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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louie4825

Filipino Grammar from a Foreigner's View

First of all, don't call me offensive. "Foreigner" as "non-native Filipino speaker."

I am quite new on Duolingo but I already speak 2 languages. The other one is Filipino. I want to know your point of view as a non-native speaker of Filipino on the grammar or vocabulary (or both!). I think that even for native speakers the grammar is hard so I wish to know your opinions. Correct my English if you want. I'm not a native speaker.

August 27, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skyflakes95

I'm learning with books, memrise, and the help of family (my mother and her side of the family are from Cebu but I'm half American and I grew up in the US).

For me the grammar is challenging because it's quite the opposite of what I'm used to as a native English speaker who mainly studies Spanish. The order of words in sentences and verb conjugations are very different from what I'm used to.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louie4825

That is what most learners say. The SVO word order is usually reserved for formal settings. The VSO word order is informal. Good luck with your studies! At least you have native speakers to help you! ☺


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Which Tagalog courses do you recommend at Memrise?

The Hacking Tagalog looks abandoned. I was considering those by JohntheFinn.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louie4825

I'm sorry, but I do not use Memrise. Maybe I can check in a while, but for now, just search on forums or on Google. I'm sure someone can answer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skyflakes95

I've just been working through the courses as they appear on the search in Memrise. I'm not so concerned about vocabulary because my mother has always spoken to me in English sentences with Tagalog words and phrases scattered around. I mainly use it because it's an easy way to keep a record that I've been practicing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Thanks for responding. I am just dabbling at the moment. I have heard the last couple of levels of Hacking Tagalog have errors, so I will do until then. Also, I have seen there are some decks on Tinycards.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keith12280

It's amazing you're putting the effort in to study the language because many Filipinos born overseas don't even bother. Good luck with your studies!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvelynOlson0

There is no Filipino course on Duolingo, so I doubt you'll get any answers.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louie4825

Even if there is not a course on Duolingo, I know that some people who are using Duolingo should be learning Filipino. I expect them to be Filipino-American though or another mix. I would appreciate pure non-native replies as well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keith12280

I wish there was a Duolingo course for Tagalog! I would readily help develop it if I could.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joe733089

Which one ? It varies depending on what part it's coming from


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louie4825

Standard Filipino or the Manila Tagalog Dialect.

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