We have been asking a few questions to our International team members about their language skills and their countries.
Here are our Tagalog teacher Junbelle's answers.
Where were you born?
Which countries have you lived in?
What languages do you speak?
Tagalog & Bisaya (Native) English (Fluent)
Was it hard to learn new languages?
It is hard because it challenges your mind. Your brain has to construct new cognitive frameworks. Also time, it requires consistent practice. But it can definitely be enjoyable and you will love the outcome.
Are you still learning a language, which on, why?
Yes I do, the British English, Australian slangs and Spanish. I have observed that there are words from the British English which is far way different from American English meaning. With Spanish, I have a big interest about it since it plays a big part in the history of the Philippine language.
Why have you learnt a new language?
am trying to do a self-study to learn Spanish. When I was in college it was part of our curriculum and I thought that it would be nice if I continue to study it. Spaniards colonized the Philippines in the year 1521, during their rule Spanish was the official language of the Philippines. In the process of learning the language, I have encountered some words and realized that it actually came from them.
How has it impacted in your life?
I enjoy learning such languages. With Tagalog, I am teaching and at the same time learning again. With Spanish, I am learning while unlocking the history of my country's language. With English, I am learning twice; American and British English.
What tools would you recommend to people learning this language (free/available online/…)?
Aside from joining groups from Facebook and watching videos from Youtube. You can also read some blogs and there are free articles where you can practice basic words and create simple sentences.
What is the best part about living in a foreign country? Residing in a foreign country exposes me to their culture and gives me the opportunity to learn and appreciate it. You will have new dreams and perspectives. Being raised in another country and now living in a foreign country it is like loving two persons with different attitudes. You love the other one because of his gentleness and you will love the other because of his wildness.
What has been challenging?
The challenging part is that you will always look back to the country where you came from. It is because your family and friends are there and it is where your dreams are built. However, it is also more challenging to be in a foreign country because you are are already doing the things that you thought it will only be a dream forever. There are more big opportunities to chase and new sets of friends to meet.
Which part of your birth country (countries you have lived in extensively) do you recommend to visitors?
I was raised in Cebu and it is my favorite escape place. If you visit Philippines, choose to stay in Cebu. You will be amazed from beaches to falls, mountains to city.
Oslob- Whale watching
Carcar- Mainit and Mabugnao Cave
Sumilon Island Sandbar
10,000 roses of Cebu
Sirao Flower Garden
Temple of Leah