Tagalog has its own alphabet
Interesting facts about Filipino
Languages in the Philippines
Around 170 different languages are counted in the Philippines. The vast majority of these are regional languages, which are sometimes only spoken by a relatively small number of people. There are only two official languages on the island nation: English and Filipino. While the majority of the newspapers appear in English and English is also the most important foreign language of the Filipinos, the Filipino has the function of the national language and Lingua Franca to. The term Lingua Franca is a lingua franca that speakers of different languages use in order to be able to communicate with one another. Especially in a country where so many different languages coexist as in the Philippines, such a language is of course of great importance.
Filipino is the modern, standardized variant of the Tagalog language, which is spoken as the mother tongue of around 15 million people in the region in and around the Philippine capital Manila. It is assumed that - depending on the estimate - between 70 and 90 million people speak Filipino, the majority of whom, however, speak another Filipino language as their mother tongue and use Filipino as a second language.
In this course from Sprachlernen24 you will hear and learn the standardized Filipino spoken in the Philippines today. All texts have been spoken by real native Filipino speakers - so you will always hear and learn an authentic pronunciation.
Filipino - an Austronesian language
Filipino belongs to the Austronesian language family and is assigned to its West-Malayo-Polynesian language branch. In addition to Filipino, this subgroup also includes, for example, Indonesian, Javanese, Malay and Malagasy, which is spoken in Madagascar.
Loan words from other languages
In modern Filipino you will come across terms that are familiar to you over and over again. There are a large number of loanwords that have been adopted into the language from Spanish and English. After all, the Philippines came under the Spanish crown from the end of the 16th century and became a colony of the USA after its first independence in 1898 and the subsequent American-Philippine War (1899-1902). Only in 1946 did the independent Philippine state consolidate itself. To this day, the United States is also one of the country's most important trading partners and the English language, along with Filipino, has a central position on the island nation. So you won't be surprised that there are so many words of Spanish and English origin in Filipino.
It is also interesting that the Philippines has developed its own fusion language in which English and Tagalog (or Filipino) are mixed. This language is called Taglish designated. It is used quite often next to Filipino for everyday communication and you will also come across this initially strange-sounding taglish on the radio and television.
In addition to Spanish and English loanwords, there are also a large number of words in Filipino that come from other languages spoken in the Philippines.
The alphabet in Filipino
Filipino is written using the Latin alphabet, which will be very convenient for you as you learn the language. The alphabet comprises 28 letters, of which only two have a special form for German learners: the Ñ / ñ adopted from Spanish and the letter combination Ng / ng, which is listed as a separate letter in the Philippine ABC.
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