Mabuhay! Kumusta Ka Po! Tagalog is the language most widely spoken in Manila and surrounding provinces and is a lot of fun to learn. Ideally you should have a teacher, a Tagalog speaking native, to correct your punctuation and make sure your grammar is up to scratch. Even if you don’t have a teacher handy, you can still learn a great deal and lay the foundations for quick and easy assimilation when you arrive in the Philippines.
Learning a language is always easier if you adopt the ‘total immersion’ method. Go to the Philippines and keep well away from other foreigners and try and get the locals to only speak to you in Tagalog. You will make mistakes but in time you will start to grasp the language because you have no choice!
This site will help you find teachers, textbooks, audio programs and other resources and opportunities to practice your Tagalog, no matter where in the world you live.