The Best Tagalog Classes in Washington, DC

The Best Tagalog Classes In Washington, DC

We’re going to be honest with you, it was extremely difficult to find face-to-face, in-person Tagalog/Filipino classes in Washington, DC.

The truth is, though Tagalog is a language spoken by around 50 million people worldwide, it’s not really a “popular” language to learn in the United States – yet. Thus, you’ll be hard-pressed to find institutions outside of independent native tutors offering lessons in the language.

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That said, we’ve managed to find 2 companies that offer Tagalog language courses in DC, for learners of all levels. Plus, we’ve included a couple of online/digital courses that you should consider as alternatives to the often pricey in-person ones.

Most Filipinos living in America, whether American born or not, are multilingual, Tagalog more often than not being one of the languages they speak.

And with roughly 200,000 Filipinos living in the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia, plus over 4 million living in the US as a whole, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your newfound Tagalog skills.

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1. International Language Institute

The goal of the International Language Institute is to ensure that students get what they need out of their time spent on the Tagalog language program.

Classes are more tailored than fixed, making it easier for the client to study what is important in their lives with their class. The instructor focuses only on the needs and goals of each individual person with each course customized accordingly.

Instructors can be hired for one-on-one sessions or small group classes, and for an additional fee will teach at the student’s home or office, if necessary.

Group classes (3 – 12 students) are offered at multiple levels, and use a predetermined curriculum. Placements are made based on level.

Classes are usually made up of at least 2 x 50 minute sessions, for a total of at least 1 hour and 40 minutes.

These classes are ideal for people who prefer private tuition, have specific language needs, and don’t want to work to a set schedule/curriculum.


$25 – $50 per hour


Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


Open schedule; Mondays – Thursdays (8.30am – 9pm), Fridays (8.30am – 5pm), Saturdays (9am – 2pm)


1717 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

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2. International Center for Language Studies

The International Center For Language Studies offers instruction in Tagalog with a curriculum focused on developing fluency through engaging, interactive activities and classroom dialogue.

Classes are taught by instructors who speak the language with native fluency.

Classes usually have 4-12 students and are capped at 12 to ensure that each student has ample time to participate and ask questions.

All classes take place in the evening, meeting twice a week, with courses containing 20 classes in total. That’s a little over 33 hours.

There is also a placement test available if you’re unsure of your level, which will be used to determine which course to place you in.


Contact for details


Beginner, Intermediate


Contact for details


1133 15th Street NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20005 USA

Online Tagalog Courses with Udemy

A Udemy course is a good option for those on a budget, who like working on their own schedule. Prices are cheap, and Udemy regularly offers significant discounts.

We recommend:

Tagalog Udemy Course 1

Complete Filipino Course: Learn Filipino for Beginners

Complete Filipino Course: Learn Filipino for Beginners is a Udemy Tagalog course composed of a whopping 13.5 hours of video, with lifetime access to all material. You can access the course from any device, including a smart TV. A certificate of completion is also included.

The goal of the course is to help you get your feet wet in understanding basic Tagalog, with everyday phrases and vocabulary words that will get you through day-to-day life in the Philippines.

A part of the course focuses on teaching you how to read and write in Tagalog so you can fully pronounce words correctly without having to hear them first. You’ll also gain a strong foundation in Tagalog grammar, so you’ll know the building blocks for what will come next.

This course is for anyone who wants to learn beginner-intermediate Tagalog for anything, from traveling to dating.


$9.99 – $19.99


Beginner, Intermediate

Tagalog Udemy Course 2

The New Approach to Learn Filipino/Tagalog Step-by-Step

This Filipino language course is the perfect introduction for beginners and newbies to Tagalog/Filipino.

The program covers everything from the basics of Tagalog to commonly used expressions, grammar, and verb conjugations. As you learn, you will be incorporating values which will help you understand the culture of the people who use it.

You get to learn at your own pace, from anywhere in the world, through both video and worksheets.

The course includes 4 hours of videos, plus over 40 downloadable worksheets that can all be accessed on or offline, from any device, even a smart TV.

What’s more, once you buy the course, you get lifetime access to it and any updates, without paying a penny more.

At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.


$10.99 – $39.99