The Philippines archipelago is made up of more than 7,000 islands and 150 different languages. But don’t panic if you’re not a perfect polyglot – the good news for visitors is that well over half the Filipino population speaks one of two major languages, Tagalog and Cebuano, and most speak a smattering of English too.
Head to the north and chances are you’ll need a few Tagalog phrases to get by; head south and Cebuano should see you through OK. This easy-to-use primer from HomeAway will help you get started. Before you know it, you’ll be nattering away like a native!
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