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Author Photo by: emmmjay
Apr 08 2024, 5:09pm CST ~ 1 mo., 19 days ago. 
Question: Where to start.
 
I am unfortunately in a bad position financially, so I can't pay for lessons. I've been trying all I can, like basic learning apps that teach you bare essentials, learning to sing various Filipino songs, and perusing dictionaries like this site here, but I was wondering if there was anything else I should try to help learn Tagalog better without spending money.
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Author Photo eduasaut
Apr 10 2024, 2:39pm CST ~ 1 mo., 18 days ago. 
You may find free digital copies of many textbooks online if you look in the right places.
 
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Apr 10 2024, 3:10pm CST ~ 1 mo., 18 days ago. 
@emmmjay
 
If you can't afford a live teacher...
 
There are a couple free grammar guides online. Learn the basic pronouns, pronunciation of words, how to conjugate the different types of verbs, just he basics...
Here are two:
learningtagalog.com/ grammar/
languagecrush.com/bo ok/3
 
Then also start using flash cards to learn the most common words. TagalogDecks.com is good and free (created by this website) with the top 2,000 most commonly used words.
 
Once you have an overview of the grammar and some common words under your belt, try to start working through text and audio, picking out words until you get more and more comfortable over time. The Tagalog Reader will help you with reading (click a word to see its definition). The Videos section of this website has a bunch of Youtube videos.
 
Be patient with yourself -- it's a long process, don't expect to be fluent in a month. Persistence is key.
 
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