You can download our Tagalog language cheat sheet in PDF format. To do so, click on the link provided in the above download Tagalog language section. The PDF is available in both black & white, ideal for printing, or in a color format for screen view.
Compared to other languages such as Chinese, Korean and Arabic, basic Tagalog is fairly easy to learn. According to research, Tagalog is a Category III language which takes a total of 1100 hours to learn. This makes Tagalog more difficult to learn than French, Italian, Dutch or Spanish. This research is based on English speakers.
While Tagalog and Filipino look similar languages, they are actually not. You can think of the Filipino language as evolving from Tagalog and has a lot of Tagalog roots.
Filipino also uses sound and words from other Philippines languages such as Cebuano? and Kapampangan. In addition, it has also borrowed words and phonics from foreign languages like Spanish, Sanskrit, English, Arabic, Malay and Chinese.
It is true that Tagalog has borrowed many words from the Spanish since the colonisation of the Philippines by Spain from 1565 to 1898. Research suggests about 33% of the words in Tagalog are of Spanish origin. This doesn't mean they are a similar language.
For starters, The Spanish language has a Latin origin whereas Tagalog is an Austronesian language. Also, the grammar of the Tagalog is different from the Spanish one.