Despite the fact that I’m Filipino-American, the only language I know fluently is English. Not knowing any Filipino dialect (and there are a lot) is one of my biggest regrets and I wish that when I was younger, I had pushed my parents harder to learn from them instead of accepting them only speaking English to me while I was growing up.
Now that I’m older, I’m trying to change that. I feel like it’s a great disservice to myself to be monolingual, but it’s hard to learn Tagalog on my own. I’ve tried over the years to learn from books to no avail.
One day, my friend was telling me how she was using Duolingo to learn German for free. She said how much the flashcards helped her and she was enjoying herself. That inspired me and I love free, so I looked on Duolingo for Tagalog, hoping it was there.
Sadly, it wasn’t. In fact, the only Asian language course listed on Duolingo was Vietnamese.
I wasn’t going to give up however so I looked for a similar site to Duolingo that had Tagalog on it. It didn’t take long for me to find Memrise.
Hurrah, Tagalog was on Memrise! It wasn’t as extensive as Spanish for its flashcard sets, but really, most languages aren’t. I was just thankful I had something I could work with.
I chose the Basic Tagalog flashcard set to start with. The description for the set was:
Basic nouns and adjectives. Adjectival sentences. Subject pronouns. Possessive adjectives. Demonstrative pronouns/adjectives. Colors. Negation. Plural marker ‘mga’. Absolutive case markers ‘ang’, ‘sin’ and ‘sina’.
The thing I like about Memrise is that it prompts me to review previous words/sentences that I’ve learned. There’s also a mix of multiple choice and fill in the blank when I’m being quizzed.
There is also a streak counter that counts how many days in a row I’ve been practicing. I am currently a at 14 day streak. To set my daily goal, I could choose between 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes. I chose 5 minutes even though I go back to review words frequently throughout the day.
We’ll see how well this helps me to become fluent in Tagalog and I am hoping that it works. The more words I know, the more I will be able to understand people talking to me or around me. My goal is to be able to hold a conversation with someone.
Are you trying to learn a language? How is it going?