Living in Taiwan means that I don’t get to speak Filipino – also known as Tagalog – often. I only speak Tagalog when I’m with other Filipino friends, but we’re all too busy with our studies to socialize regularly. I miss speaking it from time to time, and I always get so happy whenever I hear random tourists speaking Tagalog in the streets of Taipei. It just sounds so expressive.
But for me, Tagalog is also quite weird, because when Filipinos speak it we often code-switch with English. This means that there are some words that we know in English but not in Tagalog because the Tagalog equivalent of the word is not spoken anymore.
Because of this, my friend and I decided to quiz ourselves and see if we still know the Tagalog words to some of the most common English words! Filipino speakers will find this funny, and I think non-Filipino speakers would be entertained too because of how far some of our answers are from the actual words! Enjoy!
(Don’t worry, there are English subtitles!)
PS: Quiz from here!