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flyingcolours



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:51 am    Post subject: Learning Tagalog Reply with quote

With many Filipinos being able to understand and communictae in English (at various levels) how important is it to learn Tagalog?
How is your personal level of fluency?

FC
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tttompatz



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Location: Talibon, Bohol, Philippines

PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:33 am    Post subject: Re: Learning Tagalog Reply with quote

flyingcolours wrote:
With many Filipinos being able to understand and communictae in English (at various levels) how important is it to learn Tagalog?
How is your personal level of fluency?

FC


It depends on where in the country you are headed.

If you are going to Luzon it won't hurt you.

If you are headed for the Visayas region (or further south) it is a waste of time but learning some Bisaya wouldn't hurt.

It isn't necessary for most expats. Anyone with any education will have at least basic communicative English skills.

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Cyberkada



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was a professor at UP-Diliman. I'm Fil-German, but rarely ever needed to speak Tagalog... But it sure helps... Funny the typical Jeepney Driver speaks better English than the so-called educated people in the country I'm now teaching in...
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flyingcolours



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have noticed that too. Not always but for the most part it seems jeepney drivers as well as tricycle drivers speak better (often much better) English than the students at the university level (graduate level as well).

What are the causes of this?
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tttompatz



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

flyingcolours wrote:
I have noticed that too. Not always but for the most part it seems jeepney drivers as well as tricycle drivers speak better (often much better) English than the students at the university level (graduate level as well).

What are the causes of this?


Practice.

In a country where, in spite of it being the "national" language, most people don't speak Tagalog English is the next best option. With over 100 languages and dialects in use around the country, English will get you farther than Tagalog (outside of Luzon).

Bisaya (or one of its dialects) is actually spoken by more people than Tagalog is (on a daily basis).

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