English is the dominant language in business, government, the legal system, medicine, and education. Filipinos would much rather have their text books written in English rather than Filipino because it is much easier to comprehend and also is much more useful in the “real world”. At home however, most speak their dialects. English brings along with it a sense of formality and almost everyone can understand the language. Even in the most remote areas of the Philippines, the elder generations of people can still understand English.
Tagalog is widely spoken in the Phillipines. The national language, Filipino, is derived from Tagalog. The Tagalog alphabet has five vowels and fifteen consonants.
Tagalog alphabet - A B K D E G H I L M N Ng O P R S T U W Y
Panggalatók is spoken exclusively in the province of Pangasinan. It is considered one of the most complex and difficult of the Philippine languages. Learning the language is even more difficult because hardly anything is written in the language.
Taglish is an informal dialect that is widely spoken in the Philippines. Most Filipinos speak English as well as their own dialect and thus it is very common to merge the two languages into one when speaking. While I was conducting my interview, I witnessed this first hand. My friend had become so comfortable with me and the interview that she unknowingly began merging English and Tagalog into the own unique language of Taglish.
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Interview with Ma Luisa Asuncion on April 16, 2005