https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

Duo Goes to The Philippines

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THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF THE DUO GOES SERIES, WHICH WAS INGENIOUSLY CREATED BY STRAPSOPTION AS A PETITION FOR NEW LANGUAGES (WITHOUT BEING ANNOYING AND UNINFORMATIVE).

Filipino is the standard register of the Tagalog language, serving as the main lingua franca of the Philippines with more than 70 million L1 and L2 speakers. Filipino is generally understood and spoken by many in the Philippines. It is also one of the most widely spoken languages in the US.

The Philippines consists of more than 7000 islands. The divisions of the Philippines are the three island groups of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Luzon and Mindanao are named after their main islands of the same names, while the Visayas (the Visayan Islands) is an archipelago.

Duo was halfway through the "Filipino for English speakers tree" but decided to pay the Philippines a visit. Duo decided to visit the capital first.

<h1>Duo Goes to the Philippines</h1>

Intramuros

After landing in Manila, Duo decided to visit the oldest district in the capital, Intramuros. Duo enjoyed seeing the structures dating from the Spanish era.

Eastwood City

In order to prepare for the rest of the journey, Duo decided to shop in Eastwood city. Duo was enamoured by the beautiful city lights and the wide variety of restaurants and shops.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Duo decided to head to Northern Luzon. The further Duo headed north, the more Duo realised that people generally tend to speak Ilocano more. Upon reaching the Banaue Rice Terraces, Duo became exposed to Ifugao. Duo was still able to communicate with most of the locals in Tagalog.

El Nido, Palawan

On Duo's way to Visayas, Duo decided to stop by El Nido, Palawan where Duo had the opportunity to relax for a bit and appreciate the view. Duo had the opportunity to watch fireflies (alitaptap) at night.

Basilica del Santo Niño

Duo flew to Cebu city and quickly fell in love with the city. A visit to the oldest city in the city is not complete without visiting the Basilica del Santo Niño.

Chocolate Hills

Duo stopped by Bohol's Chocolate hills on the way to Mindanao. The sight of the chocolate-like hills made Duo hungry. Luckily, Duo bought lots of Choc-Nut in Eastwood city!

People's Park, Davao

Davao was the last city that Duo visited. Duo had a relaxing stroll through the People's Park.

Bahurang Tubbataha

The Philippines is within the coral triangle. No visit to the Philippines is complete without diving and seeing marine life. Duo returned to Palawan and made a lot of friends while underwater! (and had the opportunity to watch fireflies at night again!)

Duo returns home

Unfortunately, Duo had to go back home. Duo intends to go back to the Philippines to see other places such as Vigan City, Mount Mayon, Mount Apo, and the Dumaguete Belfry. In order to prepare for the return trip, Duo decided to complete the Filipino for English speakers tree.

Duo also decided to search for Hiligaynon for English speakers, Cebuano for English speakers, and Ilocano for English speakers course volunteers.

Related thread:

Twelve Reasons Why Duolingo should add Filipino (Tagalog) for English speakers

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Wow, the water is so incredibly clear! I loved Duo's little mask and snorkel :) It's good to see another "Duo Goes" post. Well done, and thank you!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne
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I would love it! That Tagolog tree in this thread is driving me crazy! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XD29
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I know, me too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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And what about Tagalog for Spanish speakers? Tagalog has lots of loans from Spanish and could be easier to learn it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin
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Absolutely.

Although purely Tagalog words exist (Pangulo/Presidente, Paaralan/Eskwelahan) etc, the loan words are sometimes used more in speech. Spanish-speakers would be at an advantage when picking up vocabulary. Although some verbs such as kanta and intindi are derived from Spanish, Filipino verbs are difficult in my view and I think many would find this area difficult particularly if their native language is not very similar to Filipino.

Filipino uses lots of affixes and a verb like intindi can become long (nagkakaintindihan, iniintindi, naiintindihan)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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So interesting. Thanks for the information!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oldie2015
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"Basilica del Santo Niño

Duo flew to Cebu city and quickly fell in love with the city. A visit to the oldest city in the city is not complete without visiting the Basilica del Santo Niño."

Thank you for this. Love the pic of the Basilica. However, the bell tower fell during the 7.2 earthquake in 2013 October, and has not been repaired yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R
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I LOVED THIS!!! I'm glad you brought up Hiligaynon - my first language!!! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlyfoote2.0

taga diin ka?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lexi_Paloma
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Beautiful pictures! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sjodni
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Fun to see another Duo goes post again! I was never really interested in the Philippines before, but this is really cool! Thank you for making this!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Machinealee

looks like duo the owl is having too much fun... haha lol.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ilovejs

Lovely images! I haven't seen these Duo goes to posts in ages!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ukelindo
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3 months ago na pala 'to. Kakabasa ko lang nito ngayon at grabe! Sobrang nagustuhan ko po 'to. :) There would've been more beautiful places to see but I think the limit is too small for that. Sana rin magkaroon na ng Filipino for English speakers sa incubator because I'm willing to be a contributor. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline

Beautiful pictures. Scuba diving and a boat ride around El Nido sound like great fun.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Lovely to see the return of Duo Goes for the new year :D

3 years ago

[deactivated user]

    Are you making more, or just philipinese id love to do one for croatia!

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin
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    StrapsOption came up with this idea and will guide you through the Duo goes to X series

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    https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje
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    Da li govoriš hrvatski?

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    https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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    Maganda. For those who don't know, I was originally going to do Duo goes to Philippines, but I had no time. I could not have done it better than this. Everyone please support the Tagalog cause!

    Also big thanks to Zzzzz... for re-kickstarting the series and helping to coordinate the projects.

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin
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    I'm glad to see the Duo goes to series back in the forums :)

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    https://www.duolingo.com/gcabildo
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    Yes, there should be a Tagalog for English speakers, so that those that want to visit can get around and socialize in the official language.

    And as the tourism tagline goes: "It's more fun in the Philippines"

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    https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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    I want to go to the Philippines now!

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    https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasOKane
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    I agree Duolingo should add Tagalog for English speakers

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    https://www.duolingo.com/XD29
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    Beautiful country! I really hope a Filipino course will be added (and released) soon! And then eventually a Cebuano course, too!

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Redelll
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    Wow! Filipino for English speaker? I'm astonished. And Ilocano for English speakers too! But Ilocano is just a spoken dialect as far as I know. Anyway, It's awesome!

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/osiris_isis

    Strictly speaking Ilocano, Tagalog, Cebuano etc are all different languages. They are incorrectly referred to as dialects by many mainly because of the wrong terminology used by the Americans who were involved in the Philippines' educational system at the time. The mistake still persists today.

    Filipino is, in essence, the standardised Manila dialect of Tagalog. Other dialects of Tagalog exist like the Batangas dialect and the Marinduqueño dialect.

    Other Filipino languages also have dialects of their own eg. Northern Ilocano, Southern Ilocano, Hawaiian Ilocano.

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/CARicePuff

    The fault now mainly lies on the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. It's been decades since the Americans have been directly involved in Philippine education.

    The Philippine government cannot even make up its mind if it wants to call Tagalog Pilipino or Filipino.

    Also, I have heard that it was in the 1970s when they really removed the "foreign letters" like c, j, f, v, etc for the sake of "false" nationalism.

    It is a common misconception that all Philippine languages do not have p,f,v,x, sounds. Pangasinan and some dialects of Ilocano (primarly the ones spoken in the Cordilleras) have the "schwa" sound. Ibaloi has the sh, v, f, j sounds. Bontok language is notorious for having the f sound (in some cases "b" becomes "f" (sometimes, it becomes a source of humor). Bontocs sometimes call themselves "Ifontok".

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/coconutpills

    My heart raced for a minute when I saw that Filipino/Tagalog tree! I am loving using Duolingo for German and once I'm done, Tagalog is next on my list, it would be fantastic if Duolingo would add one.

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Youda1981

    I'm excited about Tagalog. It's an amazing language.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zeox100003

    11 months ago, but I can´t find Filipino for English speakers in the incubator. Is this fake?

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    https://www.duolingo.com/JonathanHo294733

    Pure Dissapointment

    9 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Michael871146

    Can I add taglong as a course?

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/nikosei
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    Cebuano native here from southern Philippines. Would love to contribute for the Cebuano course. Cebuano is the second most understood language in the Philippines but on the other hand it is the most regularly spoken language as it has the largest number of native speakers in the entire country. It is the common language of the 2 out of Philippines 3 main regions - the Visayas and Mindanao.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jacquie789569

    Omg I would love to see Cebuano for English speakers. My mother never taught me her language and I hate when I visit that I don’t understand what my family is saying :(

    8 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/rina.miya

    Cebuano and Tagalog would be great!! Let's make it happen!

    4 weeks ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/MoonstarVeraCruz

    This is exciting! Are Filipino and Cebuano languages still coming to Duolingo? I used to live in Cebu and my husband's family speaks Tagalog and Ilocano, and I would love to join in the conversation and be able to converse in the local dialects when we go back to the Philippines. When will these be available to language learners?

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    https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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    Wow. I didn't know Duo went to the Philippines 11 months ago. I almost went there myself at the same time but I had to cancel last minute

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/CARicePuff

    Very good. Quite excited about this. Makes me curious how self-learning non-speakers would respond to the Tagalog verbs and focus (binasa vs nagbasa). They're VERY UNLIKE European verbs, and Tagalog conjugations can practically change the meaning of the entire word. E.g. Aklat(book), Aklatan(library)

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Anthony7476

    I lived in Davao City, hiked up Mt. Apo. good times!

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    I am looking forward to this, and would be very glad if I can able to contribute on building of this course. Filipino language is somewhat dying in my country because most Filipino's are high inclined to English and its combination (Taglish), though it is not bad to be a bilingual country but somehow trying to communicate with the people in pure Filipino language would be label you as an old-fashioned individual.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlyfoote2.0

    Can I download the Tagalog course?? I would also LOVE to help with the Hilgaynon course, I am fluent in Hilgaynon and lived in Bacolod philippines for 2 years

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/kruegertw

    Is there anything happening on a Filipino for English speakers course? I know a little bit of Tagalog and would love to learn more. There are SO MANY people out there who are fluent in both, and Filipino is so widely spoken, it seems like it should be easy. I wish I were fluent so I could help!

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    https://www.duolingo.com/EarlyPearled8
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    WOW! Just WOW! Napakagaling naman!

    11 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JonathanHo294733

    Is it in BETA yet , please i'm impatient. :-)

    9 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Vranz
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    OMG im thrilled for Filipino course since Im a Filipino XD

    8 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyT345

    Great post! I would pay the premium subscription if they introduced tagalog on duolingo.

    7 months ago
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