Mabuhay! - Hello in Tagalog
Mabuhay is a common greeting in Tagalog. We present to you some interesting information about the language.
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Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by the ethnic Tagalog people, who make up a quarter of the population of the Philippines, and as a second language by the majority.
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Filipino, a standardized form of Tagalog, is the national language of the Philippines and an official language of the country along with English. though only around a quarter of the people in the Philippines speak Filipino.
It is believed that the majority of the features of the Tagalog language were developed based on Sanskrit, and it used to be written using a script called the Baybayin writing system.
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Based on theory, it is believed that Tagalog's first written record dates back to 900 AD, while the first book known to be written in Tagalog – the Doctrina Christiana – came to light by the end of the 16th century (1593).
Until 1987, Tagalog was based on a writing system consisting of 20 Latin letters, the so-called ABAKADA alphabet.
Tagalog has been greatly influenced by several other languages including Spanish, Chinese, English, and Arabic.
Despite being only spoken in the Philippines, Tagalog is one of the most widely scattered languages globally since there are many overseas Filipino workers across the globe.
There are some languages closely related to Tagalog, including Bikol, Visayan, and Ilocano. They are official languages around Taiwan, Hawaii, Maori, and Malay.
The number of dialects of Tagalog is unknown. But visibly there are four common dialects: The Bulacan dialect is popular in the Northern parts of the country, while Manila is heard in Central Philippines and Batangas in the Southern part of the country. Marinduque is the fourth dialect, which is the dialect that differs the most from the others. This is a dialect that is only really spoken in the Marinduque region.
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