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    Go Philippines!

    You have to admire any place where people just randomly switch between languages in mid-sentence:

    “Pananglitan panglaw-gaw lang na ila they cannot get their deposit and kon dili nila ma develop ang property immediately or kon mag kiha-kiha, then ang ilang kwarta matanggong sa city, and then we can ask Filinvest to develop other portions of the SRP,” Fernandez explained.
    (no, I don't have any idea what he's talking about -- I'm sure Filipino foosters can help...)

    I guess this happens in other countries as well (Singapore and India come to mind), but usually only in casual conversation. I love that a government official talking to the press still speaks this way.

    Came across that in this story while browsing Google News for China-related investment news (which this isn't, but it's much more fun).

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    I sometimes will switch to gibberish mid sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I sometimes will switch to gibberish mid sentence.
    Sometimes? Switch?

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    Well played, sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    You have to admire any place where people just randomly switch between languages in mid-sentence:



    (no, I don't have any idea what he's talking about -- I'm sure Filipino foosters can help...)

    I guess this happens in other countries as well (Singapore and India come to mind), but usually only in casual conversation. I love that a government official talking to the press still speaks this way.

    Came across that in this story while browsing Google News for China-related investment news (which this isn't, but it's much more fun).
    Super common in Spanish-speaking countries. My first girlfriend absolutely hated people that spoke Taglish, since she usually spoke one or the other (and was fluent in both).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
    Super common in Spanish-speaking countries. My first girlfriend absolutely hated people that spoke Taglish, since she usually spoke one or the other (and was fluent in both).
    can't say i noticed it much in spain.

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    it's funny seeing that in a news story. My mother certainly did that at home and I think lots of cultures code-switch in casual settings.
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    Yeah, it's the context that I find really funny. I'm familiar with people doing this in everyday speech, but in a story about government investment, it just seemed kind of crazy. Maybe I'm easily amused

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    I'm friends with several Puerto Ricans and Columbians and my conversations with them can be quite lively with the half and half!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    You have to admire any place where people just randomly switch between languages in mid-sentence:



    (no, I don't have any idea what he's talking about -- I'm sure Filipino foosters can help...)

    I guess this happens in other countries as well (Singapore and India come to mind), but usually only in casual conversation. I love that a government official talking to the press still speaks this way.

    Came across that in this story while browsing Google News for China-related investment news (which this isn't, but it's much more fun).
    US colonialism is a *****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    I guess this happens in other countries as well (Singapore and India come to mind), but usually only in casual conversation. I love that a government official talking to the press still speaks this way.
    Happens in the Bronx all the time. Spanglish might as well be a first language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
    Colonialism is a *********er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Well played, sir.
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    I switch between English and my mother tounge quite a bit when I talk to my folks/friends. It's not that uncommon given that english was the official means of communication in school and we were encouraged to use English while on campus.

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    I did not know you were from Texas, Skinny!

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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Cannibalism is a *****.
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    I'm Filipina and even I can't understand wtf they're talking about. Then again, I understand only about half of bisaya, which I think is what the guy is speaking. It's very annoying when people do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I did not know you were from Texas, Skinny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    I'm Filipina and even I can't understand wtf they're talking about. Then again, I understand only about half of bisaya, which I think is what the guy is speaking. It's very annoying when people do this.
    You mean you're Filipina, Chinese, Italian, and honorary Japanese. No wonder you're confused.

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    Puerto Ricans do it all the time, its called Spanglish (no bs)
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Yeah, it's the context that I find really funny. I'm familiar with people doing this in everyday speech, but in a story about government investment, it just seemed kind of crazy. Maybe I'm easily amused
    You should see comic books written in Tagalog. It isn't really a separate language, it's a cut and paste between Spanish, Malay, English and the odd Chinese word.
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    When I was in architecture school, I had one instructor who was American (wife was Panamanian) who was bilingual, English primary, Spanish secondary. One of my classmates was from Guatemala...Spanish primary, English secondary. During one of our mid year reviews, in front of jury of other instructors, my friend got stuck on what he wanted to say and said it Spanish, to which our instructor replied in Spanish, then my classmate replied in English but asked for clarification in Spanish and got his answer in English. This verbal tennis got us all laughing (and lost). Even the bilingual guys (and girls) were lost in the crit.

    Happens all the time, I suppose. When my parents didn't want the kids to understand what they were talking about they spoke in Kampanpangan (another Philippine dialect). I can pick up a little of it but I can't speak it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avmanansala View Post
    When I was in architecture school, I had one instructor who was American (wife was Panamanian) who was bilingual, English primary, Spanish secondary. One of my classmates was from Guatemala...Spanish primary, English secondary. During one of our mid year reviews, in front of jury of other instructors, my friend got stuck on what he wanted to say and said it Spanish, to which our instructor replied in Spanish, then my classmate replied in English but asked for clarification in Spanish and got his answer in English. This verbal tennis got us all laughing (and lost). Even the bilingual guys (and girls) were lost in the crit.

    Happens all the time, I suppose. When my parents didn't want the kids to understand what they were talking about they spoke in Kampanpangan (another Philippine dialect). I can pick up a little of it but I can't speak it.
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by avmanansala View Post
    When I was in architecture school, I had one instructor who was American (wife was Panamanian) who was bilingual, English primary, Spanish secondary. One of my classmates was from Guatemala...Spanish primary, English secondary. During one of our mid year reviews, in front of jury of other instructors, my friend got stuck on what he wanted to say and said it Spanish, to which our instructor replied in Spanish, then my classmate replied in English but asked for clarification in Spanish and got his answer in English. This verbal tennis got us all laughing (and lost). Even the bilingual guys (and girls) were lost in the crit.

    Happens all the time, I suppose. When my parents didn't want the kids to understand what they were talking about they spoke in Kampanpangan (another Philippine dialect). I can pick up a little of it but I can't speak it.

    The 'rents did the same thing to us, only in Bikolano. Took 'em a while to figure out we understood what they were saying! Ha ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
    The 'rents did the same thing to us, only in Bikolano. Took 'em a while to figure out we understood what they were saying! Ha ha!
    Teh bf's parents do this too, but in Ilokano. My mom will occasionally talk to her relatives from Davao in Cebuano or Bisaya, and when she doesn't want my younger siblings to understand, she speaks to us in Nihongo. OMG, rainbow colors of dialects/languages.

    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife
    You mean you're Filipina, Chinese, Italian, and honorary Japanese. No wonder you're confused.
    Yeah, I sometimes tell teh bf to do something, and he just stands there confused until I realized that I spoke to him in Tagalog/Nihongo and not English.
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