Tagalog - NIU - Foreign Languages & Literatures



Mountain ViewTAGALOG is one of the major languages spoken in the Philippines, mostly by people from the Tagalog regions in the main island of Luzon. It is the lingua franca in Metro Manila, the national capital region of the country. Tagalog has very strong affinity with Malay languages (Bahasa Indonesia/Malay). Due to more than 300 years of Spanish colonial rule over the Philippines, the language has incorporated a significant number of Spanish words and expressions. Thelanguage also includes words rooted in English and Chinese. Tagalog is the second most commonly spoken Asian language (after Chinese) in the US.

The TAGALOG homepage at NIU (www.seasite.niu.edu/Tagalog) is designed with both the beginning and intermediate students in mind. To make your study of the language both challenging and enjoyable, we have incorporated a number of learning activities to enhance your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Want to practice your Tagalog conversational skills? Try our Tagalog Chat Room. Other parts of the seasite website include working with translation skills and vocabulary builders. Via our website, we have tried to customize and personalize the language-learning experience.