Gift Ideas for Filipino Language Learners

If you need some last minute gift inspiration for Mother’s Day, Asian American Month, or Graduation check out our recommendations below:

italki Online Language Tutor Website

If you are serious about learning a language, you need to be talking to a native speaker frequently. italki is a foreign language tutor marketplace. You buy credits to pay for 1-on-1 time with a tutor. The teaching is not standardized, so it can be hit or miss depending on the tutor. Buy a few credits as a gift for that special someone to do a trial with a tutor in Filipino (Tagalog) or Cebuano (Bisaya).


Kindle Unlimited Subscription

For parents who want to raise multilingual children, there are several ebooks available on the Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription. Here are a couple titles related to language learning:

  • Become a Bilingual Family: The Best Method for Raising Bilingual Children, Even If You Only Speak One Language by Daniela Perieda  and LaDonna Atkins
  • Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids by Adam Beck

Language Reference Books

I recommend getting the paperback versions of these titles, the ebooks can be hard to read with the many tables and charts.

  • Elementary Tagalog: Tara, Mag-Tagalog Tayo! Come On, Let’s Speak Tagalog! by Jiedson R. Domigpe and Nenita Pambid Domingo
    Elementary Tagalog’s
     comprehensive approach will help students master Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, also known as Filipino or Pilipino. From learning to read Tagalog words and pronounce Tagalog sounds to using correct Tagalog grammar, communicating in Tagalog dialogues and building Tagalog vocabulary, learners will be surprised at how quickly their skills develop. The expert guidance in Elementary Tagalog is ideal both for true beginners and heritage learners who grew up in Filipino-speaking communities or families. The accompanying MP3 audio CD improves listening comprehension and ensures correct pronunciation. 
  • A Handbook Of Cebuano Visayan by Anssi and Nida Raisanen
    A handbook of the Cebuano language spoken in the Visayas region of the Philippines, with a glossary of essential words, a comprehensive grammar section and a list of common everyday phrases. Pronunciation includes accent marks.
  • Let’s Speak Ilokano by Precy Espiritu
    Let’s Speak Ilokano takes a new and lively approach to language learning. Lessons are learned in the context of simulated real-world experiences that are acted out in the classroom. This book is geared toward a group classroom instruction, but it is recommended here due to the limited Ilokano language resources for beginners.

Leave a comment below, if you have a favorite Filipino language or bilingual resource.

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