Language map

Map of languages in the Philippines
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Filipino and English are the two official languages of the Philippines. But depending on who you consult, there are anywhere from 70 to 171 distinct languages in the Philippines! Twelve of the languages of the Philippines have over a million native speakers. The most widely spoken languages are Filipino (Tagalog), Cebuano, Ilocano, and Hiligaynon (Ilonggo).

Residents of the Philippines are the third largest group of English speaking people in the world.  Only the United States and the United Kingdom have more English speakers!  In the Philippines English is used in government, education, medicine, science, and the legal system.

Filipino is a required subject in schools, although English is commonly used in higher education. Elementary and secondary schools use the English language as part of instructional means for students. Spanish was also spoken years ago in the Philippines, and its influence is apparent today. Many Filipinos are trilingual, speaking English, Filipino, and their indigenous language.

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Tagalog bahay aso araw bago ano apóy tao
Cebuano balay iro adlaw bag-o unsa kalayo tawo
Ilokano balay aso aldaw baro ania apoy tao
Waray-Waray balay ayam adlaw bag-o ano kalayo tawo
Kapampangan bale asu aldo bayu nanu api tau
Bikol harong ayam aldaw ba-go ano kalayo tawo
Kinaray-a balay ayam adlaw bag-o ano kalayo taho
Ibanag balay kitu aggaw bagu anni afi tolay
Pangasinan abong aso ageo balo anto pool too