The History and Roots of the Tagalog Language
The reluctant separation between Tagalog and Filipino
In a country divided into many ethnic groups depending on regions, there are about 170 dialects and 8 major languages that boast of a million or more users with Tagalog being one of them.
How Tagalog came into existence
Thousands of years ago, inhabitants from the Malayan Archipelago and later the Mongoloids coming from parts of Southeast Asia had reached the Philippines by crossing through land bridges. Then the period from early 7000 BC untill 3000 BC saw large numbers of people from places like the Malay Peninsula, Indonesian islands, Vietnam and China setting foot on the hundreds of beautiful tropical islands of the country.
The Spanish Factor
From 1565 until the last month of 1898, the Philippines was under the control of the colonial power of Spain. The Spaniards took control for almost three and a half centuries. This is the reason why they have the greatest influence on every area of a Pilipino’s life.
The American Touch
The Americans came before the turn of the 19th century and their English language has continued its domination over the entire country next to Tagalog, of course. It’s the second language of Pilipinos, and is learned as early as 4 years old with many private institutions choosing it as their medium of teaching.
Tagalog as a language has gone through so many changes. It’s continuously evolving, far different now from what it used to be. It’s not yet ready to rest just yet as still has a long journey ahead of it before it reaches its final stop.