Most Common Foreign Languages for Filipinos

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Filipinos are known as great English teachers. A lot of foreigners come to our country to learn the language, specifically Koreans and Japanese. There are even a lot of Filipino teachers that go abroad to teach English.

We’re always the ones that teach. But who teaches us? And what languages do Filipinos actually want to learn? In this post, we’ll talk about the most common foreign languages for Filipinos and the reasons why.

Before we get started, do note that we won’t be including English in this list for two reasons:

  • English is considered an official language in the country.
  • And because it’s an official language almost all of us use it in our day-to-day interactions. This means we use English more as a second language rather than a foreign language.

Top 6 Foreign Languages that Filipino Speakers Learn

Korean

A lot of Filipinos are crazy about K-Pop and K-Drama. It’s no wonder why Korean is becoming more and more popular among Filipino language learners.

Ironically, most of them learn the language by consuming Korean pop-culture materials daily. While others take it more seriously and enroll in Korean language classes.

K-Pop/Drama fans want to be able to understand the dialogues in Korean movies and shows and be able to sing along to their favorite K-pop bands. Others even dream of traveling to Korea to find an “Oppa” that’ll sweep them off their feet.

Japanese

Japanese is popular among college students and adult learners. That’s because Filipinos consider it useful for finding better, high-paying jobs.

Another reason is that many of us love watching anime and reading Japanese manga. Anime fans actually share the same learning motivations as K-Pop/Drama fans.

Chinese

Our country is home to many Chinese business establishments. Most of the Chinese nationals that own them have even resided and raised a family here. This has resulted in a huge number of Filipino-Chinese citizens in the country. And thanks to the parents requiring their children to learn Chinese, the number of Chinese learners in the country is significantly high.

But among adult Filipino language learners, knowing Mandarin is considered an advantageous skill for good employment. Even economic experts agree that learning Mandarin, even on a basic level, increases one’s marketability and value.

Spanish

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During the Hispanic colonization, the only Filipinos who can speak Spanish are those that come from rich families. The knowledge in the language was then a symbol of wealth and social status.

But today, it’s those who want to get rich who actually try to learn Spanish. This is due to the boom of Spanish-speaking call centers in the country. Because knowledge in a foreign language is a rare skill for Filipinos, call center companies are willing to pay higher rates for it.

German

In recent years, German has become popular among Filipino learners because of the work and/ or study abroad programs that Germany offers. Generally, these programs allow applicants to work and earn money in Germany while also attending school or immersing in the culture.

But currently the most attractive among Filipinos is the German Nursing program. This provides qualified health care professionals a chance to work in Germany, under the condition that they learn the language first and pass a language certification exam before they arrive in the country. Some employers are even willing to shoulder an applicant’s tuition fee to learn the language.

So, if you’re a professional health care worker, you should definitely take this chance at better employment. Just simply learn the German language and unlock better opportunities in life.

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