Although Filipino is the national language, the Philippines actually has over 170 languages!
It is challenging finding resources so I get super excited when I find resources especially for children.
Most of these apps are used in elementary schools in the Philippines as part of a digital learning kit to support Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education.
I’m not affiliated with the developers, just sharing because they are great apps!
Filipino Sign Language (FSL)
Did you know that Filipino Sign Language (FSL) is a separate language from American Sign Language (ASL)?
There are several letters that are different in finger signing the letters of the alphabet – “e”, “g”, and “t”.
The Benilde Deaf School in Manila, Philippines has an abundance of videos of Filipino Sign Language words and phrases. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/BenildeDeafSchool/
Hililgayon – kids ebook app
Hiligaynon or Ilonggo is spoken in various parts of Mindanao and Western Visayas, Philippines.
Usbong is a social business based out of Markina City, Philippines. They produce a variety of multilingual interactive storybook apps for children. The apps have audio and text in multiple languages.
Available on Google Play and Apple App Store. Free (English and Filipino) with in-app purchases for Ilonggo, and additional languages.
Sinama- kids ebook app
The Sama community has produced amazing resources for preserving the Sinama language. Find them at http://sinama.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/sinama.org/.
Sinama Big Books is an app with 24 translated stories for children.
Sinama is spoken in various parts of Mindanao, Philippines.
Available on Google Play – Free!
Leave a comment below, if you have a favorite Filipino language app.