@ChinitoPH Hi, what do you mean you are Filipino but not yet fluent? You're Visayan or from any other region? As for me, i just study Filipino because i am currently living in the Philippines. Of course basically people understand English, but to be more friendly, local languages are important. Even with my poor Filipino, people get very happy and more talkative. Sometimes, they even joke to me, "Bawal English dito! Subukan mo, Tagalog!" I know they just joke.
@Keite22 i mean, Im pure filipino but I was born and raised in Alaska all my life, I was never taught Tagalog because my mother didn't want me to have a hard time with English. But in 6th grade, I was super into Filipino stuff and I really wanted to learn Tagalog, so I decided to start learning, and here I am graduating 9th grade and can converse in Tagalog now, I just need to become more fluent with word choice and expand vocabulary :)
@ChinitoPH Ah okey, so you're Filipino-American! Although the context is different from yours, even here in Metro Manila I observe a growing number of local children born in mga mayaman who don't prefer to speak in Filipino. Mothers of those middle-upper class somehow don't want to grow their children in local manners. Inihahatid at sinsunduin nila sa eskwelahan ang mga anak nila gamit ang kanilang kotse na may kanilang driver (tira hindi gustong pagamitin ng mga nanay na yan sa jeep ang mga anak nila). I felt a bit uneasy at those children, because when they have their own identities in a few years, I bet they more or less have a self-conflict on theirs. Anyways I now understand some Filipinos have some reasons not to have studied Filipino languages, particularly in the cases of rich households and OFWs.
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