uTalk language logo

Learn Tagalog

Covering over a thousand languages, the Austronesian family stretches from South East Asia along Polynesia and to Madagascar, but the uTalk selection will cover you for most of your travel in the Austronesian area. Austronesian languages tend to have various forms of politeness - a low form for vernacular use, a polite form and a very high, or sometimes regal, form.

Learn Tagalog with uTalk
Planet Earth

Where Is It Spoken?

Philippines

People Talking

Number Of Speakers

25,000,000

Family Tree

Language Family

Malayo-Polynesian

Arrow facing left to cycle backwards through text
Play sample text audio Play sample text audio
Arrow facing left to cycle forward through text

Fun facts about Tagalog

Any object can become an action by simply adding a prefix. Kape is 'coffee' and magkape is 'to drink a coffee'. Taxi can become magtaxi - 'to ride a taxi' - and mag-gym means 'to go to the gym'! §

Tagalog speakers love using slang. One common way to make a word 'cool' is to reverse the syllables. So a Tagalog-speaking teenager might talk about his lodi - idol - to his ermat - mother - and his erpat - father.

Tagalog has a huge number of words borrowed from Spanish and English which it will sometimes fuse together - for example, a boxer is a boksingero from the English 'boxing' and Spanish '-ero'.

Tagalog is the 6th most spoken language in the United States.

Over 30 million people have started speaking a new language with uTalk

Treasure

Over 2500 words and phrases, across 60+ topics covering everyday situations

Native Speakers

Practise speaking and compare your pronunciation with native speakers

Games

Game-based learning is fun and intuitive