Tagalog [/təˈɡɑːlɒɡ/] is an Austronesian language spoken by over 57 million speaker in the Philippines, particularly in Manila, central and southern parts of Luzon.
Tagalog used to be written with the Baybayin alphabet but at present it is used mainly for decorative purposes and the Latin alphabet is used to write Tagalog.
- The name Tagalog is derived from tagá-ílog, which means "resident beside the river".
- Tagalog is spoken by approximately fifty percent of the population in the Philippines either as the mother tongue or as the lingua franca.
- Research suggests 33% of Tagalog words have a Spanish origin.
- Tagalog has been influenced by Sanskrit, Chinese, Spanish and English. A number of words have been borrowed from these languages and have now become a part of current usage.
- Before the arrival of Spanish during the 16th century no written material regarding Tagalog had been found and only little was known of the history of the Tagalog language.
||Tagalog (Wikang Tagalog)
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||First language in Philippines particularly in Manila, central and southern parts of Lubang, Marinduque, and the northern and eastern parts of Mindoro. It is also spoken in Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Malaysia.
||Official Language in Philippines (in the form of Filipino)
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