Filipino or English?

@shattered (1730)
Philippines
October 6, 2011 2:36am CST
I just participated in a good discussion about our legislators and Filipino's started by LetranKnight http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2586845.aspx I am just wondering what your thought are on this? Why are we, as Filipinos, really proud of being able to speak in English? Even those that do not have good command of the same are trying so hard to speak English, case in point Manny Pacquiao. The discussion also reminded of the question I've asked when a certain Ms. San Miguel was a representative of the Philippines to a Beauty Pageant, I forgot whether it was Universe, World or International. Despite not having good command of the English language she forced herself to speak it, refusing translators. I would have thought that a person representing one's country should have "plus points" for being proud of her heritage and command of his/her National Language. Of course the intelligence of Shamcey Supsup notwithstanding, it would have been great to listen to her answer the question in Filipino, moreso had she spoken in the Visayan dialect! To this day, I wonder why we Filipinos are not proud of our very rich language... What do you think? If you are not Filipino and can relate to this topic, feel free to drop in your thoughts.
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@ur4mae (217)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
I don't believe that when we choose to speak English in a formal forum or beauty pageant that we are not proud of our language. English is the medium of instruction in our schools and we were taught the language for us to be able to communicate well with people from different countries. Why do we need interpreters when we can do his job ourselves? Let's not use the guise of interpreters to bide for time to think of an answer.
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
I agree with you that it does not necessarily follow that we are not proud of our language when we speak english and that it is indeed the medium of instruction in our schools. BUT why are our contestants that are not good in English not opting to use interpreters? Does it automatically follow that we are cheating if we use interpreters and buying time? If she understood the question in English, she would not the question to be interpreted, but only her answer would be interpreted wouldn't it? While it is true that it helps us communicate with people from other countries, why are we using it to speak with each other even in informal discussions? I am not saying that we should not learn english. I am merely stating that maybe, we should not be ashamed of speaking Filipino in this situations don't you think?
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• Philippines
7 Oct 11
i agree with you ur4mae. it's okay to speak in english even in informal way and even to your fellow filipinos. it is one way of learning the english language by using it. through it you will be more confident when you are speaking with native speakers. it's okay to make mistakes, native speakers won't laugh at you only most filipinos will laugh at you when you commit mistakes like grammar or pronunciation. but it's still okay since we are not english speakers. i am cebuano and i am proud to be a cebuano but i am trying to be fluent and accurate in the english language since it is our second language. i've been talking to many native english speakers but they don't laugh at me when i commit mistakes. even them, the native speakers also commit mistakes, they don't mind about their grammar as long as it is acceptable and meaningful.
@SIMPLYD (91003)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
I also agree with all that you said ur4mae. Shamcey was right in speaking in English in that beauty pageant, not because she is not proud of speaking our national language, but to show to the world that we Filipinos can speak fluent English, thus don't need an interpreter to express our views. By speaking English fluently, even the other contestants were amazed that she can speak it so fluently. It's one way of alleviating the poor image of us Filipinos.
@jazel_juan (15752)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Hmm.. i could remember days back in high school when we have this "english only policy" in school. It was put up because students do not know how to speak in English anymore and that students does not even know proper grammar and pronunciation as well. But i could remember teachers stressing out that it does not mean not being proud of our own language..but we need to learn English because we must be globally competitive..and that also means being able to communicate well in English. I know English but i am also proud of being a Filipino, i know how to speak in Tagalog, Bisaya, Chavacano and Tausug. Plus dialect / language does not matter, it is how you act that matters.
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
I do agree with you that dialect/language does not define a person. And that English does make one globally competitive. I also remember those days in school when we were fined/penalized for speaking in the vernacular or Filipino when not in Filipino Class. But I guess this what I'm trying to say, we should practice English, I am not against learning a foreign language or more particularly English, and I do agree that it is an advantage in many endeavor, but only when you are proficient in it. If you show that you are not proficient in it, then it would work to your disadvantage right? I guess what I'm trying to say is that in a fora like the MS. Universe or some other beauty pageant, English is by no means part of the grade. It is intellect that is measured by the answer given in whatever language was used, in this case wouldn't it be more appropriate for contestants with no mastery of the english language to answer in Filipino to express themselves more accurately?
@jazel_juan (15752)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
why not? i was also wondering that, like in the recent Ms. Universe, she could have just spoken in Filipino right? but i guess speaking in English also shows how good filipinos are in speaking english...
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
Shamcey Supsup was proficient in English. That is a bonus, but contestants that are not? While she chose to speak in English and spoke it well, wouldn't it be nice to see a contestant speak Filipino fluently in such a stage?
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
Hello shattered, because it was needed in the job description, most people want to speak english because it was needed at work or for future career plans. it's sad that most people are more inclined english speakers because we are more westerenized than any other nation. our education is not looking good that even my nephews had trouble speaking or wrting in tagalog. i think we should just remember who we are and our language as a way to give that legacy back to the future generations.
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
I agree with you LK. We should never forget who we are as a people. We should be proud of our heritage. While it is true that English is a very useful language, we must not forget that it IS NOT our national language. While I am glad that most Filipinos know English, at the very least, understand it if not speak it, I am wary of the fact that people use it as a gauge for intelligence, which it is not. #sigh But you are right, the next generation of Filipinos should be better educated than they are now. But our educational system is a whole topic in itself!
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• Philippines
8 Oct 11
@LetranKnight25 I could agree more.It is posted on most job qualifications that applicants should be able to speak english.Especially nowadays that BPO or call centers for an instant is booming in our country so people tend to speak english so to practice their tounge and luckily could land a career in call centers.:D
@swirlz (3136)
• Philippines
9 Oct 11
I have to disagree shattered. I do think English should be used as a gauge for intelligence. That is because it is being taught in schools. It has been taught from grade 1 to 2nd year in college. If you're not good in English after all these years then that must mean that you were failing in school, which (for me) means not intelligent. But I'm a pro-speak Filipino, so not a hater if you think I am. I do think beauty queens should start speaking Filipino in pageants to save them from major major embarrassment. Foreign languages is awesome! I love listening to them. I don't understand why Filipinos refuse to share their language to the world.
@ferbjohn69 (1128)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Not because I speak in english I am no more proud of my language.I only speak in english here in mylot because it is necessary.If I could just communicate in filipino here,I will do it.I think Manny Pacquiao is not trying hard to speak in english.Did you watch his prescon in Quirino?He spoke in Filipino because his audience were filipinos.I know he speaks english during his interviews after fights because his audience is the whole world.I think it depends in the situation if we have to speak english or filipino.
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
I am not saying that because you speak English or are proficient in it you are no longer proud of your language. What I tried to communicate is that it "appears" that we are not proud of our language since our contestants try to speak English so hard, even though they are not proficient in the language. I agree with you that where it is necessary we should speak in English, and Filipino when we can. That's who I am and apparently who you are as well. With respect to Manny Pacquiao, I haven't hear an interview or presscon where he did not try to speak in English, may be I haven;t seen the presscon you were referring to. While his audience after fights is the world, Mexican champions have often been interviewed in English and answered in Spanish because they would be able to express themselves more accurately in Spanish rather than in English. And they are not ashamed of their language. What do you think?
• Philippines
11 Oct 11
Maybe you just didn't watch the prescon.:-) That prescon was held in quirino.Manny knows his audience were filipino so he spoke in filipino.I bet he speaks in english during his interviews after fights because he knows his audience is the world.Well I don't know if that really is his reason,but maybe it is.:-)
@ranilo70 (177)
6 Oct 11
Be proud to be a filipino. filipino excels in terms to language they have learned. English is a very good one coz you can communicate to people around the world even if you have coins of english but at least you can be understood. Try to roam around the world if you can.If you speak in english everybody understands you but if you speak Filipino language nobody will understand what your talking about unless there is a filipino who can interpret. right? So its better to go english and not left filipino language .
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• Philippines
9 Oct 11
i do agree that filipino are every where and proud to say that we, filipino, can easily adapt the culture of others through communication and excellent ability to learn. by the sense that we are good at english and it is very wonderful to experience that we, filipino, are world class.
@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
@Ranilo - I do agree that English is a very useful language and where there is no other means of communication, it is a very handy tool. I am not saying that we should speak Filipino all the time even when there are no translators around. What I am simply saying is that in a public fora such as Ms. Universe or some other beauty pageant, our contestants should know the limits of their capacity to speak English. If you can answer more articulately in English go ahead, if you think your answer will suffer with your poor command of the English language, why force yourself to speak it, right? @joeyerll - We can easily adapt to the culture of others and in a way we more than adapt, but we adopt their culture as well. While it is indeed something to be proud of, let be careful not to lose our culture in the process.
@SinfulRose (3527)
• Davao, Philippines
6 Oct 11
You have a very good point there, mon. I have questioned the same thing when I was still in grade school studying English as much as everyone else. Good thing I have a very good background on that language that's why I passed the subject "miraculously". Anyways, point taken, I'll try to solve your confusion with what I understood so far after this several years of trying to find an answer to this puzzling riddle. Answer #1: Speaking English inside and outside of the Philippines is a norm(standard) for over a hundred years(starting when the Americans tweaked with our educational system that came from the Spaniards and made the medium of language--well what a surprise?-- American-English). And not being able to speak such language is...what do the society call it now?..."just plain idiocy", so that it won't hurt much. Answer #2: Speaking the language of Filipino can be quite confusing for some Filipinos. If you define Filipino as Tagalog well, just call Filipino language the Tagalog language instead so that we won't have anymore confusion. If a person would speak in Cebuano and he/she is talking to a Tagalog, the Tagalog would have to hold down his/her nose from bleeding. Take note, Filipino language became a very dynamic language when President Cori Aquino declared that Filipino language would be able to adopt words from other languages as well like computer to "kompyuter". Answer #3: And the last answer I can give since I'm already tired of typing, speaking American-English language in an event that is of grand scale is...how do you call it?...Hype? The "uso"?...and since Filipinos are very fond of getting with the "uso" of time, they tend to follow American's footsteps from speaking their language to their "tendency" to sleeping with anyone or everyone(if they can) from young to old to legalization of abortion and marriage of gay/lesbian couples. Later, if I make a prediction, even eating fetuses would be legalized by them by the many abortion that happens in their country and Filipinos would surely follow that too if its "uso". All things said above are merely from observation and in my opinion. If you are offended, I will not apologize since as I already said, it's my opinion. It is not YET an acknowledged fact. If you have some complaints feel free to tell me and we'll discuss about it. Happy MyLotting!
@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Actually I'm not offended you raise some good points. 1 - I agree it is the medium of instruction in our educational system. BUT I disagree, not being able to speak English is totally unrelated to Idiocy nor Intelligence. The ability to speak a foreign tongue is not a measure of ones intelligence. 2 - You are quite good with history, BUT Filipino is not equivalent to Tagalog while Tagalog may form a huge chunk of the Filipino language. I understand that speaking in another dialect to someone that does not understand it is not a good idea. But every Filipino knows how to speak Filipino, and that should be the first choice such as Mandarin is to the Chinese and English should only be an alternative. 3 - I don;t believe they will go so far as eat fetuses but yeah I understand the colonial mentality we are unfortunately experiencing. Our fondness for what is popular is amazing, but we are not alone in this, this is something common in every nation and we refer to it as POP CULTURE. Speaking English on your own is actually not the "uso" anymore in beauty pageants, actually having translators is the new fad, this is also why I don;t understand why we have not adopted to this. I thank you for your opinion and hope that we have more point to discuss some time.
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• Indonesia
6 Oct 11
People have many ways to interpret themselves through language and action. Perhaps, she has a special reason for using English in a question and answer session at Miss Universe pageant. As far as we know, mastering English is a plus in the world beauty contest and it's also the pride of every participant of the contest. See example, most of who became winners in the contest, because they are not just mastering a foreign language but also the accuracy of answers submitted in a foreign language. So, this is not about pride of Filipino or not, but it is more to the contextual time.
@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Is there a category about English proficiency i Beauty Contests like Ms. Universe? I am quite sure there is none. While it may be true that and English answer from a non-english speaking country could impress, it could be the opposite for those speaking broken english. While you are correct that it is about the accuracy of the answer, the problem is that some contestants can't answer accurately in English and it works to their disadvantage. There intelligence is overtaken by their lack of mastery of the English language. Why they persist on being so is something that baffles me. An accurate answer spoken in one's native tongue is more impressive than an average answer spoken in english am I correct?
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@swirlz (3136)
• Philippines
9 Oct 11
I totally agree. Exactly my point. Speaking in English just allows the whole world judge your proficiency. Somehow this will become a factor for judging your intelligence apart from the meaning of the answer itself. If answered in a native tongue, you might be able to express it better, and the translator be able to translate it better. Tada! Better answer. And no one would know if your grammar is somewhat off.
@arnoldream (1332)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
just want to share my own view about this,and it's a good thing that this has become a point of discussion nowadays..my point is there is no wrong if we speak english inside the classroom where students are required to speak their second language as part of learning it. it's not even wrong to speak it if our job or work require it so..this won't be our scale to measure ones love to his national language.but the sentiment goes like this why do( government officials)specially our legislators speak in english to a fellow filipino legislators? why in the world do they speak in english to a fellow filipino? do we want to show the world that we're good in english or do we want to impress others and wave our foolish flag that we are smarter than others , i think that is not necessary..i've never seen two american idiot conversing to each other using tagalog or any other language than what they have and own..besides what will they get in doing such but giving themselves a hard time speaking other language like we do
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Oh, we communicate in our own tongue in our daily conversations. It is only our having taken cognizance of the fact that it works best to our advantage if we can speak, read and understand english that is why it is being promulgated in schools and at work to achieve a certain degree of mastering of this accepted second tongue to what we usually use day in and day out. The contents of those books which we use and read customarily, cannot be precisely translated into filipino at all times. Most of what they contain will lose some essence of how they are presented and meant to be read and understood. So I consider it a blessing that Filipinos find it readily easy to read those books and encyclopedia whenever there is a need to browse or do research work. It is evident that this advantage becomes most useful for us when the onset of the internet was put forth. People from non english speaking countries are now doing their best to learn this language, too. So, hurrah to the english speaking Filipino!
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
English, being known as the universal language, should be used in certain occasions, especially in international gatherings where every countries in the world is represented by their own countrymen. I think using English to express ones self in an international gathering, is just, for one, a courtesy to others. You would not need any translators anymore to prolong what you need to say. That's my opinion anyways.
@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
True there are gatherings which require you to speak in English. I am not disputing that. A beauty contest on the other hand is not that kind of gathering in my opinion at least. A beauty contest where you represent your country is one where you showcase the beauty of your country to the whole world, one of those "beauties" should be your national language right? As a courtesy you don't speak in a language other people don't understand in gatherings, but in beauty pageants the answer is immediately translated by professional translators. It is not a way to prolong, but more to accurately express oneself, especially if one is not proficient in the English language. Don't you think so?
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
I'd like to say something based on my own experience. I have a foreigner husband and English is our way of communication. I'd like to think that I know how to deal with people of different race because I know how to communicate with them by speaking to them in the English language. I am proud of that. But I'm also proud of speaking in Filipino and trying my hardest to teach my husband. He may not be that a very good and fast learner but I can now communicate with him in simple conversation using Tagalog. As much as I can, I use Tagalog especially when I'm around people who can understand me. Generally speaking, Filipinos are a good multilingual people. We cannot deny that fact. We are said to be one of the most fluent race when it comes to English language (spoken or written) in the whole world. That's something to be proud of. That's why Filipinos can adapt easily even abroad because of that. We can go wherever it is in the globe because of this talent. And with this, I give kudos to our excellent professors/teachers who trained us during our school days!
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
Kudos indeed to the professors and teachers who helped you become proficient in the English language. Let me make this clear, I am not against learning English or any other foreign language. Indeed the Filipino people are able to adapt to other cultures easily because it is easy for us to learn foreign languages and almost all Filipinos already have a basic understanding of the English language. We should learn English or any other foreign language necessary to advance, BUT we should not forget who we are as a people in the process. I am happy to know you have not despite being married to a foreigner English is a useful tool but just like any other tool, if it is broken it is not of much use especially when you can have someone with a brand new tool who is willing to help you beside you right? Practice english when you can, but do not show off your broken tool until you have repaired it. What do you think?
@romscabs (310)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
I was wondering why we got the title around 9 years ago that Philippines is the 3rd English speaking country in the world. There is no truth about that. I myself a Filipino wondered how they surveyed our country LOL. Right now it is too late for us to stick to our Philippine language. The world is changing except Philippines. Our country will remain a POOR country forever while other countries will progress fast. I am not too negative about our Philippines but that's the real truth. We evicted the late President Marcos because of corruptions and slow progress. But what happened now? During Marcos, all students from elementary to college are advice to speak only English at school that is why students from 80's and 90's speak better English. Nowadays, even college degree are either not fluent in English or don't speak English at all. If our legislator will insist that we use Tagalog language as our method of communication, I would rather have BISAYA or CEBUANO language. Besides Bisaya speaking people has the biggest number in the country and not tagalog.
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
I am also fluent in the Visayan dialect and I do agree that Bisaya speaking people have more in terms of population. But do you know that the one who proposed to President Quezon to make Tagalaog the national language was a Visayan linguist? The reason for this is that the tagalog language is more rich compared to all the other Philippine dialects. While I would have to agree with you that Corruption has not been eradicated, it is not the sole reason why education has worsen. It should also be considered that the population of the Philippines has grown considerably since the end of the Marcos era. I think we are the 4rd English speaking country whose national language is not English. In this sense who do we have to compete with? There are very few English speaking progressive countries this is because Command of the English language is not a measure of progress. I do hope you are wrong in your assessment of our country. I foe one would like to see our country progress and I do believe there is hope.
@danitykane (3190)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Hi shattered, What you have pointed out is basically true and I think that many of us Filipinos are becoming in a way arrogant of knowing English language and other international language there is. Like in the Senate or Congress, our elected officials have been speaking the said language in passing memorandum or laws. Even if there is a debate that is being televised more often they speak in English not knowing there are millions of poor Filipinos who haven't been educated or even finished elementary education. What you are trying to say is that there are places or situation wherein we should be using Filipino/Tagalog as our language like that of a pageant. I would love to see our legislators to communicate in Filipino so that all of us could understand every bit of the information.
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
Hi danitykane, Well with respect to Congress I believe they are required to do so in English, unless of course they modify their rules and allow Filipino to be used (WHICH THEY SHOULD!) #sigh While most Filipinos understand English, it would be hard to follow the arguments in English for those that are not that proficient in English, especially with all the legalities an technicalities infused into their arguments! I guess thats why PNoy i making quite an impression since he has been adamant on speaking in Filipino in his speeches. I am looking forward to the renaissance of the Filipino language and culture...
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Well first and foremost, the ability to speak is a plus points since English is our international language. Secondly, if we can speak English it is plus points if we are applying for a job or even to our day-to-day living, but not to a point that we are sound boastful or ridiculous. You know what I mean. Lastly, Miss San Miguel didn't push through with pageant, she backed out.
@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
I do agree with you that in certain instances it is a "plus point" IF you are fluent in it. But if you are not and you speak it in a job interview it would work to your disadvantage right? I do agree with you that we should never be boastful of our ability to speak English, and that it would be ridiculous if we were. Did she back out? I though she made the final 5 of her pageant? Well, I guess I am wrong with respect to this then.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
Hello, Kababayan. Needless to say I am a Filipino. I think , most Filipinos are proud or trying to be something that we are not other than being a Filipino or doing the Filipino way. Have you noticed that it isn't just the English language we are so crazy about, take a look on how our kababayans are drooling over imported goods. We even think that meztizas are more beautiful than our own women, but , it is another story ,though. My point is that we are being mentally colonized. We think that speaking a foreign language (why do we are so eager to learn foreign languages but lack interest to know real Filipino terms?)is a status symbol, you belong to a higher, intellectual group. Maybe because those who can speak or able to speak English are those who can afford to go to school, especially those from exclusive ones, noticed the twang and fake accents, too. It gives us superiority among those who can not speak, worse, understand the language. Don't they say that those who can not speak the English language are called morons? That's why even those from the lowest class are trying so hard to speak English, only to prove that they are not 'mangmang'. Sigh...
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
That is indeed a sad situation. I just hope we are not that deep into colonized a mindset. I do agree with you that some people see it as a status symbol. But I am one of those that do not. English is just a medium of communication, if you are conversing with someone who cannot understand Filipino, it would be a good idea to speak in English if you are able to. If you believe however, that you won't be able to communicate properly in English, I believe it is best to get a translator. Intelligence is not determined by you ability to speak English or other foreign languages. I know some linguists who have very low Intelligence! Of course I am not gonna name people! That's why I do not believe that ability to speak foreign languages should be equated to intelligence. I am actually more impressed with people who speak deep Filipino. And regrettably, there are less and less people that are able to do so! #sigh
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• Philippines
6 Oct 11
hi shattered!. in my opinion, Filipinos do easily adopt to everything,for example using English as their secondary language.for me it's not a big deal cause as long as both parties involve in a conversation understands each other, then why not speak the language that most of us around the world do understand. look at Filipinos now, they're all around the globe cause they communicate through english, if they did not try to learn it and master it then they would have been isolated in their own country and woudn't have the opportunity to earn big and build their own career.:)
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
I agree with you evan, english is really a useful language and you are right in saying that it has helped Filipinos go "global" so to speak. And you are right that it is not a big deal if both parties to the conversation understand each other. What is painful for me is that some Filipinos seem to be ashamed of speaking in Filipino even when they cant speak english that well and knowing that the other party understands Filipino. I mean, even when talking to a fellow Filipino they try to speak in broken english! Mastery of the english language is indeed an advantage, BUT the lack of such mastery does not mean that you are less of a person than someone who has good command of it right?
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• Philippines
7 Oct 11
yeah,you're right there, buti think there not ashamed of speaking tagalog, i think they're trying hard to boast that they also know how to speak english eventhough they knew there dictions or grammars are not exactly right, at least they're trying.hehe. why would they not practice or learn or master it before exposing their english?. so that they can prevent themselves from humiliation?.:).honestly im not good in speaking english,i'd rather write it than speak it cause in writing i can think clearly, while in speaking i'll stutter cause i feel conscious of my grammar and diction.hehe
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
I know they are not ashamed of Filipino (at least I'd like to think that they are not) but sometimes they make feel like it... and you are also right they maybe trying to make a good impression but sometimes it works the other way as well right? I agree if you want to impress with others with your knowledge of the English language you should practice it first. While speaking in English is difficult, it is easier to get away with mistake when you talk than when you write is what I think. At least when you speak after it is heard its over, when you write it will forever be on paper, so to speak. And it is more difficult to express oneself in writing. Even Americans stutter when they speak sometimes though!
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6 Oct 11
I If she understood the question in English, i would have thought that a person representing one s country in speak in engilsh the spoken yhe english in the visayan dialect so hard to english . the english all over country in speak in english. the speak in english world in international
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• Indonesia
6 Oct 11
Hello, my advice is if you put the order of your sentence properly before you post it. I just didn't understand what you were going to say and express about ? I am sorry and your English needed to be improved and corrected.
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@shattered (1730)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
@sijabatnaburjut - I think kupin means to say that "If she understood english, then she should answer in english. Answering in the Visayan dialect is hard since it is not the language used all over the country." @Kupin - Am I right? While it is true that it may be harder for some people to understand, it won't be taken against her. In fact, several contestants answer in their national language even when they understand english and speak it proficiently. In fact, I would like to think that speaking in ones national language is an advantage as it shows you are proud of your heritage. None of the Categories in these beauty pageants are about how proficiently one speaks english right?
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• Indonesia
8 Oct 11
I assumed that she maybe unsure to answer the question on her language, because in your nation there, you have diverse language or dialects where the other people or tribe won't understand. They might not know or understand for sure, so maybe because of that differentiation, she finally chose English Language as tool to answer the question or maybe because not many people the Philippines itself understand the other dialects which is spoken differently.
8 Oct 11
it is not necessary that if you speak english most of the tine you did not want our native language anymore it is just so happened that most of the situation needs an english reponse, example is on the class, you could not answer filipino terms in a science class with its related terms, globalization spreads so fast that even our tounges is being affected, we must love our language, but we must also adopt to the fast changing world where in communication bridges every individual, remember even our national hero (jose rizal)is an expert of different language.
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@Hatley (164154)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Oct 11
hi Shattered although I am not Filipino but American I can relate as we all should have pride in our own languages whether its Filipino or Tagalog or English from my country, we should have pride ino 0ur own country and its native tongue. so if I were at say a political rally here in the US and the speaker spoke Spanish instead of our native English I would feel bad as English not Spanish is our native tongue so should your speakers be using Filipino language instead of English as the Philippines is your country after all.Its great to be bilingual but on a native event the speaker should use his country's native language not English.So I agee, shattered, you should be speaking your native tongue in your own country not'English., I do think your countrymen should be bilingual as should us Americans too. but for civic pride use the language of your own country.
@ores12 (53)
7 Oct 11
Maybe a few filipino people are not proud of their own language and no not all filipino hate their own language. If you don't love your own language then you're not proud of your own country. Or maybe it is the age of changing right now were living in a modern world. People are changing maybe someday language too (wishing nothing will change in tagalog word) just like the old writing of we filipino what do you call that Alibata. That is so awesome writing I do not know how to read alibata and only few people can write it Ahh maybe Shamcey Supsup want them to understand in English as a median to all people that watching her what she thinks not hiring an interpreter or anybody else. I am proud to be a filipino (Ewan ko kung tama ang grammar ko not quite good at expressing my real motivation)
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@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
In my own personal views I think English language is something that we should learn and practice with. We need to communicate and we all know that from all walks of life, English has the edge over the others. It is a great tool for communication in landing a job and in almost everything we do all over the world. Now, I am a Filipino, and proud of being a Filipino. By learning English and speaking in English, the way I look at it, does not take away my being patriotic. We have to adjust and we have to accept the fact the not everyone understands our language. In fact not all of us Filipinos even speak one Filipino language considering that in different places we have different languages from tagalog, visaya, ilongo etc. That alone is something that creates a confusion.