through came for me when I decided to sort all the sentences alphabetically just for fun. Wow! It was like having a completely new list! The structure of the language became much more evident to me with the list of sentences sorted alphabetically.
That is what I did when I started learning Tagalog. I began to create a long list of sentences (in Tagalog and English) of things I wanted to learn. I also listed sentences that seemed unique to me, so I could study them further.
I originally typed the sentences in random order. I was just happy to have a list all in one place that I could easily scroll through.
When I sorted the Tagalog sentences alphabetically, the structure of the language came alive, just like with Hindi, but even more so!
Why? Well, both Hindi and Tagalog use different word orders than English (my native tongue). Hindi uses the SOV (Subject, Object and Verb) order and Tagalog uses the VSO (Verb, Subject, Object) order. When I sorted my huge list of Tagalog sentences alphabetically, the sentences were sorted by the verbs! Within the sentences that used the same verb, the sentences were ordered by subject. It became super obvious and intuitive.
For many English speakers, spoken Tagalog seems “backwards”. It is the opposite of English.
For example, in English I can say “I am reading a book“. But in Tagalog, the word order would normally be “Reading I book” (VSO).
It’s different than English and takes some getting used to.
Now imagine having sentences like the following, in a list:
- Kumakain ako.
- Kumakain ako ng tinapay.
- Kumakain ako ng tinapay sa sala.
- Kumakain sila.
- Kumakain sila sa sala.
- Kumakain siya.
Can you see the pattern in the sentences above? I think you can.
The fact that Tagalog verbs normally come first in the sentence is AWESOME! When the sentences are sorted alphabetically (not randomly or by topic for tourist!) it makes learning much easier!
By the way. Kumakain means “eating”, ako means “I’. Tinapay means “bread” and sala means “living room”. If you are not sure what siya means, or sila, you can look it up.
Look it up? Oh dear!
We can see the pattern in the sentences now, it seems obvious. I already told you what most of the words mean, but what if you don’t know what siya and sila mean? You need to look them up in a dictionary (online or in a book).
But wait!! I already did that for you!
I already looked up all the words for the sentences. In fact, I already put all the sentences in alphabetical order for you AND provided definitions of each word below each sentence!
I did it that way because I find it SUPER useful for my own learning, now you can benefit too.
Having my list of sentences in alphabetical order helped me a LOT, but I still had to look up a lot of words.
Sure, I could guess the meaning of a lot of the words from the context of the sentences, by looking at the English translation and that is a great way to learn. But I still wanted something a little more concrete. I still wanted the definitions. Just a simple definition.
I want to share what I have with you.
If you are serious about learning Tagalog, as I’m sure you are if you’ve read this far, then you owe it to yourself to get this list so you too can benefit from having THOUSANDS of Tagalog sentences listed alphabetically AND have all the words already defined for you!
Now, take a look at the following. Notice the Tagalog sentence is in bold text. Right below the Tagalog sentence is the English translation. The definition for each of the Tagalog words is below that. Right there! You don’t need to look up the meaning of the words.
“Now, I want you to imagine 5,300 sentences like that, listed in alphabetical order..”
OVER 5000 Tagalog and English Sentences,
Sorted Alphabetically, with Definitions
Let’s Face It!
Learning a new language is a challenge. Trying to read sentences with many new words is tough! It is very time consuming to look up new words in the dictionary. Many times, the words are not even IN the dictionary!
“I’m offering you a complete listing of the 5,300+ Tagalog and English sentences that I compiled for my own study of the Tagalog language”
Do you want to see it? Check out the video below. In the video I show you exactly what you get.
The sentences are in a PDF file. In the video, I open the PDF file on my computer and show you it’s contents. There’s no guessing what you will get. I show you everything in the video.
NEWS FLASH: Version 2 is NOW available.
It is 2,425 pages long and includes a 54 page glossary of all the words at the end. The previous versions did not have a glossary but it was recommended by a reader, so I added it!
The glossary provides you with a very handy list of ALL the words listed in the body of the ebook. They are some of the most common words in Tagalog. The glossary contains over 2,300 words with their definitions sorted alphabetically by the Tagalog word.
Here is a random screenshot of one of the pages in the glossary in the current version of the ebook, Version 2.
YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE TAGALOG SENTENCES ONLINE!
Whenever I read Tagalog sentences I always want to hear it spoken too. I speak it in my head as I read it, but I think hearing a native speaker say the words is 100% better. But how? I almost forgot to mention this, but I actually had a Filipina from Manila record ALL the sentences for me. She did a great job. Those recordings are FREELY available to listen to on this website. They follow along exactly with the contents of the eBook. The sentences are listed in the exact same order on the website and in the eBook.
Check out the two screenshots below. The first one shows the contents of this eBook I created for you. It shows the first two sentences and their definitions. THEN, the second screenshot shows you the first two sentences listed on THIS website where you can click on the button and listen to Maria speak the sentence. How cool is that?
I personally use both the PDF and the AUDIOS and I wanted to share them with you. It’s a pain to send over 5,000 audio files (even if zipped together) so I just put them on this site instead.
Here is a link to the first page of audios on this site.
ALL THE WORDS ARE ALREADY DEFINED FOR YOU! I’ve been told that I could charge much more for this ebook, but I want to keep the price low to make it affordable for anyone that wants to learn the Tagalog language. I’ve kept the price at $7.00 USD for a long time. I’ve thought about raising the price to $9.95, but for now, it’s still just $7.00. What do you have to lose? Check it out. You can purchase the book (PDF) online. You can download the entire book (about 4.9 MB). If you are not happy with the purchase, I will refund you 100% of the $7.00 price. No questions asked.
Only $7.00 USD
(That’s 5,374 Phrases! With Each Word Already Defined!)