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.
5. Read along with the transcript while listening to the movie.
6. Read along with the movie over and over again, paying attention to intonation, speech patterns, expressions, etc.Take notes if you want.
7. Try listening without reading and see if you can hear the words clearly. Better yet, can you hear the words and understand them?
8. Once you understand what is being said, or when things sound familiar to you, repeat the lines along with the movie out loud. Try to say them exactly the way the actor says them in the movie. (The advanced move would be to also copy their facial expressions or body movements.)
9. Any phrases you like from the movie, take those and use them in real life.
10. Start with easier movies and work your way to more difficult ones.
11. And then FINALLY! Go to the Philippines and try out to be an actor! Tell them I sent ya!
That’s it! Those are my steps.
P.S. There is a very good documentary on Netflix (or other places online) right now called, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’
I suggest this film as a great study tool because it is mostly interviews, so you get a VERY good guide for how people normally tell stories and have conversations.
I HIGHLY recommend it.
If you want some very good Tagalog listening practice, watch this documentary.
The transcript for the ENTIRE MOVIE is available to you here.
So you can go ahead and get started!
If there are any other good Filipino movies on Netflix that you know of, please let me know in the comments below and I can transcribe them for you. Also, please let me know how your studying with movies have worked for you, and how you made it happen. Salamat!