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Basic Tagalog for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogs (Tuttle Language Library) Paperback

ISBN-13: 067-6251819106 ISBN-10: 0804819106 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Series: Tuttle Language Library
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Reprint edition (October 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804819106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804819107
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I hope that the new and expanded edition of this book will further encourage both non-Tagalogs and non-Filipinos to speak the Tagalog language better. Only then shall they appreciate the individuality of the language that reflects the resilience and flexibility of Filipinos all around the world."—Yolanda Canseco Hernandez
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Paraluman Aspillera, author, teacher, and newspaper journalist, specialized in the teaching of English and Tagalog. She was director of the Institute of Filipino Language and Culture at Philippine Women's University and a professor of Pilipino and Philippine Literature at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of the Philippines. She wrote the popular daily column ôYour Tagalog Column,ö which appeared in the Manila Times, and authored many books and articles in both English and Tagalog. Mrs. Aspillera dedicated herself to promoting the national language and culture of her country through extensive travel in North America, Europe, and Asia, and served as executive secretary and director of the UNESCO-sponsored Akademya ng Wikang Pilipino.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I guess I'm a little bit spoiled by some excellent material in other Asian languages. This isn't the worst language book I've ever worked through (Speak Cantonese, Book II, by Huang, unquestionably takes that honor) but it is definitely substandard in several areas that a language learner of even average interest and motivation would find important. I give it two stars mostly because one-and-a-half, which would have been my first choice, was not offered as an option.
First, most of the exercises are of the "do it yourself" variety, where one starts with a word list and is told to make up sentences from there. Even when the book does give the reader sentences to translate, there is no key in the back that would give any idea of how close to a correct sentence one had come;
Second, there are a number of sentences in the book where words are used which are not defined, either in the lesson or in the glossary in back, a particularly serious sin of omission since Tagalog dictionaries are not thick on the ground;
Third, there are no conversations, just freestanding sentences and short narratives, so one is left with very little (if any) idea about how Tagalog is actually used;
Fourth, very little about the book is cumulative: each chapter treats a separate area of Tagalog grammar topically, and only rarely, do the later lessons build on earlier ones.
I would guess that when this book was written, it was aimed at an audience of people who had access to Tagalog speakers on a regular basis (e.g., Americans living in the Phillipines). For someone who has had to use the book as his primary Tagalog source material,(rather than as a support) it just doesn't make the grade.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Howard Trail (hnt007va@aol.com) on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
Well, I have family who speaks tagalog, and they wont teach me a thing, so I took it upon myself to learn the native language of my loved one, and now she is able to speak to me in simple phrases and I understand. I even know when her and her friends talk about me! This book is great to learn simple phrases and to expand your vocabulary of tagalog if you are also exposed to it often. Its just a great book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gary rowe on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought an edition of this book in 1993 after my first two visits to the Philippines.I picked it up almost every day,which is an unusual thing for me to do with a book,however because of the teachings and systematic way the book is set out it made for very enjoyable learning. Even more enjoyable than learning from the book,is getting to put what I have learned into practise during subsequent visits to the Philippines.The filipino people are quick to encourage someone who they can see has put in an effort to learn their language.This book makes that effort worthwhile !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Rule on June 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is strictly a reference text or something to be used by teachers in combination with other material. On no account use this as a self tuition text. But if you've got a good grounding in grammar and a good basic vocabulary there's no better place that I know of to go back and revise those pesky verbs. They're all there. And when you finally know enough, you can agree with your Filipino friends that some of the Tagalog in the texts is pretty strange. But good basic stuff nonrtheless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Parker on September 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
For the low price, this book is worthwhile even for beginners. however, the beginner should use this as a reference and jump into it once some foundations are grasped. And do the written exercises!

The ideal beginning book for me, "Beginning Tagalog; a course for speakers of English", is an audiolingual textbook from 1965 that I just happened to find gathering dust in my university library (no luck finding the original reel-to-reel tapes!). I wish I had Aspillera's book as a reference when I plowed through this textbook, as all the tourist phrasebooks are useless.

Though I had read "Basic Tagalog" cover-to-cover earlier this year, I put it in my backpack this summer, so that I could do some of the written exercises while living in the RP. I strongly recommend doing this, as it helps reinforce grammar. Also, speak out loud to yourself, and your understanding will also grow exponentially.

BTW, I met one westerner in Taiwan who learned Tagalog from the Aspillera book, and raved about it. Since he was quite fluent, I took this as evidence that language learning is what you make of it. Don't blame the books, just be thankful they are out there!

The subtitle of this book is "for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogs"; at the end of the summer my Visayan wife took this book home to Mindanao. She told me that the design of the book really is helpful to Pilipinos whose mothertongue is not Pilipino, despite the language training they get in school.

In sum, this book is very valuable for the serious learner of Tagalog, the basis of the official Pilipino language. Save your money by buying this instead of any of the tourist phrasebooks that might tempt you. Mabuhay!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By chris@foxinternet.net on December 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
If you ever want to learn Tagalog, then this book is probably the one you should be learning from. I'm a native Tagalog speaker myself, but I have used this book to brush up on my grammar. This book is pretty much straightforward and easy to understand. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's considering learning Tagalog.
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