Filipino and English are the official language of the country, with Filipino being used as the lingua franca and English mainly in publications and media. Locals may use their mother tongue when communicating among themselves but switch to English when addressing non-locals.
Is English known as lingua franca?
Today, English is a common lingua franca across the globe. According to some estimates, almost 80 percent of English speakers in the world are non-native speakers. (Although you can’t get by on just English in all countries).
Why is English an official language in the Philippines?
English did become an official language, as a result of decades of American colonial rule and the language was imposed upon Filipinos who lived through Filipino-American War, in order for Filipinos to be dissuaded from joining future revolutionary insurrections which would have used Spanish as a medium to unite …
Do they speak English in the Philippines?
The Philippines is recognized globally as one of the largest English-speaking nations with majority of its population having at least some degree of fluency in the language. English has always been one of the official languages of the Philippines and is spoken by more than 14 million Filipinos.
Is Filipino a dying language?
Not dying. But a lot of other languages in the Philippines have died off because of Tagalog. Many more languages are in the process of being diluted and outrightly extinguished as Tagalog imposes itself on native Philippine cultures.
What was the lingua franca before English?
I believe you’re right that French was the lingua franca before English, especially in Europe in the 18th and early 19th century (though the argument could be made that elsewhere Spanish was more of a lingua franca because of its more extensive overseas empire).
Is Filipino accent attractive?
The sexiest one in Asia, in fact. At least that’s according to a ranking released by travel website Big 7. The very popular online magazine ranked Filipino with the 21st sexiest accent in the world out of 50. … In a report, Big 7 described the Filipino accent as “gentle and soft” and “simply lovely.”