Here I am at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport on my way home from a 2 week sojourn in Philippines (or Pilipinas as thy call it here). Before departing for this trip I had studied Tagalog for about a month, and as usual learning the basics of the language made for a richer, more heart-warming stay because I could have more rapport with the locals and connect with them on a deeper level. Continue reading
It`s always fascinating and exciting when I first start studying a new language, because that`s when I discover so many of the language`s unique peculiarities, as well as its similarities with other languages. You get an introduction into the personality of the language and culture.
It`s been about 12 days since I began studying Tagalog, and while I`m still a beginner I`m at the point where I can make Continue reading
A funny thing you`ll notice when you visit the Philippines – especially Manila – is that people do a lot of codeswitching, meaning they switch between languages, mid-stream (as opposed to switching languages for different activities). Tagalog speakers often codeswitch into English and then back into Tagalog, based on what seems to me to be random whims. Continue reading
Western countries like Canada and the United States pride themselves on being “multicultural”, but I think it`s a myth. In reality all of the various cultural communities merge into the mainstream and adopt its language after usually one generation. But there are Continue reading