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The mission of this website is to help you learn, study, and appreciate Tagalog (Filipino), one of the official language of the Republic of the Philippines; the other is English. To date we have the biggest collection of thematic Tagalog Vocabulary anywhere on the web with close to 2000 translations to and from English, French, and Spanish. To add we have phrases, grammar, and about the Philippines sections that are growing with entries. Check out our Tagalog Word of the Day to learn Tagalog words one day at a time. Come back often as we continue to add content. Please contact us, the Ainux Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any feedback or questions.
What is Tagalog (Filipino)?
Filipino (Tagalog) is an Austronesian language and one of the official language of the Philippines; the other is English. Tagalog is the basis of the Filipino language; however for all practical purposes Tagalog is essentially Filipino; they are one and the same. Therefore we will use Tagalog and Filipino in this website. There are approximately 120 to 175 spoken languages in the Philippines of which Tagalog is one. Furthermore Tagalog has several dialects namely: Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Lubang, Manila, Marinduque, Tanay-Paete and Tayabas; which are all intelligible. In this website we will use the Manila dialect which is considered the standard Tagalog.
Note that Tagalog originated from the endonym taga-ilog ('people from the river') that refers to an ethnic group. As such Tagalog may refer to people or a spoken language. The same goes for Filipino which may refer to a person or people who identify with the Philippines and Filipino the official language of the Philippines. We will make such distinction when needed.
Where is Tagalog (Filipino) Spoken?
Tagalog is spoken by virtually 101 million (July 2015 est.) Filipinos. It is also spoken in many parts of the world where there is high concentration of Filipinos. In fact Tagalog is the third most widely spoken foreign language in the United States of America (2014) and is the fastest growing foreign language in Canada (2012). There are also considerable Tagalog speakers in Australia, Great Britain, and Japan among others. Thus like Filipino, Tagalog also refers to a language or an ethnic group.
The 'PO' word
Po' or 'ho' is a Tagalog word attached in a phrase, sentence, or word; in turn such phrase, sentence, or word becomes respectful. Therefore when you read "Tagalog Po!" we are saying with respect that our website is about the Tagalog language. It is important to know that the word 'po' is particular to the Tagalog language and don't have any equivalent in other Philippine languages such as Bisaya, Waray, Ilocano, and so forth.
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|Tagalog Word||English Word||Example|
Gusto ko bumili ng mga alahas.
I would like to buy some jewelry.