We've started a new section on the TLDC website for "Listening Practice" for intermediate Tagalog
language students. It includes Youtube videos (used with permission) along with Tagalog-language
with text transcripts so you can follow along easily and "train your ear" to understand spoken
WHY YOUTUBE VIDEOS:
The great thing about practicing Tagalog with Youtube is that the language used there is more casual
than in a typical student/teacher environment. This means you're learning the language as it is
spoken in a practical, day-to-day way. You're acquiring the listening skills you will need to
actually understand what people are saying on the streets of Manila.
TRANSCRIPTS AND CUSTOM REWIND:
The transcripts included with all of the videos were custom created for this website by native
Tagalog speakers. There are also custom-made "rewind" buttons on the video pages so you can better
fine-tune your rewind during videos to repeat words or phrases you didn't hear or comprehend fully.
The one-arrow rewind goes back 2 seconds. The two-arrow rewind button goes back 5 seconds. This is
really helpful to repeat tricky phrases you hear efficiently.
The videos can also be controlled by keyboard:
Enter to Play/Pause,
Left Arrow to Rewind.
Every word in the transcript is clickable and shows definitions from the TLDC dictionary. This makes
looking up words you don't know super convenient while watching your videos. The nice thing about the
TLDC dictionary, too, is that it's especially built to handle all of the slang and abbreviations that
Filipinos use in every-day speech.
WHO ARE THE YOUTUBERS?:
Right now we have videos from several Youtubers:
Acy De Castro: Acy De Castro is a teenager who gets bored in living the stereotype student life, and has and decided to make his life more colorful by sharing his thoughts and talents through Youtube videos, with the intention of putting a smile on your face. Vlogs topics include student life and travel.
Boy Perstaym: "Boy Perstaym" is a friendly, 30-something guy from the Manila metro area. He is an ex-video editor from the TV show "Pinoy Big Brother," among others, so his videos are of good quality and entertaining. The content is mostly daily-life and travel videos. His vlog consists mostly of daily-life and travel videos.
In the future we'll add a couple more Youtubers to the mix, too. And of course, all videos are
only posted with agreements from the Youtubers themselves -- we respect content creators copyrights over their creations.
We plan on releasing a couple of these videos per week, regularly, for the foreseeable future. So stay
tuned to the TagalogLessons.com website!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!:
If you support what we're doing, please share this link and this post on Facebook to anyone you know
is interested in the Tagalog language. We believe strongly that there needs to be more resources on
the web (like ours!) for students to fully learn the Tagalog language. It takes a lot of work, but
it's worth it if we know it's providing value to people out there!