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Filipino Sense of Humor and Understanding

A while ago, I wrote an article about the differences in humor. Americans and most Western countries like the use of humor in day-to-day conversations. In addition, sarcasm is used very often.  One of the readers commented lately and asked if I could write about it. He explained part of his situation. Here is what he wrote: BTW, Bruce, I wonder if you would not mind to write about your experiences from earlier in your...

Isolation in a Filipina/Foreigner Household

A few days ago, I wrote an article asking for assistance from my readers asking about subjects for me to write about. The two areas the comments was the Filipino sense of humor or lack of any in the way we joke or tell jokes. The other area, which there was a few comments, was the language problem and communication. Marcel, who lives in Canada, mentioned that his Filipina wife, when she has another Filipino at their home...

Speak English to Me

If you have read the comments, there is a newcomer here, Steve in Davao, who often comments. I know little about Steve, except he is 51 years old ,he married his Filipina wife in 2003 in the U.S., and they have a 5 year old daughter. They moved to Davao last November and are enjoying their new life here. I joked with Steve via email about his Christmas Day, with family there, how much English he heard during the day. In...

English Usage in the Philippines and other Cultura...

As an English-speaking person from America, at times, I have been confused or smile how Filipinos use, misuse or shorten words of the English language. In addition, you will hear things that sounds like English but is a local word that sounds like something else. In the beginning, I would get upset or try to correct my wife, but over time, you just get used to it and eventually use it as Filipinos do. Some examples are or...

Taglish or Tagalog

You might be saying, what is Bruce talking about, is that a word? Well it is how the language is used here.  In the Philippines there are of 70 languages. Many call them dialects but most are so different from each other it is more lake languages. There is also a problem where a word in on language is used in another with a totally different meaning.  For instance, the word “Libog” in Cebuano/Bisaya means confused, but...

Language Barriers in the Philippines

As many Expats in the Philippines, I am guilty. My thoughts when moving here was it will be easy to communicate since everyone learns English in school. I had spent hours in text and voice communication with Elena for about 3 years and had visited her 3 times before I moved here. She and most of her family could communicate well with me. Some of her family just as with many Filipinos who had learned English in school, but had...