Filipino is the standardised form of the Tagalog language and is an official language of the Philippines alongside English. Roughly a quarter of the population are native speakers of Tagalog, while the rest speak it as a second language. It is related to many of the other 182 languages of the Philippines, especially Cebuano and Hiligaynon. Spanish has had a major influence on Tagalog’s vocabulary, and there are also lots of loan words from languages such as English, Sanskrit, Tamil and Chinese.Learn Tagalog with uTalk
Any object can become an action by simply adding a prefix. Kape is 'coffee' and magkape is 'to drink a coffee'. Taxi can become magtaxi - 'to ride a taxi' - and mag-gym means 'to go to the gym'! §
Tagalog speakers love using slang. One common way to make a word 'cool' is to reverse the syllables. So a Tagalog-speaking teenager might talk about his lodi - idol - to his ermat - mother - and his erpat - father.
Tagalog has a huge number of words borrowed from Spanish and English which it will sometimes fuse together - for example, a boxer is a boksingero from the English 'boxing' and Spanish '-ero'.
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