DUBAI – Living in the UAE requires people to speak English, the universal language, but Filipinos should also teach their kids to speak the national language of the Philippines, an English teacher said.
In celebration of the “Buwan ng Wika” or Philippine’s national language month this August, English teacher, Janrey Quiben, said that he highly recommends to the parents to be an influence to their kids to learn how to speak in Filipino.
“It is always an advantage for someone to speak and understand more than one language, by that, they could enjoy the culture of the Philippines once they go back to the country,” he added.
Quiben, 23, who works at The Philippine School – Dubai, further said that kids who learn Tagalog could also engage and interact with their relatives and people who are not confident in conversing in English.
In the UAE, not all universities and schools teach Tagalog.
So far, there are only seven schools that teach and adopted the Filipino curriculum in the UAE.
Quiben also recommends parents to teach young ones some Filipino traits like “pagmamano” and saying “po” and “opo” when talking to adults.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nino Decenorio, vice president at the Bath Spa University in Dubai, said that Filipinos who are living abroad and who are speaking foreign languages fluently do not necessarily mean they are no longer nationalistic or that they value their native tongues less.
“From my point of view, overseas Filipino workers in the UAE uphold and celebrate the beauty of our own language or dialects in various ways.
“It is very evident from the activities and events that most of the Filipinos are associated or affiliated with,” he explained.
Decenorio also believes that Filipino parents have done a tremendous job to ensure that their children are able to understand their roots, their identity and nationality. With reports from Jekah Carillo