About Us

Whether you’re hopping around our 7,107 islands or hanging out with one of the millions of Filipinos worldwide, KalyeSpeak can help you speak your mind freely!

KalyeSpeak is practical, fun, even entertaining at times. We will not bore you with textbook dictation and miles and miles of memorization. Our lessons get right down to the vernacular — just as how it is spoken in the street. This way, you can rule shopping, watch what you eat, and even delight that cute little Filipina on the beach.

Learn Filipino, as Filipinos speak it.

Thanks to the genuises of Chinesepod (John P, Ken, and Jenny Zhu) and Spanishpod (JP — who is Pinoy btw — and Lili) for being our inspirations and idols! You guys changed online language learning for everyone!

76 responses

10 06 2009

Your podcasts really are entertaining! maraming salamat!

10 06 2009

Thanks Inez! Spread the word!

11 06 2009

Thank you KalyeSpeak for keeping your podcasts enjoyable and fun. I have posted a link of your site in my blog to help spread the word.

11 06 2009

And thank you MynaBird for listening in!!! šŸ™‚

21 07 2009

Thank you for the enormous amount of effort and time you guys are spending on making this a truly fantastic site! I am trying hard to pick up as much kalye speak as I can!

Thanks so much, my wife was already impressed after I memorized the adobo lesson and waited until she cooked adobo and it worked out perfectly, she cried from laughter ;>

PS. Is there a more convenient way to just download all the MP3’s and PDF’s that are posted in a single click? :>

23 07 2009

Hey Josh! Glad you guys enjoyed the adobo!!! Maybe you can try out sinigang or caldereta next! Haha šŸ™‚

The most convenient way of downloading the MP3s is by subscribing in iTunes. Just click on the huge “Subscribe in iTunes” button on the right hand side, and iTunes will do the rest. With iTunes, new episodes will automatically be update into your feed and downloaded straight to your computer. šŸ™‚

With the PDFs though, we still haven’t figured out a way for easier downloads… unless you want me to e-mail you all the PDFs (which I can do, if you want.) Let me know!

Kita kits! Salamat!!

24 07 2009

Thank you for producing this great podcast series. Can you add me on to the list for the database of PDF’s since the first episode, Salamat.

14 11 2011

Hey Mickey,

Would you mind sending me the PDFs for all the lessons? I’ve just started listening to your podcast and thoroughly enjoy it, I’m an American living in Singapore with three Filipino roommates from Manila. Thanks so much for the great work!


9 08 2009

Hi guys I have just discovered your site and trust me I will be a regular visitor! I am Irish and If I don’t learn tagalog soon I think my asawa will despair….

You’ve helped already, “PAHINGI!” lol!

Off to look at the lessons from the beginning… HELP!

9 08 2009

Thank you! I believe your asawa will love you even more after spending some time here. Keep it up and update us! Just leave comments if you want to ask questions and we will do or very best to answer! Kita-kits!

10 08 2009

He is very impressed so far! We even managed to have a conversation last night, a painfully slow and extremely giggly conversation but the first one! Thank god your lessons are relevent and not boring textbook.

salamat =) x

11 08 2009

Hahaha! I can just imagine your conversation! Must have been great! šŸ™‚ Just leave us a message if you need help with anything!! Kita-kits!

12 08 2009

Yeah man I’m back again…. (*oh hell thinks the kalyespeak team this one just doesnt shut up*)

Do you have any general pronunciation tips for me? My native accent is proving extremely difficult to wrap around tagalog words. I just cant get my tongue to work the way i need it to, it’s programmed to a totally different word stress pattern.

Any help you guys have time to give me would be greatly appreciated.

12 08 2009

I guess for starters, always keep in mind that in FIlipino, short vowels are always used. Just try to open your mouth more, kind of exaggerate the enunciation to achieve the proper sound.

– Cris

22 08 2009
jj tapper

Hey, Cris and Mickey, i am recently new to your podcast and in a week i learned so much, my friends are impressed, Salamat and keep up the great work, it is very Entertaining/educational, ur friend from canada toronto, JJ Tapper.

22 08 2009

Hey JJ! Thanks for listening in! We’re glad you’ve learned! Let us know what your friends have to say about your growing Tagalog! Kita-kits!

17 09 2009
jj tapper

hey Mickey i was wandering if you can do a show with short forms and long the long form of word, that’d be greate, salamat and Paalam.

21 09 2009

Okay JJ! But we’ll probably get to do that when Cris comes back šŸ˜›

30 10 2009
El Coyote

This is one of the best places to learn Tagalog. Educational and entertaining. I love Tagalog. A good job, Salamat.

12 12 2009

I just realized you probably should make a kalyespeak e-mail account. Nothing to lose by having it

13 12 2009

we do hav! kalyespeak@gmail.com !

14 12 2009

well, am I blind or is it not posted/advertised on the site?

22 12 2009
Marie Marte

Maraming salamat sa Kalyespeak. You have given me a new lease on my heritage which I am trying to pass on to my son who is 4 years old. Practice & practicality & good ‘filipino’ humor help make your podcast entertainingly educational. I feel like I am listening to my cousins…LOL!

Can I request a medical scenario, what practical words/phrases are usualy used in a hospital setting?

Keep up the good work, I listen to my podcasts on my way home every day,

From Fresh Meadows, NY USA

24 12 2009

Thank you so much for the encouraging words! Sorry if we haven’t been uploading new lessons recently, we’ve been encountering technical problems with our recorded lessons. šŸ™‚ but feel free to enjoy our old lessons and pass the word around! Salamat po at maligayang pasko sa iyo at iyong pamilya!

12 01 2010

Hey KalyeSpeak gang! Great podcasts! Could also send me the .pdf files? Maraming salamat!

15 04 2010

Hello from Australia!!
Just discovered your podcasts, I’m trying to learn Tagalog and you guys make it so much easier and more entertaining! Would love to be included in the emailing of pdf’s if that’s okay =]
Maraming salamat!

15 04 2010

Thanks Kerri!! šŸ™‚ I’ll email you the pdfs šŸ™‚


3 05 2010

Hi guys, I’m Tak from Japan. I really enjoy your podcast. I find the culture and the people of the Philippines so interesting that I sometimes think I must have been a filipino in my prior life. I have many friends from different countries. Only the people from your country don’t seem foreign to me…. I don’t know what it is that have towards Philippines.

Hey I have a question. In the Tara Let’s Dumaguete, Cris said something like “that little motorcycle tok tokoking…” what is that? I listen to that section over and over again because I find the sound of the word soooooo funnnny. I would appreciate it if you can let me know. Thanks!

Maraming salamat! Ingat!

3 05 2010

Hi Tak! Thanks for the encouraging words! It’s true, while our cultures may be different, the Japanese and the Filipinos have a lot in common – our love of rice, for instance! Haha!

What part of Japan are you from? I’ve been there a lot of times already because my dad lived there for a while in the late 1970s!

Haha, so you caught what Cris said! He was using a onomatopoeia, the “tok tok” is the sound that motorcycles make, I think the correct word is “sputtering.” šŸ™‚

3 05 2010

ohhh i see, it’s onomatopoeia! Now I know. Thanks.

You know I listen to your podcast in the train everyday and sometimes I get so embarrassed, because some of the things you guys say and the way you speak in Tagalog is so funny. For example, why did you have to sound like that when you said “Kuta, pwuede ipapalit?” !!! The meaning itself is not funny but the way you sound is so hilarious!!

I’m from a small town in Kanagawa prefecture, about 2 hours south of Tokyo, but I am moving to Hong Kong next week.

5 05 2010

Hahaha, thanks taka! well, Tagalog is a funny language, have you heard the “Bababa ba?” episode? Hahaha!

Oooh, Kanagawa! Nice! Although I’ve never been there myself, but I’m absolutely in love with Japan, never have I seen such an organized place. Haha

6 05 2010

Yeah I heard that version too. In Japan we have a family name, Baba. So it would be funny to ask Mr. Baba, Bababa ba? Hahaha

Mata ne! (kita kits in Japanese)

17 06 2010

Hey you guys! My name is Rosie from New York and I just wanted to say that your podcasts are really great! Although I am a filipina, I didn’t grow up with the language and now that I want to learn, your podcasts have been wonderfully helpful!

I just wanted to ask, would be possible to make a separate page on your website for your PDFs?

Maraming salamat!

18 06 2010

Hey Rosie! Thanks for the encouraging words! We’re stoked the lessons have been helpful! šŸ™‚
We’ll try to set up a page for the PDFs! Hope to see you around the website! šŸ™‚

28 06 2010
louis vuitton

Greetings, I like your blog. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a comment to let you know, great job! Thanks Jessica

Louis Vuitton


7 07 2010
Bill Jackson

I have been married to a Filipina for 30 years. You guys have taught me more Filipino in 1 month, than she has in 30 years. I just coughed up $25.00 donation to you all. I hope to see you there when I retire in 2 years. Thanks again for the wonderful presentation…


7 07 2010

Wow!!! Thanks bill!!! That’s our biggest donation yet! That’ll be put into good use with the maintenance of the site! Thanks so much and we’re all glad that we get to help you out! Salamat!!

7 07 2010

Thanks for the donation Bill! But now I also have the term “Linguistic sugar daddy” formed in my head.

11 07 2010

Can you guys do a podcast about Bacolod, Negros Occidental? Would be great!

11 07 2010

Hey Buhuhuh,

Will try to make a Tara Let’s on that! Just have to find someone who’s been there. šŸ˜›


13 12 2010

I’ve been practicing/learning Tagalog consistently for almost 2 months now and while I’ve been making a lot of progress I though I should add some podcasts to my arsenal of learning material. I am SO glad I stumbled upon your podcasts two days ago. I was a little skeptical at first but when I accidentally listened to the “Duwende” episode first, I knew I had to listen to more. What’s funny is that as soon as I learned the word “duwende”, there were some duwendes on TFC, the Filipino tv station. (they were serving people in a place called the Hobbit House in the Philippines) Anyway, you guys are so entertaining and different from other podcasts I’ve listened to. Maraming salamat po. Keep up the good work. Ingat.

16 12 2010

Hey Annie! šŸ™‚ Glad that you’ve stumbled upon our podcast and liked it! Why are you taking up Tagalog though? (Bakit ka nag-aaral ng Tagalog?) Just for fun? And where are you from? (Taga-saan ka?) šŸ™‚


30 01 2011

You guys are funny! I am learning tagalog and you guys make it fun!!
Maraming Salamat šŸ™‚

31 01 2011

Thanks also for listening nasha! šŸ™‚


17 02 2011
Rachel Wincel

You guys are hilarious….I really dig the show, you know, because it’s so important to know how to say “your kilikili is stinky” and “this halo halo is masarap!” Keep up the great work!

18 02 2011

Salamat Rachel! Glad our lessons are coming in handy! šŸ™‚


14 04 2011

Wow!!! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog, I’ve listened to the first 3 podcasts and they’re such fun. A lot more enjoyable than the textbooks I’ve been studying. Could you email the PDF’s? That would be most helpful. Salamat!!

5 06 2011

Thanks Simon! WIll try to work on sending the PDFs soon! šŸ™‚ – Mickey

25 04 2011
Cecily Wurtz

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9 05 2011

hey cecily! what post were you referring to? šŸ™‚ mickey

28 04 2011

You guys are fantastic – I am very new to tagalog and I am enjoying every aspect of the process of learning – but you have really made it a lot of fun!!!!

9 05 2011

thanks also for listening joseph! šŸ™‚ – Mickey

8 11 2011

hi! I’m Kyoko from Japan. I’m learning Tagalog here in Osaka, Japan. I really really love Kalyespeak!! Especially, I like Micky’s voice šŸ™‚
I always spend with Filipino friends at the church every Sunday. If I could speak Tagalog more, I’m sure I can enjoy more with them, di ba?? Please please give next lesson!! Thank you!!!
No Philippines, No Life!!!

8 11 2011

hi kyoko! glad you listen in to our little podcast! and thanks for liking my voice! Haha – Mickey

15 11 2011

Kumusta po kayo KalyeSpeak,

Might y’all be interested in doing a couple of really authentic dialogues for “Commuting by Jeepney,” “Getting Directions,” or “Riding a taxi?” I’m trying to find fun and useful listenings for a Filipino language class here in Hawaii, but everything else is kinda booooring and outdated. Let me know! Salamat po.

26 11 2011

Hey Mateo! Thanks for the suggestions! We already have an episode in riding a taxi. šŸ™‚ check it out!

15 11 2011

Hi Mickey,

Could you send me the PDFs for all your lessons? I just began listening last week, I live in Singapore with three Filipinos. It’s a fantastic podcast, thanks for all the hard work!


29 11 2011


I can’t believe I only discovered you guys today – you are all so helpful! I’m Filipina but I’ve pretty much lived in Australia my whole life so my Filipino is limited at best. I’m going back home soon, so Kalyespeak has been amazing in making me feel a little more confident šŸ™‚

Just sharing some love, maraming salamat!

29 11 2011

Hey Gigi! We’re glad we’re of help! Always heartwarming to hear Filipino/a/s abroad learning the mother language and coming back home! See you when you come back! – Mickey

9 12 2011
Holly Elder

Hi! I’m coming back to learning from this site, and I had a question. Is there a way to get all of the PDF’s besides going through each and every one of the episodes? Are they complied and hidden somewhere like a pirate’s treasure? I would love to have them!

11 12 2011

Hey holly! we’ll send you an email containing the PDFs. šŸ™‚ salamat!

31 12 2011
B to the B

I’m so glad that I found your podcasts! They are super entertaining and very helpful.

I probably should’ve been listening to you guys for months before going on my trip but I still have another 3 weeks to go! I would like to get serious in learning tagalog and wondered if you guys had any suggestions (rosetta stone perhaps?)

Salamat po!

2 01 2012

Hey B to the B!
Never tried Rosetta stone! But the best way to learn is keep on practicing with locals šŸ™‚


18 04 2012

Rosetta Stone is a sleek program. I wouldn’t pay for it though after my personal experience (luckily I got it for free). Basically you get a good grasp on understanding Tagalog but forming sentences and speaking Tagalog is not going to happen. The best website I have found that discusses methods to learn any language is http://www.languageimpact.com and the best article there is http://www.languageimpact.com/articles/rw/tprmax.htm .

17 03 2012

hello guys,found your website via learn Filipino Google search.
I am John from England and moving to Manila in the next few weeks as an investor.
I have visited many times Bohol,Palawan,boracay,cebu,ilo ilo city and so forth.
Just want to say a big thank you for your learn Filipino that I listen to daily.
I am studying the language and your website helps me learn and pronounce my word much better….although my tongue sometimes get tied up.
Ingat ka


19 03 2012

Hello Kalyespeak,

funny team you are. Nice podcast you do. So much entertaining I actually forgetting that this is an educational podcast. Well keep up the good work. I really want to hear more from you.

Best whishes from Germany

26 03 2012

guten tag oliver! thanks for listening! šŸ™‚

18 04 2012

Hey guys,

I’ve had a great day listening to podcast after podcast. I REALLY appreciate the website to go along with the lessons and the AWESOME PDFs. You guys created a fun time out of frustrating experience and have my wife cringing with all the street talk lingo I’m picking up from your lessons hahaha. It’s a shame learning tagalog is a struggle due to the lack of good resources. Any Tagalog book I find is full of “deep tagalog” that Filipinos don’t use anymore or full of grammar examples that aren’t even translated into English. How in the world did they forget that this was a language learning book for people who don’t know Tagalog. This is really the only good website I have found for learning Tagalog and you guys are doing it for free. Seriously, that is really admirable and I really thank you all for the time and effort. I have one tiny request though. You might see that I have commented on every podcast that had a broken or mislinked PDF. Is there anyway you could repost ALL the PDFs on one page. That way you don’t need to go through every podcast to check if the link is working. Thanks for all your hard work!

19 04 2012

Thanks stew for your kind words and more importantly, finding all our mislinked PDFs! haha, they have all been rectified, except for one or two which really don’t have PDFs. šŸ™‚ will see what we can do about the PDF tab, as you know, we all just do this for fun (and don’t get paid for it!) so finding time is our biggest enemy. – Mickey

19 04 2012

Wow, thanks for the quick update Mickey. I totally understand, I know website maintenance is a time consuming process. I just donated $20 to your paypal link. That should pay for some San Miguel and another year of hosting fees haha.

20 04 2012

Haha! Thanks so much for the donation! That will go a long way! šŸ™‚

10 07 2012
Ricardo Costa

Hi guys Maraming salamat!!

thats why
i have a very very nice idea!!!

that will be
so you guys would tell a history first and after that you would tell again but this time asking questions, in tagalog. such:
once upon a time there was a boy named John. john had a problem……..
…there was a boy. there was a boy or a girl?
a boy yes a boy so there was a boy. there was a girl?
no, not a girl, a boy there was a boy, so there was a boy named John,
what was his name?
John, the boy was named John……………

the questions could be so easy but the learning would be so deep.
it would go deep in to our head.
so in the second time you will tell the history, ask, wait, and answer your quention.

it would be a success!!!!

Ricardo Costa

11 08 2012
Anthony Oliver

hoy pare!

i just started listening to your podcasts for the last. . .month and they are a blend of entertainment and learning that makes the language easy to stick! i just got back to america from serving a mission in Hong Kong for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where I worked with a lot of philipina ates and it’s so much fun to chicka chicka with them now in tagalog!

suggestions. . .keep the podcasts coming! especially the newb ones.

kita kits sa podcast!

4 07 2013

What are your study habits po? šŸ™‚

24 09 2013
Bea Aguila

Hi good day! I am a student from St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City and I would like to know po how will I be able to contact you po. Because we have a case study regarding podcasting. And I thought maybe I can get an interview with the host maybe? God bless and thank you!

30 11 2013

Hi bea! Just e-mail us at kalyespeak@gmail.com šŸ™‚

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