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#1 jsnpilot_787

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 04:21 AM

Hello everyone. I haven't been active on the forum in a while so it's definitely good to be back. For the past few years I have been desiring to learn Tagalog at least enough to somewhat communicate comfortably. Of course I know some words and expressions but thats about it. The wife always says that she can teach me and I have learned what I know mostly from her but I really need some sort of structured and step by step learning process that I can participate in during my own time. I have been considering Rosetta Stone as one solution. It does get mostly good reviews but Im not sure to what level of proficiency it will get me. Im just curious what some of you have used or how you have went about learning the language beyond just picking it up naturally or by being around it? I don't think learning it will be too frustrating for me as I generally find such tasks fun and enjoyable.

 

 


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Posted 29 October 2015 - 12:40 PM

Sorry, I only just saw this post. I'm not sure why I missed this before.

Rosetta Stone seems pretty good, but the problem with it is that you have to spend time in front of the computer (something I am loathe to do). Probably at least an hour a day. What I did was pickup Audio CDs (the best is the Pimsleaur Tagalog, but it is kind of expensive). I listened to them on the way to and from work. Since it is basically "listen and repeat" doing it on the drive to/from work gives that opportunity to do so without being self-conscious. Pimselaur and the other audio programs use native speakers so you hear how it is pronounced. It doesn't help as much with reading and writing, however. But Rosetta Stone can help with that.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 04:05 AM

I'll give Pimsleaur a closer look also. Looks like it might be a little less expensive than Rosetta, at least to start off with but it might be a better way to go. Looks like it might get slightly better reviews as well. Rosetta Stone got decent reviews but seems like a common complaint I read was that it don't always teach you how to use certain words in proper context or how to bridge some things together. I think that would be the hard part for me but learning the words wouldn't be too bad. Also teaching proper pronunciation for some words was another minor complaint with Rosetta Stone. One possible plus to Rosetta Stone might be that it has some interactive involvement. A friend of mine used it to somewhat learn some other languages and I got to see a little bit of how it worked but I don't think that would be a totally necessary feature to learn the language. I will probably never be able to learn Tagalog fluently but it sure would be nice to have some basic speaking abilities and understanding of things in general. Especially before we travel back which probably won't be anytime real soon.


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 01:37 PM

The good thing about the Pimsleaur is the phrases you learn you learn really good, Cleo's friends are always surprised when I say something, "almost no accent". Doing both would probably be a good way. When she watches her shows on TFC I can pick up things here and there, but I don't really put the effort in.


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