As you learn Tagalog and begin to converse with Filipinos, you will undoubtedly encounter “Taglish“. It is a “dialect” that is prevalent in the Manila area. Taglish is a combination of Tagalog and English. If one visits Manila, they may be surprised at how many people understand English there. When I listen to “Tagalog” news cast on Manila television or radio, English is sprinkled throughout the conversations. On the street, it is easy to get directions in English.
Taglish is simply a natural result of having two prominent languages used on a regular basis. Keep in mind also, Filipino is constitutionally designated as the national language of the Philippines and, along with English, as one of two official languages.
In the last post I mentioned some of the most common greetings I encounter everyday here in the Philippines. I wrote about “Saan ka pupunta?” and “Saan ka galing?” and also “Kumusta?”. In this post I want to mention a few more common ones. I don’t here these as often but I certainly have been greeted with these.
For example, just the other day I was sitting on the terrace here. It is very close to the street. A man from the neighborhood was passing by on a bicycle and we acknowledged each other with a nod. Then he said “Magandang gabi.” I replied with “Magandang gabi rin“.
I am currently living in the Philippines (since April 2014). I live in a poor area of Pampanga province. My host family speaks Tagalog at home even though the local language is Kapampangan. The area where I live is one of the “resettlement” communities that were created right after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.
I enjoy walking through the neighborhood for exercise and to practice Tagalog with the people. I am greeted by many people as I walk the streets. Some know me and they know I understand Tagalog. Others do not know me, and do not know I understand Tagalog.
Here are the top greetings I hear everyday as I do my walks.
Hello and welome to the first blog post on this site. The other pages on this site are “static” pages and not really part of a blog. I’ve been wanting to create a place to write about Tagalog on a regular basis. This “blog” area gives me that platform.
I hope you check back often as I get going here. I’ve recently moved to the Philippines and am interacting in Tagalog on a daily basis. I hope to shed light on various aspects of learning Tagalog as a foreign language and hope to provide insights into how “real” Tagalog is used and spoken here in the Philippines.
Again, I want to thank you for visiting the Learn-Tagalog.com website.