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Southeast Asia

Taglish, motherf*@ker! Do you speak it?!

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

Philippines flag on brick wall

Filipino (Tagalog) – the Lingua Franca of a Hugely Diverse Country

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