Origin of Tagalog
Tagalog belongs to the Austronesian language family. It developed from a proto-Philippine base, influenced by Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, and English. It's the first language for a quarter of the Philippines.
Baybayin: Ancient Script
Before Spanish colonization, Tagalogs wrote in Baybayin, an indigenous script. It almost vanished due to the Latin alphabet's imposition but has seen revival efforts in recent decades.
National Language Evolution
In 1937, Tagalog was chosen as the basis for the national language, Filipino. While similar, Filipino incorporates words from other Philippine languages, reflecting the country's linguistic diversity.
Tagalog’s Spanish Influence
Over 300 years of Spanish rule left a mark on Tagalog, with thousands of borrowed words like 'mesa' (table) and 'silya' (chair), reflecting the deep historical ties.
Tagalog verbs are complex, using affixes to indicate focus, aspect, and mood. This focus system, which is not present in English, can be a challenge for learners.
Tagalog in Diaspora
Tagalog is the fifth most spoken language in the United States, illustrating the significant Filipino diaspora. This has led to a Tagalog presence in many countries worldwide.
Taglish, a portmanteau of Tagalog and English, reflects the modern linguistic reality in the Philippines, where code-switching between the two is common in daily conversation.