The word “Tagalog” is believed to come from combining the two Tagalog words “taga” and “ilog”. Taga is used when asking where someone is from. For example, “Taga saan ka?” (From where you?). The second word, “ilog” is the Tagalog word for river. Therefore, the word Tagalog basically means “From the river”. In other words, “people from the river area”
Tagalog is one of the major languages spoken in the Philippines. Tagalog originated with the “Tagalog” people that are from the area of Manila and the surrounding region.
The national language is “Filipino”. Filipino is strongly related to Tagalog. Several other major languages can be found in the Philippines. Yet, because Filipino is the national language, and closely related to Tagalog, the Tagalog language is widely understood throughout the island nation.
Another major language in the Philippines is “Cebuano”. Nearly as many people speak Cebuano at home as those who speak Tagalog at home.
Here are some of the other languages spoken in the Philippines.
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