Want to learn a Philippine Language?

Last weekend, I wrote an article about My Recent TV Interview, which happened when I was getting my haircut in the barbershop.  Basically, what the article was about was that a TV news crew was in the barber shop and wound up interviewing me.  They asked me a question in English, and I replied in Bisaya, the local language where I live.  It was a lot of fun, and both the film crew and I enjoyed it.  They were caught by surprise, because they did not know that I was able to speak Bisaya.

As part of the article, Queeniebee left a comment:

Knowing the local language is a real coup though, isn’t it?

Queeniebee can also speak Bisaya, like I do.   Her comment is so correct!  Knowing how to speak the local language where you live is something that really makes your life more enjoyable.  I know that I enjoy life in the Philippines a lot more since I learned how to speak the language.

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Learn a Philippine Language

Because of my experience, and my desire to help others achieve the same thing, I have come out with two new language courses that can help you learn to speak Tagalog or Bisaya/Cebuano.  Both courses are for use on your computer, mostly.  I truly believe that with either course you can get a good start on learning the language, even before you live here.  Of course, living here will improve your language skills a lot – being surrounded by the language is an import part of immersion.  Immersing yourself in the language is a sure way to learn it well.

Basically, both language that I am offering include a combination of text based learning, audio that you can listen to and electronic flash cards that you can do on your computer, for learning vocabulary.  I know that the courses are effective, because this is what I used to learn how to speak Cebuano, and it worked for me.  Let me say, I am no expert at learning languages, in fact I can only speak English and my recently learned Cebuano.  I can speak a very small amount of Spanish – the parts that I still remember from High School, but very little.  So, what I am thinking is that if I can learn it… anybody can.  It just takes a commitment to do it.. spend the time necessary and don’t give up.

The materials that I have in the courses are the materials you need to make it happen.  The courses are comprehensive and if you learn the materials offered, you will be able to speak either language and get by on the street.  Of course, you will continue learning by interaction with those whom you encounter on the street, but that is just normal.

Either course is $149.  But, as an introductory offer for my LiP readers, I am going to offer a special price of $109.  The special is good only for the next week, after that the price will again go to $149 for all buyers.  To get the special price, when you are going through the checkout, enter the discount code:  LiP109   – Enter the code, then click on the button that says “update cart” for the discount to be applied.  Payment is through Paypal, but if you don’t like Paypal or prefer another method, please just contact me, and we can work out an alternative for you.

Learn more about the Tagalog Course here.  Or, click the button below to purchase it right now (don’t forget the discount code!)

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Learn more about the Bisaya/Cebuano course here.  Or click the button below to purchase it right now (don’t forget the discount code)

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Of course, as with all products that I offer, if you purchase the item and find that you need help, have questions or whatever, please contact me anytime, and I’ll gladly assist you.

Learning the language will make for a better life in the Philippines, let me help you achieve that!

Visit my new language site:  Learn a Philippine Language – I think you will be glad that you did!

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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  1. says

    Hi Bob,
    Although I can’t speak specifically about your new language lessons, they sound like a sensible and effective way to learn the language of choice.
    I can reiterate my own thoughts though, that attempting to learn the local language is a challenging feat, but one that will serve a person in so many ways. Making life more enjoyable is one, being more of a “player in the game” is another. Sharing the language helps in getting to better grasp of what might be in the hearts and minds of the local people around you, and making yourself as an individual more approachable and understood to others. Lately an important way it has also helped me, is in dealing with family members in the Philippines. Recently there were some personal medical problems with my elderly mother-in-law and also a young nephew, and my input at the dinner table helped to work out some common sense solutions with other family members using the common language. They now know where I’m coming from and what my opinions are on so many topics, that it makes me feel more empowered and a force to be reckoned with.
    No matter what level you strive to get to language-wise, your efforts will be worth it.
    Language learning, no matter which approach one takes will require effort and commitment, but in my opinion the payback will be all worth it, no matter what level you work toward or wish to acheive.
    Good luck with your new language products Bob, and to anyone who tries hard to learn the language. Queenie

    • says

      Hi Queenie – Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I found that learning Cebuano was a lot LESS challenging than I thought it would be. I don’t know why, but it was. Maybe because I am surrounded by the language, or because I was so keen to learn. But, I really started out thinking that I could not learn the language. Taking it in small steps, and getting plenty of practice, though, made it quite easy.

      It certainly made my life more enjoyable and fun.

      I can certainly understand and appreciate what you say about knowing the language having an affect on the family dynamic, and your position in the family. I have also experienced the same.

      • says

        It’s true Bob, that learning the local language strating out is not all that difficult, but mostly requires taking that first step, and having the desire to learn being important to the person.
        I’m no linguist for sure,, and besides my native English,, some mastery of Cebuano and some Tagalog is all I know. People who say they are “too old” or “not able” to learn a language need only to take that first step. I think that step by step they can pick up the language and soon have it start to make sense to them.

        • says

          Hi Queenie – You know, one thing you said is sort of a “hot topic” with me. That is about people who say they are “too old” to learn a language. I found that age is simply not a limiting factor in language learning. Like you said, if you have the desire, and you take that first step, it’s all downhill from there.

          Did you know that studies show that learning a language is a limiting factor in getting Alzheimer’s disease? They say that learning a new language significantly reduces your risk for the disease! I can see why, because it keeps your brain active and exercises it.

  2. Bruce Michels says

    Man I wish you would of come out with it a year ago bought Rosetta Stone and it’s a good program but expensive. And you are right immersion in the culture is the best way to learn. Always good to know when someone is talking about you.

    • says

      Hi Bruce – I have never seen or tried Rosetta Stone before, but I have heard good things about them. I am sure they are very good, given the price! 😉 On my courses that I am offering, I know that they work, because it is what I used to learn the language, and I feel like it worked well for me!

  3. BobW says

    Hi, Bob.
    I was just reading your article/ad for your language courses, as I’m considering moving to the Philippines. The only question I have is, why are they priced in US dollars, as opposed to local currency?

    • says

      Hi BobW – They are priced in Dollars because that is what I choose. Does it matter to you how I conduct my business? I mean, when you pay, your credit card company will bill in whatever currency your card is in. I transact business primarily with Americans. My businesses are US registered. There are also tax reasons for not pricing in Pesos. I don’t understand why it is important to you?

  4. jakes says

    I remember Mexico being very black/white on the language issue….if you spoke Spanish you were treated like a family member and if you didn’t, you were a gringo and money was the only thing they wanted!

    My big problem here is that I actually had my ASIAN training in CHINA and CHINESE KOREAN JAPANESE are simply racist (not always out of evil-ness mind you (education is a big deal on that subject) but they are and it has the same effect as the evil ones) and no languages will change that.

    I came here because I felt (and that’s when I visited some of the poorest place of Philippines) that they had heart something the robots from north Asia often lack. I am running away from that but at the same time I feel the language as nothing to do with it. So I wonder?!

    I have a feeling that the racism here is defined by the lifestyle/ideas/hardship… a sob story will get you help while logic and truth leads you nowhere.

    I would love to hear stories from Philippines that are not based on emotions as I do not look at the world that way, call me psyco, I ratter strategist…and I know it is not the easiest way to approach the Pines but I really have a hard time giving credibility to any lovers talking positively about their love ones…

    What’s behind the language that actually make your communication the KEY to a fair relationship all around.

  5. Jacob Burden says

    Magandang hapon po sa inyo lahat. I have lived in the Philippines for a couple of years and visited a couple times since then. Bob is correct when he says you can live in the Philippines and would not have to learn the language, because for the most part most Filipinos speak English. But, if you want to have a better experience and a better life in the Philippines you might want to spend the extra time and money to learn the language. I speak Tagalog, a little bit of Ilocano and Kampangpangan and it really has worked to my benefit and the people have treated so wonderful and have much more respect toward be because of this. I cannot wait to retire from the US Army and move permenently back to the Philippines. I will be living in Baler, Aurora when I do because that is the area I am familiar with and I love diving and surfing there. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Thank you Bob for all you do!

    • says

      Hi Jacob – Thanks for passing along your language experiences. Sounds like you are doing well with various Philippine languages, since you can speak Tagalog, and bits of some other languages too! Congratulations!

    • says

      Hi Ron – I am not familiar with “Hiliguyan.” Maybe you mean “Hiligaynon,” or “Ilonggo” (same thing)? I am not trying to be smart, or make fun of spelling errors, there are languages that are spelled differently, and I am not sure if we are talking about the same thing.

      I am working on putting together a Hiligaynon, or Ilonggo course, but it is probably at least a few months away.

      • Jonathan Morrow says

        I am very interested in learning Ilonggo. The only things I have found on learing it were some Peace Corp papers. One is a teachers curriculum on teaching a class to learn Ilonggo. Very difficult to teach myself. So If you have completed your course for Ilonggo, I am very interested. I go back to Bacolod in one year. Thank you for your time.

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