Intermediate Tagalog: Learn to Speak Fluent Tagalog (Filipino), the National Language of the Philippines (Free CD-Rom Included)

Intermediate Tagalog: Learn to Speak Fluent Tagalog (Filipino), the National Language of the Philippines (Free CD-Rom Included)

by Joi Barrios

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At last, a way to improve your Tagalog!

Written by Joi Barrios as the continuation of her best-selling Tagalog for Beginners book, Intermediate Tagalog is the first intermediate-level book designed specifically for people who already speak or understand some basic Tagalog and now wish to achieve greater fluency in speaking, reading and writing standard Filipino—the national language of the Philippines.

The carefully-constructed lessons in this book point out common grammatical errors that English speakers make when speaking Tagalog, and present "real-life" conversations demonstrating how the language is spoken in Manila today. Extensive cultural notes are provided, along with exercises and activities that introduce the use of the Tagalog language in a wide range of everyday situations.

The 20 lessons give you all the basic skills needed to speak Tagalog fluently: paglalarawan (the ability to describe people, places and feelings); pagsasalaysay (the ability to tell a story—whether a news story, a folktale, or an anecdote); paglalahad (how to explain something—for example, a custom or tradition, or how to cook a dish); and pangangatuwiran (reasoning and abstract thinking).

Each lesson is carefully structured in six key parts:
  • A "real-life" dialogue providing valuable conversational skills.
  • A vocabulary list to expand your familiarity with common, everyday Tagalog words and expressions.
  • A grammar review section (for example, on the correct uses of affixes in various sentence constructions).
  • Insightful cultural notes presenting aspects of the Philippines that may seem "odd" to outsiders, to explain how Filipino culture shapes the way people speak.
  • A reading passage from a story or newspaper article, with comprehension questions.
  • A writing exercise designed to teach a specific writing skill.
Using Intermediate Tagalog, you'll be able to talk about yourself, your family and your daily experiences using grammatically correct sentences and a native-speaker level vocabulary.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804842624
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Edition description: Paperback with disc
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 380,612
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joi Barrios is a Lecturer in Filipino Language and Philippine Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She has won fourteen national literary awards for contributions to Philippine literature and was among 100 women chosen as "Weavers of History" for the Philippine Centennial Celebration.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Lesson 1 Kilalanan Getting to Know Each Other 8

Lesson 2 Pagbibigay ng mga Direksiyon Giving Directions 21

Lesson 3 Pamimili sa Palengke Shopping at a Market 32

Lesson 4 Pag-Order ng Pagkain sa Restawran Ordering Food in a Restaurant 46

Lesson 5 Pagpunta sa Klinika ng Doktor Going to a Doctor's Clinic 58

Lesson 6 Isang Araw sa Buhay Ko A Day in My Life 74

Lesson 7 Pagkukuwento ng Bakasyon/Pagpaplano Talking about a Vacation/Making Plans 90

Lesson 8 Paglalarawan ng Tao Describing a Person 105

Lesson 9 Paglalarawan ng Lugar Describing a Place 123

Lesson 10 Paglalarawan ng Damdamin Describing One's Feelings 142

Lesson 11 Pagsasalaysay ng Pangyayari Narrating an Incident 159

Lesson 12 Pagsasalaysay ng Pangyayari at Balita Narrating an Event and the News 173

Lesson 13 Ang Kuwento ng Kuwento The Story of the Story 187

Lesson 14 Pagbibigay ng Tnstruksiyon Giving Instructions 199

Lesson 15 Pagpapaliwanag Explaining 216

Lesson 16 Pagluluto Cooking 230

Lesson 17 Mga Liham at Pakete Letters and Packages 248

Lesson 18 Pagrereklamo Complaining 263

Lesson 19 Anong Tingin Mo sa…? What Do You Think of…? 278

Lesson 20 Pangangatuwiran Reasoning (On disc)

Grammar Index & Glossary (On disc)

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