Elementary Tagalog is the leading beginner Tagalog textbook and Tagalog language learning package.
Elementary Tagalog's comprehensive approach will help students master Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, also known as Filipino or Pilipino. From learning to read Tagalog words and pronounce Tagalog sounds to using correct Tagalog grammar, communicating in Tagalog dialogues and building Tagalog vocabulary, learners will be surprised at how quickly their skills develop. The expert guidance in Elementary Tagalog is ideal both for true beginners and heritage learners who grew up in Filipino-speaking communities or families. The accompanying 2-hour long MP3 audio CD improves listening comprehension and ensures correct pronunciation.
Covering a range of topics, the Tagalog language lessons center on themes of the family, the home, and the community to food, travel, health, leisure time, festivals and popular culture. There are plenty of exercises, activities and practice drills to help learners acquire and master the Tagalog grammar and language fundamentals, while culture notes explore the diversity, heritage, and history of the Philippines. This textbook is a complete language system and no prior knowledge of Tagalog is needed to begin and is the most comprehensive way to learn Tagalog.
Elementary Tagalog is composed of twenty-four lessons divided into eight units. Each lesson contains:
Cultural Notes at the beginning of each unit offering explanations of social, economic and historical aspects of Filipino society
A Vocabulary List in each lesson ties into the theme of the unit and both the Tagalog reading text and the aural activities presented in the specific lesson
Reading and Reading Comprehension which is given mostly in the form of Tagalog language dialogues, are designed to expose the students to real-life conversations as might be had by native Filipino speakers.
Three Active Learning Activities follow the dialogue and dialogue comprehension in each lesson and ask students to employ the lesson's new Tagalog vocabulary.
The Grammar Section is divided into four parts: definitions of terms, examining form, grammar presentation, and grammar notes.
Practice exercises or activities target student's speaking Tagalog, reading Tagalog, writing Tagalog and Tagalog listening skills.
An accompanying audio CD with listening activities to reinforce Tagalog learning is also included with the book
Available separately is the companion Elementary Tagalog Workbook
This helpful workbook will assist you in practicing and polishing your Filipino language skills, offering a range of exercises and practice opportunities to enable you to achieve proficiency in everyday, conversational Tagalog.