The Shows

Newbie shows are made especially for those who don’t know anything about the Filipino language. The dialogs are short and sweet, while the lessons are explained in full English. The shows cover the most basic topics like food, clothing and taking a taxi. Among the shows, the most popular ones are the “Let’s Play – Duwende Ka!” episode or the “I Love You – Pakita Mo” episode.

Elementary shows are published for those with a little background with Filipino. The dialogs here are longer than those in the Newbie shows, but are still explained in English (except for the stray Taglish word that can sometimes be heard in the culture section). The shows include different sagas like the three-part Pepe Wants a Dog Series and the ongoing Jun-Bing-Mak Love Triangle. Popular podcasts include the acclaimed “You Stink, Kilikili!” and the tongue-twisting madness of “Bababa Ba?”

Pika-Pika shows are super-short learning goodies for those on the go. The crew teaches simple yet useful phrases in 5-minute shows where listeners learn high-frequency phrases and the different contexts where they can be used.

Tara Lets! is Kalyespeak’s Philippine Travel Show. These are talk shows which talk about the different travel sites in the Philippines. The language used in the shows is a mixture of English and Filipino, so it’s a great venue for learners to practice their listening skills.

Try Mo, Try Ko! is for the more advanced listeners who want to test out their comprehension and listening skills! The lessons consist of monologues/dialogs (which aren’t translated!), and the hosts give us questions for the listeners to answer!

57 responses

4 06 2009

Hi, first of all, thank you for this fantastic site. I have managed to pick up quite a few Tagalog words, and even some simple sentences.

However, in the old KalyeSpeak site, I used to be able to download the mp3 files, but in this new site, this is no longer available – it’s not practical to be always connected to the net to listen to your lessons.

Will you be putting up a section where we can again download your lessons in mp3 format?

Thanks for the great job!

4 06 2009

Hi KF! You can download the lessons into your computer by clicking the SUBSCRIBE VIA ITUNES button on the right-hand column. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks and please let us know what else we can do for you! – Mickey

19 06 2009

Since Multiply audio hosting allows downloads, that’s an alternative option for you to host, in case some people don’t like or want to use iTunes for some reason.

19 06 2009

Nah, it’s okay. There’s a simpler fix for it. I just put the link to the file on every episode.

— Cris

25 06 2009

Hi! I just love your podcast. I listen to it on my ipod and it is really helpful. Since I will be going to the Philippines next year to see my family and I hardly know any Tagalog, this is very helpful. Thank you very much! Ingat!

25 06 2009

Hey Tamis!

Thanks for listening to the podcast! Is Tamis your real name? Because it means ‘sweet’ in Filipino! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

9 09 2009
Monica Garcia

Hey it’s me, one of your avid fans (you can tell by the number of comments I have on your Multiply site LOL). I haven’t been able to update my lessons for a while due to lack of iPod memory so I don’t really have entertainment. But now I have you guys for company on my iPod again, yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

17 09 2009

Hey Monica! Glad you found our new site! ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned, we’ll be updating with new episodes soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

23 09 2009
Jessica Siemer

Hey guys!
Your shows make me so happy. My grandparents never taught their children Tagalog so that they could argue in private. But I can finally get in touch with my other half! In one of your episodes could you do something with the song “Mare” by the Black Eyed Peas? It’s very entertaining.

25 09 2009

Hey Jessica! We’re glad you’re learning Tagalog! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll try to do something about the Black Eyed Peas song! Haha, we’re kinda at a lull now though ๐Ÿ˜› But stay tuned!

24 10 2009
dick j.

hey how do i subscribe to your podcasts? whats the url?

27 10 2009

hey dick, just click on the “SUBSCRIBE IN ITUNES” button on the right column. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mickey

25 01 2010

Hey Kalyespeak crew,
Your lessons are awesome! I just started to study Tagalog on my own and your shows really help with pronunciation as well as understanding the grammar.
I was wondering if there is a place where I can go to see the soundtracks of your shows? Most of the music you guys play with your shows sound good too. I wouldnt mind listening to the filipino songs you guys play. I want to immerse myself in your language as much as possible.
Anyways, keep on with the shows. You guys are doing great!

26 01 2010

hey jon! glad you’re enjoying the lessons, and the music! unfortunately, we don’t have a soundtrack of the music.. but if it helps, we recognize who the artist is per episode, maybe you can just search them online? ๐Ÿ™‚

Try listening to Bamboo, Kjwan, Imago and the Radioactive Sago Project. They’re pretty good. And they play both english and filipino songs. ๐Ÿ™‚


6 02 2010

So would it be ok if i leave comments here and ask what the songs are in ceratin episodes? The songs you guys play are awesome! For one, the episode “Newbs- I lost my wallet! Putek!” The song you played at the end was awesome.
I live in Hawaii but I have no idea how I would go about finding the names and artists of these songs. Thanks guys and keep up the awesome teaching, it really helps.
Salamat po~


8 02 2010

hey! just got the answer from Cris (who handles most of the music in the site), the song is “Gusto Ko Lamang sa Buhay” by Itchyworms (literally means “the only thing I want in life”. Great band! Try also looking for their rendition of “Prinsesa.” – Mickey

9 02 2010

Sa~weet! Thanks lots Mickey and Chris.
Will keep in touch about other songs if that’s ok.
/bow ~ Jon

9 02 2010

No prob!! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mickey

11 02 2010

Hey again KalyeCrew~
Hope you guys are doing good. I have another question about a song if its ok. The lesson it’s in is “Pepe gets his wish. Amoy Aso,” the song at the end of the lesson sounds awesome! Thanks guys, thanks much!


12 02 2010

That’s Pink Happy Day by Bleedingboy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you found any of the songs online though? ๐Ÿ™‚

12 02 2010

Yes sir I have, including the ones you mentioned earlier. I found a lot of Bamboo and i’m loving the song “Hinahanap Hanap Kita!” Been playing it on my guitar and got some help from friends to translate the words into english just so I know what i’m singing about. I also found “Gusto Ko Lamang Sa Buhay” but haven’t found Prinsesa yet.
Thanks so much for the help Mickey. I love music so listening to something I haven’t heard before is awesome, not to mention it keeps me motivated to keep learning Tagalog.
~Take care KalyeCrew~

13 02 2010

Oops! I made a mistake! Prinsesa is by 6cyclemind. Sorry for the mixup! And I’m glad you’re enjoying and learning from filipino music!!! We actually want to do a show on doffeebt songs, but we haven’t had the time to put things together.. – Mickey

Sent from my iPhone

2 03 2010
jp ๅ‰ๅนณ

Gaah, when are you guys going to offer me a job!

3 03 2010

hahahaha! come here to manila! and we’ll pay you with chicharon and tapsilog!

3 03 2010
jp ๅ‰ๅนณ

I will come to manila, but I’m going to need some gulay, too. and I want it to be IN the contract! And I want to eat sizzling sisig on sundays.

AND bangus from La Uniรณn. the big ones, ha! Not the small ones….

3 03 2010

sisig *droool* wife and i drove out to pampanga the other day just to have authentic sisig. the best. you can really taste and feel the fat clogging up your arteries. *drool*

– mickey

16 04 2010

Hey guys:

I love your podcasts, they have really made a big difference with learning filipino for me. Very informative, and with a fun twist on learning. Great work guys, keep the podcasts coming. I’d love to hear more podcasts on relationship situations, and dating filipinas since i have been dating a filipina for almost a year now ( could use all the help i can get in understanding her … hahaha ) T. T. what’s T.T. TambayTalk of course hahahaha.

16 04 2010

Hey Dan!

Sure, we’ll try to work out some relationship language! Just have to find a female voice talent. Hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚ Try listening to the Jun-Bing-Mak series of episodes, that has a bit of relationship language in them. ๐Ÿ™‚


27 04 2010

LOL … i’m sure you guys wouldn’t have that much trouble finding a female voice talent, what about JulieBeth hahahaha. As for the Jun-Bing-Mak series, i don’t think i want to call her a witch or look for my machete lol … looking forward to what you guys come up with.

Kaibigin mo

23 04 2010

Hi again KayleTeam~

Hope all is going well for you guys. My classes are almost finished so I’m starting to have more time to listen to your shows again, whooo~
Was wondering again about some songs at the end of your shows please?
1) Hi hello! Fine OK lang! ~newbs~
2) Does it go? Iyakin
3) Do you have plans tomorrow?
4) Are you ready? Teka lang.
5) In from the states. Astig.
6) It’s so hot! Arte mo!

Sorry to bug you guys for songs all the time. I’m slowly building my tagalog music archive. I’m loving the songs. Take care guys and keep on keeping on!

24 04 2010

Hey Jon!
We cite the songs and the artists in the description of each lesson. You can find the names of the songs there.


25 04 2010

Oh, awesome! Thanks~


10 08 2010

Hi guys! Andito ako ngayon sa Maynila!!! It’s always great to be here. Thanks to you, I am using Tagalog more than ever. I feel so good.

11 08 2010

Great! What are you doing here? Fancy a meet up with the crew? Let’s set something up!

12 08 2010

Hi Mickey, I’m already back in Hong Kong. I was in Manila to give product training for the retailers. I definitely want to meet up with the crew next time!! I will let you know when I will be coming next.


15 10 2010

Hey guys you’re great! I’m learning tagalog with your help. Even the music, amazing, have you ever recorded an album?

15 10 2010

Hey luca, thanks!
The music we feature on the show are actually from different Filipino bands ๐Ÿ™‚ each lesson credits them, check out the lesson write-ups ๐Ÿ™‚ – mickey

10 10 2010

I really think so too=] I have been looking around the web for some time today, and its really hard to find something entertaining to read on blogs:P Maybe its because there are too much of those around =) But this site actually keeps catching my attention=) Great posts, and cool design ^__^. Ill be sure to give it more time from now on =P

22 11 2010
Brian Kerrigan

I love you site and podcast. I am an American Filipino and am in great need of polishing up on my tagalog. Not only have you guys helped me relearn the language, but you guys are so entertaining. Keep up the work am I am clicking the donate button immediately. Salamat, Brian

22 11 2010

Salamat din, Brian! We’ll be coming up with episodes soon so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚ -mickey

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.

27 12 2010

magandang umaga, Mickey and the kalyespeak crew
from Portland, Oregon, USA

I love your podcast and am learning a lot from it. I think it would be good for you to include popular cultural items like popular Philippine songs and commonly used phrases from recent popular movies or TV shows.

for example “mahal kita kasi” and some popular quotes from “My Amnesia Girl”

I would also like to see the dialogs in the iTunes description.


29 12 2010

Thanks for the suggestion Mark!

I guess Mickey “the soccer lawyer” will have to think about what any legal implications might arise from using full songs in the podcast first but that’s a project to consider, since movies and songs are one way to practice understanding and appreciating the language. We can definitely work with quotes though and can possibly use YouTube clips for those who visit the site. Expect cheesiness, this path is paved with it. ^_^

I don’t handle the iTunes and have never even used it, but I’m pretty sure we can add the dialog to the iTunes description from now on. It can’t be that hard, can it? [foreboding]


26 02 2011
Denis Bruce

hoy kalyecrew! your podcasts are great! really helping me alot, should be going back to PH next year, hopefully by then I should be more fluent. salamat! kita-kits

1 03 2011

thanks All.
It is really interesting .
I am trying to learn tagalog because, next year i am planing to visit Luzon with my friend.
I hope may be i can meet you guys there too


21 04 2011

Great podcasts. I just started listening to them and I’m learning a lot. Thanks for producing these lessons. Keep up the great work.

5 06 2011

Thanks also for listening in, sam! ๐Ÿ™‚ SALAMAT! – Mickey

2 01 2012

Hello again. I’ve been learning Tagalog for a little over a year now and my Tagalog’s gotten so much better that I have to give credit where credit is due.

I enjoy the lessons here because they’re funny, short, and sweet. Now I know if I’m ever lost or stranded in the Philippines, I’d know how to ask for food (balut, taho, etc), water, and restroom and say my stomach hurts.

My only question has to do with the Newbs: Wi-fi? Libre! episode. In the audio “May wifi” was pronounced “may” instead of “my”; is that correct? Because I thought “Mayroon” was pronounced “my-ro-on”. Which one is correct? Thank you.

2 01 2012

Thanks annie! Glad we have helped you with your Filipino learning!
Regarding your question, pronouncing “may” as either “may” or “my” is acceptable. Both will do! Salamat!


25 03 2012

This is the podcast I have found for learning Tagalog. Thank you for helping filipinos to reconnect to our roots! Btw, I love the music you guys play! Where do you find the music??

26 03 2012

Hey Justin! The music is OPM (Original Pinoy Music). We put links to the webpages of the artists/bands. Buy their music online and legally! ๐Ÿ™‚

26 03 2012

Shoots! I will! Salamat, guys!

23 09 2012

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP! I’m learning tagalog so much more quicker thanks to you guys ๐Ÿ™‚ I understand so much more than i used too! Would you be able to make a lesson that just focuses on the particles, such as.. mga, nga, na..etc, and the high frequency ones. I know in most of your lessons you do expand on them and you’ve made it easier to understand it when said, but i’m still unsure where to use it when talking.. and i don’t wanna sound like a fool when speaking to relatives -.- haha! Maraming salamat!

16 02 2013
Harry solomon

Kumusta kayo
Ako ay Harry taga Australia / Sydney
Nakakaintindi ako ng Tagalog pero kaunti Lang I want to thank u sa iyo lahat for these great Tagalog lessens u give here I start study Tagalog just last 3 months searching on net pero I found mo the best gusto ko speak Tagalog fluent kasi I have work sa Manila
We export car parts but I don’t have any Pinay or Pinoy kibigan sa Sydney to teach me

Ingat palagi

Harry Solomon

27 11 2013

Hi! I love your lessons very much ๐Ÿ™‚ I really enjoy listening to your podcasts because it makes learning tagalog much easier! And your PDF files are very helpful ๐Ÿ™‚ I will go to the Philippines in 2 years and I really want to learn tagalog and be able to speak a lot more with my family, and with your help I guess I will! Thank you very much for your great job, hope you will update with new episodes! Thank you again and again and again ๐Ÿ™‚
Keep it up

30 11 2013

Hey kelly! Glad the podcasts havebeen helpful! We’re working on a sched now to record new episodes so watch out ๐Ÿ™‚ in the meantime, you can follow us on twitter @kalyespeak and join our facebook page: kalyespeak ๐Ÿ™‚ see you there! – mickey

2 06 2014

Any chance you guys can switch to android or simply an mp3 file we can download. I switched from apple to Samsung and I’m so happy I do not have to deal with iTunes anymore. The only reason I care for iTunes is to get more of your episodes. I’ve forgotten how much I hate iTunes and how unnecessarily difficult is can be, especially to convert the file over.
Other than that, thanks for the great episodes. It helps out so much. I can recognize words and understand what people are saying so much easier after listening to a podcast a few times.

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