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Omkring tusen språk sträcker sig den austronesiska familjen från Sydostasien längs Polynesien till Madagaskar, men urvalet täcker dig för det mesta på din resa i Austronesiska-området. Austronesiska språk har tendensen att ha olika former av artighet - en låg form för folkmässig användning, en artig form och en mycket hög eller ibland regal form.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Philippines

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25,000,000

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Malayo-Polynesian

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Fun facts about Tagalog

Any object can become an action by simply adding a prefix. Kape is 'coffee' and magkape is 'to drink a coffee'. Taxi can become magtaxi ('to ride a taxi') and mag-gym means 'to go to the gym'!

Tagalog speakers love using slang. One common way to make a word 'cool' is to reverse the syllables, and this applies to native Tagalog words as well as words borrowed from Spanish and English. So, a Tagalog-speaking teenager might talk about his lodi (idol) to his ermat (mother) and his erpat (father).

Tagalog has a huge number of words borrowed from Spanish and English. There is even a ternm for this- 'Taglish'. For example, a boxer is a boksingero (English 'boxing' and Spanish '-ero'). To say 'very' - just repeat the word, sticking 'na' in between. So jealous na jealous means 'very jealous'.

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