Rescribe: Tagalog Translation Notes

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Tagalog is both the name of a language and the name of a cultural group in the Philippines. As a language it is spoken by about 14 million Filipinos and forms the basis of the national language (Pilipino). Pilipino is one of the two official languages of the Philippines (along with English). Pilipino is essentially a standardized form of Tagalog.

Tagalog started out belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, and in fact, the underlying grammar still is so, in its purest form.

Under the influence of the Spaniards, who occupied the Philippines from 1521 until the early 1900s, Tagalog adopted a huge amount of Spanish nouns and adjectives. English contributed its share too with a smattering of English terms that were borrowed during the fifty years of American presence in the Philippines.

Tagalog is written in Roman characters and is therefore easily viewed on, or printed from, an English language operating system.

Other major languages amongst the roughly 70 spoken in the Philippine archipelago are Cebuano and Ilocano. There is little demand for translations into these two languages, although Interpreters Unlimited does provide interpreters for them.


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