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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

English Proficiency test excluded the Philippines in Asian ranking

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The Philippines remain as the 5th Largest English Speaking country in the World.

Recent English proficiency test excluded the Philippines in ranking among countries with high English proficiency as the record shows that the country remain at large as the 5th largest English speaking country in the world.

International research and surveys such as IBM shows that the Philippines’ Universities are producing not less than 500,000 English speaking graduates each year which is vital for the continuously growing BPO industry in the country.

In 2010, the Philippines gain a new title as the number 1 in BPO country in the world surpassing India.

The Philippines’ English is mixed of American and British English which the language itself were able to grow within the archipelagic country.

According to the BPO clients in the US, the country’s English is so competitive as evidenced by the fast growing outsourcing industry. Besides, the Philippines English accents is the most preferred by the western countries because it is neutral and is more comprehendable and Filipino tongue is so flexible and so easy to adapt the western accent and make them attuned.

Tata the biggest outsourcing firm in India have opened their BPO office in the Fort Bonifacio, Philippines after they got a continuous demand from their US clients looking for Philippines English speaker to deal with their accounts.

Just recently, a small US-based private business English training and testing institution "Education First" came out with an English proficiency ranking report of 44 countries.

Of the Asian countries that were included in the report Malaysia had the highest English proficiency index (EPI) of 55.54, a "high proficiency" level, and is ranked 9th.

The exclusion of the Philippines in the ranking was mentioned as the country still able to stand with their title as the 5th largest English speaking country in the world.

For so many Filipinos traveling around the globe and 10% of their population or 9 to 10 Million Filipinos working outside the Philippines; there is no incident happened and none of their constituents fallen into a deep well because of jumping into a well with a sign “Be careful pitfalls ahead”.

For the 44 countries tested in English proficiency, Kazakhstan ranked 44th with a "very low" English proficiency EPI of 31.75.

A group of professionals in the Philippines drafting a petition for the exclusion of the professionals of the Philippines from taking any English examination which is usually conducted by the IELTS and TOEFL as a preliminary requirement for Filipinos to migrate in the other English countries like Australia, UK and USA and planned to include the Philippines to the list of the native English speaking countries.

The said petition would pass through the hole of a spike as the Philippines still suffered the discrimination from the other native English countries and OECD member countries for a poor economy in spite of very rich resources including metallic minerals, oil, gas and natures.

The Philippines’ native such as Igorot, Subano, and other lumads or aborigins of the country have the same case with the Australian’ aborigins.

According to a research, it is normal that there are some less educated locals who could not understand or speak English and those tribes or group of people are not a migrant type. In Australia, a known English native country in Oceania has the same issue with the Philippines. The Australian aboriginals could not even speak English at all.

The recent English testing methodology conducted by the “Education First” was also disclosed their full report, that there were 2,368,730 test takers that were included in the ranking except the Filipinos who were voluntarily taking the English test.

The Philippines must have to celebrate as the country still enjoys a good English speaking population, as represented by half a million English-proficient employees of the US$9 billion Dollar revenue contributor of the country for the business process outsourcing industry.

The Philippines is one of the States of the United States of America from 1898 to 1940 which official language and language of instruction used is English.

John Langford, executive vice president for the Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP), said the Philippines still has a competitive edge in English proficiency primarily due to its affinity with Western cultures.

In fact, Filipinos consume a lot of foreign films and TV in English, which are not dubbed or given English subtitles. School textbooks and medium of instruction are also mostly in English except for Filipino-related subjects.

Of course, this does not necessarily mean that English proficiency is constantly good among Filipinos. As Langford said, the proficiency itself is declining relative to the growth of the BPO industry demands.

"We need to continue to partner with the government and academe to continue raising the level of English proficiency of the Filipinos in order to sustain the future growth of the industry in the Philippines," Langford said.

On the other hand, other expert says that the Filipino must not be overacting and a muted English perfectionist which triggers other Filipinos to shut-up of fear that other will correct them if they would be saying a sentence in a wrong grammar. Such Filipino attitude will make the English proficiency of the Filipinos dropping down and it would affect the country’s English proficiency.

"I advice that the Filipino must keep on talking and express their feelings in English and ignore the people who love correcting mistakes, in such manner they would be train and continue improving their English skills, as they would be more familiarized with the English terminology; later they could polished it and could make it perfect" an expert said.

 

85 Responses so far

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh!!! really?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree! The Philippines is the only English Speaking country in Asia before... still the same as in the present.

    Filipino are English Natives.. (Period)

  3. Kabataan says:

    Correct!

    Thumbs up!

    The Philippine English is great! no need of IELTS and TOEFL..

    The Philippines are English Native country.

  4. Anonymous says:

    No wonders if the Philippines or the Filipinos would be giver title as the 3rd largest English Speaking country in the world, the Philippines is part of the United States of America few decades ago.. and Filipino tongue are so flexible..

    Besides, the Philippines population is too high.. it is 95 Million within the Philippines plus 10 Million living outside the Philippines..

    it is a wow!!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow.. Philippines is really a great country in all areas.. I agree, Filipinos are really particular with the correct grammar and sounds of certain words.. A job well done!

  6. Amanda says:

    Excuse me huh!

    So stop your expression "Nose Bleed"

    It has no help actually.. keep on speaking.. who cares if your grammar is wrong, at lest you would become used to it and you would become confident...

    Care about the french English which is an English of shame, but they are not ashame to speak ha, whatever... also the carabao English in the Middle east..

    So the best thing.. free yourself... Philippines is also considered as English Native country.. Only there is a discrimination (Economic discrimination)

  7. Anonymous says:

    hahaha...

    kudos to my beloved country...

    at last..........

  8. Ram says:

    I Agree.. I don't like the Filipino expression "Nose Bleed"

    If somebody is using English language... You could usually hear the word "Wow! I am nosebleed"

  9. Anonymous says:

    Uh! nosebleed is an expression from Luzon and katagalogan region..

    There is no such "NoseBleed" expression in Visayas and Mindanao as they preferred to speak English than tagalog.

  10. This is the problem I see with Filipinos. We tend to argue with non-sense things. Why not just help each other as everyone wants to have a better future of our beloved country. We have to have a patriotism in a positive way.
    Love the Philippines ;-)

  11. dfox says:

    ses...nothing but mere words and claims

  12. Anonymous says:

    "nosebleed" is an idiomatic expression contributed to the world from the philippines. i dont have any problem with that...

  13. Anonymous says:

    Nosebleed is an idiot expression of uneducated tagalogs..

    Learn English people of Luzon so you will stop saying "Nosebleed"

    You are a shame.. The Philippines gained its title as the 5th English Speaking country in the World but People of Luzon are keep on reacting the Impeachment trial asking the Senators to use Tagalog..


    Wow! Tagalog? how about the People in Visayas and Mindanao who could not understand Tagalog? it could be unfair!

    How about the 5% population of Filipino - Expats from different countries of the world who could not understand Tagalog?

    How about the People of Ilocos and Pampanga who could not Understand Tagalog?

    Tagalog is just a language of Manila and the Philippines is not composed on Manila only but thousands of islands

  14. Anonymous says:

    im...so happy...and very agree....

  15. Anonymous says:

    "I advice that the Filipino must keep on talking and express their feelings in English and ignore the people who love correcting mistakes, in such manner they would be train and continue improving their English skills, as they would be more familiarized with the English terminology; later they could polished it and could make it perfect".......follow this........im happy to become a filipino......

  16. Juan Makapili says:

    Typical Filipino attitude is being proud of their colonial mentality. Most of you can't speak proper English and that's okay. The sad part is non of you can speak a proper Filipino/Tagalog language and proud of it. That is the real national tragedy.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I`m Bany Allawan, a BS Biology student of the University of Southeastern Philippines :)) I`m so happy that the Philippines remain as the 5th Largest English Speaking country in the World. It`s good to hear that, as a Filipino youth even though you are so Trying Hard in speaking english, your country is one of the top :)) Like me, even though I`m not so eloquent in English, I am trying so hard to speak it!
    I am proud of my Country :D

  18. Anonymous says:

    The saddest part of the Philippines is the dominance of Tagalog in Manila even though they are not the majority language of the Philippines..

    The bias system gained a bad result. Most People in Manila are not educated. They could Speak tagalog Only but they could not understand English.

    Blessed are those people who accept that they are discriminated and given the last priority because now they are truly global competitive.

    The People from Ilocos, from Pampanga, from Ilo-ilo and Visayas and Mindanao are people that would be count for the said 80% of Filipinos could speak English..

    The proud Manila who declare their language as national language become the City of Shanty Houses, less educated people and People who could not understand English.

    the Investment and development in the Philippines are moving fast to the Central Philippines Visayas and Mindanao.. not in Manila because you could hire high quality graduates in Visayas and Mindanao.

    To Juan Makapili you represent tagalog and Manila region but 60% of the total Population in the Philippines are from Visayas and Mindanao who Speak Binisaya as their Language and English as their Official Language..

    It never happened that Visayan and Mindanaoan accept that Tagalog is the Official Language of the Philippines. What they knew is Binisaya and English are their official Language not Tagalog because tagalog will represent Manila only

  19. Anonymous says:

    Well, well...the point here is not whether we are a good Filipino or Tagalog or English speaker ....as a matter of fact you should be good at both....because we are from the Philippines....People in Visayas and Mindanao should not feel alienated just because Tagalog became the basis for our national language it's a given unless enacted by law...but sad to say in reality English in the Philippines is becoming the language of the elite...

  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh well, here it is again. This kind of topic really have the spot in many articles I've read. Filipinos are very particular with grammar and English pronunciation so with this achievement, it boosted are confidence all the more and it only goes to show that the one doing the survey is very much confident that Filipinos doesn't need that proficiency test thing. And here's an advice;
    We should really talk more often using English language even if it's not really well polished and with constant English communication we will improve bits by bits. For years, Philippines always have credits when it comes to speaking English, We Filipinos adopted the language for many years now. As I can see Philippines has the most Population who speak English among all the countries in Asia and it only shows that we deserve the spot!~ Nevertheless We Filipinos are really good in everything we do because we give it our all.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I AM A FILIPINO...I DON'T REALLY AGREE THAT WE ARE A NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS, BUT WE JUST REALLY LOVE TO USE IT AS OUR SECOND LANGUAGE BECAUSE OF OUR DIALECT DIFFERENCES ALL THROUGH OUT THE ARCHIPELAGO.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I am from Mindanao. I am not alienated of Tagalog as a base of Filipino but the government lie during the implementation.. the Government is Liar.. they said Filipino language is based on 8 local languages.. Binisaya (Cebuano), Maranao, Ilocano, Illongo, Tagalog... Etc.. and now they declare as Tagalog is the base language of Filipino.


    OOOOOWWWWW.. What a fuck the the government.. enacted by the Law? Cornona deserves to be impeached to the Justice System would be change... they enacted a "LAW" as tagalog is the base langauge of FIlipino? wow....

    A BIG FOUL.. Tagalog in not the Majority language in the Philippines. Though I speak Tausug.. I could understand Binisaya and English.. NO way to Tagalog.. I am not from Manila.

    Taglog/ Filipino is not my Official Language. I prefer to support for the Independent of Mindanao and we could have Mindanaoan as our Official language than Tagalog.. No way.

    Tagalog.. always discriminates people from Visayas and Mindanao.. they are not the good model...

    One of my hated expression from tagalog.... is "BISAYA KA KASI"" a very common discriminating expression of tagalogs.

  23. yllorco says:

    Right advice...so forgive the errors in this article to encourage others to speak fluently.

    Only a small amount of percentage of Filipinos are native English speakers. If you have kids who are trained to speak English from birth, you might have noticed that even 7-10 year olds are not perfect in their English.

    Read more studies about "native English speakers" and language acquisition and you might find out that even a kid starting to learn the language at the age of 7, and has perfected the basics of the language before reaching the critical age of about 11-15, is considered a native English speaker.

    So, Filipinos, this is our chance to show to the world our English proficiency.

    A piece of advice: Focus on grammar or you might jeopardize fluency, or emphasize fluency although you might lose some grammatical finesse, which is common among native English speakers, such as "there is three people in the house", "he don't care", etc.

  24. BJ says:

    The article proves that we Filipinos are really competent in speaking English. Being hospitable in nature helps us to excel or learn English more in order for us to communicate efficiently to other countries especially to the tourists visiting here in the Philippines.

    Even though sometimes we commit wrong grammar or we spoke the word wrong, it doesn't mean that Filipinos are weak in English but it shows how we strive to learn the language. Practice makes perfect, right?

    - Bernard Jolian B. Velasquez

  25. Anonymous says:

    pag hilum mo ui... mga pamati... maayo lage mo mag English unya mag lalis diay...

  26. Anonymous says:

    THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) very true!!!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    @yllorco I AM NOT AGREE WITH YOU. If you will focus on GRAMMAR and you speak like a robot.. then you are nothing.....

    You have there is 3 people in the house.. as a common mistakes of the native speakers.. I agree but remember they are the origin of the English language so the Consideration is always given to them.

    ENGLISH FLUENCY IS A BULLY....

    Look! try to visit Asian countries specially South Korea... If you could speak English Fluently then you are a STAR... they cont care about grammar in the conversation ... If you speak with a perfect grammar but choppy like a robot... then.... THEY WILL AVOID YOU AS STRIVING HARD AND NOT A GOOD MODEL IN Speaking English..

    Grammar is nothing in English... Focus on fluency and good accent.. if you have these.. then prepare for yourself as the BPO industry will hire you at a highest rate.

    Speak English with perfect grammar but choppy like a robot then expect the obsolete DEPED will hire you to teach English if you are qualified.. but at at lowest rate.. BOOOH! 9,000.00 per month? no way.. I prefer to work in BPO for 60,000 - 120,000.oo Peso per month because of accent and English fluency.

  28. Anonymous says:

    one thing we can be proud of,is how good we speak english. Tagalog people still discriminates bisaya even here abroad, and yup, as they always say, 'MGA BISAYA KASI'. But then unfortunatley for them, they speak very very poor english and that's the only thing that tagalog people can't take away from us 'bisaya', that we are generally eloquent, fluent and articulate English speakers. We just don't make fuss about it coz we know we're better, gugulo lang if we retaliate or react on their discrimination. Here abroad, we feel much discrimination from co-Filipinos and not from Caucasians.

  29. Anonymous says:

    It is True. Tagalog people could not accept and will not accept if people from the Province are higher than them. They will insist in anyway if they would know that a Promdi would be promoted much more if they are just staff of a Promdi.

    I also encountered discrimination from people of Manila saying...

    "Hoy Probinsiyano ka lang - Huwag ka mag mamagaling. Nag mumula ka lang sa gubat"

    Why are they always like that? They don't know how to respect if you are a Promdi.

    I watched TV last night and I noticed that many of Tagalog from Manila are insisting that the Impeachment of Corona must be in tagalog. When a reporter ask them "How about the people from Visayas and Mindanao who could not understand tagalog?"

    They just replied.. "Walang patutunguhan yan...

    So disgusting... why don't they face the challenge that they must study too so they can vie with the People from the PROMDI who are well-verse of English?

    Anyway... the Issue here is about English.. tagalog people who could not speak Englis must be challenge because Promdi are now surpassing them..

    They must be challenge because the government funding from the Manila Government were poured to the Metro Manila with advance system of education, high technology, computerized and yet they are becoming more less educated... Truly they are going backward...

  30. Anonymous says:

    It's enough! stop carrying your won chair.. the title of 1 Filipino is the title of the whole country so better for you to sit down and work hard to attain your goals...

    Be proud who you are and keep on craving for more advancement and progress together with your perseverance.

    Long live the Philippines.. Short live China- Invaders of Spratly...

  31. Anonymous says:

    Having different dialects is one of the major reasons why Filipinos can't have UNITY. Filipinos can't understand each other.
    Also, one thing I noticed is that criticisms are all coming from our co-Filipinos. Shame on those people!
    Although, looking at the positive side of those criticism, it helps us notice our mistakes especially in grammar. The negative side only if we apply is that we become afraid to continue speaking English.

    Look at Manny Pacquiao. Most of the Filipino people laugh at his English but as time goes by, he is becoming fluent in English speaking.

    As for me, I am born tagalog but my parents were Ilonggo & Bisaya. I am proud that I can understand and speak a bit of their dialect.

    I agree that sometimes speaking English is becoming a symbol of an Elite maybe because we often hear English from those Elite people.
    Have you seen a farmer, boatman, fisherman or even a poor man speak English? I guess most of you don't. It depends on the environment also, especially those who are exposed to English speaking people tend to speak in English also just like the boat mans in the Puerto Princesa Underground River.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Kids, listen for a minute. Speak your native language with pride because it is your heritage and identity. However, if you're going speak English, learn to speak it properly. The truth is, if you can't speak it in proper grammar, you can't get in BPO line of work. Furthermore, people will think you're not bright enough and looked down upon. Just keep practicing and you'll get there.

  33. yana mendez says:

    speaking english is a key to be globally competitive.,lets just be proud because we know how to speak in english.,

  34. jiggsm says:

    Well everybody has spoken about how great Philippines is for being the 5th largest speaking population in the world. Have you also commented on the proficiency and quality of the "Philippine English"? Come on let face it. The fact is we may speak English but the quality of our English is not at par with the Native speakers. Forgive me but that's the reality. We could only be proud if we could speak properly. Watch Philippine TV shows, news among others and you'll find out that our English sucks. Unless we'll do something about it I wouldn't be proud of calling us Filipinos Native English speakers. Seems like this would take forever with our current education system and mentality. I would have to wait for a long time. By the way I'm 100 percent Filipino.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I'am from Bulacan and Tagalog is my native language. No offense to those persons writing bad comments about us residents of Luzon but I think you guys are way out of line here. Why put the blame on us if you are being discriminated where in fact the truth is you are being judged because of your own doings and please no need to swear nor bad mouth your co-Filipinos. Your actions is a reflection of who you are so it follows to show if you are educated and well mannered human being not just being a Filipino.

  36. jiggsm says:

    ฺTo the blogger/admin please provide the links to the surveys you mentioned. It's just an opinion of this blogger, unless he/she provides the facts. Till then.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I was born in visayas and can speak english quiet well more than any other tagalogs. So, I don't think that tagalogs are more superior than bisaya. There are a lot of call centers in visayas due to their good english profeciency. So, for those who think that tagalog are superior were just wishful thinking. To those proud tagalogs who thinks they are superior, I think there are a lot more monkey looking people there in luzon than in visayas and mindanao. Hehe.

  38. Anonymous says:

    So much about this English... issues.. The important of the Philippines is Love of Country.

    If I could be the president, I will make the Military service as compulsory. So in that sense all Filipinos would experience how to care the country.. how to love the country and how to serve the country.

    Many people living in the Philippines, born in the Philippines but the heart is not for the Philippines because most of them are deprived with sense of belongingness of the country.

    They dont know how to be belong to the Philippines as the Philippines didnt give them a chance to serve. The Government is polpol. They only care of their sitting people but they didnt care about the people who wants to serve heartily without asking for returns or salary.

    Majority in the Philippines are into volunteering but there is no opportunity to volunteer. Many wants to serve the Military voluntarily but the government closes its door for such people

    People are keep on looking for opportunity to help the country but the Philippines government keep on ignoring them.

    I am a Davaoeno.. from Davao... A Mindanaoan who speak Mindanaoan (a slightly binisaya language) I admit it is easier for me to speak English than tagalog because I experienced also discrimination from the tagalog community because of my tagalog accent and striving hard to speak tagalog.. so I better to use English to make fair...

  39. Anonymous says:

    AWESOME!I think Filipinos have a good language ability not just english,based on my experienced some of my foreign friends told me that we filipinos can easily learn and adapt language.But it makes me sad to see that some are making crap comments about the merit should count to this and that people so and so.... ,disrimination, about the nosebleed thing etc...so what still an english word at least even uneducated tagalogans can still express their feelings in english.Well any body can express their own opinions but that's not my point we still have a long way to go and we need to understand ourselves our heritage we maybe speak a different dialect but we are still Filipinos.No matter what the praise is big or small we should be grateful and proud and if you want to be better so be it! we should enjoy the moment or should i say Mabuhay ang Pilipino!!!!!!

  40. Anonymous says:

    I am very much behind thid thread but can anyone please help me identify "the group who's pushing for the Phil to be so and so." Thanks!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Yeah its interesting which group; I want to know too. Though I believe it will takes time because the Philippines still suffer economic discrimination from OECD member countries

    But soon, the Philippines would be free from discrimination if the economy will really lead Asia then its the time the Philippines could have a good brand "Philippine English"

  42. Kevin says:

    English is for every-one! always remember that.

  43. Kevin says:

    I wish that the Philippines will be free from discrimination, that cause as lack of confidence of what we can do, and I know we are all better than this.

  44. Anonymous says:

    hahahahh speak to the crowd or speak to anyone.. most tagalog will say .. "You know if you are tired checking your grammar" mag tagalog ka nalang..

    Lols.. those tagalog are not thinking that they are facing to people from the South of the Philippines who could not understand tagalog but Binisaya as what they recognized language of their own...

    One of the issue here is how to lower the Pride of tagalogs that they are special people of the country and give order to the other to speak tagalog instead of english..

    The fact is that tagalogs who are giving orders to the other are not well-verse in English so they use their pride to be.. lol...

    So how could people practice their english if these tagalogs will come and inject themselves in the middle of the discussion and will say.. Magtagalog kanalang kasi Nosebleed.. wahahahhaha

  45. mhon04 says:

    We,Filipinos are so blessed for having this kind of tongue.... tnk God that we're of the best english speaker in the WORLD..... =)

  46. mhon04 says:

    We,Filipinos are so blessed for having this kind of tongue.... tnk God that we're of the best english speaker in the WORLD..... =)

  47. Anonymous says:

    Although the medium of teaching in the PH is entirely conducted in English, we are not native English speakers. It is because we do not use English at home and outside school.sometimes we do speak it but not all the time.English is our second language.

  48. Anonymous says:

    The great part of being a Filipino is that we do not hesitate to express ourselves in speaking English.here in Japan, although students learn English from preschool ,once they reach adulthood, they do not even know how to say simple English.maybe they know or maybe not.it is because they reluctant to make mistakes...it seems that it is a shame for someone to speak English in wrong grammar.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Mga kababayan especially those non-tagalog speaking regions of the philippines be tolerant with those who despise you for being not in luzon or manila. I for one,wondered, how this "idea" of superiority of tagalog speaking filipinos over those non-tagalog speakers started? I feel pity for those who still have this kind of prejudice...did you see the movie entitled "Hotel Rwanda"? It is of similar problem that people of the same color,faces & capabilities have prejudice with each other because of manipulations created by their former foreign occupiers (french & belgians?). Would you allow yourself to carry that prejudice thinking you are superior to other filipinos when what you see in the "mirror" is a face same with the one you despised? Sana magbago na tayong lahat para sa ikauunlad nating lahat...

  50. Anonymous says:

    Filipinos love to speak the English language (be it British or American English) period. This is the reason why BPO is thriving in our Country.

    Many of our textbooks are written in English. Even when we attend Church service, leaders and pastors of our congregations use the English language.

    We love to sing English songs (although we love to sing Tagalog songs as well). This is true not only in big cities but also in towns and provinces.

    God bless the Philippines.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Other countries are threatened by the millions of Filipinos who speak the English language fluently and proficiently. Is this the reason why we are being discriminated?

    It is worth probing this issue! Hmmmm!

  52. Ð-Czech says:

    "Wow nosebleed man te."

    Often heard it on Radios, diri sa Tacloban. Bagan wa may problema sa amo.

    (Sorry if my Bisaya is incorrect :D)

  53. Anonymous says:

    Filipinos should use this article as an inspiration to AIM higher grounds. I see some smug comments here that suggests that we Filipinos really are good with the English language. However, I have been to places (especially manila) here in the Philippines and most of them have a "Cry-for-help" level of English. Being "Conyo" is far from good English. Not only that, Some English speaking Filipino's use the "Ghetto English" instead of the suggested western version. (i.e. "shuda", "Dontcha", "gonna", "bounce", "peepz", and the occasional racial slur; "nigga"...stupid, right?) Being on the 5th ranking does not mean English is second in our nature. We need to give more room for improvement and we need to eliminate the habit of copying "english-from-d-hood"....

  54. Anonymous says:

    nose-bleed expression is also used in vismin, kya nga ayaw ko mag inglis-inglis sa skol eh.. bka sBihin pa coño ako hohoho

  55. Anonymous says:

    bkit ba mei english-sound tayo na words? bkit di nlang ntin gmitin ung equivalent word in tagalog kaya?

    ex.:
    teacher - titser [guro/maeztra]
    rainbow - reynbo [bahaghari]
    and so on.. curious lng :)

  56. Anonymous says:

    This article is proof of the Philippines' deteriorating English proficiency.

  57. Anonymous says:

    nakakaloka ang mga comments... Well, we should really be proud that at least we're known for being good in english.. But true, we still have long way to go.. :)

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  59. Anonymous says:

    I'm a pure filipino, and I am in fourth year high school now. In our class I am the only one who could speak english fluently. However, we filipino's should still proud of our own language, because it is our country's heritage to us that we must be proud of. But learning english and being fluent to it is also very crucial, because it really helps us in many ways, especially when going to abroad.

  60. All comments are well appreciated. However, despite the fact that generally we Pinoys are good English speakers, let us not be cocky about it.

    Half of the comments above have grammatical blunders, which is ironic to the the blatant triumphalism reflected by the comment posted.

  61. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous says:
    February 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM .. YOU IN MANILA YOU COULD USE YOUR OWN LANGUAGE .. AND VERY CLEAR YOU ARE JUST BORROWING YOUR WORDS FROM SPAIN.. MAEZTRA.. FROM SPAIN.. GURO IS ENGLISH ALSO A SYNONYM OF TEACHER..

    ONLY FOR TAGALOG YO HAVE THE SAME SOUND AS ENGLISH IN VISAYAS AND MINDANAO IS VERY DIFFERENT AND VERY LOCAL...

    Teacher - English
    Guro/ maestra - Tagalog
    Magtutudlo - Visayas and Mindanao {UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL}

    Rainbow - English
    Reynbo/ Bahaghari - tagalog
    Bangaw - Visayas and Mindanao {UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL}

    It is very clear that only manila copied so many English but in Visayas and Mindanao.. we have out own not influenced by spain or USA.. and different also from Malaysia and Indonesia

  62. Anonymous says:

    FOR THE INFORMATION OF ALL PINOYS.. DO YOU KNOW WHY ARE WE GOING TO TAKE ENGLISH EXAM IN ORDER TO VISIT USA, CANADA, UK,AUSTRALIA, AND NEW ZEALAND ? KAILANGAN PA BANG E MEMORIZE YAN? BISYO NA TO.. BISYO KO NA TO ANG SABIHIN SA INYO NA.....

    USA, CANADA, UK, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND DID NOT ACTUALLY WELCOME YOU BUT TREAT YOU AS GARBAGE,,.. REASON WHY YOU SHOULD PASS THROUGH A HOLE OF THE NEEDLE BEFORE YOU WOULD BE GRANTED TO COME TO THEIR LAND...

    WHY SHOULD YOU LET THEM KEEP DOING IT? STOP GOING TO THEIR LAND.. STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES UNTIL THEY WOULD REALIZED THAT THEY NEEDED YOU.

    YOU ARE NOT WONDER ALSO WHY WHEN YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EXAMINATION YOU SHOULD HAVE TO GET NAKED UP AND DOWN? ACTUALLY ITS ANOTHER TACTICS TO SCARE YOU FROM GOING ABROAD BECAUSE THEY ARE SENDING A MESSAGE THAT YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM A NAKED RAT AND DOGS IN THE STREET SO YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE BECAUSE YOU ARE JUST A SLAVE FROM THE PHILIPPINES.. SO TO STOP THIS ABUSE AND DISCRIMINATION, DO NOT GO ABROAD IF THEY WANT YOU TO GET NAKED LIKE ANIMALS... DURING THE MEDICAL EXAM..

    TRY TO VISIT JAPAN AND KOREA AND FLY FROM THEIR TO ANY COUNTRIES, YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GET NAKED DURING THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION.. BECAUSE THEY SIS NOT TREATED KOREANS AND JAPANESE AS ANIMALS UNLIKE HOW THEY TREATED THE PHILIPPINES..

    LESSON STOP GOING ABROAD. ... STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES AND DEVELOP THE COUNTRY

  63. I empathize with your statements...however, they could work better with some meticulous editing.

    Case in point, "On the other hand, other expert says that the Filipino must not be overacting and a muted English perfectionist which triggers other Filipinos to shut-up of fear that other will correct them if they would be saying a sentence in a wrong grammar. Such Filipino attitude will make the English proficiency of the Filipinos dropping down and it would affect the country’s English proficiency."

    This could be reworded as "On the other hand, experts say that the Filipino need not overreact that a grammar Nazi may correct them over their shoulder each time they say something in grammatically incorrect English. Such an attitude would affect Filipinos' attitude toward English proficiency"

    No offense intended here, though.

  64. Anonymous says:

    the igorots rather speak English than Tagalog, try visiting Sagada or any part of mountain province...

  65. Anonymous says:

    Did you listen to the Miss Grand International candidate from the Philippine called Forbes? She could be hardly understood with her native English speaking.

  66. Anonymous says:

    Who wrote this article? If he is a Filipino then he better not claim that he is a Native Speaker because this article shows that he could not write proper English.

  67. Anonymous says:

    Did Filipino claimed as native English speakers? Filipino is Austronesian language so how could you say Filipino are English native? Filipino didn't claim that they are English natives but just luckily that among countries in Asia Philippines is the top 5 largest Engslih speaking country in the world.

    Saying as English speaker doesn't mean that they are native but just able to speak, read and write English. Use your logic and read the info.. the writers are aborigine who have thier own language and luckily at least they could write and speak english like this because even the "NOOKSACK" native tribe of USA could not even speak English. I meet one of them in Tokyo heading the Philippines and he admit he start learning his English language isn Dipolog City in Mindanao, Philippines because he is a Nooksack native of USA and he speak different language not English. He could not even write well in English....

    Philippines are Chinese, Austronesian and Malay native not English native..

    What's to be proud of anyway to become an English native? English native is nothing but full of slang terms... which which are not acceptable in International English.. Well International English doesnt mean American English or British english but a plain English without any accent...

  68. Anonymous says:

    I cant think of any reason as to why it should be rejected. Filipino is our national language (Not tagalog, just so you know) so the senators must speak in Filipino. Im pretty sure that people in Visayaz and Mindanao are more familiar with Filipino than English. Dont over generalize, just because you hear people around you speaking in english, it doesnt mean that all the people in your region are like that. "You are a shame", whats wrong in asking the senators to speak in their mother tongue? Language is a huge part of our culture, and our culture is the only thing why we are still called Filipinos. I have a lot of classmates who came from Vizayas and Mindanao, and they have no problem in communicating in Filipino.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Nuh-uh. I dont mean to disrespect you but if you will look carefully, most of the people saying those kinds of words came from slum areas. Most of the original residents of Manila are now rich or at least counted in the middle class. Most of underprivileged people here came from provinces (because Manila is the center of industry), mostly in Visayaz who hoped to have a nice life but failed.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    January 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM
    Ulol ka! Huwag ka mayabang!

  71. Anonymous says:

    Mga bobo kayo lahat! Di naman "TAGALOG" ang national language ng Pilipinas kundi "FILIPINO" w/c is a combinations of dialects and languages in and out of the Philippines (Spanish, English, Bisaya, Illonggo, Tagalog-w/c makes the bulk of Filipino Language and so on...)TAGALOG-is just regional dialect at some of its words ay mahirap na intindihin kasi malalalim na...

  72. Anonymous says:

    OO nga iyan ang batas na ang Filipino language ay batay na majority language pero sinuway ito ng Ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) at ginawang nalang tagalog kasi ma trabaho daw na pag halo-haluin pa ang wika. Kaya ang Manila mismo ay tinutulerate ang suwayin ang batas na makasisira sa kultura kaya no wonder na maraming rebelde at patuloy na dadami ang susuway sa batas kasi ang model ay Manila eh ako nga nag tatagalog nalang kahit ayaw ko hindi kami tagalog hoy kapampanagn kami at pangasian nanay ko

  73. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    January 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM
    Hoy! Ka din! Anong sinasabing sinuway? Ano ba tinuro sayo nung nag-aaral ka pa? Ha?! Alam mo kc mas madaling intindihin at pag-aralan at bigkasin ang tagalog kaya bulk ng Filipino language ay tagalog, ang nanay ko ay waray ang tatay ko ay taga pangasinan pero Filipino ang gamit ko! At PROUD AKO! kasi ito ang nagbubuklod sa ating BANSA!!
    At sa pagkakaalam ko ha. Ang Filipino ang pinakamadaling pag-aralang lengwahe kasi sa buong mundo! Period!

    Puro ka rebelde palibasa kasi utak rebelde ka eh. Siguro rebelde ka sa magulang mo! Ano?

  74. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    January 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM MAG RESEARCH KA RIN PAG MAY TIME. TOTOO YAN THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT COMMISSION ON FILIPINO LANGUAGE VIOLATED THE LAW..RA 7104

    Filipino language is contrary to the intention of Republic Act (RA) No. 7104 that requires that the national language be developed and enriched by the lexicon of the country's other languageS including Bicol, Iloonggo, Visayan Languages, Pangsinan, Pammpanga .. but the commission on violated the law and preferred to used Tagalog as the capital in Manila is a tagalog place... Majority spoken in the country is Visayan but its not given given credit.. because the leader of the country and the politicians are dominated by tagalog.


    SO filipino means tagalog.. for Visayans they are not Filipino but Visayans they are not part of the Philippines because Philippines is only manila

  75. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    January 4, 2014 at 2:26 AM
    Hahaha! Nakakatawa ka! Wag ka gumawa ng sarili mong interpretasyon ng batas! Alam mo ang tagalog at iba pang dayalekto sa bansa ay naggaling sa spanish language kaya kung hindi mo mapapansin na ang mga root words ng mga salita natin ay may spanish origin dahil 300 years ba naman tayong sakop ng espanyol eh. So!? Dahil ba sa may spanish origin? Di na rin kasama ang mga dayalekto sa mga bumuboo ng Filipino Language?

    At ang kulet din ng lelang mo eh! Siguro talagang sarado lang ang utak mo! Eh hindi nga tagalog ang language natin eh. Filipino nga eh, Siguro mga 60-70% ay tagalog sa kadahilanang mas madali pag-aralan, bigkasin at i-spell. Yan ang tunay na dahilan. Hindi yang sinasabi mong puro inggit ang laman, pagkamuhi!

    Paano magkakaisa ang bansang ito Kung puro kaisipan mo ay regionalistic! Kaya din binuo ang isang lenggwahe sa ating bansa para magkaroon tayo ng iisang pagkakakilanlan at pagkakabuklod-buklod! Kung naaalala mo sa history. Yan ang estratehiyang ginamit ng espanyol para pag laban-labanin ang mga Pilipino dahil maxado tayong regionalistic eh. Kung tutuusin magkakamuka lang tayo at iisa ang kulay ng balat!

    Ayaw ko ‘tong sabihin ngunit, bakit saan ba nanggaling ang majority ng tulong nang sinalanta ni Yolanda at niyanig ng malakas na lindol ang kabisayaan hindi bat sa Luzon na kinamumuhiaan mo? Saan ba nakituloy ang mga kababayan natin sa bisaya nang wala silang matirhan di ba sa maynila! Ikaw lang ang umaapi sa sarili mo!

    FYI, Ang japan ay marami ring ethic dialects ngunit sa kadahilanang ang mga makapangyarihang Daimyo at kanilang Samurai ay gustong mapag-isa at magkaroon ng Identity as one people kaya itinatag ang niponggo bilang main language. May mga di sumangayon ngunit sa kalaunan ay napagtanto nila na mas makakabuti ito para sa kanilang bansa! At kitang-kita natin ang loyalty at nationalism ng mga Hapon, sana ganoon din tayo sa sarili nating wika!

    Ako ay hindi tagalog! Ang nanay ko ay bisaya at tatay ko ay taga panggasinan pero Proud Pinoy ako! At ang lenggwahe ko ay Filipino! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Pinoy!

  76. Section 3. Definition of Terms. – As used in this Act, the following terms and defined as follows:

    a..
    b...
    (c) Filipino – refers to the national language of the Philippines.

    (d) Philippine languages – refers to the indigenous languages of the Philippines, including the national language and the regional and local languages.

    -->>> THIS MEANS FILIPINO MUST NO BASE ON TAGALOG BUT FROM INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES... LANGUAGE COMMISSION VIOLATE THIS SECTION

    (e) Regional language – refers to the lingua franca or the commonly spoken language of a region. (COMMONLY SPOKEN BY EACH REGION MEANS NOT TAGALOG BUT FROM AFARI TO SULU)

    (f) Major language – refers to a language spoken and used by at least one-fiftieth (1/50) or two percent (2%) of all Filipinos, based on the most recent available data of the National Census Office.

    ---> AT LEAST 2% OF 100 MILLION PINOY OR 2 MILLION. HOW MANAY KAPANGPANGAN, HOW MANY BICOLANO, HOW MANY VISAYAN? PEOPLE SPEAKING VISAYAN LANGUAGE IN THE PHILIPPINES IS AROUND 64% (INCLUDING ILONGGO, CEBUANO, DABAWENYO, BUTUANON, BOHOL, CAGAYANON,M ILIGANON

    IF YOU KNOW HOW TO UNDERSTAND ENGLISH... READ THE FULL VERSION OF THE LAW... THERE IS NO LAW SAYS THAT TAGALOG IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE.. THIS MAKES THE PHILIPPINES COULD NOT BE UNITED BECAUSE OF MANILA UNLAWFUL AND UNFAIR PRACTICE... ABUSE OF POWER AND DISCRIMINATION TO THE LUMAD AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE THE REAL OWNER OF THE PHILIPPINES. MANILA GOVERNMENT IS JUST A MIGRANT GOVERNMENT HEADED BY PEOPLE WITH FOREIGN ORIGIN... ANYWAY ITS A CHALLENGE ALSO TO ALL LUMAD BECAUSE THEY ARE WEAK AND LESS EDUCATED SO FOREIGNER SHOULD TAKE OVER THE LEADERSHIP.

  77. Anonymous says:

    Republic Act (RA) No. 7104 says:
    January 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM
    Hahaha! You are a clown man! U make me laugh! For someone like you who claims to protect the indigenous languages and somewhat hate foreign languages, is trying to insult my comprehension and understanding in English. And is using English Language w/c is a foreign language to argue w/ me to present his bitterness against Luzon and Manila makes u so inconsistent and just really a bitter person!

    I don’t know where u r getting ur resentment against the tagalog people in Luzon! Don’t u know that bcoz of the tagalog people in Luzon, We we’re freed from Spanish colonization? So, we owe them big time! Without those guys, whom u hate so much, there would be no Free Philippines after all and you wouldn’t be reading that “Law” and interpreting and presenting it to us.

    You are the one who is insisting that Tagalog is our national language, I said from my previous comments that Filipino is our language not Tagalog!

    Brother! Please come on! Don’t create speculations and biased comments and opinions against Manila and Luzon without any proof! I recommend to u Bro! Try to watch GMA and ABS-CBN documentaries, u will know where is the real rampant corruption is taking place! It is in the provinces (Visayan and Mindanao). That is why, Luzon and especially Greater Manila keeps on progressing and adding huge to the overall economy of the Philippines, whereas the Provinces in the Visayan and Mindanao is lagging behind bcoz the funds of the government w/c is also coming from Luzon, is being squandered by the corrupt politician in ur provinces.

    Once again! I am not tagalog! My mom is bisaya! My father is from Pangasinan! But I am a Proud Pinoy! My Language is Filipino! Long Live the Philippines! Long Live Pinoy!

  78. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous says:
    January 5, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Why are you pulling luzon liar bitch!!! tagalog is just manila In Ibatan, pampanga, pangasinan and Baguio we are not tagalog.... Hey you are commenting without your brain!!! If I would be ask, I want to join federation of Luzon Visayas and Mindanao without Manila. Manila is a hell corrupt, garbage and all evils live their.. I hate their language though.. I could not find any pangalatok term in tagalog.. tagalog is now growing with bisaya mixes but no language of northern luzon.

  79. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    January 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM
    You are a clown too! Hahaha! You people make me laugh! You’re saying that I’m not using my brain! It looks like you are having trouble constructing your sentences and grammar. If u want u can use ur own dialect and im just going to Google Translate it. So, you can fully express urself!

    You’re hating Greater Manila so much! But you people keep on coming here and looking for opportunities and in the end becoming slums or as they say squatter!

    I tell you what! Please try reading first ur statements and analyze, understand what u have written. Because as far as im concern and as far as ur comment is concern. It is u who is EVIL and full of Hatred. Hatred is Evil and that is YOU!

    Really Tagalog is just Manila! Man! Please think, search and read b4 u type. The Tagalog people are a major ethnic group in the Philippines. They form a majority in the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna,Marinduque, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Quezon, and Rizal. Other provinces with significant Tagalog populations include the provinces of Palawan, and in Zambales. Reference from Wikepedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagalog_people#Demographics

    Once again! I am not tagalog! My mom is bisaya! My father is from Pangasinan! But I am a Proud Pinoy! My Language is Filipino! Long Live the Philippines! Long Live Pinoy!

  80. Anonymous says:

    Excuse me do not include palawan, our taxes in palawan is sucked by manila by billions and they use palawan's money for politicking. Look at the pork barrel you must be proud of it that billions it not already trillions are stolen by manila government be proud of the corrupt manila and you are among them. Good people hates evil and good people must hate manila because manila is evil. They ahve all the taxes from the provinces and pocketed by the manila government... Manila is not a good influence and tagalog is their langauges.. forget about their culture.. You said tagalog is majority a big wrong demographics? Visayas and mindanao speaks BINISAYA which is bigger use your coconuit shell, you are commenting on bad grammar and hard sentence construction, well philippines is not native in English sorry for that but the point is the philippines could speak english in anyway and express the hated of hell manila in english not the manila culture and language... Manila is hell, prostution, slavery, racist, garbage slumps, name it... manila is not philippines read in many publication by europeans saying if you visit the philippines and stayed manila then you are not yet in the Philippines because manila is not the real philippines.

  81. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous says:
    January 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Lol!!! google to tanslate? I though you are perfect with all those languages and perfect in grammar that you are even criticiaing others for poor grammar construction and you are using "u" instead of you which is very correct for slang and un-educated people..

    You are also using the unreliable wikipedia about tagalog which is edited by dumb tagalog people. Wikipedia is the place of the liars, dumbs and assholes like you, do not bring your wikipedia anywhere because even idiots could edit and make entry what they like to say.. you are funny....

    You are a dumb idiot commenting and criticizing other fools ... Attention pangasinan, pampanga; I want read your to comment using your own language so we would learn from you.. so much for tagalog the language of evil .. give chance to igorot and other tribes to speak up.. tagalog is a language of corrupt, evil and liars.. kill them all, bomb manila, china send your nuclear bomb to manila to delete these idiots arrogant and racist people from the history...

  82. Anonymous says:

    Alam nyo di ko maintindihan English nyo eh. Kaya magtatagalog na lang ako ha! Okay?
    Bakit ikaw lang ba tao sa Palawan?!Bobo may mga ethnic tagalog din doon tanga! Hwag mong sarilinin ang Palawan! Di sayo yan!

    Bobo nyo talaga! Sinabi ko bang Tagalog ang pinakamalaking ethnic group sa Pilipinas! Hindi ka lang talaga nagbabasa ng comment! Sabi ko “one of the major” meaning sa Pilipino isa sa pinakamalaki ok? Ano pa gus2 mo bisayain ko pa. Alam ko! Bisaya ang largest ethnic group in the Philippines!

    Bakit! Manila ba ang nangurakot? Si napoles at ang mga corrupt na opisyales ng mga probinsya nyo, mga tonggressman ng probinsya nyo ang nagnanakaw ng pera ng bayan na inaalagaan nyo pa!

    Hahaha! Kung unreliable ang Wikipedia at sinasabi mong kahit sino pde i-edit yun. I challenge you! Try to edit this LINK (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagalog_people#Demographics). And post it here, if u r able to do it. And I will personally check it for u. At napakabobo mo sa English kaya wag ka na magpanggap! Sabi ko ba “google to translate”? ang sabi ko I’m going to Google-translate it. In American English it is permitted.

    Bobo! Wala na ako magagawa kasi mga ulopong talaga kayo! Kawawa naman kayo kasi mga pulubi pa rin kayo! ang Manila napakaunlad na kahit siguro tumiwalag ang Manila baka mag-ala Singapore ito eh. Dahil napakalaki sana ng pinoproduce nitong pera, sa Makati pa lang eh. Kaso ang nangyayari nababahagian pa kayong mga patay gutom na pilit na punta ng punta sa Manila para maghanap ng oportunidad! Na dumadagdag sa squatter at mga criminal dito! Kaya tuloy lumiliit ang pera ng Katagalugan, wla naming nahihita ang Katagalugan sa inyo eh. Kahit nga agriculture eh nsa Katagalugan. Central Luzon aka “kamalig ng palay ng Pilipnas” manufacturing, services, halos walang ambag probinsya nyo sa Pilipinas at ang malaking bahagdan ng pera ng Pinas ay galling sa service na matatagpuan sa Katagalugan!

    Bakit sa tingin nyo mahirap pa rin ang mga probinsya nyo kasi nga mga korakot opisyal nyo! Sa Greater Manila and major katagalugan areas ay mauunlad na kasi nagagmit ang pera sa tama ng magagaling na opisyal! Kitang=kita ng mga mata ko nagagamit ang napakalaki kong tax sa tama sa implemented projects! At ang pinanggagalingan ng pinapasweldo sa mga korap nyong opisyal ay nanggagaling sa katagalugan! Bow!

  83. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    January 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM
    Sang-ayon ako sa’yo pare! %35 percent ng GDP ng Pilipinas ay galing pa lang sa Metro Manila dahil dito kasi matatagpuan ang major services at industry ng Pilipinas. Idagdag mo pa ang GDP na galing sa other parts ng Luzon (Mostly Tagalog Region) w/c is also based in agriculture, industry and some services. Tumataginting na %55-60 ng overall GDP ng Pinas ay sa Luzon galing. Kaya ang isa sa bumubuhay sa ekonomiya ng Pinas ay Luzon.
    At tama ka pare! Kasi napakaraming kawork ko na galing sa iba’t-ibang probinsya galing sa Bisaya at Mindanao. Pagkagraduate nila luwas sila maynila para magtrabaho, ayaw daw nila magtanim ng kamote eh. Mahirap daw buhay sa province pero since nakapagwork sila sa Manila nakapagpadala sila ng malaking pera sa kani-kanilang pamilya sa province! Yung iba naman dito n rin nag-aral at nag-work.

    Salamat sa pagtatanggol mo pare sa mga tagalog pero para sa ‘kin wlang tagalog, bisaya, waray o kung ano pa man ang dayalekto mo. lahat tayo Pilipino. Iisang dugo at kulay, kayumanggi.

  84. Anonymous says:

    Hirap naman basahin ng article na ito! Sana tinagalog nalang nung sumulat! Ansakit sa ulo, huy!

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