Tagalog Resources

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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! What better time to talk about how we say I love you in Tagalog?

Mahal Kita is a general way to say I love you and one can say this to just about anybody — your siblings, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties, cousins, your S.O. and of course, your friends.

Iniibig kita
on the other hand is only used for expressing romantic love and love for the motherland. Remember our Patriotic Oath/Panatang Makabayan?)

This is also what you can say if you want to get out of the friend zone and be truly clear about your feelings to a “friend.” Unlike in the English language where you can say I love you as a friend,
Iniibig kita takes out the confusion about declaring your undying romantic love.

So there you have it, whichever way you want to say I love you in Tagalog--mahal kita, iniibig kita--or both, just make sure your loved ones hear you say it :)

February 14, 2022

Tip to teachers & parents: make Tagalog learning fun, while incorporating vocabulary learned in class!

One the optional homework we gave our students in our Tagalog for Kids classes this past weekend is to play "tumbang preso" with a “lata” (empty can) & tsinelas (“slipper”). You can see how the game is played in the video (and ask help with words you need).

Prompts: How did you feel while playing it? Masaya (happy) ? Nagagalak (excited)? Were you panalo (winner)? Did you lose (natalo)?

Laro na! (Let's play!)

What are some books we've found effective in our Tagalog classes? Tuttle Publishing has a few of them!

Joi Barrios' Tagalog for Beginners & Intermediate Tagalog
Nenita Pambid's Elementary Tagalog
Paraluman Aspillera's Basic Tagalog (with the latest edition updated and revised by our teacher, Karen Llagas. Available in Amazon and Tuttle's website)


Our students learn Tagalog through stories, songs and games, and many aspects of Filipino culture!

Here's a favorite story/shadow puppet play written by an award-winning Filipino children's book author, Rene O. Villanueva. Tagalog audio with Tagalog & English subtitles.

Storytelling is a powerful tool to teach and learn Tagalog and Philippine society & culture