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Jun 16 2020, 8:09pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
Question: What are good shows to supplement the Tagalog Lessons on this website?
I want to enhance my vocabulary and practice my listening skills with a show suitable for my beginner level.
 
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Author Photo Scrover
Jun 16 2020, 9:25pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
@b76isR98
 
I personally can't think of any "shows" in Tagalog that are suitable at beginner level, so instead I'll just blab off a bunch of listening resources that could be useful to you.
 
If you're looking for stuff specifically on this website, the Listening Practice Videos on this website could be useful (Tools -> Listening Practice Videos), although they could easily be too hard depending on how "beginner" your progress is.
 
Out of those videos, the easiest in my opinion out of the videos in the Tagalog listening tool are the ones from Pao Adventurer and Michelle Family Diary. If they're too hard, I'm not sure what else is there specifically on this website that would be at a lower level for listening specifically, so I need to recommend stuff outside of this website specifically.
 
If what I recommended above is too hard (which it could be), try listening to the audio from the link in the brackets (link: www.tuttlepublishing .com/elementary-taga log-audio). They aren't shows so much, but they are from a book called "Elementary Tagalog: Tara, Mag-Tagalog Tayo!" (which could be useful for you), and should be useful listening practice.
 
Alternatively, FilipinoPod101 have some resources for listening (although it's maybe around $15 USD or something for a monthly subscription so keep that in mind).
 
And once you've finished that (or find that what I've suggested below is too easy), I personally recommend that you could consider listening to akosibail on YouTube. The choice of vocabulary used by her is simple and she enunciates the Tagalog words very clearly, which should be useful for an upper-beginner. Some people do find the content is not for their taste, but to each their own I guess.
 
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Jun 16 2020, 9:42pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
@AMBoy is a fan of bubblegang... a sketch comedy.
 
I myself tend to not consume a lot of Tagalog media just for fun... I count it as studying (I don't watch English media either, not a huge consumer). You can find lots of traditional stories (alamat) the same ones we have here in the reading tool animated and narrated on youtube. Tagalog movies on netflix are pretty good if you can get over the Taglish and the silly plots. Kita kita is probably a classic. Similarly in the resources tab of this website there are youtube channels for old movie houses that have digitized and put on to youtube all of their content.
 
Lots of Japanese Anime tends to be dubbed into Tagalog, so if you're not opposed to watching caRtOoNs as one user put, go for it. If you're the Jesus missionary type who frequent these communities ; ) you can find lots of animated bible stories in Tagalog. I don't use much of the listening tool here, I'm not really in to Filipino style vlogging.
 
Lack of Tagalog media is a shame... before I saw this thread I was about to make a post on this:
 
www.researchgate.net /publication/3306491 42_Cartoons_that_Mak e_A_Difference_
 
A show like Peppa Pig (If you've never watched it its 5 minute episodes of almost non stop dialogues in basic language, they never shut up)
 
420 episodes x 5 minutes = 35 hrs
 
Peppa Pig transcripts from the study (243 episodes, 20 hrs, 120,000 running words or 300 pages of text) contain around 5000 unique words. Around 25% of these belong to the "A1" curriculum.
 
If one could find a similar program that actually has a Tagalog voice track... we could see a serious boom in our learners here. I'm tempted to go through and compile a list of kids shows for our learners, most seem to be threshold A2 or so and have a hard time with the gap to B levels...
 
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Jun 16 2020, 11:12pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
Regal films youtube has uploaded some of their older movies. 80s and 90 movies are "less Taglish" than newer movies. 90s movies themes are also more diverse, though the acting can be hammy.
 
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Jun 17 2020, 7:55am CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
Bubble Gang is funny and sexy lol but yeah good luck there is nothing good for beginners, you just have to suffer through hundreds of hours of stuff you can't really understand yet. It will get easier eventually.
 
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Author Photo Scrover
Jun 17 2020, 8:30pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 4 days ago. 
With most languages, it's not easy to find low-beginner material that will be interesting, simply due to the lack of vocabulary a beginner would have in the language. After all, I'm not sure I would find it too interesting to listen to phrases like:
 
"The man walked to the shop."
"My dog ate his homework."
"How old are you, sir?"
 
It's not really something unique to Tagalog so please don't feel discouraged on the chance that you don't find something beginner-like that you can understand clearly. So as a result, you'll find some polyglots will just jump straight to the lower-intermediate content because even if it's harder to understand, at least they've found something interesting.
 
But I hope the resources we've suggested should allow you to find something that is somewhat interesting that you can use while learning the language, so it doesn't feel like a struggle for hundreds of hours, but instead an enjoyable experience.
 
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