No, There's No Duolingo Tagalog. Try These Options Instead.
- Donovan NagelTeacher, translator, polyglot🎓 B.A., Theology, Australian College of Theology, NSW🎓 M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of New England, NSW
Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator. Founder of The Mezzofanti Guild and Talk In Arabic.
Duolingo currently doesn’t offer a Tagalog course, and there doesn’t seem to be any plans to include one.
As one of the most popular free language apps, Duolingo continues to be very popular with the languages it covers, but it’s probably going to be a long time before Tagalog is offered.
You can see this Duolingo review to learn more about the app.
For Tagalog, the good news is that despite there being no Filipino option yet, there are some excellent online alternatives available. I’ve listed a few of the best ones below, but you can find my more comprehensive list of Tagalog courses here.
FilipinoPod101 is an excellent online resource for learning Tagalog (arguably the best available resource). If like learning from podcasts, this might be the course for you.
While the audio lessons are similar to podcasts, there are video lessons as well. It’s suitable for beginners through to more advanced levels. The instruction not only includes listening skills but also incorporates essential vocabulary and grammar with loads of other useful features.
After FilipinoPod101, Mondly would be my second go-to app for learning Tagalog.
Mondly offers courses for loads of different languages including Tagalog and is similar in some aspects to Duolingo.
It’s a beautifully-designed web app and a pleasure to navigate the Tagalog course content.
Pimsleur’s a famous name in language learning (see review), and it offers Tagalog as well.
The lessons focus on practical vocabulary and expressions one might need in various scenarios. This includes greetings, common phrases, and vocabulary you might need when talking to native speakers.
Pimsleur’s an excellent, audio-only entry point for Tagalog, though it now offers an online course option. Its Tagalog course is a good foundation for anyone serious about learning the language.
Glossika is a unique language learning approach, and in my opinion, it’s one of the very few that uses a natural, research-grounded method.
Glossika focuses on high repetition of lexical chunks – listening over and over to a sequence of Tagalog sentences and repeating them until they become natural.
It is hands down the most effective trainer for Tagalog listening comprehension and requires little else but frequent, daily listening/repeating to audio.
You can read my Glossika review for more info.
Despite there being no Tagalog version of Duolingo, there are some excellent (and in my opinion, better) alternatives
I hope that helps.
I also have to recommend italki for Tagalog lessons. It’s arguably the best place to find online language teachers from the Philippines at extremely low hourly rates.
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