Do any Filipinos speak Spanish

Do any Filipinos speak Spanish?

In general, it is safer to assume that the general Filipino population nowadays doesn't speak Spanish, just like how Indonesians don't speak Dutch and how the Vietnamese don't speak French.
All we have is thousands of Spanish loanwords in the Filipino languages, but even these are slowly being replaced by English loanwords.

Related question: Why isn't Spanish widely spoken in the Philippines like in other Spanish colonies (e.
Latin America)?
While I don't have any actual statistics about the native Spanish speakers who are Filipinos, I estimate that this is very close to 0%.
According to this site, the estimate of Spanish speakers (without indicating fluency level) is less than 1%: They Don’t Speak Spanish in the Philippines? · Global Voices
You can find Spanish learners in the following schools:
However, this is also the case with other foreign languages like German, French, Japanese.
You can find Filipinos who have studied them in a language school (Goethe-Insititut Philippinen, Alliance Française de Manille), or in UP, but it's on top of their language at home (a regional language and/or Tagalog) and school (English).

The Philippine government officially removed the Spanish language from the required subjects in the 1980's, but the importance of the Spanish language had been in decline during the decades before that due to English.
Steven de Guzman's answer to When in history was the English language deliberately introduced to a non-English speaking country?
Chavacano is a Spanish creole that is spoken by a small population concentrated in Zamboanga, but this is not a dialect of Spanish.

There are Filipinos who speak Spanish — my grandparents, for example — but good luck finding them.

Lastly, don't be fooled by our Spanish surnames.
Steven de Guzman's answer to What does your last name mean and where does it come from?
Related topic: Can the Philippines bring back Spanish as its official or co-official language? How?

Yes, there's quite a number still.
A not so famous example is the family of the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; we know they speak Español (Spanish) in their household.
Also, the members of the Zobel-Ayala families speak Spanish, and they're known as Philippine industrialists and business pioneers.

One of my late grandfathers (a first cousin of my maternal grandmother) spoke Spanish.
He was a priest, and I knew he would translate from Spanish to English from the missal when he was still alive.
I learned colloquial Spanish from him thru his regular utterances of favorite phrases that he would mix with other languages we're both familiar with.

It seems like, on the surface, that only the so called members of the top 1 per cent of elites speak Spanish these days in the Philippines.
But it's not factually correct.
I count a number of my friends in the Philippines, and they speak Spanish.
In fact, they speak Castillian Spanish.
They don't make a big fuss about it.
That language won't be erased for good in the Philippines.
The original writings of Philippine heroes, including Jose Rizal, Claro M.
Recto, were in Spanish.
It will just be a distinct Philippine language, as long as there's a continuing collective failure to embrace completely what is part and parcel of heritage in those islands somewhere in Southeast Asia.

¡Por supuesto que sí! Definitivamente hay hispanohablantes aquí en filipinas.

I think that 3% is very underrated nowadays.
As a Spanish-speaking filipino youth I can really say that Spanish language is indeed increasing in popularity.
Some of my mates already started studying Spanish even though it is not part of my college's curriculum (we were only offered French and Japanese) so we pretty much formed a study group where we can help each other study the language.
The environment of the school really did help us.
much of my professors in my school do speak Spanish and converse with us from time to time in the language.
One of my professors also speak Chavacano as her native tongue.
Another professor of mine teach English online with chileans and peruvians as her online students.

I think the next census should include the language spoken by the people in their survey to set the records straight.

Yo un ciudadano filipino y mi etnia o nacionalidad es Zamboangueño con la lengua materna/nativa de mí, el Chavacano.

Bueno, contestá kita sobre el cuestión aquí arriba “Do any Filipinos speak Spanish?”
¡Si! Tiene cuantos ciudadanos filipinos que ta conversá Castellano como lengua materna o segunda lengua de ila, especialmente en los miembros de vejez del Nación Étnico Zamboangueño.
Mirá kita ahora si tiene de vosotros,
 ya entendá el mana cosas que yo ya contá aquí.

La respuesta anterior está escrita en el idioma Zamboangueño.

Majority of Filipinos do not speak Spanish but yes there are quite a number of Filipinos who speak it (like me) and quite a few speak it as their main language.
However in recent decades, there is a growing interest in revival of Spanish since Filipinos of the old days understand it, while a significant numbers speak it mainly.
There is also the 400 years Philippine historical documents and archives which are all officially in Spanish waiting to be uncovered for academic purposes.
The Spanish government has also ran an agressive campaign to revive back Spanish in the Philippines for the past few decades and are making significant progress.
Today, Spanish are being taught in majority of high school and college institutions and universities.
There is also a proposal to make Spanish as one of the official languages of the Philippines which used to be the case during the most parts of the 20th century.

The oldest people in the country 50+ may speak fluent Spanish as it was taught in schools about 40+ years ago.
The official language is Filipino which is the language taught in schools today- Tagalog plus some English terms.

There are more than 170 dialects that people speak in this country.
Some are very much based on Spanish, some closer to Indonesian(Bahasa), and some closer to Arabic.
Which dialects people speak in their homes is more often than not, different than the national language.

Chavacano(Chabacano) dialect is very close to Spanish and these speakers can be found mostly in Northwestern Mindanao close to Zamboanga or Sulu Archipelago and also in Cavite but they are not the majority in Cavite like they are in Zamboanga or Sulu.

Chavacanos do speak mixed Mexican and Spanish.
Chavacanos means broken Mexican and Spanish language.
Also, the people in Visayas and Mindanao who speaks Bisaya or Cebuano in Cebu, like me, I am a Cebuana, we have many Spanish words in our native dialect.
It only differs a bit in the spelling and pronunciation and accent.
I studied Spanish Basico and Intermedio when I was in my junior years in college.
I have forgotten how to speak fluently and about the subject and verb agreement because I didn’t put it into practice but I can uderstand some Spanish and our counting numbers are in Spanish.
I can count from 1 to 900,000.

I do> In the olden days before even during the American occupation, the language of the court’s were in Castilian Spanish.
There are many cognate words in Spanish that it is in Tagalog.
I live here in CA and worked for IRS.
In the office, I was designated as a Spanish interpreter.
Filipinos here in the States need to learn spanish to communicate with the other minority.
The US is second in Spanish speaking nation next to Mexico.
But in the Philippines, Its not so much but for the “Chabakano” (a dialect of tagalog and Spanish grammar) in Cavite cities, like Trece Martires, Naic .
The answer would be no, its only a minority.

At the last census, there were counted just over 4000 Philipinos, speaking Spanish as first language.
Those were very old people, whose families still used to speak Spanish, when they were young.
I myselv met four of them in different parts of Philippines.
Their Spanish sounded a bit like Mexican Spanish from the South of Mexico.
But there are many Spanish words in Tagalog and in some other Philippino languages.
But they are often written different.
For example qu is written as k like que? is written ke? A lot of foodstuff is still named with Spanish words.

While statistics will reveal that very few Filipinos speak straight Spanish nowadays ( probably less than 1% ), this can be misleading.
Most Philippine languages ( we have quite a few ) share many words with Spanish.
I estimate Tagalog will share 25% with Spanish.
Visayan ( or Cebuano, as my wife will insist ) might have more in common with the Spanish language due to a longer Spanish presence in Cebu.
In the Zamboanga provinces in the island of Mindanao, shared vocabulary might even be as high as 75%.

No, they don’t unless they learn it at school like they would do for any other foreign language.
In the big island in the south (Mindanao), the main language is Bisaya and there are many Spanish words used.

A lot do, but nobody uses Spanish in every day conversation these days.
Usually the only ones who use Spanish are those with actual Spanish people (or mostly Spanish blood people) in their households, such as a grandmother who was full Spanish or half Spanish.

And they only use Spanish conversationally when speaking with those people.

Otherwise, everyone else uses either English, Filipino or whatever local language is the norm in their region (Bisaya, Illongo, etc.

Even though we share a lot of the same words in Spanish and Tagalog, not many Filipinos speak Spanish fluently anymore.

However, I can speak and understand Spanish.
and I'm Filipino.
I've been taken Spanish for close to 6 years now and can usually understand if someone's speaking it to me.
The other person in my family who could understand Spanish was my great-grandfather; he could only speak in Spanish and English.

Besides a few Filipinos, the majority population of the Philippines doesn't utilize Spanish on a daily basis anymore.

Updated: 15.06.2019 — 3:19 pm

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