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Hi there! I would like to share my experiences of being multilingual. Many of you already know that I am from the Philippines especially from Bicol Region. With that, Filipino and Tagalog were not my mother tongue--- Polangui Dialect is my mother tongue, my hometown's dialect. Aside from being able to speak and understand my hometown's dialect, I also know how to speak English, Filipino, Tagalog, Bicol-Legazpi, Bicol-Naga, and a little bit of Rinconada. I can also understand some Bisaya words because some of the Bicolanos speak Bisakol.

Maybe you're wondering at this point, why are there a lot of different dialects in Bicol well in fact it's just one region? Well, it depends on the location of the Provinces. Some provinces here are located near the Quezon province and some in the Visayas or have been influenced by Visayan Culture. And some places here do not speak Bicolano words at all.

Living here in Bicol is quite difficult if you're not familiar with other dialects. Literally, every dialect changes in every town. I'll give an example.

In Filipino we say, "Tara na!'

In Bicol Dialects, "Mus na!", "Amus na!", "Mari na!"

In Filipino we say, "Mag saing ka na"

In Bicol Dialcets we say it as "Mag sapna ka na" "MAg sugang nayka"

Even the egg has a lot of translations here.

"Itlog" in Filipino

"Sugok" "Bunay" "Salag" in Bicol Dialects.

It's confusing, right? There's more that I have encountered when speaking with other Bicolanos. One time my board mate came to see me in my room and she saw some ants on the wall. And she said, "Girl, andaming tanga!" I was so confused. I thought that she was calling me noob/stupid but, tanga translates to Ants in English. Which is different from my mother tongue. We call ants in my local dialect "sirum". We ended up laughing at each other. Hahahaha. I was so grateful to her because she's really the one who taught me the Bicolano words that I am not familiar with.

Aside from the different terms that I have encountered, there are also different accents! Yes, we do have different accents here. Hahahaha. Some sound like they are sweet, some sounds like they are not buying your statement, and some sound angry. Hahaha. Just like me, my friends would always tell me that I sound angry whenever I speak. Well, that's the tone that I'm used to. But when I try to speak their dialects, I felt cringed. They would always refer to my dialect as Alien Language because it's different from others. It's not close to the words that other towns here speak.

One time I was in Cavite and I was asked to buy candies in the sari-sari store. Since I'm not used to speaking Tagalog, I'm used to speaking Tagalog with a Bicolano accent. I literally said that I was going to buy 10 candies but the store owner didn't allow me to buy from her store. I think she misheard my "sampu po" to "isa po".

Since I've always been interested in learning other dialects, I challenged my college bestie that we should speak in our own dialects when conversing with each other. It was chaotic! We didn't understand anything about what we say to each other. We ended up speaking Tagalog. Hahahaha.

There are also good things about being multilingual, (1) my brain automatically understands what the person I was talking to tells me, (2) I can have privacy since other people can't understand my dialect--- I can easily shift to another dialect, and (3) people will not able to make fool about me.

Here's an explanation about the number 3 good thing being multilingual. I've experienced being charged a high rate for a tricycle ride when I went to Legazpi City. Of course, the driver knew that I was speaking Tagalog and he decided to make a huge profit out of his service.

There are also instances that I mixed different languages/dialects. Sometimes I cannot automatically adjust my dialect. But learning and understanding different languages/dialects are always so much fun!

Anyway, these are my final thoughts... being multilingual comes with pros and cons if you used it responsibly. You can always resort to speaking in Tagalog or any dialect/language that the person you are talking to can understand. But, it's best if you learn the language/dialect that they speak.


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I remember my husband told me na iba ang Bikol ng Naga kesa sa Libmanan at sa Albay. Eh nasanay ako sa Bikol ng Naga kase yun yung mother tongue ng asawa ko. I'm still learning. Hehehe! Puro ako context clues eh, kaya ko na umintindi pero di ko kaya isalita. Share lang. Hahaha

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4 months ago

hhahaa Fun!! I speak Filipino I understand super few Ilocano (mom's side) and ilonggo (dad's side) .. non-conversant in either..

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Uhuyyy relate. Lalo na ning nasa 1st year college pa lang ako. Ang daming di marunong mag-Ilocano sa amin kahit na mga taga-ibang lugar dito sa probinsya namin. Tapos may iba naman na talagang iba ang meaning nung word sa kanila. Kaya ayun, natuto kami na umintindi ng dialect ng ibang mga kaklase namin. Meron pa na Korean na pumasok sa lecture room namin. Siguro di pa gaanong sanay sa English or Filipino. Ayun, kahit pilipit ang dila eh sumagot pa din kami. Haha skl.

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4 months ago

ay uu, may nakita rin ako sa facebook na nakakaintindi ng bisaya taga bicol din. In bicol, BisaKol, while in bisaya, BisaCool HAHAHA

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4 months ago

Kaya naiintindihan ko kayo kapag nag uusap kayo sa gc HAHAHAHAHAHA

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4 months ago

LOL napatawa ako grabe sa Ants whahaha now ko lang nalaman yan, I had Bicolano neighbor friend, now we influence him Iloko for Ilokano whahaha,

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4 months ago

Dapat nagpaturo din kayo sa kaniya mag salita ng bicolano words hahahaha.

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4 months ago

Even if it is hard to communicate with the people there, I would still love to visit Bicol. ❣

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4 months ago

Yes! You can still speak naman Tagalog. There are a lot of beautiful beaches here. 🥰

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4 months ago

Want ko din sana matuto magsalita ng ibang dialect. Bandang north kami, marunong si papa magsalita ng Pangasinense tsaka Ilokano pero kami hindi 😆. Kaya minsan tuloy pag nauwi kami sa province na-oout of place ako pag nag uusap usap sila HAHA

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4 months ago

Pinaka malala yung inuuto ka pa ng mga pinsan mo. HAHAHAHAHA. Sorry, pinag tripan kasi namin yung pinsan ko dati na di marunong mag bicol. 😂

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