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My better half shared this with me, while I speak English and some French, a smattering of Tagalog and even less Ilocano (our local area). My better half advises that he speaks 2 recognised languages, English and Tagalog. He considers Ilocano, Bicol Which he converses fluently with as local dialects and don't count, interesting because he also has a firm grasp on Spanish and communicates comfortably with friends from Visayas and Mindanao.

Taglish rings a bell.

I always understood there were only perhaps 120 dialects within PH. but this link shows differently and the figures are interesting, have a look.


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86% speak English LOL... not in my region they barely understand the words that are coming out of my mouth and for sure even if they understand some English the conversation going to be limited and then you'll be talking to yourself.

Just from my experience and this includes my in-laws who I thought understood me for at least a decade but it turns out they understood very little of our previous conversations they just ? They didn't' want to hurt the relationship or tried to understand as best they could without letting me know that I was basically talking to myself... So my best guess is that probably only 30% can understand English enough to get by with basic conversations and maybe a little bit more advanced discussions.

My youngest son is in an 8th grade private school and I asked him how many of his classmates can speak English and it turns out less than half.

Reminds me, I need to set aside an hour per day to learn the Tagalog language.

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86% speak English LOL... not in my region they barely understand the words that are coming out of my mouth and for sure even if they understand some English the conversation going to be limited and then you'll be talking to yourself.

Just from my experience and this includes my in-laws who I thought understood me for at least a decade but it turns out they understood very little of our previous conversations they just ? They didn't' want to hurt the relationship or tried to understand as best they could without letting me know that I was basically talking to myself... So my best guess is that probably only 30% can understand English enough to get by with basic conversations and maybe a little bit more advanced discussions.

My youngest son is in an 8th grade private school and I asked him how many of his classmates can speak English and it turns out less than half.

Reminds me, I need to set aside an hour per day to learn the Tagalog language.
Interesting Mark, I do set aside time to learn Tagalog but not nearly enough probably because of where we live, family included have a very firm grasp and comprehension of the english language and those few that didn't fare well in the education system it's quickly translated by friends and occasionally by myself.
Definitely to date not my experience the 30% opinion, My personal experience within our locale would be 70 to 80% English communicable.

Different strokes I suppose.

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Google Translate is a good app translates english to Filipino and vica versa and it speaks back in Tagalog so you know how to pronounce the sentances, it even translates handwriting !
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Google Translate is a good app translates english to Filipino and vica versa and it speaks back in Tagalog so you know how to pronounce the sentances, it even translates handwriting !
I purchased a Tagalog I & II disc set from Rosetta Stone in 2011 and it's really helpful I need a new USB type headset or high quality because the program also checks not only grammar but how you pronounce the words and for sure I use the Google translate apps and they are very helpful.

Our area is listed as a 4th class municipality and it's rare if I see another expat in our region other than out at the major malls and grocery stores.
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You may find it interesting if you ask your partner what dialect/language do they;
- Think in when relating to daily activities. (example driving & sees a tree), Dream in, etc.

My spouse speaks 5 dialects & English. When in the states she dreams & thinks in English, when in the PI it depends where she is and dreams & thinks in the local dialect. LOL
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most all I know speak 3-5 languages in pinas....I heard many hundred dialects

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86% speak English LOL... not in my region they barely understand the words that are coming out of my mouth and for sure even if they understand some English the conversation going to be limited and then you'll be talking to yourself.

Just from my experience and this includes my in-laws who I thought understood me for at least a decade but it turns out they understood very little of our previous conversations they just ? They didn't' want to hurt the relationship or tried to understand as best they could without letting me know that I was basically talking to myself... So my best guess is that probably only 30% can understand English enough to get by with basic conversations and maybe a little bit more advanced discussions.

My youngest son is in an 8th grade private school and I asked him how many of his classmates can speak English and it turns out less than half.

Reminds me, I need to set aside an hour per day to learn the Tagalog language.
of the 6 islands ive lived on or spent a lot of time on Most understood and spoke English,at least to some extent. Many PRETEND not to because Filipino pride doesn't let them do it because they hate to make mistakes. It would seem that you settled in an extremely ignorant area Mark.
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My ex in Philippines spoke about 6 languages in pinas and Chinese

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of the 6 islands ive lived on or spent a lot of time on Most understood and spoke English,at least to some extent. Many PRETEND not to because Filipino pride doesn't let them do it because they hate to make mistakes. It would seem that you settled in an extremely ignorant area Mark.
Another thing to look at is the class of your municipality, I live in a 4th class Municipality.

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