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Loudel W.

16 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $15
  • Speaks Spanish, English, Filipino
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2000
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Loudel W.

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Simple, efficient and fun way of learning Tagalog through listening and speaking (syllabication). Gradually improve your listening comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation, sentence structure, and grammar until you eventually reach fluency.

About Loudel

Mabuhay! My name is Lou. I'm a teacher from the Philippines and now living in the US. I teach Tagalog to people who wants to understand and speak the language better. Tagalog is the basis of Filipino, the standardized national language of the Philippines. While still living in the Philippine

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Steven S.
I am enjoying my lessons and Loudel is very flexible when I need to move my am appointments because of work conflicts.
Carie and Courtlyn. M.
Loudel is a natural teacher. She not only teaches in a way that is easy to understand and build on, but gives much needed insight into the historical aspect of how Tagalog has evolved in your first lesson. Her knowledge of how you can connect the grammatical rules of English and Spanish are also beneficial in helping make connections. In order to get the most from your lessons, immerse yourself in the resources she sends you ahead of your lesson. More importantly, relax and enjoy your session! You have chosen an excellent instructor.
Danie
Absolutely wonderful teacher. Great lessons, professional handouts. I couldn’t have asked for a better Tagalog teacher.
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Rosario B.

169 Reviews
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Starting at $17
  • Speaks English, Tagalog, Japanese
  • Teaches students 7 to 65
  • Teaching since 1995
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Rosario B.

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I am a native speaker!

About Rosario

Teaching is one of the things I do best. I was in the academe for 17 years teaching college and graduate school students. Moreover, I had the opportunity to teach English and Japanese when I was in Japan. Presently, I have several students learning to speak Tagalog. My courses are personalize

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Ira A.
Our daughter loved her first Tagalog lesson, Ms. Rosario makes it easier and fun for her. She's eager and excited for her next lesson.
Kerstein
I had my first lesson and can't wait to learn more. Rosario is thoughtful and detailed, and keeps the lessons fun.
Taihei O.

Nicole C.

10 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks French, German, Italian, Latin, Tagalog
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Awarded Classical Finalist from National Classical Singer Competition
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Nicole C.

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"Kumusta po kayo?" (Hello, How are you!?)
"Mabuti po naman... salamat po!" (I'm great, thank you for asking!)"

I've just taught you your first conversation in Tagalog. Learn more basics and quick phrases of Tagalog with me for your next trip, or just so you can convince your Filipino friends to make you a big tray of lumpia!

About Nicole

Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Co

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Alice
Nicole was great -- excellent teacher and lovely manner. We are very pleased.
Norah F.
Amazing! My daughter is pumped for next week, Ms. Nicole was great!
Rachelle + Dad J.
Nicole is absolutely amazing! Her musical background is reflected in her language expertise and we were able to begin learning German with ease!

Odessa L.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $20
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bicol University- Philippines
  • Teaching since 2016
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Odessa L.

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Want to chat with filipino or filipina using their native dialect fluently? I am here to help. Conversational Tagalog is the best way to learn the language fast. Then from there you'll be able to write it as well.

About Odessa

Hi there my name is Odessa. I'm a legal U.S. resident. And i was born in the Philippines. I have taught americans to speak and write Tagalog who wanted to retire in the Philippines for good. Learning Tagalog with me will be fun and you will speak and understand the language in no time, I guarantee

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Tommy C.
Odessa was patient and eager to teach, just what a country boy like myself needs! Highly recommend!
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Filipina L.

Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, Tagalog
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Filipina L.

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My name is Filipina and as my name indicates, I am passionate about the Filipino (Tagalog) language. I was conferred a Literary Award in Filipino when I graduated. I am a Language Interpreter by profession, bridging communication between Filipino and English speakers. I have a Masters Degree with an emphasis on Teaching, therefore, I can confidently teach both adults and kids of all levels. I also see to it that each class is fun and encouraging. I look forward to having you in my class. :-)

About Filipina

As my name indicates, I am passionate about the Filipino (Tagalog) language. I was conferred a Literary Award in Filipino when I graduated. I am a Language Interpreter by profession, bridging communication between Filipino and English speakers. I have a Masters Degree with an emphasis on Teaching,

Clarice H.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $59
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Angelicum College
  • Teaches students Male: 10 to 35; Female: 7 to 35
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Clarice H.

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This is my native tongue. So, who could teach you better but a real filipino speaker?! Let's talk and have fun while you learn tagalog. 😁

About Clarice

Hello! I am a Professional singer and voice actor. I was a part of a sing and dance group back in 2003. I enjoy performing and sharing my skills specially in singing and acting. I do voice acting for animes and TV shows and movies as well. If you think about it, emotion plays a big part of singin

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Barbie
Teacher clarice is the best. She is so patient and I learned a lot from her during my classes. She is so positive and explains every detail until you get it right so you will really learn from her teaching. Thank you teacher

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"magaling !!
Great teacher! Started learning with Lou after going with another one - not as good. Lou is great and patient. She makes learning fun and interesting! Highly recommended :)
Salamat!"
Corentin
Took Tagalog lessons from Loudel W.
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"She genuinely excited to teach and help learn. Very sweet and friendly. Excited for my class!"
Diana
Took Tagalog lessons from Loudel W.
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"Absolutely wonderful teacher. Great lessons, professional handouts. I couldn’t have asked for a better Tagalog teacher."
Danie
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"I really enjoy my lessons with Loudel! She works closely with the students needs and skill level. The course she tailors to me is very informative and useful in different contexts. Loudel is very warm and friendly. I look forward to our lessons and feel that I am learning in a fun and productive way!"
Karina
Took Tagalog lessons from Loudel W.
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"Loudel has been very patient with my son. She takes the time to explain herself and tutors in a way that is easy for my son to understand. She has made the process very comfortable for him."
Shanell Brown
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"I am enjoying my lessons and Loudel is very flexible when I need to move my am appointments because of work conflicts."
Steven
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"She's a wonderful teacher! She helped me learn more about the Filipino culture. I highly recommend her."
Jennifer
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"Lou is a fantastic teacher very patient and she gives a ton of cultural insight that helps guide how you understand the language."
Rab
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"Loudel is a natural teacher. She not only teaches in a way that is easy to understand and build on, but gives much needed insight into the historical aspect of how Tagalog has evolved in your first lesson. Her knowledge of how you can connect the grammatical rules of English and Spanish are also beneficial in helping make connections. In order to get the most from your lessons, immerse yourself in the resources she sends you ahead of your lesson. More importantly, relax and enjoy your session! You have chosen an excellent instructor."
Carie and Courtlyn.
Took Tagalog lessons from Loudel W.
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"Hello everyone!

I just started taking lessons with Loudel and it has been a pleasant experience so far. She is a native speaker, but also able to translate and communicate clearly the different nuances and details of the language into English. I grew up around Tagalog, and the way she explains and goes over the material is wonderful. She exhibits much patience, understanding and encouragement throughout the lesson. I highly recommend as she is very thorough in reviewing her provided materials and a skilled instructor.

I'm excited to continue this course and hope to reach a decent level of fluency soon with her help! Maraming salamat to TakeLessons for this pairing. Magaling mag-tuto siya!"
Janice
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The word Tagalog translates to river dweller. One of several languages developed on the islands and coastlines of the Pacific Ocean, Tagalog is a member of the Austronesian language family. Tagalog was specifically developed and spoken by the people who inhabited the islands centrally located in the Philippines.

The Philippines was ruled by the Spanish from 1521 to 1898. It's people fought for their independence, and Tagalog was used as a way to unify the islands of the Philippines. Tagalog was named the country's official language in 1897.

Tagalog is still considered the nation's official language. Today however, Filipino refers to the standard dialect of Tagalog spoken nation-wide. The primary difference between Tagalog and Filipino is that Tagalog can be used to refer to a collection of different dialects, spoken by different groups of people in the Philippines. Unless you specifically seek out a specific dialect, if you learn Tagalog today, you're likely to study the nationally spoken standard version, which is called Filipino. 

Why Learn to Speak Tagalog?

Over 7,600 islands make up the Philippines. With so many people separated by so much water, it's no surprise that the nation speaks a variety of 183 languages, and only eight of them are non-indigenous. Filipino, the standardized version of Tagalog is the one tongue that unifies everyone in the island nation. 

Today, about 20 million people speak Tagalog natively, and 45 million speak the national version, Filipino. Around the world, you'll find large groups of Tagalog speakers. Thanks to major populations of immigrants, about 1.6 million people living in the United States and 400,000 in Canada speak Tagalog. In fact, it's the fifth-most spoken language in North America. Behind English and Spanish, Tagalog is also the third-most commonly spoken language in the states of California, Nevada, and Washington. 

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) classifies Tagalog as a Category III language, which means it's considered difficult to learn. On average, the FSI estimates 44 weeks or 1,100 hours of study for students to reach proficiency. Although Tagalog features significant cultural and linguistic differences from English, it does use the Latin alphabet, which makes it easier to absorb. 

The Best Way to Learn Tagalog and Topics You'll Study

There are a lot of options available for students who want to learn Tagalog. With an online search, you'll find free Tagalog classes and ways to study in a larger class setting. The best way to learn a new language, however, is by studying with a private teacher. With a private Tagalog tutor, you'll receive immediate feedback, overcome challenges quickly, and enjoy course materials customized to your preferred study methods and abilities. For example, Tagalog lessons for children differ greatly in terms of content from adult classes. In addition, your private teacher will tailor lessons to your interests such as travel, conversation, or even business. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Tagalog Classes

If you have little or no previous experience speaking Tagalog, then beginner classes are for you! In beginner lessons, you'll be introduced to the language and learn all the basic skills of Tagalog to create a strong foundation. Your beginner Tagalog tutor might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Alphabet and pronunciation
  • Basic phrases and expressions
  • Cognates
  • Counting and time
  • Manners and respect with language

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Tagalog Lessons

Intermediate Tagalog lessons are intended for students who are familiar with some of the basic vocabulary and grammar. They have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of Tagalog and are ready to take their foreign language skills to the next level. In intermediate Tagalog courses, your instructor might cover some of the following topics:

  • Grammar and syntax
  • Verb tenses, moods, and conjugations
  • Noun cases
  • Forming questions
  • Reading comprehension

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Tagalog Classes

Advanced Tagalog classes are perfect for students who already have a strong command of the language. They're comfortable using different tenses and moods and are ready to start discussing more complicated ideas and topics. In advanced lessons, you can focus on overcoming your individual challenges with learning Tagalog and begin to talk like a native speaker. Subject matter in advanced courses is highly dependent on the student's individual interests. In advanced lessons, however, your teacher might cover some of the following topics:

  • Accent reduction
  • Listening comprehension
  • Inference and nuance
  • Discussing complex ideas
  • Colloquialisms, culture, and customs

How to Find a Tagalog Teacher Near You

Finding a Tagalog teacher on TakeLessons is easy! With a quick search, you'll be directed to a list of highly rated and experienced tutors who offer Tagalog classes for adults and children both online and in person. The cost of Tagalog lessons varies depending on the tutor you select, but most instructors charge a time-based fee. We recommend browsing several Tagalog tutor profiles and reading reviews left by students, like you, before selecting your teacher. When you're ready to start lessons, you'll be surprised how fast you can learn Tagalog with a private teacher!