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Filipino Words

Filipino is the standardized form of Tagalog, and is the national language of the Philippines. There are many who have never heard of the Tagalog language. It is an Austronesian language spoken by the Tagalog people, who represent a quarter of the population of the Philippines. Filipino is the standardized form and considered the official language, while Tagalog is also spoken as a second language by the rest of the population. Knowing Tagalog language is a tremendous business asset, and useful when working in the tourist industry. It is also valuable in helping 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 is an advantage for English speakers, making learning Tagalog fairly straightforward.

Here are a few Filipino words for you to soak in which will likely look familiar:

  • Doktor = doctor
  • Arkitek = architect
  • Gobernor = governor
  • Pari = priest
  • Garahe = garage
  • Kampeon = champion

And more Filipino words and phrases:

  • Tagay = cheers
  • Kaya mo ito! = You can do it!
  • Maligayang bagong taon = Happy New Year

Learn Tagalog Language

To be successful in using Filipino in real-world conversations, you will need to focus on learning the Tagalog language, not just the words. Rosetta Stone makes this possible by encouraging learning vocabulary and grammar in context through our Dynamic Immersion® methodology. This is the backbone of our language-learning program, and can help you learn Tagalog efficiently.

After you have decided to learn Tagalog and begin to pick up the basics, you’ll want to ensure you are developing accurate pronunciation. Rosetta Stone will help you get the pronunciation right away with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. This is a patented technology which will compare your voice to native speakers in real-time allowing you to get immediate feedback for the most accurate pronunciation. The adjustable feature will also allow you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for you in learning to speak any new language you desire.

Some people hesitate to learn a new language due to the cost, time commitment, or belief that it’s more difficult to learn a language as an adult. Now is the time to put those common misconceptions behind. Research shows that your ability to learn a language is really just a matter of practice and building confidence through speaking. This is exactly how Rosetta Stone is structured to help you achieve your goals, at a significantly lower cost than classroom settings, and on your own time!

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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.

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