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Tagalog’s Unique Features
Tagalog is closely related to many other languages in the Pacific region such as the dialect of Maori, Indonesian, and Malay. The most popular language in the Philippines today is considered to be Tagalog, which evolved from the language of the Tagalog people, a tribe that lived in present-day Manila. Since this location has been the economic, political, and cultural center of the Philippines for ages, the Tagalog language gained importance early on. Over the course of time, many languages have either had a direct influence on Tagalog or contain many words that have been borrowed from the Tagalog language. These include Spanish, Chinese, Malay, English, Arabic, and the Northern Philippine language. If you are in need of a high quality translation into or from Tagalog, please do not hesitate to contact us. Don’t hesitate to send us the text you would like to have translated by email or by using the request form located on the right hand side. We look forward to hearing from you!
Filipino Evolved from Tagalog
The official language of the Philippines, Filipino, developed from the standard language of Tagalog. Before the beginning of the Second World War, the Philippine National Assembly set Tagalog as the basis for the national language. Once the war was over, the term Tagalog was officially replaced with Filipino. Filipino is taught in all public schools in the Philippines. Finally, a twenty-character alphabet based on Tagalog was introduced and is still used today in written Tagalog or Filipino. The amount of letters went through continuously undulating phases to end up at its modern final count of twenty-eight characters, which build the current official Philippine alphabet. The alphabet combines Philippine Baybayin characters and Latin letters and is very similar to the Latin alphabet. This can be attributed to the influence of the English and Spanish languages. The Baybayin writing system, however, is based on old, precolonial characters used in the Philippines during the Middle Ages. Learning Tagalog or Filipino is actually quite easy since most of the letters are pronounced exactly as they are written. Knowing how to emphasize a word in Tagalog or Filipino is not too complicated either because, more often than not, the stress falls on the last syllable of the word. If you would like to have translations done from Tagalog into English, do not hesitate to contact us. We can help you quickly and efficiently! Send us your text by email or by using the request form located on the right, and you will promptly receive a non-binding quote from us.
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