language question
June 29, 2010 2:32 PM   Subscribe

What language is this guy speaking? There's English in there and maybe Spanish? (I don't speak Spanish, so I don't know). Is this just a mixture of two languages or a real language that incorporates some English?
posted by luvmywife to Society & Culture (7 answers total)
He's Filipino.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:42 PM on June 29, 2010

Even without audio, I'm pretty sure that's Tagalog.
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:42 PM on June 29, 2010

Yeah, that's certainly not Spanish.
posted by koeselitz at 2:51 PM on June 29, 2010

I can understand why he thought it was Spanish, though. Tagalog is deeply rooted in Spanish. For instance, hello in Tagalog is "Kamusta" - in Spanish, it's "Como Esta" - a bastardization of the phrase. Some words are the same - for instance "basura" means garbage in both languages.
posted by HeyAllie at 2:55 PM on June 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Tagalog is deeply rooted in Spanish

Careful. To be a pedant, the filipino are heavily influenced by Spanish, but rooted in the Austronesian family of languages (Javanese, Indonesian, Malay, etc).
posted by randomstriker at 3:30 PM on June 29, 2010

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