FSI - Headstart for the Philippines

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FSI Tagalog - Tape 1-1

FSI Tagalog - Tape 1-2

FSI Tagalog - Tape 1-3

FSI Tagalog - Tape 2-1

FSI Tagalog - Tape 2-2

FSI Tagalog - Tape 2-3

FSI Tagalog - Tape 3-1

FSI Tagalog - Tape 3-2

FSI Tagalog - Tape 4-1

FSI Tagalog - Tape 4-2

FSI Tagalog - Tape 5-1

FSI Tagalog - Tape 5-2

Foreign Service Institute Tagalog  - Image The FSI Filipino Headstart course consists of four basic and one module with accompanying tapes. Each of the five modules divided into units (two to three units per module). Each a complete lesson. The learning activities for each unit are:

1. Conversation
2. Notes on the Conversation
3. Exercises
4. Self-evaluation Quiz

Unit-by-unit objectives for each module are stated at the beginning of the module, The Keys to marked exercises and to the self-evaluation quizzes are at the end of the book. The Cumulative Glossary (Filipino-English and English-Filipino) follows the Keys. Modules I through V should be studied in sequence. Average completion time for students who have never studied Filipino is 30 to 40 hours. The contents of each module are shown below:

Unit 1. Greetings and Introductions
Unit 2. In the Philippines
Unit 3. Where Do You Live?

Unit 1. How Does One Get to the Bus Station?
Unit 2. At the Ticket Window
Unit 3. At the Gas Station

Unit 1, A Table for Two Unit
2. At the Restaurant

Unit 1. At the Market
Unit 2, At a Clothing Store
Unit 3, Buying Souvenirs

Unit 1. Hiring Help
Unit 2. Emergency at Home

Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by most of the rest. It is the first language of the Philippine region IV (CALABARZON and MIMAROPA), of Bulacan and of Metro Manila. Its standardized form, officially named Filipino, is the national language and one of two official languages of the Philippines, the other being English. It is related to other Philippine languages such as Ilokano, Bisayan, and Kapampangan. Tagalog is not a tonal language. The word Tagalog derived from tagailog, from taga- meaning "native of" and ?log meaning "river". Thus, it means "river dweller". Very little is known about the history of the language.

Tagalog is spoken in: Philippines

Tagalog has no known alternate names.

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