Debunking Filipino language myths

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by biTsar, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. biTsar

    biTsar Active Member VIP member

    Apr 22, 2014
  2. Bob

    Bob Active Member VIP member

    Apr 18, 2014
    Native Language:
    Intermediate Languages:
    Cebuano, Greek_ancient, Spanish
    Basic Languages:
    Filipino, French, Hebrew_clasical, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian
    I think it's supposed to be Filipino language myths.

    According to wikipedia, a former commissioner said that Filipino is essentially
    tagalog. To be honest, I still don't know what the difference is. The terms seems to be used interchangeably here. Perhaps some side by side examples would help. Also, I wonder what language the INL committee holds its conferences in.
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  3. Big_Dog

    Big_Dog Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    Native Language:
    Advanced Languages:
    Intermediate Languages:
    French, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Swahili, Thai
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    I used to think Filipino was Tagalog + Spanish and English loanwords. But I just checked the wikipedia article:
    Regarding the article - he seems to have a pretty low opinion of their English speaking ability. But the Philippines is easily the best English speaking country in Asia that I've been to. It's not even close. They are probably better than a lot of european nations (Spain and France come to mind). Whether that does them any good, or enough good to be worth keeping their current policies, is another question.

    From personal experience, ranking the asian countries I've been to based on english speaking ability:
    1. Philippines
    2. Taiwan, Japan
    4. China
    5. Thailand
    6. Vietnam
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014

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