Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Beginner Conversational Tagalog
9-week session February 23 - April 20
9 Mondays, 6:15-8:00 PM (last class: 6:15-8:15 PM)

..schedule doesn't work? email me your availability so I can see if other days can be added..

The beginner conversational class at the Bayanihan Community Center emphasizes practical phrases and grammatical strategies that will get you speaking confidently within days. The class will cover greetings and introductions, description of people and places, stating preferences or non-preferences, counting, shopping, telling time and basic usage of verbs. By the end of the class, students would be able to formulate sentences, have a working vocabulary of about 100-600 words, and be able to carry on a basic conversation.

Intermediate Conversational Tagalog
Dates and times, TBD

Realistic, situational verbal & written tasks will be used in the intermediate conversational class to reinforce the student's existing knowledge of Tagalog. The class will also continue expanding the student's vocabulary and grammatical skills, as well as incorporate the cultural and social context of the Tagalog language.

Not sure if you're ready to take the intermediate class? Send me an email with your questions/concerns. I will also be posting a self-diagnostic tool shortly.

Reference Materials:

I will be providing handouts for both classes, and strongly recommend that students get these two books:

Teach Yourself Tagalog by Corazon Salvacion Castle, book only (around $6-10 online) & Basic Tagalog by Paraluman Aspillera (2007, Tuttle Publishing, around $15-20 online)
Compare book prices at http://www.dealoz.com/

Location: Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94103

Public Transportation (street parking is free and available by 6 PM):
BART: Powell, Civic Center

Fee and Payment Information:
In order to make the class more available to students, fees for the beginner's class are based on a sliding scale rate with volunteer hours (volunteer opportunities available upon request):

Beginner Class:

$125 + 4 volunteer hours + $ 5 materials fee = $130
$150 no volunteer hours needed + $ 5 materials fee = $155

Intermediate Class:
$140 + no volunteer hours + $ 5 materials fee = $145
$130 + 2 volunteer hours + $ 5 materials fee = $ 135

Please register online here:
or email karen_llagas at yahoo if you have any questions.

thank you!