Exactly how many languages spoken in the Philippines
Posted 14 June 2007 - 01:40 AM
Posted 14 June 2007 - 01:49 AM
Spanish was the original official language of the Philippines, since its establishment in the 16th century. After the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spanish was reaffirmed as the national language of the Philippines during the 1899 Malolos Constitution.
Under the U.S. occupation and civil regime, English began to be taught in schools. By 1901, public education was institutionalized, with English serving as the medium of instruction. Around 600 educators (called "Thomasites") who arrived in that year aboard the USS Thomas replaced the soldiers who also functioned as teachers . The 1935 Constitution added English as an official language alongside Spanish. A provision in this constitution also called for Congress to "take steps toward the development and adoption of a common national language based on one of the existing native languages." On November 12, 1937, the First National Assembly created the National Language Institute. President Manuel L. Quezon appointed native Waray-Waray speaker Jaime C. De Veyra to chair a committee of speakers of other regional languages. Their aim was to select a national language among the other regional languages. Ultimately, Tagalog was chosen on December 31, 1937.
Although the teaching of the national language in schools began in 1940, Tagalog was not made an official language until the restoration of independence on July 4, 1946. Starting in 1961, the national language began to be referred to as Filipino rather than Tagalog.
Americans speaking filipino? Impressive! It's kinda cute for me hehe when i was in Manila, i heard americans, brazilians speaking filipino/tagalog and it impressed me. If u go to Siquijor, u 'll hear them talking bisayan/cebuano too hehe
People in Mindanao speak their native language as well as tagalog and english since these are taught in schools...
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 08:13 PM
There are about 80 major language groups in the Philippines, with more than 500 dialects... Its cute to hear Americans speak our language, because its more "slang".. and we find them smart too! And with how we feel about Americans/foreigners in the Philippines??? That's a good sign and is advantageous for the Philippines Tourism Industry coz that means we are still considered as a "destination"!
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