https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

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

1) It is estimated that more that 70 million people (L1 + L2) in the Philippines speak the language (Comrie, 2009). As the population of the country rises, the number of speakers will also rise.

2) Tagalog is the fourth most spoken language in the US as of 2009 (The 2012 Statistical Abstract - U.S. Census Bureau)

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3) A lot of Duolingo users know Spanish. Many Tagalog words are derived from Spanish. You will also notice that a lot of Filipinos have Spanish surnames.

4) It is a relatively easy language (in my opinion).

5) The modern Filipino alphabet is very similar to the English alphabet.

6) It is the lingua franca of the country and is understood by most Filipinos.

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7) Duolingo needs more Asian languages and VSO languages.

8) It would look good on your CV/resumé.

9) You will instantly become popular amongst native speakers if you can demonstrate your knowledge of Tagalog.

10) Like their neighbour Indonesia, the Philippines is considered an emerging market.

11) Alam ko na maraming Pinoy dito na pwedeng tumulong sa paggawa ng kurso :D

12) The Philippines is a beautiful country.

Banaue Rice Terraces (2008) - Uwe Aranas

Eastwood City Skyline - Vilson V. Venezuela

Manila Cathedral - Ricardo C. Eusebio

❤❤❤❤❤ Fuego - Br1xxxx

Grand Mosque of Cotabato - byrone29

Patapat Viaduct - Perry A. Dominguez

Cebu Taoist Temple - Adamdaley

A lagoon in El Nido, Palawan - nennnn


Ftr, I sent my application early this year :)

May 14, 2015

45 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1

That was thorough and great! The only thing you are missing, if I dare say, is a link to a clip of some music in Tagalog or someone speaking it. :)

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

Thanks for the suggestion! Adding one now :)

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1

That's super! Thank you! One quick follow up. It's been ages since I first heard Tagalog. Did I just imagine that it had a bit of "clicking" in it? I do remember hearing the Spanish words. I always remembered it sounding so interesting! :)

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

Do you mean like Xhosa clicking? If that kind of clicking, no. There's no clicking at all. :D But one challenge is pronuncing "ng" for foreigners.

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryzll

This reminds me of my Indian boss. We were teaching him how to pronounce ‘ng’, and since you have to sort of hold your breath when saying it, he said maybe he’d die from lack of oxygen before being fluent in Tagalog. Haha.

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1

Hi Erven.R, Oh, it has been ages since I heard it, but I had this distinct feeling there was some highly original sound I had not heard in another language. Upon listening to the lesson in the video the OP posted I don't hear any such thing. :) Perhaps it was a nasally sound and certain letters that I didn't quite pick up. I usually have a pretty good ear, but who knows. :) All I know is Tagalog would be great to learn. Man, everytime I think I'll be done with my studies here I think something new will show up to make me wanna stick around a bit longer! :)

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

Look up the songs "Ikaw" and "Bastat Kasama Kita" (Tagalog versions, not English versions. The Tagalog versions are better.)

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Kunstkritik

Great list. Makes me interested in Tagalog

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

Number 9 is definitely on point! And also, we make really good and catchy commercials. Here are some:

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/XD29
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These are cool!

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot

hahahaha. I know right!

July 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Oh my word, love the pictures!! This is weird, but I actually would LOVE to learn the Filipino language. It looks fun and maybe a bit of a challenge. :D

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

I would love a Tagalog course! It does look like a beautiful country and the language looks easy enough to learn. Close to English alphabet is also a nice bonus to the ease of learning. Sure hope it comes soon! Do you know Tagalog or are you still learning?

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

I was born in the Philippines but moved to Ireland at a young age. I grew up speaking Tagalog so as a result, I am fluent in Tagalog.

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

Well done! I genuinely believe this should be the next language to get to Duolingo, even though my favourite is Maltese. All things, especially popularity and resources, taken into account, it's got to be Tagalog next.

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Maybe what's missing is enough (good) applications in the incub? ;)

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

Can you define a "good" application?

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

It's to Duo staff to decide.
But I imagine being fluent in both languages is a minimum.

And in any case having enough applications doesn't mean that the course will be added right away. So it could be one reason.

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

Great, thanks for the response. :)

I do believe that the only thing that's keeping a course from being created is the decision of the Duo staff. I can easily find 5 to 10 willing and qualified potential contributors within the Duo community.

May 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HaroldGarry

I lived in Cebu City, Philippines in the 1980's. The root language there is Visaya, and the dialect spoken in Cebu is Cebuano. Since Magellan landed near Cebu on Lapu Lapu Island (and was killed there by King LapuLapu), and since the statue of the young child Jesus was captured by LapuLapu, the Spanish were determined to get it back, came back, and conquered the Philippines (which had a different name I don't know), and named it after King Philip of Spain, and owned and occupied the Philippines until the Spanish-American War came along, when the United States defeated Spain and took the Philippines as a "protectorate". Cebuano is said to be 65% Spanish. In the market the vendors count one to ten in Visaya, then in Spanish after that. A person who speaks Spanish can get along pretty well in the province (island), and someone who speaks both Spanish and English can do very well in Cebu City. In Zamboanga Province a very old Spanish is still spoken. In Luzon there is an area where many of the people still speak very, very old Spanish. I would like to see Visaya on Duolingo as well as Tagolog. But if you go to Cebu, take your Spanish with you!

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

Makasulti ka ba ug Binisaya?

Even in the Tagalog and Ilokano regions and particularly in marketplaces, a lot of people use the Spanish-derived number system.

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

Wherever you go, take your Spanish with you! In my mother tongue, which is called Hilidaynon, also has a lot of Spanish words [But I believe Hiligaynon has more than Cebuano]. For example: pierde - perde, rueda - ruyda, etc... For the Philippine history part [which I was really bad during 5th grade], I think that the Philippines used to be called like something lazarus, maybe Islas de San Lazarus or something like that. And also in Luzon, yeah, there are many old people who can speak Spanish. My grandfather speaks Spanish [he fought during the wars] but he passed away. And a lot of people in my island are really interested to speak Cebuano [probably because they are believed to be the most beautiful] that sometimes we imitate what they are saying.

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

Wow. Maraming salamat for the history lesson

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I have to complement you on excellent gif usage. I would definitely have a go at Tagalog.

May 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc

Normally I find all the pleading posts begging for lingots or for particular languages to be tedious and boring, but this was a very entertaining post, and with amusing illustrative photos!

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/polysaw

Thank you so much for making this post! I'm half filipino myself and I've always wanted to learn Tagalog, with half of my relatives being fluent. I would be overjoyed if it were to be made available on Duolingo! :)

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

My dad is Filipino, and ive been to Philippines. They have the "BEST BEACHES" in the whole WORLD way better than what ive experienced in HAWAII and MEXICO and BRAZIL. And the people are so funny.

I've Been studying their language little by little for about 5 years but it was way too unique too flexible. Its like a mixture of english, spanish, chinese and japanese and other asian languages.

In everything they say, it starts with the VERB!! Thats the trickiets part!!!

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

Yes, verbs are a bit challenging at first. Verbs in Tagalog are conjugated based on aspect rather than tense.

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/driftingarrow

Best pro-Filipino (Tagalog) post.

May 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dikong_4

indeed :)

August 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

Opo (yes)

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/KarmaWeasel

I haven't really been able to get any of my friends to join me in trying Duolingo but my friend has family in the Philippines she visits and I know I could get to join me if there was a Tagalog course! I've been wondering why there isn't one already actually... I vote YES!!

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Cahill3118

I have a friend who was born in the Philippines. He speaks fluent Tagalog, so it'd be neat for me to learn the language. That way, I could communicate with him in a foreign language he speaks.

May 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ganechiwech

Naks! May ganito palang namumuo rito sa Duolingo haha. Okay yan! I will gladly help out if this pushes through. Bentang benta ang list mo kapatid!

May 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

Maraming Pinoy dito at maraming users ang interasado sa Tagalog.

May 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ganechiwech

Nice to hear. Sana matuloy!

May 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Samantha_Minchew

I totally agree!!

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoDaisuki

I would love to learn Filipino, Thai, and Indonesian!

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph1496

I can SPEAK, applied to be a contributor for Spanish and English to Tagalog for almost 2 years now, still waiting on Duolingo. Why do you do this to me Duo? Why?!?!???

January 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lingogirl1234

Wow!

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielDayot

I know right! hahaha. I applied already for two times. I speak Bisaya and we also use "tomar" when drinking 'liquid' vitamins and supplements. hahaha

July 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/agentse7en

Nice list! Sana magkaroon na ng incubator para sa Tagalog.

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jenniferh918

I think this is a good idea. I grant you a lingot for your use of Dean Winchester.

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Whodathunkitz

For personal reasons, I'd prefer Bisaya / Binisaya / Cebuano first and Tagalog / Filipino second. But either on Duolingo would be great as I want to learn both. After Duterte's election as President of the Philippines, federalism and use of regional languages are more likely. Especially as Duterte's main language is Bisaya / Cebuano (I believe).

May 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

To help with Tagalog-for-English course

If you speak Tagalog and you want to help create a Tagalog course, please apply to become a contributor by following these steps. Maraming Salamat :)

(1) Click "Help" https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us

(2) Under the heading "Incubator" Click "How can I suggest a new language course?" https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204979660-How-can-I-suggest-a-new-language-course-

You will see these 2 paragraphs: "If you are bilingual and want to help teach others, you may also apply to contribute to a new course. Proposed language courses are considered when there are enough great candidates to build them and learners and testers to help improve them." - "We have a long list of courses we intend to release, and also monitor the forums and applications for new potential language directions. If you want to make a suggestion, we encourage you to visit the forums and making a search for suggestions that have been made in the past, and adding your vote and comments to those existing posts. That will make the request more popular and make it stand out more, encouraging more people to add their votes. :)"

(3) Click "apply to contribute" https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

(4) On that page, fill in the form: "Apply to become a Course Contributor" "Which course would you like to contribute to?" "Tagalog for English speakers"

I am learning Tagalog from lessons on YouTube, Google Translator, and from chatting with filipina friends. I wish Duolingo had a Tagalog course and a Visaya/Cebuano course, but currently they don't so I am learning on my own. Hopefully they will add those courses soon.

October 22, 2016
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