Filiipno language course is based on similarities with the ”Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” and our level 1 to 3 are structured similarily with A1 to B1. Filiipno language is however unique in the sense that it is mixed with English, our focus is to teach colloquial Filipino and we will choose the English (or in some cases Taglish) word, phrases and even grammatical structures in which they would be the most common over pure Tagalog.

We should also be well within the recommended hours to achieve beginner level proficiency, which is 60-80 hours (homework included) per level. This estimation of time does not take the category of the students in consideration.

For those of you who are registering for level 1, no previous knowledge of Filipino is required, Level 1 is aimed at complete beginners. To register for Level 2 we expect you to pass the Level 1 final test at the end of the semester. See below for chart of what you will learn:

Level 1;
greetings and common expressions
all pronouns
to go somewhere, to be somewhere (or not)
expressing that something exists (or not)
to have something (or not)
expressing how things are (or not)
some adjective intensifiers
expressing that something is intended for someone or something
basic verbs, vocabulary and sentence patterns
polite speech
buying something
introducing people, pets and things
days, months, past, future, telling the time
giving directions
expressing likes, dislikes, wants and needs
numbers, prices and counting
comparing things
expressing agreement, doubt, wonder and other emotions or nuances
na, pa, naman, pala, yata’ and other enclitic particles
cultural insights through situations and dialogues
about 30 verbs*

Level 2:
verbs, verb affixes and their aspects
-um-, mag-, ma-, maka-, makapag-, -in, maki-, i-, -an, magpa-, pa-…-in, pa-…-an, ipa-, ipag-, makipag-. Some of these verb affixes have different meanings depending on the verb.
complex sentences with clauses
more vocabulary and expressions
further consolidation of material from Lessons 1–20
cultural insights through situations and dialogues
over 90 new verbs*

Level 3:
more verb affixes: ika-, mag-…-an/han, mang- (At this point, you will know how verb affixes and aspects work, and you will be able to learn new ones easily.)
recently completed aspect
noun affixes
adjective affixes
ordinal numbers, other number expressions, dates
sentence patterns used in written Tagalog and formal spoken Tagalog
more vocabulary and expressions
further consolidation of material from Lessons 1–40
cultural insights through situations and dialogues
over 55 new verbs*

You will learn over 175 roots combined with various affixes. You will also learn how to use pseudo-verbs; may, mayroon/meron, marami and wala’ (for “to have,” “there is/are/was/were (not)” etc.), and verbless “to be” sentences.