Reaction to James Soriano’s “Language, learning, identity, privilege” aka “Filipino is the language of the streets”

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Reaction to James Soriano’s “Language, learning, identity, privilege” aka “Filipino is the language of the streets”

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  1. Profound! Thanks for reacting. Sana mabasa ni pareng James at nang mabawasan naman ang pagiging arogante nya. If only I know his email, I would send him your article.

    and by the way, I like this one: “Let’s learn to speak good English to compete globally but let’s not forgot to speak good Filipino to complete our identity.”

    If one time he happens to immerse himself in a foreign culture (not American or English or that of any other English-speaking countries), he would realize how pathetic he is.

  2. I can’t help myself from posting a comment. Hi, Ma’am Dewmaine! I admire how you defended our Filipino language. I, myself, am very eager to learn how to speak and write in English more fluently and effectively but my being Filipino never left my soul because of this willingness. Mr. James has probably been exposed to many sosyaleras and conyos during his younger days. Yes, he had nice things to say about our language but the fact that he has pointed out more negative notions about it made me feel his arrogance. The conclusion on his essay wasn’t enough for me to get convinced that he really appreciates learning Filipino. He’s written his opinions so good that it wrecked my heart to encounter such gloat. Really, language is not the basis of any superiority in this world (well, there shouldn’t really be any superiority existing). Knowing English can never define the level of ability, intelligence or even status in life in this world. Englishero’s have been utterly stereotyped nowadays.

  3. Hi Eileen! I think we have the same sentiments. Despite the fact that James was just pointing out what he has observed, the thing that irked many Filipinos was his tone: it really sounded as though he had but a fleeting fondness for the language but really thinks lowly of it. The real ‘salitang kalsada’, or language of the uncouth include hackneyed expressions uttered just to sound cool/sosyal and those curses so easily and carelessly spoken. F*ck you is just as ‘salita ng walang breeding’ as P***** ¡na, and Balagtas’ Florante at Laura can rival Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It isnt the language per se, but the choice of words.

  4. If we don’t know a person personally, if we judge person by the way they post or tweet, then perception is key. In most cases, perception is the only basis we have. Reading articles can help. But if we don’t know them personally, we might not know them at all.

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