What is the language speaks in Philiphines ?

Bangalore, India
August 2, 2009 12:44am CST
I have a good number of Philipine friends in Mylot . I thought it will be interesting and necessary to know some basic things about philiphines. We here in India, people will speak different languages in different states. In some states they will speak more than one language. Hindi is the mother tongue of India. Even though English is using most parts of the India . But more than 40 percent of Indians doesnt know how to use Hindi. What is the language speaks in Philiphies. Is there more than one language ? What is the official Language of Ohiliphines ?
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
hello there... its good to hear that you are interested to know somethings about our country...and good to know those things about India. well here in the Philippines our official national language is Filipino (tagalog)...but we still have so many dialects that are used in different regions...we have Cebuano, Ilonggo, Kapampangan, and many others...i think we have about 170 dialects used here...but of course i don't know all of those dialects! hehehe i just know the Tagalog, Cebuano and English... we also use english here... you can refer here for more info about the dialects and languages in the Philippines... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_Philippines and hope this can help... have a nice day! :-)
• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi...ckyera Thank you for a quick response for my discusion. It is interesting to know that even in Philiphine many languages in use and there is a national language Filipino.Thank you for the wiki link Again Philiphines are using English as one of their main language. I wanted to know that whether all philiphines can speak the Filipino ? Good information. Thank you and my wishes for a great friendship day !!!
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
i think most of us can understand Filipino. although there are some who can't speak it and there are also few...very few that can't understand it...i think they are the old people( or the natives) living in the mountains where tv or other communication can't reach... coz i know, as long as the place is reached by tv or radio, for sure they can understand Filipino for it is widely used on tv shows and programs...
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi..eds & Ckyera Thank you for responding again. Here also now a subject for all schools. So the new generation learning it. As ckyera stated here also most people understands the hindi, because of the TV. But most people will watch the TV in their regional language
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@tomjoad (551)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
hi mdvarghese! well there are around 170 languages in the philippine archipelago. each region has different native dialects. there are 2 major languages, a few major dialects and some minor dialects. the 2 major languages that we use here in the philippines is cebuano and tagalog. the dialect that majority of filipinos use is cebuano. the philippines has 3 major islands: luzon, visayas, and mindanao. in the two major islands visayas and mindanao, majority speak cebuano (bisaya). and majority of luzon speak tagalog. that's why bisaya is the most spoken language. however, our national language is tagalog. some call the language filipino however 100% of the language comes from the tagalog dialect. so even if you call it filipino or tagalog doesn't really matter. they both sound the same. well, i hope this helps! happy mylotting!
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi....tomjoad Thank you for your response on this topic. Your post is much informative. I will be coming with some other topic about the Philipines. hoping to get your responses.Wish you a great days ahead
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@tomjoad (551)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
you're welcome! i'm glad you took interest in our country. i'll be looking forward to your topics.
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
hello tom... please don't get me wrong..but i am thinking if cebuano is really what majority of Filipino speaks...because remember here in Visayas and Mindanao, they also speak Hiligaynon (for Ilonggo), Chavacano and so many other dialects...like Waray, it sounds like that of Cebuano but i think its different from that... unlike in Tagalog region they are really solid in Tagalog. i m not sure but you can refer on that link i put above coz there's a map there indicating the areas where the dialects are spoken... well anyway i have nothing against cebuano for i am living here in cebu and so i know their dialect but i am originally from southern tagalog.
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@khuay2x (21)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Here in our country, we basically speak our own dialect, like the other respondent mentioned here, in most regions/parts of the country uses different language. Just like in ur own too, India is a vast land, and has different dialects in every part. Tagalog is the official language, though not all Filipinos use it on a daily basis, like Hindi, some dont even know how to speak in Tagalog(not even close tothe total population here i guess). English is considered our second official language, but as i see it now, it has become the primary language too, coz it is widely used. YOu have the edge when u know how to speak well in English esp when u look for a job. Search online just incase u may drop by our country, search the particular area/region u may be visiting someday too, it helps to know also to widen ur perspective about countries such as ours. Thanks for ur interest in our country, mdvarghese. Have a blessed day!
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi........khuay2x Thank you for response in this topic. Your response is much informative . What I can understand from this discussion is that we Indians and Philiphines have some similarities in the language we are using. As we are using Hindi as the national language, you have tagalog or Filipino. Here also a section of the population doesnt know how to use Hindi. Like in Philiphines, here also a lot of regional languages. In India also most people are using English and it will become the primary language of the country one day
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@tomjoad (551)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
oh yeah khuay is right! english is our second language here for most people. the reason is because it is the medium of instruction in schools. there was a time in our history that the filipinos understood each other by english. it was a long time ago though and it changed when the government in manila decided to establish a national language. however, since the central government was located in luzon and majority of the politicians were tagalog-speaking they chose tagalog as the national language. they began teaching filipino (tagalog) subject at school. i think majority of the people can understand tagalog however not all can fluently speak it. in my case, i sound so awkward and i have a bad accent when i speak tagalog. i am more at ease with english though so i consider english as my second language and tagalog/filipino as my third language. anyway, i disagree with khuay when he said that english has become our primary language here. although it helps in getting jobs and business (the better english speaker you are the easier you can find a job) but our proficiency to the language has decline. the reason is that our education system has declined and most students are not as eloquent in english as they should be. students nowadays are really bad in english as compared to people 10 or 20 years ago. with the introduction of text messaging many students are even worse at spelling now.
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• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Nice to see you here tom, LOL you can alway agree or disagree anytime, just no violent reactions pls, coz im a lover not a fighter. LOL Well its just my personal views and that is how i see things are lately. Perhaps the word i said wasnt appropriate... gosh! lOL hehe allow me to correct myself. as for my own stance, i just would like to put it this way, English or to speak in English or learning english has become a primary concern... guess thats the word i was looking for...hmmm Just so unfortunate for some to not being able to be taught in school.Not everyone speaks fluently in English and some are even so hard for human mind to comprehend..LOL Exagg napud!hehe btw,It has become a great deal in the reality and some or most of us are just taking it for granted. I mean it is really that helpful for everyone to know how to speak well in english though..Like u said its so different now than how it was before.. I agree! what i noticed one school here in manila (where my younger used to go to)are actually using tagalog almost all the time,(even teachers themselves)... hmm makes me wonder... Then again these are all my points of view and base on experiences). if there are things i missed to point out, please feel free to approach me:D
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@marites31 (267)
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
hello there my indian fellow. tagalog is the national language for the philippines but like india we also have different langugages based on the location. i have been to india and im very much familiar with what are u saying, although im not yet fluent with hindi i really wanted to learn it so that i can communicate also once i go back there. wish u can also help me out. thanks:-)
• Bangalore, India
4 Aug 09
Hi..marites Thank you for participating in this discussion. We have many similarities in the language using. As in India , in Philippines also there are many languages and a national language. I appreciate for your interest to learn Hindi. I beleive knowing differnt languages are an added advantage in this era of globalisation. Surely , you can expect any help from my side to clear your doubt in Hindi. Wish you great days ahead !!!!
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@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
hello, thanks for your interest in our country. We have two official languages, Tagalog (Filipino)and English. But our national laws, documents and other official and formal conversation, communication and written rules, we used English, school instructions are all in English, American standard. We are also adopting American educational system. But Philippines has more than 50 dialects spoken in different provinces with different accent too. I can speak at least 5 dialects fluently but most Filipino, especially those residing in the city, couldn't speak dialects widely spoken in the province, I grew up in the province that's why I am familiar with different dialects. I understand India is using a British English which is fascinating. I really want to know the British English because I love Great Britain.hehehe. I love everything about the British monarchy. India is such a wonderful country, I want to learn more about your nation.
• Bangalore, India
4 Aug 09
Hi...Jlamela Thank you for participating in this discussion and sharing about the philippine language. It is interesting to know that all official records are maintaining in English. Really it is good to follow a global language for such things.But here in India there is a differnce of opinion in this matter. Like you , I can also speak 6 languages.I believe It is an added advantage to speak more and more languages.You are correct, we in India following the British Englisn.India was a British colony, so we adopted many things from Great Britain. Even the constitution of India adopted a lot from British constitution. I appreciate your interest to learn about India . I have a great interest about Philippines. So only I started this discussion. I will be starting many topics about Philippines. I wanted to compile an article about philippines. Hope you will rsponse to my upcoming discussions. Wish you Great days ahead
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
India and Philippines are just the same in terms of using different local languages. Although India is really a big country unlike Philippines, we do speak Tagalog as Filipinos, whether you are from the north or the south, east or western part of the region, our fellow countrymen can speak and understand Tagalog. In India they have lots of local languages like Tamil,Telugu, Konkani, Bengali, Marathi and so much more. In Philippines, we have local languages like Ilokano, Bisaya, Kapampangan, Chabacano and so much more. But English is our Second Language. Even if most people aren't fluent in speaking, they do understand when you speak in English, and we will try to reply back, be it in a crooked way, as long as we do know how to reply and express back. Unlike in India, a lot of people don't speak English when you talk to them. I used to buy in local stores near our place, since I don't know how to speak in Hindi, i would speak in English, and most vendors just speak their own language, so I would just smile back and bid bye since we will not understand each other.
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi..strawberry Thank you for participating in this discussion. I agree with you that because of the vastness of India, here the whole people cannot speak the national lanuage. But Philippines is a small country and it was easy to implement the national language policy throughout the country. From these discussions, I came to know that the government implemented the language policy 20 years back.In India some states not yet implemented the trilanguage policy of the Central Government.I agree with you that here people will not try to speak English, moreover they will force you to speak your language. Here in some states, they are more linguistic and they will force us to speak their language. Have great days ahead.
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• Philippines
11 Aug 09
There are so many different Languages here Spoken in each every Island. Our Official language is Filipino but not in one language but with different variety of language, in here Tagalog is known to be basic language being spoken by most Filipinos. even though they have other dialects like Visaya and Mindanao Dialect..even in Luzon there are other dialecs there like Pampangeneo, Pangasinan, Ilocano, Bikolano and more...
• Bangalore, India
11 Aug 09
Hi...LetranKnight Thank you for participating in this discussion. I understands from my philippines friends' responses that like in India, philippines also have many language and one national language Filippino. It is interesting to know that most of the philippines can communicate in the national language. Here in India majority can understand and communicate in Hindi. Like In Philippines, here also English(British)is using as the official language for the administration. Wish you many great times ahead !!!
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• Philippines
16 Aug 09
well, almost same situation, different languages. but we are more on American English and not British English. how ever, there was one incident where i was interviewed on the job and she has an British accent that i got to remember two days after abandoning that final interview
@jhenen (277)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
don't tell that people from the mountain can't speak tagalog... even thou theirs no TV or radio... they still learn it from school... kaya pls wag niyong maliitin ang mga natives or ang mga taga bundok....
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• Bangalore, India
6 Aug 09
Hi..jhenen thank you for your response. I agree with your concern. Language have no barriers of mountain or sea. Happy mylotting
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@jhenen (277)
• Philippines
12 Aug 09
thank you
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• Philippines
4 Aug 09
Hi there, mdvarghese. The official language in the Philippines is Filipino. English is also widely spoken here, being the medium of instruction in many schools. We have many dialects. I think every region has its own dialect. Within each dialect are still variations of that dialect, usually depending on the district that you belong to. At home we usually use our local dialects in conversations.
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• Bangalore, India
4 Aug 09
Hi..giada Thank you for participating in this discussion.Philippines and India have a similarity in the use of languages. Here also we have a national language. It is Hindi. English also using widely and most of the official communication and records are in English. Here in India in different states ,we speak different languages. and in each state there will be different accents for the languages. Once again thank you and wish you Happy days ahead!!!!
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• Philippines
3 Aug 09
I am from the Philippines and since we have 7107 islands, there are lots of languages available here in our country. However, our main language is what we call Tagalog. =D
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• Bangalore, India
4 Aug 09
Hi....incredible DNA Thank you for participating in this discussion . Thank you for the information. Wish you happy days ahead
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• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Although your question has been answered, I'd still say it's Filipino, commonly known as Tagalog.
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi..journey Thank you for responding in this discussion . it doesnt matter to participate in the discussion even if somebody aired their view. Happy mylotting
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@paoxav (1382)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Tagalogis our national language here.. we had lack of dialects but most of us comprehends and speak english well.. we may have a little problem in our grammar but the mean is understandable..
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi...paoxav Thank you for your response in this topic. It is happy to know that all people can understand English and can speak the english which can understand even if have some grammer problem. Have Great days ahead
@jaizhi (260)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
The Philippines official language is Tagalog... But every province has own dialects. The best tagalog speakers would be the people from the province of bulacan. They really use the native tagalog tongue. Its good your are interested in the philippines, you should come visit our country as well.
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi.....jaizhi Thank you for your response in this discussion.There is a similarity between India and Philippines as there are separate dialects for separate provinces, all Indian states have separate languages. Moreover the states reorganised on the basis of the language they speak. For example kerala state's language is Malayalam, Karnataka have Kannada, Tamil Nadu have Tamil, Maharashtra have Marathi, Andhra pradesh have Telugu etc..etc... Have great days ahead !!
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@lheng18 (93)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
a lot of language you can speak when you are in the philippines, most likely are tagalog, kapampangan cebuano, ilocano, bicolano.. and many more
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi..lheng Thank you for participating in this discussion. Speaking many languages is an added advantage for any person. As in Philippines, In India also in metros people will speak minimum 6 languages. Happy mylotting
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@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Hi there, well good to know that you are interested about our language, good to know some information about your country as well. Anyway, our main language is Tagalog (Filipino), but we have different dialects some places speaks more than 1 dialect. I dont know the exact numbers but some members responded to your discussion there are 170 dialects. Personally i only speak Tagalog, but we also a good english speaking country and i am happy that i can speak Tagalog and english. Goodluck and keep on mylotting.
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@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
2 Aug 09
I far as one Philippine language, the language is tagalog.
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• Bangalore, India
2 Aug 09
Hi....indahfth Thank you for responding in this discussion. Yes tagalog is the official language of Philippines. There are so many other regional languages in the country. You can check this whole discussion. A good discussion is going on . Very informative also. Wish you great times ahead
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@mEisky (825)
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
Philippine languages tend to be referred to by Filipinos as dialects. The vast differences between the languages can be seen in the following translations of the Philippine national proverb Magandng Umaga, Magandng Hapon * Akeanon: Ro uwa' gatan-aw sa anang ginhalinan hay indi makaabut sa anang ginapaeangpan. * Asi: Kag tawong waya giruromroma it ida ginghalinan, indi makaabot sa ida apagtuan. * Bangon: No fuktaw hadwa bumontag idwan dasog at bato lawan. * Bikol Central: An dai tataong magsalingoy sa saiyang ginikanan, dai makakaabot sa padudumanan. * Albay Bikol o Buhinon Bikol: Yu di nikiling sa pinagalinan, di makaantos sa pupuntahan. o Daraga/East Miraya Bikol: Su indi tataw makarumdom nung ginitan, indi makaabot sa adunan. o Oasnon/West Miraya Bikol: Kan na taw na idi tataw mag linguy sa sanyang inalian, idi man maka abot sa sanyang paidtunan. * Iriga Bikol: A diri maglili sa pinaggalinan, diri makaaabot sa pigiyanan. * Cebuano: Kadtong dili molingi sa gigikanan, dili makaabot sa gipadulongan. * Caviteño Chavacano: Quien no ta bira cara na su origen no de incarsa na su destinacion. * Ternateño Chavacano: Ay nung sabi mira i donde ya bini no di yega na destinasyon. * Zamboangueño Chavacano: El quien no sabe vira na su orígen, hay jendéh le puede llega na su destinacion. * Ibanag: I tolay nga ari mallipay ta naggafuananna, ari makadde ta angayanna. * Itawis: Ya tolay nga mari mallipay tsa naggafuananna, mari makakandet tsa angayanna. * Northern Ilokano: Ti saanna ammo a tumaliaw iti naggapuanna ket saan a makadanon iti papananna. * Southern Ilokano: Ti haanna ammo nga tumaliaw iti naggapuanna ket haan nga makadanon iti papananna. * Hiligaynon: Kon sin-o ang indi makahibalo magbalikid sang iya ginta-uhan, indi makaabot sa iya padulungan. * Jama Mapun: Soysoy niya' pandoy ngantele' patulakan ne, niya' ta'abut katakkahan ne. * Kapampangan: Ing e byasang malikid king kayang penibatan, e ya makaratang king kayang pupuntalan. * Kinaray-a: Ang indi kamaan magbalikid sa ana ginhalinan, indi makaabot sa ana paaragtunan. * Obo Manobo: Iddos minuvu no konnod kotuig nod loingoy to id pomonan din, konna mandad od poko-uma riyon tod undiyonnan din. * Pangasinan: Say toon agga onlingao ed pinanlapuan to, agga makasabi'd laen to. * Sambal (Botolan): Hay ahe nin nanlek ha pinag-ibatan, ay ahe makarateng ha lalakwen. * Sambal (Tina): Hay kay tanda mamanomtom ha pinangibatan, kay immabot sa kakaon. * Sangil: Tao mata taya mabiling su pubuakengnge taya dumanta su kadam tangi. * Sinama: Ya Aa ga-i tau pa beleng ni awwal na, ga-i du sab makasong ni maksud na. * Surigao-non: Adon dili mahibayo molingi sa ija ing-gikanan, dili gajod makaabot sa ija pasingdan. * Sorsogoanon: An diri mag-imud sa pinaghalian diri makaabot sa kakadtuan. * Tagalog/Filipino: Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan. * Tausug: In di' maingat lumingi' pa bakas liyabayan niya, di' makasampay pa kadtuun niya. * Waray-Waray: An diri maaram lumingi ha tinikangan, diri maulpot ha kakadtoan. * Yakan: Gey tau mayam sibukutan, gey tau tekka kaditaran.
• Bangalore, India
15 Aug 09
Hi....mEisky Thank you for responding in thid discussion and giving detailed description of the different dialects. Wish you all the happiness!!!
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
Namaste. Hello from the Philippines The Philippines' national language is Filipino or mostly known as Tagalog. Our country has 80 different dialects throughout the country as there are many ethnic groups here and separated by water since its an archipelago, a group of 7,107 islands in total.
• Bangalore, India
4 Aug 09
Hi...sophie Thank you for participating in this discussion and your Namaste. It is very interesting to see that Philippines is a group 7107 islands.I think this will be a beautiful place. Wish you hasppy days ahead !!!
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