Relearning Mother Language

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Submitted By boogiejay15
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Jayvee Engracio
Jayson Parba
Fil 451
Relearning My Mother Language Living in Hawaii, surely, can make a native speaker like me forget some aspects of the Filipino language. I forget about grammatical rules like right syntax, verbs tenses, and some Filipino words that a native Filipino should know. I have studied Filipino language from Philippine Education system before I move to Hawaii. That means, I should have great extent of Filipino language skills but since I have to stop studying it and even practicing it, the Americanization in me has start and lose my mother language. I think its very important for anyone that is Filipino or other ethnic race to know the language of their race because its part of their identity. I remember the quote from Dr. Jose Rizal saying, “Kung sino man hindi lumingon sa pinangalinan ay hindi makararating sa paruronan.” It means, we have to know where we come from because they will help us to go to wherever we are going. This paper talks about how important it is for me to relearn the Filipino language and my experiences through the process. It all starts in my third year at UH Manoa when I have decided to take Filipino 401. The reason why I take the class is to regain what I gradually losing and that is my Filipino language. Before I have taken the class, I stop watching Filipino movies and shows, my friends are all local born that can’t speak Filipino, disconnect myself from Philippine current events, and don’t participate in any Filipino activities. Then, I feel that I’m losing a part of myself, which I really couldn’t care because I think I could live my life without it. Honestly, the real reason why I take the class is to get free credits and graduate sooner. I also think that it will improve my GPA since it will be easy for me but the class has taught me the importance of the language through discussions of stories in…...

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