Spanish: Basis For Learning
Yes, if you know Spanish (or some other related languages), you can learn Tagalog. In learning basic Tagalog, it is necessary to know a minimal vocabulary of as few as 800 words or so to conduct conversations under most everyday conditions. With a prior knowledge of Spanish or even to an extent English, this minimal list will be reduced even further. This means that a working functional knowledge of spoken and written Tagalog could possibly be achieved in an astoundingly short period of as little as ONE MONTH!
A period this short presupposes, of course, that the learner of Tagalog could successfully manage new vocabulary acquisition at the rate of around thirty words per hour, which is by no means a difficult task, especially for an experienced language learner with a first language or dialect having similarities to Tagalog or Filipino, the national language of the Philippines. Pictured is King Philip the Second of Spain (1527 – 1598), for whom the Asian Pacific Island Republic is named.
In this respect, Spanish, English and several other indigenous Malayo-Polynesian languages would greatly accelerate the Tagalog learning process. Other languages which would provide a head-start in the learning of written or spoken Tagalog would include Hindi, Arabic, Sanskrit, Malay, Chinese, Javanese, Japanese, and Tamil, as mentioned in the related article, “If You Can Learn Spanish, You Can Learn Tagalog". Here are some more easy Tagalog examples: