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Language and Development in Philippine Setting

             It was postulated that the problem of Filipino vis -vis English language usage is not our fascination for the latter but our derision for the former. Of course, there are exceptions to this instance. However, generally we Filipinos do view English as more superior language than our own. .
             Consider these common circumstances: the more adroit a Filipino is in English tongue, the more he or she is regarded intelligent; Filipino folks are more proud of their children the earlier they know how to speak coherent English; salespersons are more attentive to their English speaking customers than those who they could have understood better in native dialect; speaking in native tongue is considered "baduy- specially in formal events; we laugh at mispronunciations equating it with overall ignorance of the speaker and are overcritical over grammatical errors of Filipinos than those of foreigners; and a whole lot more. I could go on and on but I hope you get the general idea. Again as I said there are exceptions. There are instances, where Filipinos are proud enough to speak in his Tagalog in front of a "highly academic- audience; others refuse to speak other than Filipino language or use it medium of instruction amidst difficulty as one's own declaration of patriotism; still some would readily point out the advantages of Filipino over English vernacular. But they seem to take the minority seat.
             While its is not entirely wrong to be more adept with foreign language, what causes grave concern is that we have somehow been loosening pride on our own. One way or another there wasn't much reinforcement to carry on an equal fascination towards the language we have grown up with.
             I would like to state that the language issue extends not just English but other languages as well. In fact, we Filipinos have our own prejudices with the culture and languages of other tribes. We mock on each other's differences.

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