By Magalhães (Own work (own picture)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Tagalog Project – Update #1

If you’re a part of my Language Surf Club, then you know from my newsletter that I want my Tagalog project to be my most transparent language project to date. So here’s update #1. Video For the video, I used a script to help me. I read the line, looked at the web cam, said…

The Gates of Intramuros, Manila

New Language Project: Tagalog!

Kumusta! Anong balita? In my last post, I talked about how it’s going to take 15 weeks for the results of my German-to-English translation test to get back to me. Well, I’m going to use this time wisely and try to cross off something on my language bucket list while I wait: I’m going to…

Samar, Philippines -- the region where my mom and her family are from.

Learning Your Parents’ Language

“I wish you spoke Filipino,” my mom said to me a couple weekends ago. She said it with a laugh, but I knew she was serious. I was visiting my parents at their home and had been telling her about the Filipino-American MMA fighter Mark Muñoz. I imitated his post-fight interview, which was a mixture…