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« on: August 19, 2009, 01:43:51 PM »
Second class language?
By Antonio Java
Cebu Daily News First Posted 16:55:00 07/31/2007 Filed Under: Education, Culture (general)
 
I was reading a friend’s blog last week where she made quite an interesting point about the Visayan language: It is a language spoken by a great majority in the country, yet it has become relegated to a sort of second-class tongue.

I’ve stressed in previous columns that the Visayan language or Binisaya is, as languages go, more evolved than most major languages in existence, according to language scholars. The fact that Binisaya is a couple of hundred words larger than, say, Tagalog or English is proof enough of its age and flexibility (just the other day, my barkada was wracking our brains trying to translate the Visayan word “hata” to English. Finding no direct translation, the closest we got was “feint,” though we had to note that to feint is more of a movement meant to mislead or to deceive, while hata is a movement more related to indecisiveness rather than deception).

Some would argue that there is no such thing as a “superior” language. I’d actually tend to agree, since the idea of a language is to communicate ideas. Though one has to admit that certain languages make the transfer of ideas easier and faster than other languages. However, for the transfer of ideas to work, one particular language has to be common between two or more people. So, logically, if a language is spoken by more people, then more people can share ideas, and an idea can spread faster. Right.

Well then, here’s the premise in the Philippines: Tagalog is taught in school. English is taught in school. But when it comes to sheer population, there are more natural Visayan speakers in the country than there are natural Tagalog speakers or English speakers.

So then why, oh why, isn’t Visayan – one of the most beautiful, most evolved, most ancient, and most widely spoken languages in the Philippines – NOT taught in school?

In fact, over the past few decades, Visayan has, unfortunately, been given a stigma or sorts as something inferior. Even some of us Visayan natives refer to something as “Bisaya kaayo” to derogate something. In fact, in many schools, speaking Visayan is practically banned, sometimes with a fine imposed on every instance a student speaks Binisaya.

Can someone please tell me when Binisaya or being Bisaya became something so “wrong” that we have to be fined for it?

It would be easy to blame “imperialist Manila” for the state of Visayan today. Tagalog is spoken in the capital city of Manila, hence, the capital city’s language should be the language of the entire country. I could also easily blame the influences of those who sought to colonize us: The Spanish and the Americans. In attempting to establish a colony here, they had to impose their own culture and language on the natives. No doubt, these things are partly to blame.

But I also blame the Visayans themselves, among whose number I am included, for slipping over the past few decades. I would hardly say that we Visayans were quick to abandon our own in lieu of something new and foreign. If that were so, Binisaya would have been lost to history generations ago. But neither have I seen any major effort for us to retain and educate ourselves of our own native culture. Not Asian culture, not Filipino culture, but Visayan culture.

Now I’m not saying we all start tattooing ourselves and make like our Pintados ancestors; for a culture to survive, it must also evolve. But at the very least, we should teach ourselves our own history, and we should especially teach ourselves our own language. But in this aspect, we are slipping. We’re slipping so much, in fact, that Cebuano, a dialect of the Visayan language, is already so full of words from other languages that while native Cebuano speakers can still understand pure Binisaya, most Cebuanos can’t speak Binisaya fluently.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we should stop teaching English in school. English is already the widely accepted “global” language and without it, we miss out on the world. I’m not even saying we stop teaching Tagalog (or what some would like to call “Filipino,” though any Filipino worth his tongue knows that the Filipino language is just what they call Tagalog in an attempt to make it more nationally appealing… emphasis on “attempt”).

What I’m saying is that we Bisayas should not leave out our own native tongue when it comes to the languages we teach our children in school. I’m not merely proposing to allow, or even standardize the use of Bisaya as a language of instruction wherever Bisaya is natively spoken. I say we should have Bisaya classes, where students are TAUGHT proper Binisaya in all its native glory. It’s the most widely used language in the country. WHY NOT?!

And by extension, along with teaching ourselves the proper way to SPEAK Binisaya, perhaps we should even teach ourselves the proper way to WRITE Binisaya. That’s right: Alibata classes, which is applicable to both Binisaya and Tagalog. From my meager experience with Alibata (or Baybayin as it was called in olden times), I’ve discovered that one is actually able to preserve intonations and stress points in the written words through visual representations where it would otherwise be lost if Bisaya words were written in the Roman alphabet (compensated only by a reader’s actual knowledge in Binisaya).

But as it is, no schools I know of teach Binisaya. And I suspect only the most specialized of libraries have literature that teaches a person Alibata.

Well, here’s a factoid for you all: UNESCO estimates that half of the world’s languages are endangered because they are no longer taught or spoken.

When was the last time anyone remembers having Bisaya classes?



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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2009, 01:47:07 PM »
Ambut lang jud kay i am very proud my "Bisaya" dialect.
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009, 02:02:26 PM »
Bitaw no. Ngano man pud tong sauna nga ug magBinisaya man kay a multahan man kay mas nindot kono ang Ininglis nga sinultihan.

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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009, 02:40:54 PM »
labina adto sa manila,sus bago tang salta ba,magtagalog naay sagol bisaya,hala ingnon na nga si bisaya talaga.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009, 10:09:10 PM »


Some schools are starting to teach the Sugbuanon Binisaya language as a formal lesson.

To counter the derogatory connotation of the word "Bisaya" is a matter of branding. Positive branding. I'm thinking like:

Bisaya is beautiful
Lami ang Bisaya
Make love to a Bisaya today  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2009, 10:54:15 PM »
Engr. Jes B. Tirol teaches Binisaya at the University of Bohol.

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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009, 11:35:21 PM »
Napamatud-an na nato sa Lunsayng Binisaya thread nga daghan kaayo'g lain-lain nga conjugation sa verbs, mao sab ang convertion of forms to nouns or adjectives ang Bisaya nga wala sa Tagalog. Daghan pud pulong ug mga kapulong nga wala'y insaktong equivalent sa Tagalog ug English. Angay ilhon ang Bisaya isip usa ka pinulungan ug dili isagol sa Tagalog.
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2009, 01:22:14 AM »


GEC, known raba jud ang bisaya, GWAPO/GWAPA! (tinuod jud na)

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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2009, 01:33:02 AM »


Arang gajung tinoora, MsDaBinz.

Bisan matulog, arang gwapaha.
Lami idulog, aron hinanok   ;D





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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2009, 01:35:51 AM »

na unsa man ka ron ng amura man ka'g nakatomar ug BAYAG'RA!!! hahahha!

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Arang gajung tinoora, MsDaBinz

Kay lagi nakatomar, mao nga mitukar

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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2009, 01:46:00 AM »



hhhmmmp! :-X

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Ambot lang kaha sa injong kasinatian, pero sa ahong nahimamat nga mga Bisaya in quite a good number of different places in the world, proud man kaajo sila sa ilang pagka-Bisaya. Naay uban nga frontal kaajo sa ilang advocacy for our language, naay uban nga medjo fino ang approach. Pero naay usa ka butang nga seguro ko: ang atong pinulongan dili kandidato sa extinction, ug kitang tanan nga nahigugma niini maoy mopaseguro nga dili lang kay motunhay ang atong pinulongan kon dili ilhon ni as a major world language in a matter of a generation or two.
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2009, 10:47:48 AM »

Advantage raba nato ni atong dialect kay naay spanish. French, Portuguese, latin, italian ug bisaya  preho-preho raman sa Spanish. So di jud ni mawala.

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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2009, 01:17:26 PM »
Maayo pud ning internet kay kitang mga gihidlaw sa kaugalingong sinultian bisag asa sa kalibutan dali ra magtapok-tapok ug mag-quorum. Ang tinuod, ug wala pa ang TB, lisdan na ko mag-Binisaya. Dakong pasalamat nako sa mga higala nato diri nga sige'g tampo sa Lunsayng Binisaya kay daghan ko'g pulong nga nahinumduman ug bag-ong nakat-unan.


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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2009, 01:56:25 PM »
Bitaw, sa tanang ahong giduolan aron pagtagbaw sa ahong kauhaw sa lunsay nga binisaya, ang TB ra gajud mao nakapadaitol sa ijang bugnaw nga tudlo aron mabugnawan ahong gaugang tutunlan sa pagbati sa pinulungang Binisaya.

Mabuhi ta tanang Bisaya! (ajaw lang ug bakod tung gipangpirmahan na sa dagkong wati)

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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2009, 02:13:45 PM »

He he, gikulitog diay sa bugnawng tudlo sa TB ang imong gaugang tutunlan, Bay Tigs. Bitaw, daghang mangungulitog diris TB. Naa puy mga mangunguot, mangungulkog, mamumukiki, ug mamumulikat!

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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2009, 02:22:43 PM »

arang pud sie na! hehehehe. bitaw, dire ra ko kahibawo sa mga Binisaya nga wala na matudlo ug madunggi naho sa ahong nadak-an nga lugar.

wa bay, magpainom dinhi? kana bang magpatagbaw sa ahong kauhaw?

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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2009, 02:43:37 PM »

Mao pud bitaw ahong ganahan diri sa TB kay daghang bag-ong pulong nga atong maantigohan. Bisan wa ta magdako aning mga pulonga, seguro man ta nga Binisaya gihapon ni sila kay gigamit man sa uban nato nga atong ikasinabot, nga sa ato pa, parehas tag pinulongan. Naa lay mga pulong nga tingali gigamit sa usa ka dapit pero lain ang gigamit sa ato. Ang kanindot kay kining tanang Binisaya gihapon.

Sa laing bahin, naay dakong disadvantage ning virtual forum--way inom, ha ha ha. (Oops, gibangkong na, ningkalit hinuon og kauga ahong tunlan!)

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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2009, 02:46:26 PM »

Dia koy tuba nga bahalina ug syoktong nga tinaguan dire. Dali kay atong sugdan kay wa ra bay trabaho ugma. hehehehe

Dia uy sinugbang karne sa baboy ug kilawing kanding. Dia puy kalderetang iro! (patay ta sa PETA!!!!)hehehehe



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