Learning Tagalog with NIU SEASITE

Harana ni Carlos V. Francisco 1957

TAGALOG is one of the major languages spoken in the Philippines, mostly by people from the Tagalog regions in the main island of Luzon.  It is the lingua franca in Metro Manila, the national capital region of the country.   It also serves as a base for Filipino, one of the two official languages of the Philippines (along with English).  Read this interesting essay on the metamorphosis of Filipino as national language.

The TAGALOG language has very strong affinity with Malay languages (Bahasa Indonesia/Malay).  However, due to more than 300 years of Spanish colonial rule over  the Philippines, the language has incorporated a significant number of Spanish words and expressions.  The language also includes words and phrases that are rooted in English and Chinese.

According to the 1990 and 2000 United States Census, TAGALOG is the second most commonly-spoken Asian language (after Chinese) in the United States, and the sixth non-English language spoken in America.  TAGALOG is the lingua franca of Filipinos anywhere in the world.  Most Southeast Asian scholars use TAGALOG as the tool for research in the Philippines.  It is also  the language of major works in literature and that of Philippine films and songs.

Our TAGALOG homepage is designed with both the beginning and intermediate students of Tagalog in mind. To make your study of the language both challenging and enjoyable, we have incorporated a number of learning activities to enhance your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Tagalog.