Want To Learn Tagalog?
The Philippines is a beautiful country located in the Southeast Asia region with over 100 million in population. The country consists of over 7000 islands that are split into 17 regions, each with their own unique culture. Thanks to having one of the longest coastlines in the world, it has gained a reputation for its beautiful beaches, diving spots, and landscapes.
Tagalog is the most widely spoken language in the Philippines. Filipino, the standarized form of Tagalog, is a national language of the country, along with English. With over 20 million native speakers and an additional 40 million who speak it as a second language, Tagalog was ultimately chosen as the lingua franca between the 185 languages spoken across the Philippines. It has Austronesian roots which it shares with many other languages in the region. Tagalog is written in the Latin alphabet, much like English. However, due to the influence of Spanish, the Tagalog alphabet contains some letters of Spanish origin. While it is not a tonal language, it uses stress as a means to differentiate words. The meaning of a word can change based on where the stress is placed in its pronunciation. In writing, this can be shown through the use of diacritic marks.
The Philippines is an up and coming destination for travelers worldwide. While English is a national language, peoples ability to speak and understand it may be limited. You may also come across Taglish, a language made by code switching Tagalog and English, which may make communication a bit more difficult. Unless you plan to learn all 180 or so languages of the Philippines, Tagalog or Filipino is your best bet to ensure your time in the country goes smoothly