Do English slowly devouring our language?
The Philippines is home to more than a hundred dialects native to each province or ethnic group such as Kapampangan, Bikol, Tagalog/Filipino (national language), and so on. However, given the diversity of dialects the Philippines has, it is not new to us that from time to time we slowly change the pure national language and slowly forget it, or probably we unknowingly replace it with the English language which we can clearly observe today. This problem also gives rise to a new trend language that we use in our everyday lives. This language is called "Taglish", a combination of our national and 2nd languages.
However, how true it is that we are slowly replacing our national language with the 2nd one? Well, the answer is right in front of you. Oh, I think it is right inside your mouth, Lol! Tell me, how far can you talk without a single English word coming out of your mouth? I think we can't even say "pakiusap" but we say "please!" when we plead with someone.
It is true that we are no longer using our national language every day, and we can't blame anyone for refraining to use it, especially because we are required to use the English Language in formal settings like in our workplace. Again we cannot blame the workplace for refraining employees from using our national language because the Philippines is home to several foreign investors thus businesses are required to have one universal language that everybody can understand and sadly, the only language suitable to that description is English.
The second one, we are now one of the biggest hubs of Business outsourcing ( call centers), and as we all know, BPO requirements include fluency in our 2nd language. Oh, by the way, don't ever tell me that you're just using English at work because every single day of using it there is no reason for you not to adopt the language at least using one word at a time outside the workplace.
Yet, again there is always an advantage for a very concerning issue. Although we are slowly forgetting our own language, and slowly accepting English in our daily communication, it is somehow a way of overcoming language barriers between western nations and our country. The more fluent we are the better we can completely eradicate this barrier.
I think the most suitable way to settle this problem is not to forget our own language. Yes, we can always use any language we want and it's free to everybody but isn't it a sense of nationalism to use our own national language at least in our everyday communication? Why forget or replace it if we can use and hone both, right? In fact, we can still learn more languages than these two.
Remember: Do not put our language aside for it is the mark of who and what we are.