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During the period from February 2020 through May 2020, I conducted a complete revision to the twenty-eight (28) lists of resources which I had posted on the LLORG during the previous three-year period. As revising these types of documents directly on the LLORG in the “Edit Mode” is fraught with difficulties, I removed their contents from the LLORG, stored them on my computer, and completed the revisions. During the revision process an event occurred which prevented me from reposting the contents to their original files and, as a contingency measure, I have posted them here on the HTLAL in the anticipation that either the Administrator or the Moderators of the LLORG will copy/paste them to the LLORG. - Speakeasy


The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeast, Palau to the east, Indonesia to the south, Malaysia and Brunei to the southwest, Vietnam to the west, and China to the northwest.

Languages of the Philippines
There are some 120 to 187 languages spoken in the Philippines, depending on the method of classification.[4][5][6] Almost all are Malayo-Polynesian languages native to the archipelago. A number of Spanish-influenced creole varieties generally called Chavacano are also spoken in certain communities. The 1987 constitution designates Filipino, a standardized version of Tagalog, as the national language and an official language along with English. Filipino is regulated by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and therefore serves as a lingua franca used by Filipinos of various ethnolinguistic backgrounds. The also provides for the use of the vernacular languages as official auxiliary languages in provinces where Filipino is not the lingua franca. There are four indigenous languages with approximately 9 million or more native speakers: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, and Hiligaynon. Source: Wikipedia

Filipino Language
Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. Filipino is also designated, along with English, as an official language of the country. It is a standardized variety of the Tagalog language, an Austronesian regional language that is widely spoken in the Philippines. As of 2007, Tagalog is the first language of 28 million people, or about one-third of the Philippine population, while 45 million speak Tagalog as their second language. Tagalog is among the 185 languages of the Philippines identified in the Ethnologue. Officially, Filipino is defined by the Commission on the Filipino Language (Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino in Filipino, or simply KWF, as "the native dialect, spoken and written, in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region, and in other urban centers of the archipelago." Filipino is officially taken to be a pluricentric language, as it is further enriched and developed by the other existing Philippine languages according to the mandate of the 1987 Constitution. Indeed, there have been observed "emerging varieties of Filipino which deviate from the grammatical properties of Tagalog" in Cebu, Davao City, and Iloilo which together with Metro Manila form the four largest metropolitan areas in the Philippines. – Source: Wikipedia

Tagalog Language
Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by the majority. Its standardized form, officially named Filipino, is the national language of the Philippines, and is one of two official languages alongside English. It is related to other Philippine languages, such as the Bikol languages, Ilocano, the Visayan languages, Kapampangan, and Pangasinan, and more distantly to other Austronesian languages, such as the Formosan languages of Taiwan, Malay (Malaysian and Indonesian), Hawaiian, Māori, and Malagasy. – Source: Wikipedia
Further Reading

Tagalog: A Brief Look at a National Language (1998) by Carl Rubino - Australian National University
An article about the history of Tagalog, its grammar and its relationship to other Philippine languages.

Filipino/Tagalog Courses, Supplements, etc.

Beginning Tagalog / Spoken Tagalog (1960s), by J. Donald Bowen.     
(1) Beginning Tagalog: A Course for Speakers of English (1965), 542 pages; University of California Press
(2) Spoken Tagalog (1982), 542 pages; Spoken Language Services Inc. (SLS)
Introduction to spoken Tagalog. Audio-lingual method. Six (6) AUDIO cassettes. Second volume, Intermediate Reader, completed the course (listed in the contemporary section, below). Spoken Language Services' “Spoken Tagalog (1982)” was likely a reprint of “Beginning Tagalog (1965)”. Amazon customer reviews quite positive.

DLI Tagalog/Filipino Basic Course (1960s – 1970s)
DLI Headstart for the Philippines (1985), 331 pages
Language familiarization course. CEFR A0. Nine (9) hours of AUDIO recordings.

FSI Tagalog/Filipino Basic Course (1960s – 1970s) – NONE

Linguaphone Filipino /Tagalog Course (1950s - 1970s) – NONE

Tagalog courses (1980s) by Teresita V. Ramos; published by University of Hawaii Press
Since the 1960s, Teresita V. Ramos has authored, or co-authored, numerous courses for the study of Tagalog. The list below includes some of her works from the 1980s which are still available and which, despite their age, are still quite contemporary. Introductory to the intermediate level.
(1) Conversational Tagalog: a Functional-Situational Approach (1985), 360 pages.
(2) Tagalog Structures (1981), 192 pages.
(3) Handbook of Tagalog Verbs: Inflection, Modes and Aspects (1986), 320 pages.
(4) Tagalog for Beginners (1971), 863 pages.
(5) Intermediate Tagalog: Developing Cultural Awareness through Language (1982)
(6) Modern Tagalog: Grammatical Explanations and Exercises for Non-native Speakers (1990)


Filipino/Tagalog Courses, Supplements, etc.

Assimil Le Tagalog/Filipino – NONE

Colloquial Filipino – NEVER RELEASED?     
Colloquial Filipino (2017), 224 pages, by Cynthia Aban; Routledge
Colloquial Filipino: AUDIO Recordings - Routledge website
The listing for “Colloquial Filipino” is likely an instance where the course was commissioned, the ISBN was reserved, but the project was subsequently abandoned.
Complete Filipino (Tagalog) (3rd ed., 2011) 400 pages, by Corazon Castle et al.; Teach Yourself Books
Staple CEFR A1 course. Most Amazon customer reviews positive; a few dissenting voices expressed dissatisfaction over the fast cadence of the native speaker’s delivery on the audio recordings.

DLI Filipino Basic (1997) 745 pages
Contemporary introductory course. For classroom use. Presumably, AUDIO recordings were prepared; unfortunately, these are NOT hosted on Yojik or Live Lingua websites.

Collection of graded exercise sets for supplemental practice (reading, aural, occasionally videos). Free access.

DLI Headstart2 Tagalog (circa 2000)
Familiarization language course. First half, civilian oriented. Second half, mission oriented. CEFR A0+

DLI Filipino Tagalog Special Forces (1990s), 2,524 pages
Contemporary course: introductory through intermediate. For classroom instruction. Presumably, AUDIO recordings were prepared; unfortunately, these are NOT hosted on Yojik website.

Elementary Tagalog: Tara, Mag-Tagalog Tayo! Come On, Let's Speak Tagalog! (2015), 416 pages.
Elementary Tagalog Workbook: Tara, Mag-Tagalog Tayo! Come On, Let's Speak Tagalog! (2015), 176 pages
By Jiedson R. Domigpe and Nenita Pambid Domingo, published by Tuttle Publishing. Presents the spoken language through a series of graded dialogues and exercises. Accompanied by an MP3 AUDIO CD of unspecified duration. Level upon completion probably CEFR A1-A2. Most Amazon customer reviews positive; a few dissenting voices (possibly from inexperienced language-learners).

Filipino Tapestry: Tagalog Language Through Culture (2012), 316 pages, by Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail; University of Wisconsin Press
Filipino Tapestry Audio Supplement (CD)
Introduction to spoken Tagalog. Probably for classroom use. Includes an AUDIO CD. No Amazon reviews.

Glossika Tagalog – Proposed - NOT YET RELEASED
Circa 2018: announcement of prospective expansion of languages. Tagalog materials not yet available.

Learn Filipino : Book One (2004), 384 pages
Learn Filipino : Book Two (2008), 384 pages
By Victor Eclar Romero, published by Magsimba Press. Seems to be Introductory to Intermediate. CEFR A2-B1. No mention of audio recordings. Only a few Amazon customer reviews: mixed.

Learn Tagalog Now (direct sales); Philippines U.S.A.
Downloadable courses (PDFs, MP3s) for self-instruction: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano. Very difficult to anticipate the worthiness of these materials.

Learning Tagalog: Fluency Made Fast and Easy (2nd ed., 2013), 1354 pages, by Frederik de Vos, Fiona de Vos; Learning Tagalog
Imposing and apparently very comprehensive seven-volume course: dialogues, narratives and exercises. Seven (7) AUDIO CDs or MP3 downloads, proposes to introduce students to the basics of spoken Tagalog through   To date, only one Amazon customer review: quite positive.

LinguaShop Tagalog (direct sales)
Self-instruction. Possibly CEFR A2-B1. Direct sales. Impossible to evaluate without purchasing.

Living Language Spoken World Tagalog (2007), 272 pages
Self-instruction. Same approach to teaching as this publisher’s “Ultimate” series. CEFR A2-B1. Six (6) AUDIO CDs. Amazon customer reviews quite solid. Out-of-print; copies can still be found on the internet.

National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) Tagalog files - University of Maryland
Collection of graded exercise sets for supplemental practice (reading, aural, occasionally videos). Similar to DLI GLOSS. Access: US$ 5.00 monthly subscription.

Northern Illinois University: Tagalog
(1) Beginning Tagalog 1 & 2, (free, online) - Northern Illinois University
(2) Intermediate Tagalog (free, online) - Northern Illinois University
Beginners to Intermediate. Probably intended for classroom use. Includes AUDIO recordings.

Parlons Tagalog: Une langue des Philippines (1999), 390 pages, by Marina Pottier-Quirolgico - Éditions L'Harmattan
Available in FRENCH only. No mention of audio recordings. Does not seem to be a course in spoken Tagalog; rather, a dissertation on the structure of the language, the people, their culture.

Pilipino through Self-Instruction (1991), 1,465 pages total, by John U. Wolff et al.; Cornell University
Introductory to Intermediate. Self-instruction. Ample AUDIO recordings. Editor's description implies audio-lingual method: "Volume 4 includes a complete answer key to the set and a glossary. To order accompanying audiocassette tapes for this book, contact the Language Resource Center at Cornell University (”
Pilipino through Self-Instruction, Part 1, 337 pages      
Pilipino through Self-Instruction, Part 2, 384 pages
Pilipino through Self-Instruction, Part 3, 436 pages
Pilipino through Self-Instruction, Part 4, 308 pages

Pimsleur Tagalog I, II – Simon & Schuster

Tagalog Courses by Joi Barrios
(1) Easy Tagalog Learn to Speak Tagalog Quickly (2015), 224 pages
(2) Tagalog for Beginners (2011), 384 pages
(3) Intermediate Tagalog (2015), 288 pages
By Joi Barrios, published by Tuttle Publishing. Probably CEFR A2-B1. Books include MP3 AUDIO files. Amazon customer reviews quite positive.

Tagalog 1: Konversationskurs für Anfänger (2012), 137 pages
Tagalog 2: Lese- und Schreibkurs für Anfänger (2013), 137 pages
Tagalog 3: Arbeitswelt und Alltag auf den Philippinen (2014), 148 pages     
Available in German only. By Rey Agana, published by Regiospectra Verlag. Titles and editor’s description imply a complete programme: spoken and written language. No mention of audio recordings.

U.S. Peace Corps Tagalog Courses (1990s), by Paz B. Meman of the Peace Corps’ Manilla office
PDF files are available on Yojik and Live Lingua websites. The ABSENCE of AUDIO recordings, coupled with the availability of more contemporary materials, renders these courses of little value in today’s context.
(1) Tagalog Language Packet (1990), 367 pages
Essentially a language guide, the student was expected to develop the ability of using the appropriate phrase from a long list of suggestions, classified by theme.      
(2) Tagalog with Humour: Language and Culture Through Cartoons (1992), 172 pages
A basic conversational course comprising 140 brief lessons based on cartoons drawn from a Philippines newspaper, each set representing situations from daily life and inter-personal relationships.
(3) Tagalog Language Correspondence Course (1994), 366 pages
Designed for self-instruction, the purpose of this course was to provide students with the ability to express their basic needs in predictable situations drawn from everyday life.

Filipino/Tagalog Phrasebooks, Language Guides, etc.
The items listed below are but a sample of the numerous phrasebooks and language guides available for this language.

Basic Tagalog for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogs: (MP3 Downloadable Audio Included) (2nd ed., 2014), 240 pages, by Paraluman S. Aspillera; Tuttle Publishing
Probably CEFR A0+. Generally speaking, well-received by Amazon customers. Dissenters seemed either to lack experience or they expressed problems with the Kindle version.

Berlitz Phrase Book & Dictionary Filipino (2nd ed., 2019), 224 pages; Berlitz Language

DLI Tagalog Language Survival Kit
Downloadable PDF phrase lists and MP3 recordings comparable to commercially-prepared concise phrasebooks.

Essential Tagalog: Speak Tagalog with Confidence (Tagalog Phrasebook) (2014), 192 pages, by Renato Perdon; Tuttle Publishing

Kauderwelsch Tagalog / Filipino, by Flor Hanewald et al.; Reise Know-How Verlag
Kauderwelsch Sprachführer Tagalog / Filipino - Wort für Wort (13th ed., 2016), 144 pages
Kauderwelsch AusspracheTraine: AUDIO recordings
Available in German only. Phrasebook and AUDIO recordings (extracts only). Sold separately.

Le Tagalog de Poche (Philippines) - Guide de conversation, (1997), 104 pages, by Flor Hanewal et al; Assimil
Available in FRENCH only. Phrasebook without audio recordings. Only two Amazon customer reviews for this work; one very positive, the other deplores numerous errors which the editors evidently overlooked.

Lonely Planet Filipino Tagalog Phrasebook & Dictionary (5th ed., 2014), 260 pages; Lonely Planet

Pilipino-English/English-Pilipino (Tagalog) Dictionary and Phrasebook (1996), 186 pages, by Raymond P. Barrager et al.; Hippocrene Books

Speak Tagalog: A Basic Primer (2015), 122 pages, by Juanita de Guzman Gutierrez; Outskirts Press

Tagalog für Anfänger (2005), 140 pages, by L Bugayong; Books on Demand GmbH
Available in German only. Rather lightweight. No mention of audio recordings. Included here principally because one reviewer of “Parlons Tagalog” recommended it as an alternative.

U.S. Army Special Forces 200-Hour Tagalog Familiarization Course
Emphasis on basic communication needs. The “200 hours” refers to contact time in the classroom. Materials themselves evoke a language guide. In self-study, CEFR A0 upon completion.

Filipino/Tagalog Grammars, Verbs, etc.
The items listed below are a sample of the grammars available for this language.

Baybayin, the Syllabic Alphabet of the Tagalogs (2019) 240 pages, by Jean-Paul G. Potet; Lulu

Essential Tagalog Grammar: A Reference for Learners of Tagalog (2011), 464 pages, by Fiona De Vos; Learning Tagalog
From the editor: “This comprehensive and user-friendly grammar also provides accurate definitions and translations, pronunciation marks (all long vowels and glottal stops are indicated throughout the book), extensive cross-referencing and a comprehensive index. FREE AUDIO recordings of the examples in the chapter on pronunciation can be downloaded from” Amazon customer rReviews are consistently very positive. Endorsed by forum member "leosmith".

Language Tools – Tagalog Grammar
NOTE: This is a link to an on-going discussion thread.
In November 2019, on the LLORG, leosmith wrote:
Dear Tagalog learners, I am pleased to announce Tagalog Grammar Lite, a new free Tagalog Grammar course available now at Language Tools. It can be found here: Language Tools (If you are a Language Tools member learning Tagalog, the link to the book will show up on your dashboard too) …
Modern Tagalog: Grammatical Explanations and Exercises for Non-native Speakers (1990),184 pages, Teresita V. Ramos et al.;University of Hawaii Press

Grande grammaire du tagal / philippin (French Edition) (2019) 732 pages, by Jean-Paul G. Potet; Lulu
Available in FRENCH only. Curiously, despite its date of pubication, Amazon lists this work as out-of-print. Interested parties may wish to communicate with the publisher.

Phrase Structure and Grammatical Relations in Tagalog (1992), 258 pages, by Paul Kroeger; Center for the Study of Language and Information

Tagalog Structures (1981), 192 pages, by Teresita V. Ramos; University of Hawaii Press

The Tagalog language: A comprehensive grammatical treatise adapted to self-instruction (1902, 1909, 2014), 590 pages, by Constantino Lendoyro; Several publishers
I make mention of this legacy course in Tagalog NOT as a recommended source for study, but because reprints of the original, including a Kindle version, have been cropping up on the internet. While I have no doubt as to the treatise’s validity at the beginning of the 20th century, I suspect that the work is not relevant in today’s context. Caveat emptor.


Handbook of Tagalog Verbs: Inflection, Modes, and Aspects (1986), 320 pages, by Teresita V. Ramos; University of Hawaii Press

Tagalog Conjugations: A Reference Guide (2nd ed., 2012), 78 pages, by Brad Lowe et al.; Independently published

Tagalog Verb Dictionary (2011), 182 pages, by Michael C. Hawkins et al.; Northern Illinois University Press

Filipino/Tagalog Dictionaries, etc.
The items listed below are but a sample of the many dictionaries available for this language.

Concise Tagalog Dictionary: Tagalog-English English-Tagalog (2017), 608 pages, by Joi Barrios et al.; Tuttle Publishing

Pocket Tagalog Dictionary: Tagalog-English English-Tagalog (2005), 96 pages, by Renato Perdon; Periplus Editions

Tagalog Borrowings and Cognates (2019), 376 pages, by Jean-Paul G. Potet; Lulu

Tagalog-English/English-Tagalog Standard Dictionary (2002), 424 pages, by Carl Rubino et al.; Hippocrene Books

Filipino/Tagalog Readers, Literature, etc.

Children’s Books: Let's Read: Asia's Free Digital Library for Children

Filipiniana Bibliography (2019), 408 pages, by Jean-Paul G. Potet; Lulu

Histoires en philippin (2019) 248 pages, by Jean-Paul G. Potet; Lulu
Short texts in FILIPINO accompanied by translations in FRENCH.

Intermediate Readings in Tagalog (1968) 416 pages, by J. Donald Bowen; University of California Press
This appears to have been a supplement to the author’s “Beginning Tagalog” course of the same period.

Loyal Books - Tagalog

Project Gutenberg - Tagalog

Filipino/Tagalog Culture, Society, History, etc.     

Ancient Beliefs and Customs of the Tagalogs (2019), 652 pages, by Jean-Paul G. Potet; Lulu
Filipino/Tagalog Miscellany

Please feel at liberty to post your own recommendations and/or comments and I’ll see what I can do about incorporating them into the lists above.

Visitors to this file are encouraged to review the subsequent comments, posted below, as they include members’ suggestions concerning materials and forms a running commentary on resources for the study of this language.

Completely revised: April 2020

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