When you travel to another country, it is important to be able to communicate, so one of the first things I did when I found out I was going to the Philippines was to learn about the language they spoke. I quickly found out there wasn't just one language, there were many - in fact, over 100! The Philippines has two official languages - Tagalog (also known as Filipino) and English. Did you know that the United States does not have an official language? Using my (free) Seymour Library card, I was able to use the (free) Mango Language Learning program to learn some words and phrases that might be helpful:
What other words or phrases should I learn before I go to the Philippines? Click on "comments" above this post to leave a response. The first student to greet me with "kamusta" today gets a treat (and congratulations to Kimorah from Ms. Altman's class who found out that there is a twelve hour time difference between the Philippines and Auburn!)
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I am a school librarian at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, NY where I try to inspire students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers and adventurers! In June, I am traveling to the Philippines with a group of amazing teachers from around the country as part of a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship. I hope you'll join me on my journey!