I think the way Duolingo executes language learning is great. It's a really fun way to understand the basics/vocabulary and the gamification keeps you interested. Unfortunately, as most users have noticed, Duolingo does not have all languages.

So far, I've only found flash card type apps. The best alternative I found was Memrise.

Are there any other Duolingo-type apps out there? When I mean by similar, I mean similar in the way Duolingo separates its categories and have them build on each other. Of course, there should be some gamification aspects as well.

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    Welcome to Language Learning! – fi12 Jul 8 '16 at 2:01
  • Thanks @fi12! Glad to be here. – adriennetacke Jul 8 '16 at 5:31
  • Which specific characteristics of Duolingo are you looking for in this app? Gamification specifically? Or something else? – Flimzy Jul 8 '16 at 8:06
  • I like the separation of categories they have and they way they build upon each other (Basics, Phrases, etc.). I also really like the combination of exercises they do, specifically the translations back to your primary language and the speaking exercises. Gamification just keeps it interesting and more engaged than flash cards, you know? – adriennetacke Jul 8 '16 at 16:34

Some of the basic Tagalog learning resources I know of that you can try for free in addition to Memrise and Duolingo are the following:

  1. Beginner Tagalog app for Android.
  2. StartFromZero_Tagalog app for Android.
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  • Thank you! I will pass these along to my husband. :) – adriennetacke Jul 13 '17 at 16:44

I believe a Tagalog learning mobile app that has audio recorded by native speakers will help you a lot. I hope this app may help you learn Tagalog : Learn Dalubhasa's Easy Tagalog . This app will teach you from different ways of counting in Tagalog, telling time, travel and dining phrases to advanced Tagalog. This app consists of Tagalog words and sentence structures and offline dictionary with example of sentences. It also has detailed explanation even on using affixes, verbs, adjectives, slang, Taglish, and idiomatic expressions. Being a native Tagalog speaker, I must say that the easiest part could be nouns and adjectives. Verbs, idiomatic expressions, and active and passive voices are the most difficult. Well, it really depends on how people learn.

Cheers!!! ;-)

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  • Ooh. Salamat! I'll pass this on to my husband. – adriennetacke Sep 11 '17 at 16:58

You can try learningtagalog.com as it literally is based on helping you learn Tagalog. It seems to be for free and has great reviews. It claims to be quite fun and quick, similar to Duolingo's gamification techniques. With all the reviews, it seems to be a highly proclaimed product with lots of happy customers. Its lesson plan also seems pretty similar to Duolingo, allowing each lesson to build up on each other, starting from the basics to the more advanced terms.

Your example (Memrise) is also a good choice. Though based on flash cards as well, its lesson plans are similar to Duolingo with its gamification techniques.

Please note I am not advertising either products nor have I ever used them and able to prove their authenticity as a good product. Use at your own discretion.

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  • Seems like a good alternative as well. Too bad it's not free. Thanks though! – adriennetacke Jul 8 '16 at 22:23

While there currently is no Duolingo course teaching Tagalog to English speakers, the reverse option (teaching English to Tagalog speakers) is now in the Incubator and is set for a release date at the end of May 2017. Although that might not directly benefit you, it's a strong indication that a reverse course teaching Tagalog to English speakers is on its way.

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    The current estimate for English for Tagalog Speakers is 2018-05-01. Tagalog for English has not been started yet. – Tommi Sep 11 '17 at 5:09

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