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Aqua Landia Resort, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines

2 Weeks In Philippines – Experiences With Tagalog

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

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Is Language Dabbling a Waste of Time?

Sa oled ilus! That`s the one phrase I know in the Estonian language, meaning “You`re beautiful”. From what I`ve been told, that phrase is highly relevant and useful for men visiting the Baltic nation. 🙂 But I literally don`t know another single word of Estonian. Like most language enthusiasts I spend some of my time dabbling with languages of interest, and some of my time going to war with the main languages I want to conquer.

Is dabbling a waste of time? Should you feel guilty about it? Well that depends.

Pick any given language, and there will be people dabbling in it for the following reasons (among others): Continue reading