Anyone else trying to learn Tagalog? Anyone completed the 625 basic word list?

Hello, I am a native English speaker trying to learn Tagalog. I was hoping to find others trying to learn this language as well. I am trying to complete the 625 basic word list but it's proving to be difficult. There are many English words, take actor for instance, that have 3 Tagalog equivalents. I know I read on the forum that the 625 words list should take 20-30 minutes but I am still only on the letter A... I am also trying to learn grammar and I am a bit confounded by the actor and object focus grammar rules in Tagalog. There are a lot of resources online for learning Tagalog, perhaps I lack focus but I really want to be fluent as soon as possible. I was just hoping to meet fellow learners and share information and maybe even some anki flashcards! Happy Learning to everyone!

* Originally posted by PopVe44.

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  • @PopVe44: the goal of the 625 stage is just to get a decent number of simple words into your vocabulary. As such, it's not extremely important to get the perfect word into your head. So the faster you can just pick one translation (even if it's almost at random), the better. Two ways to speed it up: get a smaller dictionary. Phrasebook dictionaries (they have ~2000 words or so) tend to have very few translations for each English word, so you can use them much faster. (And they'll be missing some words. Not a problem; just skip those). Alternatively, you may be able to find someone on Fiverr.com to translate the whole thing for you for $5-10.

    If you're still on the 625 phase, I'd hold off on grammar for a moment. It's going to be easier to handle when you can recognize most of the words in each sentence so that you can focus on the grammar directly, rather than trying to handle vocab and grammar all at once. (That being said, if folks have suggestions or clarifications on Tagalog grammar, do post 'em here!)

    * Originally posted by Gabriel Wyner.
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  • Hey all, I'm optimistically reviving this thread!

    I just started FF-ing with Tagalog this week. I have my own 625 list derived from the Rubino/Hippocrene dictionary and the Lonely Planet phrasebook, but I'm also having full translations done on Fiverr.com and by one of my Filipino friends (I'm currently residing in SE Asia, hence my interest in the language).

    My game plan is to cross-reference/compare these three lists and then begin flashcard creation. Forvo.com seems to be somewhat lacking in Tagalog (compared to the other languages I've used it for), so I have several friends that are willing to make recordings to fill in any gaps for my Anki deck, should the need arise.

    I'm also working on my own Assimil-style set of texts/audio for initial pronunciation development and shadowing practice. I haven't had much luck with minimal pairs yet, but I've only just begun the process, so hopefully I'll be able to address that ASAP.

    I'd be glad to collaborate and share resources with anyone else who is interested! I'll keep this thread updated as the week/project progresses.

    Salamat!
    Tyler

    * Originally posted by Tyler.
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  • I'm learning Tagalog using the FF method. I think this method will really help me because using Anki and the 650 list is such a good way to learn. I will also be using the new sentence recorder web page soon and I think that will really help because I'll be able to review personal sentences on Anki.

    Anyone else learning Tagalog? Let me know and we can share resources.


    * Originally posted by kevtch.
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  • I'm going to start in late October after I finish an exam for which I'm currently studying. Would it be okay to take my 625 FF Italian list and use the words there and try to find the translations in Tagalog? The reason I ask is that they are already in thematic groups so I won't have to create my own. Kevtch, did you create your own list?

    * Originally posted by jensoccorsi.
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  • Hi jensoccors,

    Yes, i created a list from about 700 common words. I used some Tagalog dictionaries and google to translate. My wife is Filipino and she helped me too. I'm using Anki and that helps a great deal. I will be adding more words shortly.

    In Tagalog, many adjectives begoin with the letter m, so that makes it difficult. Also, I'm trying to wrap my mind around the verbs; mag, um, and ma. Which one to use and when to use them. I have found some good tutors on italki to speak with. Good luck learning Tagalog. Let me know if you need any help. I also studued Bisaya (Cebuano) which I find a little easier to learn.

    * Originally posted by kevtch.
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  • Hi jensoccors,

    Yes, i created a list from about 700 common words. I used some Tagalog dictionaries and google to translate. My wife is Filipino and she helped me too. I'm using Anki and that helps a great deal. I will be adding more words shortly.

    In Tagalog, many adjectives begin with the letter m, so that makes it difficult. Also, I'm trying to wrap my mind around the verbs; mag, um, and ma. Which one to use and when to use them. I have found some good tutors on italki to speak with. Good luck learning Tagalog. Let me know if you need any help. I also studied Bisaya (Cebuano) which I find a little easier to learn.

    * Originally posted by kevtch.
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  • Thanks, kevtch. My parents speak both Tagalog and Bisaya, so I'll have them to help. What dictionaries did you find most helpful?

    * Originally posted by jensoccorsi.
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  • Hi everyone,

    If anyone would like a Frequency List for Tagalog, I got a hold of this book from the library--> https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002369780

    It was published by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, and was the first of its kind. Maybe the only of its kind. It's a pretty neat list. Has 2000 of the most frequent words in Tagalog so I'm stoked!

    I have to return the book to the library soon, but I did scan the list and I made it into a PDF so if anyone is interested, let me know!

    Happy learning!

    * Originally posted by chrisyraola.
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  • Hey Chrisyraola,
    Good find for that Tagalog book. I would be interested in having a copy of that word list.Thanks

    * Originally posted by kevtch.
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  • Thanks, Chrisyraola! I would as well.

    Also for everyone on here, other than the resources Gabe listed in the Learn Tagalog section, did you find any other resources particularly useful? I currrently have Tagalog Conjugations, Lonely Planet’s Filipino Phrasebook, and Essential Tagalog Grammar and plan to purchase the Leo James Dictionary. Thanks!

    * Originally posted by jensoccorsi.
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  • I'm having trouble posting a link to the file on my google drive so would you guys like to just have me email it to you?

    * Originally posted by chrisyraola.
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  • Yes, Chrisyraola. Gabe, is there a way we can share e-mails on your website without having to use the forum? Otherwise, is it easy to find you, Chrisyraola on FB, and I can share my e-mail there?

    * Originally posted by jensoccorsi.
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  • Hi jensoccorsi, I have a contact page on my personal page and you can send me your email through that page if you like! www.yraolamusic.com/contact

    * Originally posted by chrisyraola.
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  • Thank you!

    * Originally posted by jensoccorsi.
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  • Hi,

    It looks like you found a solution!

    Best wishes,
    Hillary
    Fluent Forever Team

    * Originally posted by Hillary Jackson.
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