The Arrogant English-Speaking Pinoy!

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.  

Nelson Mandela 

Filipino is the official language of the Philippines. The language of the “tindera” on the streets and the language of the “katulong” if you want to make an “utos.” These skills were required to survive in the outside world, because we are forced to relate with the tinderas and the manongs and the katulongs of this world. If we wanted to communicate to these people — or otherwise avoid being mugged on the jeepney — we needed to learn Filipino.

How did you react upon reading those lines? Was it offensive? Was it degrading? What if the writer is a Filipino? What if this Filipino despises his own language to the extent of blatantly denouncing his use of the language? Would you still claim to be Filipino and use the language; or would you condemn the writer and wish for him to rot in jail? Wish there is a law about language use hehe. Sorry for the choice of words but these were the words that first came to my mind after I read the article. I consider this an attack, an attack of a person to his own people!

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