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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition (15 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804841268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804841269
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the book to help you learn Tagalog (Filipino) on your own, easily and accurately--whether you're traveling to the Philippines for a vacation or a business trip, or you have ties to the large Tagalog-speaking community in the U.S., or you're s

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. E. Bugdale on 18 May 2014
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I have travelled to Malaya. Hong Kong. Singapore and the Philippines and this is the first time I have elected to study the language of the Philippines.
The book is very good and the DVD is excellent. My biggest problem is the speed of the pronunciation and as an individual student it is difficult to progress without the benefit of other students to interact with.
The DVD moves forward very quickly and for a.lone beginner it means lots of repetition. Naturally, the progression is down to the individual but starting from scratch I am finding it quite difficult. Although it is easier to write than speak,there seems to be an anomaly as the vocabulary I have practiced in some cases differs to the local Tagalog in the area I am returning to in the near future. I speak German and some Swahili but the grammar in Tagalog is hard. There are lots of words that literally have no translation. As with German the grammar has to be correct.otherwise meaning is lost or confusing. Naturally there is a Spanish influence and the Philippine history has made the language evolve from various inputs. Only time will tell if this book enables me to grasp the language.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magda on 23 Jan. 2015
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This is a magnificent book. I was surprised by how substantial it is. I own it also on Kindle, useful for carrying around, but the hard copy version can be easily navigated, and you can see at a glance any items about grammar you are interested in, and how much there is to learn. So in this case the e-book version is back-up, but the actual book is more than worth having. Who would deny that the tactile virtues of a book cannot be beaten, at least at this stage of technology.
The author explains everything about the language very clearly, and makes the grammar very interesting and accessible. It was quite hard to find a suitable work from which to learn this language and thank goodness I found this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great textbook for anyone trying to learn Tagalog 1 Oct. 2014
By Stefanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For anyone wanting to learn Tagalog, the texbook choices are spare. Therefore, to get one's hands on any Tagalog language textbook becomes an accomplishment by itself. Luckily, any person with even just a slight inclination to learn Tagalog will strike gold twice with this book. The language that the writer uses in explaining the various components of the language is very accessible. The dialogues that begin every chapter are very practical and relatable and allow for a much easier absorption of the lessons. The "Mga Tala sa Kultura" that give important cultural notes are very detailed and include mini vignettes that put these cultural notes in the context of the language. The writer's own personal experience with the language really shines here. It's knowing the little quirks and idioms of a culture that separate the proficient speaker from the fluent one. These neat and helpful notes fast track a learner to the latter category. My favorite part of the book is the "Pagbabasa" section at the end of every chapter. This section is made up of one or more paragraphs (more with each passing chapter) in which a learner can apply what they've learned from the chapter and read little stories in Tagalog. I've studied many languages and have done so through a nice variety of methods. My personal opinion is that to really retain a language, one of the very best things that a language textbook can do for learners of a language is to provide readings in that particular lingua. You're not just, for instance, practicing speaking by writing dialogues. You're practicing reading by reading! For me, this a feature of the book that really helps to elevate it and take it beyond the offerings of others. This textbook is great for those wanting to learn how to converse in and read Tagalog. The author truly makes an effort to ease the learning process by making the lessons accessible. This is definitely a mainstay in my collection of language textbooks.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 11 Sept. 2011
By R. Pena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific book for anyone interested in learning Tagalog. The well-paced grammar lessons, and focus on practical speech and reading, make this the best Filipino language instruction book available today. Mahusay at masinop.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Textbook in Use 29 Sept. 2013
By Rodney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The pedagogical feature of this book works for heritage language learners at university. There is enough number of examples and exercises for students to work on. With the morphosyntactic nature of Tagalog and other Philippine languages, some aspects of grammar are really challenging and therefore require explanation from the language teacher.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Too many errors! 11 Feb. 2015
By Shirley Moy Dotts - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is all right but there are too many errors in it. For example: "When used with pronouns, 'ba' goes before the pronoun." The example in the book: "Nag-aaral ka ba sa University of London?" shows 'ba' after the pronoun. In the vocabulary, the translation of Lapis is pencil, which I believe is correct. But it's noted in several places as PEN. I'm only on the third chapter and I've found 5-10 errors. Also, I agree with one of the other reviewers regarding the speaker on the CD. The speaker is speaking too fast for a beginner. The CD should go through the vocabulary words and pronounce each word clearly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
practical intro to Tagalog 8 Jan. 2014
By Joel Bjorling - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a helpful introduction to Tagalog, the language of the Philippines. It has good explanations, and vocabularies are keyed to the dialogues. I was using another book and it has a lot of information, but you had to deduce the grammatical principles. This book makes them clear. It is highly recommended.
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