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Author Photo by: FilipinoJ
Nov 29 2021, 10:45am CST ~ 1 mo., 25 days ago. 
Question: how long till I I good at filipino
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Author Photo jkos Badge: AdminBadge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Nov 29 2021, 12:29pm CST ~ 1 mo., 25 days ago. 
@FilipinoJ
This depends on a LOT of things. How smart are you? How good are you naturally at picking up languages? Is this your first foreign language to learn, or is it one of many?
Are you going to spend a half hour a day studying, or six hours a day studying? Do you have a Filipina wife who you can converse with daily to help you along? Are you paying for private tutoring lessons? Etc...
 
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Author Photo FilipinoJ
Nov 29 2021, 3:54pm CST ~ 1 mo., 25 days ago. 
No I don't have a Filipino wife and I tried to learn spanish multiple times but I keep being lazy and stopped and the farthest and motivated I got on learning a language was on French for like some weeks
 
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Author Photo FilipinoJ
Nov 29 2021, 3:54pm CST ~ 1 mo., 25 days ago. 
@jkos but I am half filipino
 
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Author Photo jkos Badge: AdminBadge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Nov 29 2021, 4:01pm CST ~ 1 mo., 25 days ago. 
but I am half filipino
 
@FilipinoJ That might help keep you motivated...but simply having Filipino blood/genetics is not going to help you learn any faster. ; )
 
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Author Photo PinoyTaj Badge: Supporter
Nov 29 2021, 4:43pm CST ~ 1 mo., 24 days ago. 
Depends on your effort, method, resources, goals for the language, tutor and the languages you already know. I've heard of Bisayans learning in 6-8 months(or people who are already fluent in it) but if you're a native English speaker and you don't study 4-6 hours a day expect it to take a few years. Fluency is also a spectrum and it takes considerable effort to advance for example.
 
0-A1:1-2 months(of studying)
A1-A2:2-4 months(of studying)
A2-B1:5-6 months (of studying)
B1-B2: 10 months (of studying)
C1-C2(not even going to calculate it)
 
most linguists place general fluency around B1-B2, so it would take you anywhere from 18 -22 months to reach a basic level of "fluency" , assuming you have the best resources and learning method.(this isn't calculating you having some special ability to learn languages or whatever).
 
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Author Photo AMBoy Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Nov 29 2021, 5:26pm CST ~ 1 mo., 24 days ago. 
@FilipinoJ Seen this a million times, if you already failed at Spanish you will likely have no luck at all learning Filipino as it has far less utility and its many times more difficult. I'd look for a more rewarding hobby to be honest.
 
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Author Photo FilipinoJ
Nov 29 2021, 7:57pm CST ~ 1 mo., 24 days ago. 
But how come?
 
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Author Photo Bituingmaykinang
Nov 30 2021, 12:15am CST ~ 1 mo., 24 days ago. 
Tagalog has way more complex grammar than Spanish, at least for English speakers.
 
Here are simple sentences:
 
Kinain ko ang isda. I ate the fish
Kumain ako ng isda. I ate fish
Kinain ako ng isda. The fish ate me.
 
The, root word, kain can be conjugated in 50 ways possible.
 
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Author Photo akosikoneho Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP SupporterOfficial Tagalog.com Teacher Teacher
Nov 30 2021, 12:52pm CST ~ 1 mo., 24 days ago. 
@Bituingmaykinang
 
I actually feel like your average root has 150 possible derived forms and thats only counting verb-like affixation.
 
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Author Photo Bituingmaykinang
Dec 01 2021, 8:53am CST ~ 1 mo., 23 days ago. 
@akosikoneho I was tempted to say 1000, but didn't like to scare OP off. HHa
 
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Author Photo kpagelimbo Official Tagalog.com Teacher Teacher
Dec 01 2021, 8:49pm CST ~ 1 mo., 22 days ago. 
It's all about your effort and environment. Studying with a Filipino tutor is a no-brainer. Surround yourself with people whom you can practice Tagalog with, like Filipino friends. And don't be shy to speak to them in Tagalog! It may be a bit embarrassing at first, but it helps a lot to improve.
 
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Author Photo BoraMac Badge: Supporter
Dec 02 2021, 2:26pm CST ~ 1 mo., 22 days ago. 
@Bituingmaykinang @akosikoneho Yea...somewhere in there....
 
But look at 4 years of High School lesson plans...with COVID easy to find...
 
ALL kinds of complexity in the literature...but the related questions are quite straightforward.
 
And I know a number of top private school GRADs that ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL of their ANSWERS were -IN or MAG- as REQUIRED by their teachers.
 
Dooooooooo what LOCALS Doooooooooooo...not what they SAY UPON subtle foreigner questions.
 
Enjoy!
 
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