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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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have not studied it much but so far I like the way the book is structuredPublished 14 months ago by Eric Estes
This is a helpful introduction to Tagalog (the language of the Philippines), yet it seems to presuppose a prior introduction to the language. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Joel Bjorling
This book would be very difficult if you do not know someone who already speaks tagalog or have another book handy for translations.Published on November 12, 2009 by Rawlins
This book is basically in the middle. If your first starting depending on your intelligence level and prior knowledge of the language you may be able to SLOWLY progress through the... Read morePublished on April 20, 2006 by Mr. Muh4kin ExQuire
When I first got the book I thought it was basic Tagalog, but it wasn't. This book is for people that know some Tagalog. It was very hard to use for learning the language. Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by Dee
Basic Tagalog for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogs By: Paraluman S. Aspillera
Tuttle Publishing, 1993, 235 pages
This book is a basic... Read more
WOW!I got this book back in 2003 and I dont recommend this book for begginers its very complex to understand I would rather get Beginning Tagalog: A Course for Speakers of... Read morePublished on January 7, 2006 by Kasanova
Lived and worked among the people in the Philippines in places as diverse as Metro Manila and Brookes Pointe, Palawan. Read morePublished on February 17, 2005 by Jacob A. Beeson
Thanks to this book, I'm now reasonably literate in a second language. I was stationed in the Philippines while in the U.S. Navy, and wish I'd had this book then. Read morePublished on July 21, 2000 by David Merriman