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Pimsleur is providing aid and rescue workers with a free download of 15 lessons of its Tagalog language course in an effort to ease communications during rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of this devastating typhoon.
In 7.5 hours of lessons, you'll learn common polite greetings and pleasantries, how to ask and answer simple questions, to ask for and give directions, and to tell time. In addition, you'll be able to specify relative time (now, later, today, tomorrow), agree on a destination, and discuss eating, drinking, and going somewhere.
Approximately one-hundred and seventy languages are spoken in the Philippines, eight of which are considered major. Tagalog is the most widely-spoken with approximately 24 million native speakers. Tagalog is also spoken as a second or third language by almost the entire population of the Philippines. Several dialects of Tagalog are spoken in different regions, but the dialect spoken in Manila dominates the Philippine media and is the dialect taught in the Pimsleur course.
Please note: While Tagalog is not the primary dialect in the areas most affected by Typhoon Haiyan, it is one that is generally understood, and will be more comprehensible to more people than English will.