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Is it easy to communicate with locals in the Philippines?

Started by virgincola, Mar 08, 2024, 08:52 PM

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If you're an English-speaker, yes.  Most Filipinos will understand English, although not all can speak it fluently.  The Tagalog, Cebuano and Chavacano dialects have Spanish words in them, so if you're a Spanish speaker, u will catch some familiar phrases.

English: How are you?
Spanish: Como esta?
Tagalog: Kumusta?
Cebuano: Kumusta?
Chavacano: Quetal uste?

If you can speak Filipino phrases, locals will be really really impressed.  If locals call out to you with "Hey Joe!", that's a friendly greeting and there is no need to run!
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