If I keep watching Tagalog movies, am I going to learn how to speak Tagalog?
If want to learn how to speak it, the short answer is NO.
However, if you
Get some speaking practice
Learn sentence formation,
Movies are a great way to learn the language the way it is actually spoken
I get a big number of learners who have used books to self-study, but because of the difference between written and conversational Tagalog, they ended up speaking Tagalog in a way that is not normal in an everyday conversational setting. So movies are good to fix this problem!
Now, why watch a Tagalog movie to learn Tagalog?
Here are reasons why watching movies may not work for you:
Unless you are only interested in “kinda following” the movie (and maybe laughing or crying at the wrong times *eek!*)
My Steps On How To Use Movies To Learn Tagalog
1. Learn some basic grammar and vocabulary.
2. Watch the movie throughout for the fun of it and then pick a short section to focus on.
3. Ideally, you would have a Tagalog transcript. Study the transcript and make sure you understand the transcript and can translate it to English.
4. Go back to your “focus section” of the movie and turn off the subtitles.