|Region||Manila, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon|
|28 million (2007) |
23.8 million total speakers (2019)
45 million L2 speakers (as Filipino, 2013)
57.3 million total speakers (2000)
| Latin (Tagalog/Filipino alphabet),|
Official language in
|Regulated by||Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino|
Map of Tagalog-speaking world.
Countries with more than 500,000 speakers
Countries with between 100,000–500,000 speakers
Countries where it is spoken by minor communities
Tagalog ( // ; Tagalog pronunciation: [tɐˈɡaːloɡ] ) is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by the majority. Its standardized form, officially named Filipino , is the national language of the Philippines, and is one of two official languages alongside English.
The Austronesian languages are a language family that is widely dispersed throughout Maritime Southeast Asia, Madagascar and the islands of the Pacific Ocean, with a few members in continental Asia. Austronesian languages are spoken by about 386 million people (4.9%), making it the fifth-largest language family by number of speakers. Major Austronesian languages with the highest number of speakers are Malay, Javanese, and Filipino (Tagalog). The family contains 1,257 languages, which is the second most of any language family.
The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.
An official language is a language given a special legal status in a particular country, state, or other jurisdiction. Typically a country's official language refers to the language used in government. The term "official language" does not typically refer to the language used by a people or country, but by its government, as "the means of expression of a people cannot be changed by any law".
It is related to other Philippine languages, such as the Bikol languages, Ilocano, the Visayan languages, Kapampangan, and Pangasinan, and more distantly to other Austronesian languages, such as the Formosan languages of Taiwan, Malay (Malaysian and Indonesian), Hawaiian, Māori, and Malagasy. Tagalog is the predominant language used in the tanaga , a type of Filipino poem and the indigenous poetic art of the Tagalog people.
In linguistics, the Philippine languages are a proposal by Zorc (1986) and Robert Blust that all the languages of the Philippines and northern Sulawesi—except Sama–Bajaw and a few languages of Palawan—form a subfamily of Austronesian languages. Although the Philippines is near the center of Austronesian expansion from Formosa, there is little linguistic diversity among the approximately 150 Philippine languages, suggesting that earlier diversity has been erased by the spread of the ancestor of the modern Philippine languages.
The Bikol languages are a group of Central Philippine languages spoken mostly in the Bicol Peninsula in the island of Luzon, the neighboring island province of Catanduanes and the island of Burias of Masbate. There is a dialect continuum between the Visayan languages and the Bikol languages; the two together are called the Bisakol languages.
Ilocano is the third most-spoken native language of the Philippines.
The word Tagalog is derived from the endonym taga-ilog ("river dweller"), composed of tagá- ("native of" or "from") and ilog ("river"). Linguists such as Dr. David Zorc and Dr. Robert Blust speculate that the Tagalogs and other Central Philippine ethno-linguistic groups originated in Northeastern Mindanao or the Eastern Visayas.
Robert A. Blust is a prominent linguist in several areas, including historical linguistics, lexicography and ethnology. Blust specializes in the Austronesian languages and has made major contributions to the field of Austronesian linguistics.
Mindanao or still commonly known as Southern Philippines, is the second largest island in the Philippines. Mindanao and the smaller islands surrounding it make up the island group of the same name. Located in the southern region of the archipelago, as of the 2010 census, the main island was inhabited by 20,281,545 people, while the entire Mindanao island group had an estimated total of 25,537,691 (2018) residents.
The Visayas, or the Visayan Islands, is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao. Located in the central part of the archipelago, it consists of several islands, primarily surrounding the Visayan Sea, although the Visayas are also considered the northeast extremity of the entire Sulu Sea. Its inhabitants are predominantly the Visayan peoples.
Possible words of Old Tagalog origin are attested in the Laguna Copperplate Inscription from the tenth century, which is largely written in Old Malay.The first known complete book to be written in Tagalog is the Doctrina Christiana (Christian Doctrine), printed in 1593. The Doctrina was written in Spanish and two transcriptions of Tagalog; one in the ancient, then-current Baybayin script and the other in an early Spanish attempt at a Latin orthography for the language.
The Laguna Copperplate Inscription, a legal document inscribed on a copper plate in 900 CE, is the earliest known calendar-dated document found in the Philippines. The date of the inscription would make it contemporary to the Balitung kingdom of Central Java, although it necessarily did not originate from that area.
The Doctrina Christiana was an early book on the Roman Catholic Catechism, written in 1593 by Fray Juan de Plasencia, and is believed to be one of the earliest printed books in the Philippines.
Baybayin is an ancient script used primarily by the Tagalog people. Baybayin is an indigenous Indic script that has been widely used in traditional Tagalog domains. It is one of many suyat scripts in the Philippines. It continued to be used during the early part of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines until largely being supplanted by usage of the Latin alphabet. Baybayin is well known because it was carefully documented by scribes during the colonial era.
Throughout the 333 years of Spanish rule, various grammars and dictionaries were written by Spanish clergymen. In 1610, the Dominican priest Francisco Blancas de San Jose published the “Arte y reglas de la Lengua Tagala” (which was subsequently revised with two editions in 1752 and 1832) in Bataan. In 1613, the Franciscan priest Pedro de San Buenaventura published the first Tagalog dictionary, his "Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala" in Pila, Laguna.
The first substantial dictionary of the Tagalog language was written by the Czech Jesuit missionary Pablo Clain in the beginning of the 18th century. Clain spoke Tagalog and used it actively in several of his books. He prepared the dictionary, which he later passed over to Francisco Jansens and José Hernandez.Further compilation of his substantial work was prepared by P. Juan de Noceda and P. Pedro de Sanlucar and published as Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala in Manila in 1754 and then repeatedly reedited, with the last edition being in 2013 in Manila.
The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.
Paul Klein was a Jesuit missionary, pharmacist, botanist, author of an astronomic observation, writer, rector of Colegio de Cavite as well as the rector of Colegio de San José and later Jesuit Provincial Superior in the Philippines, the highest ranking Jesuit official in the country. Klein is known as an important personality of life during the 18th-century Manila.
Among others, Arte de la lengua tagala y manual tagalog para la administración de los Santos Sacramentos (1850) in addition to early studiesof the language.
The indigenous poet Francisco Baltazar (1788–1862) is regarded as the foremost Tagalog writer, his most notable work being the early 19th-century epic Florante at Laura .
Tagalog differs from its Central Philippine counterparts with its treatment of the Proto-Philippine schwa vowel *ə. In most Bikol and Visayan languages, this sound merged with /u/ and [o]. In Tagalog, it has merged with /i/. For example, Proto-Philippine *dəkət (adhere, stick) is Tagalog dikít and Visayan & Bikol dukot.
Proto-Philippine *r, *j, and *z merged with /d/ but is /l/ between vowels. Proto-Philippine *ŋajan (name) and *hajək (kiss) became Tagalog ngalan and halík.
Proto-Philippine *R merged with /ɡ/. *tubiR (water) and *zuRuʔ (blood) became Tagalog tubig and dugô.
Tagalog was declared the official language by the first revolutionary constitution in the Philippines, the Constitution of Biak-na-Bato in 1897.
In 1935, the Philippine constitution designated English and Spanish as official languages, but mandated the development and adoption of a common national language based on one of the existing native languages.After study and deliberation, the National Language Institute, a committee composed of seven members who represented various regions in the Philippines, chose Tagalog as the basis for the evolution and adoption of the national language of the Philippines. President Manuel L. Quezon then, on December 30, 1937, proclaimed the selection of the Tagalog language to be used as the basis for the evolution and adoption of the national language of the Philippines. In 1939, President Quezon renamed the proposed Tagalog-based national language as Wikang Pambansâ (national language). Under the Japanese puppet government during World War II, Tagalog as a national language was strongly promoted; the 1943 Constitution specifying: The government shall take steps toward the development and propagation of Tagalog as the national language.".
In 1959, the language was further renamed as "Pilipino".Along with English, the national language has had official status under the 1973 constitution (as "Pilipino") and the present 1987 constitution (as Filipino).
The adoption of Tagalog in 1937 as basis for a national language is not without its own controversies. Instead of specifying Tagalog, the national language was designated as Wikang Pambansâ ("National Language") in 1939.Twenty years later, in 1959, it was renamed by then Secretary of Education, José Romero, as Pilipino to give it a national rather than ethnic label and connotation. The changing of the name did not, however, result in acceptance among non-Tagalogs, especially Cebuanos who had not accepted the selection.
The national language issue was revived once more during the 1971 Constitutional Convention. Majority of the delegates were even in favor of scrapping the idea of a "national language" altogether.A compromise solution was worked out—a "universalist" approach to the national language, to be called Filipino rather than Pilipino. The 1973 constitution makes no mention of Tagalog. When a new constitution was drawn up in 1987, it named Filipino as the national language. The constitution specified that as the Filipino language evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages. However, more than two decades after the institution of the "universalist" approach, there seems to be little if any difference between Tagalog and Filipino.
Many of the older generation in the Philippines feel that the replacement of English by Tagalog in the popular visual media has had dire economic effects regarding the competitiveness of the Philippines in trade and overseas remittances.
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Upon the issuance of Executive Order No. 134, Tagalog was declared as basis of the National Language. On 12th of April 1940, Executive No. 263 was issued ordering the teaching of the national language in all public and private schools in the country.
Article XIV, Section 7 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines specifies, in part:
Subject to provisions of law and as the Congress may deem appropriate, the Government shall take steps to initiate and sustain the use of Filipino as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction in the educational system.
The regional languages are the auxiliary official languages in the regions and shall serve as auxiliary media of instruction therein.
In 2009, the Department of Education promulgated an order institutionalizing a system of mother-tongue based multilingual education ("MLE"), wherein instruction is conducted primarily in a student's mother tongue (one of the various regional Philippine languages) until at least grade three, with additional languages such as Filipino and English being introduced as separate subjects no earlier than grade two. In secondary school, Filipino and English become the primary languages of instruction, with the learner's first language taking on an auxiliary role.After pilot tests in selected schools, the MLE program was implemented nationwide from School Year (SY) 2012-2013.
It is the first language of a quarter of the population of the Philippines (particularly in Central and Southern Luzon) and a second language of the majority.
Tagalog is a Central Philippine language within the Austronesian language family. Being Malayo-Polynesian, it is related to other Austronesian languages, such as Malagasy, Javanese, Malay (Malaysian and Indonesian), Tetum (of Timor), and Yami (of Taiwan).It is closely related to the languages spoken in the Bicol Region and the Visayas islands, such as the Bikol group and the Visayan group, including Waray-Waray, Hiligaynon and Cebuano.
At present, no comprehensive dialectology has been done in the Tagalog-speaking regions, though there have been descriptions in the form of dictionaries and grammars of various Tagalog dialects. Ethnologue lists Manila, Lubang, Marinduque, Bataan (Western Central Luzon), Batangas, Bulacan (Eastern Central Luzon), Tanay-Paete (Rizal-Laguna), and Tayabas (Quezon) as dialects of Tagalog; however, there appear to be four main dialects, of which the aforementioned are a part: Northern (exemplified by the Bulacan dialect), Central (including Manila), Southern (exemplified by Batangas), and Marinduque.
Some example of dialectal differences are:
Perhaps the most divergent Tagalog dialects are those spoken in Marinduque.Linguist Rosa Soberano identifies two dialects, western and eastern, with the former being closer to the Tagalog dialects spoken in the provinces of Batangas and Quezon.
One example is the verb conjugation paradigms. While some of the affixes are different, Marinduque also preserves the imperative affixes, also found in Visayan and Bikol languages, that have mostly disappeared from most Tagalog early 20th century; they have since merged with the infinitive.
|Manila Tagalog||Marinduqueño Tagalog||English|
|Susulat siná María at Esperanza kay Juan.||Másúlat da María at Esperanza kay Juan.||"María and Esperanza will write to Juan."|
|Mag-aaral siya sa Maynilà.||Gaaral siya sa Maynilà.||"[He/She] will study in Manila."|
|Maglutò ka na.||Paglutò.||"Cook now."|
|Kainin mo iyán.||Kaina yaan.||"Eat it."|
|Tinatawag tayo ni Tatay.||Inatawag nganì kitá ni Tatay.||"Father is calling us."|
|Tútulungan ba kayó ni Hilario?||Atulungan ga kamo ni Hilario?||"Is Hilario going to help you?"|
Northern and central dialects form the basis for the national language.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, as of 2014 there were 100 million people living in the Philippines, where almost all of whom will have some basic level of understanding of the language. The Tagalog homeland, Katagalugan, covers roughly much of the central to southern parts of the island of Luzon—particularly in Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Rizal and Zambales. Tagalog is also spoken natively by inhabitants living on the islands of Marinduque and Mindoro, as well as Palawan to a lesser extent. It is spoken by approximately 57.3 million Filipinos, 96% of the household population who were able to attend school;22 million, or 28% of the total Philippine population, speak it as a native language.
Tagalog speakers are found in other parts of the Philippines as well as throughout the world, though its use is usually limited to communication between Filipino ethnic groups. In [update] 2010, the US Census bureau reported (based on data collected in 2007) that in the United States it was the fourth most-spoken language at home with almost 1.5 million speakers, behind Spanish or Spanish Creole, French (including Patois, Cajun, Creole), and Chinese. Tagalog ranked as the third most spoken language in metropolitan statistical areas, behind Spanish and Chinese but ahead of French.
The Tagalog language also boasts accentations unique to some parts of Tagalog-speaking regions. For example, in some parts of Manila, a strong pronunciation of i exists and vowel-switching of o and u exists so words like "gising" (to wake) is pronounced as "giseng" with a strong 'e' and the word "tagu-taguan" (hide-and-go-seek) is pronounced as "tago-tagoan" with a mild 'o'.
Batangas Tagalog boasts the most distinctive accent in Tagalog compared to the more Hispanized northern accents of the language.[ citation needed ] The Batangas accent has been featured in film and television and Filipino actor Leo Martinez speaks with this accent. Martinez's accent, however, will quickly be recognized by native Batangueños as representative of the accent in western Batangas which is milder compared to that used in the eastern part of the province.[ citation needed ]
Bulacan Tagalog has more deep words and accented like Filipino during the Spanish period.
Quezon and Aurora's Tagalog has unique accents.
Cavite accent specifically in the lowland part of the province were a mix of deep Tagalog and Chavacano, a language also spoken in Zamboanga while in upland Cavite like in the municipalities of Alfonso, Cavite, Magallanes, Cavite as well as Tagaytay City uses the accent comparable to the accent used in western Batangas due to its proximity.
Laguna also has a different set of accents, notably in the municipality of Alaminos, Laguna and the City of San Pablo, Laguna has the accent comparable to the accent used in eastern Batangas while the accent used in the northern parts of Laguna such as Biñan, Laguna and San Pedro, Laguna uses the accent comparable to Manila Tagalog.
Nueva Ecija's accent is like Bulacan's, but with different intonations. Tarlac also has this accent.
Taglish and Englog are names given to a mix of English and Tagalog. The amount of English vs. Tagalog varies from the occasional use of English loan words to changing language in mid-sentence. Such code-switching is prevalent throughout the Philippines and in various languages of the Philippines other than Tagalog.
Code-mixing also entails the use of foreign words that are "Filipinized" by reforming them using Filipino rules, such as verb conjugations. Users typically use Filipino or English words, whichever comes to mind first or whichever is easier to use.
City-dwellers are more likely to do this.
The practice is common in television, radio, and print media as well. Advertisements from companies like Wells Fargo, Wal-Mart, Albertsons, McDonald's, and Western Union have contained Taglish.
Tagalog has 33 phonemes: 19 of them are consonants and 14 are vowels. Syllable structure is relatively simple, being maximally CrVC, where Cr only occurs in borrowed words such as trak "truck" or sombréro "hat".
Tagalog has ten simple vowels, five long and five short, and four diphthongs. /a/, /i/, and /u/. This was later expanded to five with the introduction of words from Northern Philippine languages such as the Kapampangan language and Ilocano language as well as Spanish words.Before appearing in the area north of Pasig river, Tagalog had three vowel qualities:
|Close||i ⟨i⟩||u ⟨u⟩|
|Mid||ɛ ⟨e⟩||o̞ ⟨o⟩|
Nevertheless, simplification of pairs [o ~ u] and [ɛ ~ i] is likely to take place, especially in some Tagalog as second language, remote location and worker class registers.
The four diphthongs are /aj/, /uj/, /aw/, and /iw/. Long vowels are not written apart from pedagogical texts, where an acute accent is used: á é í ó ú.
|Close||i ⟨i⟩||u ⟨u⟩|
|Near-close||ɪ ⟨i⟩||ʊ ⟨u⟩|
|Mid||ɛ̝ ⟨e⟩||o̞ ⟨o⟩|
|Open-mid||ɛ ⟨e⟩||ɔ ⟨o⟩|
|Open||a ⟨a⟩||ä ⟨a⟩|
The table above shows all the possible realizations for each of the five vowel sounds depending on the speaker's origin or proficiency. The five general vowels are in bold.
Below is a chart of Tagalog consonants. All the stops are unaspirated. The velar nasal occurs in all positions including at the beginning of a word. Loanword variants using these phonemes are italicized inside the angle brackets.
|Nasal||m||n||ɲ ⟨ny, niy⟩||ŋ ⟨ng⟩|
|Affricate||( ts )||tʃ ⟨ts, tiy, ty, ch⟩||dʒ ⟨diy, dy, j⟩|
|Fricative||s||ʃ ⟨siy, sy, sh⟩||x ⟨-k-⟩||h ⟨h, j⟩|
|Approximant||l||j ⟨y⟩|| w |
( ɰ ⟨-g-⟩)
Glottal stop is not indicated.Glottal stops are most likely to occur when:
Stress is a distinctive feature in Tagalog. Primary stress occurs on either the final or the penultimate syllable of a word. Vowel lengthening accompanies primary or secondary stress except when stress occurs at the end of a word.
Tagalog words are often distinguished from one another by the position of the stress and/or the presence of a final glottal stop. In formal or academic settings, stress placement and the glottal stop are indicated by a diacritic (tuldík) above the final vowel.The penultimate primary stress position (malumay) is the default stress type and so is left unwritten except in dictionaries.
|Common spelling||Stressed non-ultimate syllable|
|Stressed ultimate syllable|
acute accent (´)
|Unstressed ultimate syllable with glottal stop|
grave accent (`)
|Stressed ultimate syllable with glottal stop|
circumflex accent (^)
|baka||[ˈbaka]baka ('cow')||[bɐˈka]baká ('possible')|
|pito||[ˈpito]pito ('whistle')||[pɪˈto]pitó ('seven')|
|bayaran||[bɐˈjaran]bayaran ('pay [imperative]')||[bɐjɐˈran]bayarán ('for hire')|
|bata||[ˈbata]bata ('bath robe')||[bɐˈta]batá ('persevere')||[ˈbataʔ]batà ('child')|
|sala||[ˈsala]sala ('living room')||[ˈsalaʔ]salà ('sin')||[sɐˈlaʔ]salâ ('filtered')|
|baba||[ˈbaba]baba ('father')||[baˈba]babá ('piggy back')||[ˈbabaʔ]babà ('chin')||[bɐˈbaʔ]babâ ('descend [imperative]')|
|labi||[ˈlabɛʔ]/[ˈlabiʔ]labì ('lips')||[lɐˈbɛʔ]/[lɐˈbiʔ]labî ('remains')|
Tagalog, like other Philippines languages today, is written using the Latin alphabet. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1521 and the beginning of their colonization in 1565, Tagalog was written in an abugida–or alphasyllabary—called Baybayin. This system of writing gradually gave way to the use and propagation of the Latin alphabet as introduced by the Spanish. As the Spanish began to record and create grammars and dictionaries for the various languages of the Philippine archipelago, they adopted systems of writing closely following the orthographic customs of the Spanish language and were refined over the years. Until the first half of the 20th century, most Philippine languages were widely written in a variety of ways based on Spanish orthography.
In the late 19th century, a number of educated Filipinos began proposing for revising the spelling system used for Tagalog at the time. In 1884, Filipino doctor and student of languages Trinidad Pardo de Tavera published his study on the ancient Tagalog script Contribucion para el Estudio de los Antiguos Alfabetos Filipinos and in 1887, published his essay El Sanscrito en la lengua Tagalog which made use of a new writing system developed by him. Meanwhile, Jose Rizal, inspired by Pardo de Tavera's 1884 work, also began developing a new system of orthography (unaware at first of Pardo de Tavera's own orthography). /k/.A major noticeable change in these proposed orthographies was the use of the letter ⟨k⟩ rather than ⟨c⟩ and ⟨q⟩ to represent the phoneme
In 1889, the new bilingual Spanish-Tagalog La España Oriental newspaper, of which Isabelo de los Reyes was an editor, began publishing using the new orthography stating in a footnote that it would "use the orthography recently introduced by ... learned Orientalis". This new orthography, while having its supporters, was also not initially accepted by several writers. Soon after the first issue of La España, Pascual H. Poblete's Revista Católica de Filipina began a series of articles attacking the new orthography and its proponents. A fellow writer, Pablo Tecson was also critical. Among the attacks was the use of the letters "k" and "w" as they were deemed to be of German origin and thus its proponents were deemed as "unpatriotic". The publishers of these two papers would eventually merge as La Lectura Popular in January 1890 and would eventually make use of both spelling systems in its articles.Pedro Laktaw, a schoolteacher, published the first Spanish-Tagalog dictionary using the new orthography in 1890.
In April 1890, Jose Rizal authored an article Sobre la Nueva Ortografia de la Lengua Tagalog in the Madrid-based periodical La Solidaridad. In it, he addressed the criticisms of the new writing system by writers like Pobrete and Tecson and the simplicity, in his opinion, of the new orthography. Rizal described the orthography promoted by Pardo de Tavera as "more perfect" than what he himself had developed.The new orthography was however not broadly adopted initially and was used inconsistently in the bilingual periodicals of Manila until the early 20th century. The revolutionary society Kataás-taasan, Kagalang-galang Katipunan ng̃ mg̃á Anak ng̃ Bayan or Katipunan made use of the k-orthography and the letter k featured prominently on many of its flags and insignias.
In 1937, Tagalog was selected to serve as basis for the country's national language. In 1940, the Balarílà ng Wikang Pambansâ (English: Grammar of the National Language) of grammarian Lope K. Santos introduced the Abakada alphabet. This alphabet consists of 20 letters and became the standard alphabet of the national language. The orthography as used by Tagalog would eventually influence and spread to the systems of writing used by other Philippine languages (which had been using variants of the Spanish-based system of writing). In 1987, the ABAKADA was dropped and in its place is the expanded Filipino alphabet.
Tagalog was written in an abugida—or alphasyllabary—called Baybayin prior to the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, in the 16th century. This particular writing system was composed of symbols representing three vowels and 14 consonants. Belonging to the Brahmic family of scripts, it shares similarities with the Old Kawi script of Java and is believed to be descended from the script used by the Bugis in Sulawesi.
Although it enjoyed a relatively high level of literacy, Baybayin gradually fell into disuse in favor of the Latin alphabet taught by the Spaniards during their rule.
There has been confusion of how to use Baybayin, which is actually an abugida, or an alphasyllabary, rather than an alphabet. Not every letter in the Latin alphabet is represented with one of those in the Baybayin alphasyllabary. Rather than letters being put together to make sounds as in Western languages, Baybayin uses symbols to represent syllables.
A "kudlit" resembling an apostrophe is used above or below a symbol to change the vowel sound after its consonant. If the kudlit is used above, the vowel is an "E" or "I" sound. If the kudlit is used below, the vowel is an "O" or "U" sound. A special kudlit was later added by Spanish missionaries in which a cross placed below the symbol to get rid of the vowel sound all together, leaving a consonant. Previously, the consonant without a following vowel was simply left out (for example, bundok being rendered as budo), forcing the reader to use context when reading such words.
Baybayin is encoded in Unicode version 3.2 in the range 1700-171F under the name "Tagalog".
Until the first half of the 20th century, Tagalog was widely written in a variety of ways based on Spanish orthography consisting of 32 letters called 'ABECEDARIO' (Spanish for "alphabet"):
|C||c||N͠g / Ñg||n͠g / ñg|
When the national language was based on Tagalog, grammarian Lope K. Santos introduced a new alphabet consisting of 20 letters called ABAKADA in school grammar books called balarilà:
In 1987, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports issued a memo stating that the Philippine alphabet had changed from the Pilipino-Tagalog Abakada version to a new 28-letter alphabetto make room for loans, especially family names from Spanish and English:
The genitive marker ng and the plural marker mga (e.g. Iyan ang mga damit ko. (Those are my clothes)) are abbreviations that are pronounced nang[naŋ] and mangá[mɐˈŋa]. Ng, in most cases, roughly translates to "of" (ex. Siya ay kapatid ng nanay ko. She is the sibling of my mother) while nang usually means "when" or can describe how something is done or to what extent (equivalent to the suffix -ly in English adverbs), among other uses.
In the first example, nang is used in lieu of the word noong (when; Noong si Hudas ay madulas). In the second, nang describes that the person woke up (gumising) early (maaga); gumising nang maaga. In the third, nang described up to what extent that Juan improved (gumaling), which is "greatly" (nang todo). In the latter two examples, the ligature na and its variants -ng and -g may also be used (Gumising na maaga/Maagang gumising; Gumaling natodo/Todong gumaling).
The longer nang may also have other uses, such as a ligature that joins a repeated word:
The words pô/hô and opò/ohò are traditionally used as polite iterations of the affirmative "oo" ("yes"). It is generally used when addressing elders or superiors such as bosses or teachers.
"Pô" and "opò" are specifically used to denote a high level of respect when addressing older persons of close affinity like parents, relatives, teachers and family friends. "Hô" and "ohò" are generally used to politely address older neighbours, strangers, public officials, bosses and nannies, and may suggest a distance in societal relationship and respect determined by the addressee's social rank and not their age. However, "pô" and "opò" can be used in any case in order to express an elevation of respect.
Used in the affirmative:
Pô/Hô may also be used in negation.
Tagalog vocabulary is composed mostly of words of native Austronesian origin - most of the words that end with the diphthongs -iw, (e.g. saliw) and those words that exhibit reduplication (e.g. halo-halo, patpat, etc.). However it has a significant number of Spanish loanwords. Spanish is the language that has bequeathed the most loanwords to Tagalog.
In pre-Hispanic times, Trade Malay was widely known and spoken throughout Maritime Southeast Asia.
Tagalog also includes many loanwords from English, Indian languages (Sanskrit and Tamil), Chinese languages (Hokkien, Cantonese, Mandarin), Japanese, Arabic and Persian.
Due to trade with Mexico via the Manila galleons from the 16th to the 19th centuries, many words from Nahuatl (Aztec) and Castilian (Spanish) were introduced to Tagalog.
The Philippines has long been a melting pot of nations. The islands have been subject to different influences and a meeting point of numerous migrations since the early prehistoric origins of trading activities, especially from the time of the Neolithic Period, the Silk Road, the Tang Dynasty, the Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyu Kingdom, the Spice Route and the Manila Galleon trading periods. This means that the evolution of the language is difficult to reconstruct (although many theories exist).
English has borrowed some words from Tagalog, such as abaca, barong, balisong, boondocks, jeepney, Manila hemp, pancit, ylang-ylang, and yaya, although the vast majority of these borrowed words are only used in the Philippines as part of the vocabularies of Philippine English.[ citation needed ]
|boondocks||meaning "rural" or "back country," was imported by American soldiers stationed in the Philippines following the Spanish–American War as a mispronounced version of the Tagalog bundok, which means "mountain."|
|cogon||a type of grass, used for thatching. This word came from the Tagalog word kugon (a species of tall grass).|
|ylang-ylang||a tree whose fragrant flowers are used in perfumes.|
|Abaca||a type of hemp fiber made from a plant in the banana family, from abaká.|
|Manila hemp||a light brown cardboard material used for folders and paper usually made from abaca hemp.|
|Capiz||also known as window oyster, is used to make windows.|
Tagalog has contributed several words to Philippine Spanish, like barangay (from balan͠gay, meaning barrio), the abacá, cogon, palay, dalaga etc.
|Tagalog word||meaning||language of origin||original spelling|
|aso||dog||South Cordilleran or Ilocano (also Ilokano)||aso|
|tayo||we (inc.)||South Cordilleran or Ilocano||tayo|
|ito, nito||this, its||South Cordilleran or Ilocano||to|
|ng||of|| Cebuano |
sg (pronounced as /sang/)
|araw||sun; day||Visayan languages||adlaw|
|ang||definite article||Visayan languages|
Below is a chart of Tagalog and a number of other Austronesian languages comparing thirteen words.
|Tombulu (Minahasa)||esa||zua (rua)||telu||epat||tou||walé||asu||po'po'||endo||weru||kai, kita||apa||api|
|Aklanon||isaea, sambilog, uno||daywa, dos||tatlo, tres||ap-at, kwatro||tawo||baeay||ayam||niyog||adlaw||bag-o||kita||ano||kaeayo|
|Pangasinan||sakey||dua, duara||talo, talora||apat, apatira||too||abong||aso||niyog||ageo||balo||sikatayo||anto||pool|
|Malay / Indonesian||satu||dua||tiga||empat||orang||rumah||anjing||kelapa/nyiur||hari||baru/baharu||kita||apa||api|
Religious literature remains one of the most dynamic contributors to Tagalog literature. The first Bible in Tagalog, then called Ang Biblia("the Bible") and now called Ang Dating Biblia ("the Old Bible"), was published in 1905. In 1970, the Philippine Bible Society translated the Bible into modern Tagalog. Even before the Second Vatican Council, devotional materials in Tagalog had been in circulation. There are at least four circulating Tagalog translations of the Bible
When the Second Vatican Council, (specifically the Sacrosanctum Concilium) permitted the universal prayers to be translated into vernacular languages, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines was one of the first to translate the Roman Missal into Tagalog. The Roman Missal in Tagalog was published as early as 1982.
Jehovah's Witnesses were printing Tagalog literature at least as early as 1941and The Watchtower (the primary magazine of Jehovah's Witnesses) has been published in Tagalog since at least the 1950s. New releases are now regularly released simultaneously in a number of languages, including Tagalog. The official website of Jehovah's Witnesses also has some publications available online in Tagalog.
Tagalog is quite a stable language, and very few revisions have been made to Catholic Bible translations. Also, as Protestantism in the Philippines is relatively young, liturgical prayers tend to be more ecumenical.
In Tagalog, the Lord's Prayer is exclusively known by its incipit, Amá Namin (literally, "Our Father").
Amá namin, sumasalangit Ka
Sambahín ang ngalan Mo.
Mapasaamin ang kaharián Mo.
Sundín ang loób Mo,
Dito sa lupà, gaya nang sa langit.
Bigyán Mo kamí ngayón ng aming kakanin sa araw-araw,
At patawarin Mo kamí sa aming mga salâ,
Para nang pagpápatawad namin,
Sa nagkakasalà sa amin;
At huwág Mo kamíng ipahintulot sa tuksó,
At iadyâ Mo kamí sa lahát ng masamâ.
[Sapagkát sa Inyó ang kaharián, at ang kapangyarihan,
At ang kaluwálhatian, ngayón, at magpakailanman.]
This is Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Pángkalahatáng Pagpapahayag ng Karapatáng Pantao)
Bawat tao'y isinilang na may layà at magkakapantáy ang tagláy na dangál at karapatán. Silá'y pinagkalooban ng pangangatwiran at budhî na kailangang gamitin nilá sa pagtuturingan nilá sa diwà ng pagkakapatiran. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
The numbers (mga bilang) in Tagalog language are of two sets. The first set consists of native Tagalog words and the other set are Spanish loanwords. (This may be compared to other East Asian languages, except with the second set of numbers borrowed from Spanish instead of Chinese.) For example, when a person refers to the number "seven", it can be translated into Tagalog as "pito" or "siyete" (Spanish: siete).
|0||sero / walâ (lit. "null") / awán||sero (cero)||-|
|2||dalawá [dalaua]||dos (dos)||pangalawá / ikalawá (informally, ikadalawá)|
|3||tatló||tres (tres)||pangatló / ikatló|
|4||apat||kuwatro (cuatro)||pang-apat / ikaapat ("ika" and the number-word are never hyphenated. For numbers, however, they always are.)|
|5||limá||singko (cinco)||panlimá / ikalimá|
|6||anim||sais (seis)||pang-anim / ikaanim|
|7||pitó||siyete (siete)||pampitó / ikapitó|
|8||waló||otso (ocho)||pangwaló / ikawaló|
|9||siyám||nuwebe (nueve)||pansiyám / ikasiyám|
|10||sampû [sang puo]||diyés (diez)||pansampû / ikasampû (or ikapû in some literary compositions)|
|11||labíng-isá||onse (once)||panlabíng-isá / pang-onse / ikalabíng-isá|
|12||labíndalawá||dose (doce)||panlabíndalawá / pandose / ikalabíndalawá|
|13||labíntatló||trese (trece)||panlabíntatló / pantrese / ikalabíntatló|
|14||labíng-apat||katorse (catorce)||panlabíng-apat / pangkatorse / ikalabíng-apat|
|15||labínlimá||kinse (quince)||panlabínlimá / pangkinse / ikalabínlimá|
|16||labíng-anim||disisaís (dieciséis)||panlabíng-anim / pandyes-sais / ikalabíng-anim|
|17||labímpitó||disisyete (diecisiete)||panlabímpitó / pandyes-syete / ikalabímpitó|
|18||labíngwaló||disiotso (dieciocho)||panlabíngwaló / pandyes-otso / ikalabíngwaló|
|19||labinsiyám||disinuwebe (diecinueve)||panlabinsiyám / pandyes-nwebe / ikalabinsiyám|
|20||dalawampû||bente / beinte (veinte)||pandalawampû / ikadalawampû (rare literary variant: ikalawampû)|
|21||dalawampú't isá||bente'y uno (veintiuno)||pang-dalawampú't isá / ikalawamapú't isá|
|30||tatlumpû||trenta / treinta (treinta)||pantatlumpû / ikatatlumpû (rare literary variant: ikatlumpû)|
|40||apatnapû||kuwarenta (cuarenta)||pang-apatnapû / ikaapatnapû|
|50||limampû||singkuwenta (cincuenta)||panlimampû / ikalimampû|
|60||animnapû||sesenta (sesenta)||pang-animnapû / ikaanimnapû|
|70||pitumpû||setenta (setenta)||pampitumpû / ikapitumpû|
|80||walumpû||otsenta / utsenta (ochenta)||pangwalumpû / ikawalumpû|
|90||siyamnapû||nobenta (noventa)||pansiyamnapû / ikasiyamnapû|
|100||sándaán||siyento (cien)||pan(g)-(i)sándaán / ikasándaán (rare literary variant: ika-isándaan)|
|200||dalawandaán||dos siyentos (doscientos)||pandalawándaán / ikadalawandaan (rare literary variant: ikalawándaán)|
|300||tatlóndaán||tres siyentos (trescientos)||pantatlóndaán / ikatatlondaan (rare literary variant: ikatlóndaán)|
|400||apat na raán||kuwatro siyentos (cuatrocientos)||pang-apat na raán / ikaapat na raán|
|500||limándaán||kinyentos (quinientos)||panlimándaán / ikalimándaán|
|600||anim na raán||sais siyentos (seiscientos)||pang-anim na raán / ikaanim na raán|
|700||pitondaán||siyete siyentos (sietecientos)||pampitóndaán / ikapitóndaán (or ikapitóng raán)|
|800||walóndaán||otso siyentos (ochocientos)||pangwalóndaán / ikawalóndaán (or ikawalóng raán)|
|900||siyám na raán||nuwebe siyentos (novecientos)||pansiyám na raán / ikasiyám na raán|
|1,000||sánlibo||mil (mil)||pan(g)-(i)sánlibo / ikasánlibo|
|2,000||dalawánlibo||dos mil (dos mil)||pangalawáng libo / ikalawánlibo|
|10,000||sánlaksâ / sampúng libo||diyes mil (diez mil)||pansampúng libo / ikasampúng libo|
|20,000||dalawanlaksâ / dalawampúng libo||bente mil (veinte mil)||pangalawampúng libo / ikalawampúng libo|
|100,000||sangyutá / sandaáng libo||siyento mil (cien mil)|
|200,000||dalawangyutá / dalawandaáng libo||dos siyento mil (dos cientos mil)|
|1,000,000||sang-angaw / sangmilyón||milyón (un millón)|
|2,000,000||dalawang-angaw / dalawang milyón||dos milyón (dos millones)|
|10,000,000||sangkatì / sampung milyón||dyes milyón (diez millones)|
|100,000,000||sampúngkatì / sandaáng milyón||syento milyón (cien millones)|
|1,000,000,000||sang-atos / sambilyón||bilyón (un billón)|
|1,000,000,000,000||sang-ipaw / santrilyón||trilyón (un trillón)|
|1st||first||primero/a||una / ika-isá|
|3/5||three-fifths||tres quintas partes||tatlóng-kalimá|
|1 1/2||one and a half||un medio||isá't kalahatì|
|2 2/3||two and two-thirds||dos de dos tercios||dalawá't dalawáng-katló|
|0.5||zero point five||cero punto cinco||salapî / limá hinatì sa sampû|
|0.005||zero point zero zero five||cero punto cero cero cinco||bagól / limá hinatì sa sanlibo|
|1.25||one point twenty-five||uno punto veinticinco||isá't dalawampú't limá hinatì sa sampû|
|2.025||two point zero twenty-five||dos punto cero veinticinco||dalawá't dalawampú't limá hinatì sa sanlibo|
|25%||twenty-five percent||veinticinco por ciento||dalawampú't-limáng bahagdán|
|50%||fifty percent||cincuenta por ciento||limampúng bahagdán|
|75%||seventy-five percent||setenta y cinco por ciento||pitumpú't-limáng bahagdán|
Months and days in Tagalog are also localised forms of Spanish months and days. "Month" in Tagalog is buwán (also the word for moon) and "day" is araw (the word also means sun). Unlike Spanish, however, months and days in Tagalog are always capitalised.
|Month||Original Spanish||Tagalog (abbreviation)|
|Wednesday||miércoles||Miyérkules / Myérkules|
|Thursday||jueves||Huwebes / Hwebes|
|Friday||viernes||Biyernes / Byernes|
Time expressions in Tagalog are also Tagalized forms of the corresponding Spanish. "Time" in Tagalog is panahon, or more commonly oras. Unlike Spanish and English, times in Tagalog are capitalized whenever they appear in a sentence.
|1 hour||one hour||una hora||Isang oras|
|2 min||two minutes||dos minutos||Dalawang sandali/minuto|
|3 sec||three seconds||tres segundos||Tatlong saglit/segundo|
|1:00 am||one in the morning||una de la mañana||Ika-isa ng umaga|
|7:00 pm||seven at night||siete de la noche||Ikapito ng gabi|
|1:15||quarter past one |
|una y cuarto||Kapat makalipas ikaisa |
Labinlima makalipas ikaisa
Apatnapu't-lima bago mag-ikaisa
|2:30||half past two |
|dos y media||Kalahati makalipas ikalawa |
Tatlumpu makalipas ikalawa
quarter to/of four
|tres y cuarenta y cinco||Tatlong-kapat makalipas ikatlo |
Apatnapu't-lima makalipas ikatlo
Labinlima bago mag-ikaapat
thirty-five to/of four
|cuatro y veinticinco||Dalawampu't-lima makalipas ikaapat |
Tatlumpu't-lima bago mag-ikaapat
twenty-five to/of six
|cinco y treinta y cinco||Tatlumpu't-lima makalipas ikalima |
Dalawampu't-lima bago mag-ikaanim
|English||Tagalog (with Pronunciation)|
|What is your name?||Anó ang pangalan ninyo/nila*? (plural or polite) [ɐˈno aŋ pɐˈŋaːlan nɪnˈjo], Anó ang pangalan mo? (singular) [ɐˈno aŋ pɐˈŋaːlan mo]|
|How are you?||kumustá[kʊmʊsˈta] (modern), Anó po áng lagáy ninyo/nila? (old use)|
|Good morning!||Magandáng umaga![mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ uˈmaːɡa]|
|Good noontime! (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)||Magandáng tanghali![mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ taŋˈhaːlɛ]|
|Good afternoon! (from 1 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)||Magandáng hapon![mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ ˈhaːpon]|
|Good evening!||Magandáng gabí![mɐɡɐnˈdaŋ ɡɐˈbɛ]|
|Please||Depending on the nature of the verb, either pakí-[pɐˈki] or makí-[mɐˈki] is attached as a prefix to a verb. ngâ[ŋaʔ] is optionally added after the verb to increase politeness. (e.g. Pakipasa ngâ ang tinapay. ("Can you pass the bread, please?"))|
|This one||ito[ʔiˈtoh], sometimes pronounced [ʔɛˈtoh] (literally—"it", "this")|
|That one||iyan[ʔiˈjan], When pointing to something at greater distances: iyun[ʔiˈjʊn] or iyon[ʔiˈjon]|
|Here||dito[dɪˈtoh], heto[hɛˈtoh] ("Here it is")|
|There||doon[dʒan], hayan[hɑˈjan] ("There it is")|
opô[ˈʔopoʔ] or ohô[ˈʔohoʔ] (formal/polite form)
|No||hindî[hɪnˈdɛʔ], often shortened to dî[dɛʔ]|
hindî pô (formal/polite form)
|I don't know||hindî ko álam[hɪnˈdɛʔ ko aːlam]|
Very informal: ewan[ʔɛˈʊɑn], archaic aywan[ɑjˈʊɑn] (closest English equivalent: colloquial dismissive 'Whatever')
|Sorry||pasensya pô[pɐˈsɛːnʃa poʔ] (literally from the word "patience") or paumanhin po,patawad po[pɐtaːwad poʔ] (literally—"asking your forgiveness")|
|Because||kasí[kɐˈsɛ] or dahil[dɑˈhɪl]|
|I don't understand||Hindî ko naiintindihan[hɪnˈdiː ko nɐʔɪɪnˌtɪndiˈhan] or |
Hindi ko nauunawaan[hɪnˈdiː ko nɐʔʊʊnawaʔˌʔan]
|Where?||Saán?[sɐˈʔan], Nasaán?[ˌnaːsɐˈʔan] (literally - "Where at?")|
|When?||Kailan?[kɑjˈlɑn], [kɑˈɪˈlɑn], or [kɛˈlɑn] (literally—"In what order?/"At what count?"")|
|How?||Paánó?[pɑˌɐˈno] (literally—"By what?")|
|Where's the bathroom?||Nasaán ang banyo?[ˌnaːsɐˈʔan ʔaŋ ˈbaːnjo]|
|Generic toast||Mabuhay![mɐˈbuːhaɪ] (literally—"long live")|
|Do you speak English?||Marunong ka báng magsalitâ ng Inglés?[mɐˈɾuːnoŋ ka baŋ mɐɡsaliˈtaː naŋ ʔɪŋˈɡlɛs]|
Marunong po bâ kayóng magsalitâ ng Inglés? (polite version for elders and strangers)
|It is fun to live.||Masayá ang mabuhay![mɐˈsaˈja ʔaŋ mɐˈbuːhaɪ] or Masaya'ng mabuhay (contracted version)|
*Pronouns such as niyo (2nd person plural) and nila (3rd person plural) are used on a single 2nd person in polite or formal language. See Tagalog grammar.
Ang hindî marunong lumingón sa pinánggalingan ay hindî makaráratíng sa paroroonan. (José Rizal)
One who knows not how to look back from whence he came, will never get to where he is going.
Unang kagat, tinapay pa rin. It means :"First bite, still bread." or "All fluff no substance."
Tao ka nang humarap, bilang tao kitang haharapin.
(A proverb in Southern Tagalog that made people aware the significance of sincerity in Tagalog communities. It says, "As a human you reach me, I treat you as a human and never act as a traitor.")
Hulí man daw (raw) at magalíng, nakáhahábol pa rin.
If one is behind but capable, one will still be able to catch up.
Magbirô ka na sa lasíng, huwág lang sa bagong gising.
Make fun of someone drunk, if you must, but never one who has just awakened.
Aanhín pa ang damó kung patáy na ang kabayo?
What use is the grass if the horse is already dead?
Ang sakít ng kalingkingan, ramdám ng buóng katawán.
The pain in the pinkie is felt by the whole body.
(In a group, if one goes down, the rest follow.)
Nasa hulí ang pagsisisi.
Regret is always in the end.
Pagkáhabà-habà man ng prusisyón, sa simbahan pa rin ang tulóy.
The procession may stretch on and on, but it still ends up at the church.
(In romance: refers to how certain people are destined to be married. In general: refers to how some things are inevitable, no matter how long you try and postpone it.)
Kung 'dî mádaán sa santóng dasalan, daanin sa santóng paspasan.
If it cannot be got through holy prayer, get it through blessed force.
(In romance and courting: santóng paspasan literally means 'holy speeding' and is a euphemism for sexual intercourse. It refers to the two styles of courting by Filipino boys: one is the traditional, protracted, restrained manner favored by older generations, which often featured serenades and manual labor for the girl's family; the other is upfront seduction, which may lead to a slap on the face or a pregnancy out of wedlock. The second conclusion is known as pikot or what Western cultures would call a 'shotgun marriage'. This proverb is also applied in terms of diplomacy and negotiation.)
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The Hiligaynon language, also often referred to by most of its speakers simply as Ilonggo, is an Austronesian regional language spoken in the Philippines by about 9.1 million people, mainly in Western Visayas and Soccsksargen, most of whom belong to the Visayan ethnic group, mainly the Hiligaynons. It is the second-most widely spoken language and a member of the so-named Visayan language family and is more distantly related to other Philippine languages.
ONCE it claimed to have more English speakers than all but two other countries, and it has exported millions of them. But these days Filipinos are less boastful. Three decades of decline in the share of Filipinos who speak the language, and the deteriorating proficiency of those who can manage some English, have eroded one of the country's advantages in the global economy. Call-centres complain that they reject nine-tenths of otherwise qualified job applicants, mostly college graduates, because of their poor command of English. This is lowering the chances that the outsourcing industry will succeed in its effort to employ close to 1m people, account for 8.5% of GDP and have 10% of the world market
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