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About Tagalog Language

Tagalog is one of the two official languages of the Philippines and has about 73 million speakers around the world. It belongs to the Austronesian language family, similar to Malay and Indonesian. Even though only a quarter of the Filipino people are speaking Tagalog as their first language, it is said that 96% of Filipinos can understand Tagalog. In fact, there are around 180 languages spoken in the Philippines, including English which is another official language apart from Tagalog. It is also said that most Filipinos can speak two or even three languages. The word Tagalog is derived from taga-ilog which means “resident beside the river”.

Foreign Influence

The Philippines was under Spanish rule during the colonial era. As a result, its language has a significant number of words borrowed from Spanish. It is said that about 40% of informal, everyday conversation in Tagalog is basically made up of Spanish loanwords. Also, the Filipinos sometimes use English words in conversation but these words are pronounced in the Filipino way. Moreover, Tagalog was written in the Baybayin writing system before the Spanish colonial period, but it was later replaced by the Latin alphabet which is still in use today.

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