Why Filipinos Don’t Speak English Well

AIEPPhilippinesUSFlagIt is no secret that most Filipinos want to speak English very well.  To most Filipinos, not only will it give you more opportunities, it will bring you a perceived higher social status and a perceived better social life or lifestyle.  In fact, many Filipinos go as far as believing that an English speaker with an American accent is more intelligent than the average Pinoy.  Therefore, perceived or not, speaking English well can be very advantageous.

So why then do most Filipino not speak English well?

Feel free to post your comments about the reasons why, and I will compile them so that I can share them with all of you later.  Thanks.

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Ellen Adarna’s Statements in English regarding the Mysterious Case of Navarro, Cornejo, and Lee

Source: Facebook News Feed
Source: Facebook News Feed

I was just doing a post on basic English vocabulary for beginners when I saw this meme on my Facbeook news feed.  At first, I was surprised to see that Ellen Adarna would say something like that.  Why?  I had learned that she was very vocal and controversial, but I also heard that she was well-spoken.  But when I saw this image, I couldn’t believe it, so I started to read some of the comments to understand more.  I am taking an interest in this one because, hey, I am an English teacher at The American Institute, and hey, the Vhong Navarro and Deniece Cornejo case is a hot topic right now.

Actually, I thought I would never write something about the Vhong and Deniece situation again, but I have to now since it’s crossing into my territory, English proficiency and communication skills.  But to make a long story short, the moral of the story is that don’t believe everything you read.  Otherwise, you assume, and you make an ASS out of U and ME: ASS-U-ME.  Sometimes, it’s just an illusion.  The internet and social media is filled with lies, lies, and more lies, and if you are not careful, you could just become one of those stupid, gullible people who would just jump the gun.  If you do become one of them, you know you deserve a bobo slap.

So here’s some of the comments that may disprove the meme and prove that Ellen Adarna is well-spoken after all.  It also proves that most Facebook users in the Philippines, and I mean most, don’t really know what they are talking about.  They are more emotional, not intelligent and rational.  Shit, I know I’m gonna get stones thrown at me for this post.   I should restate.  MANY, not most.

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook
And here’s another one…
Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

Most Common Verbs Every Beginner English Learner Should Know

Source: Google Images
Source: Google Images

The VERB, or action word, is the most important part of the sentence?  Why?  The verb gives life, motion, and color to the subject.  It gives the subject meaning and movement.  Otherwise, the subject just sits there and does nothing.  Here are some verbs that every beginner English language learner should know.

Go down the list and check to see if you already know how to use some of them.  If not, it’s time to practice.  Feel free also to add other “verbs for beginners” in the comment section so that I can update this list.  Cheers!

  1. accept
  2. account
  3. achieve
  4. act
  5. add
  6. admit
  7. affect
  8. afford
  9. agree
  10. aim
  11. allow
  12. answer
  13. appear
  14. apply
  15. approve
  16. argue
  17. arrange
  18. arrive
  19. ask
  20. attack
  21. avoid
  22. base
  23. be
  24. beat
  25. become
  26. begin
  27. believe
  28. belong
  29. borrow
  30. break
  31. bring
  32. build
  33. burn
  34. buy
  35. call
  36. can
  37. care
  38. carry
  39. catch
  40. cause
  41. change
  42. charge
  43. check
  44. choose
  45. claim
  46. clean
  47. clear
  48. climb
  49. close
  50. collect
  51. come
  52. commit
  53. compare
  54. complain
  55. complete
  56. concern
  57. confirm
  58. connect
  59. consider
  60. consist
  61. contact
  62. contain
  63. continue
  64. contribute
  65. control
  66. cook
  67. copy
  68. correct
  69. cost
  70. could
  71. count
  72. cover
  73. create
  74. crop
  75. cross
  76. cry
  77. cut
  78. damage
  79. dance
  80. deal
  81. decide
  82. deliver
  83. demand
  84. deny
  85. depend
  86. describe
  87. design
  88. destroy
  89. develop
  90. die
  91. disappear
  92. discover
  93. discuss
  94. divide
  95. do
  96. draw
  97. dress
  98. drink
  99. drive
  100. drop
    eat
    enable
    encourage
    end
    enjoy
    examine
    exist
    expect
    experience
    explain
    express
    extend
    face
    fail
    fall
    fasten
    feed
    feel
    fight
    fill
    find
    finish
    fit
    fly
    fold
    follow
    force
    forget
    forgive
    form
    found
    gain
    get
    give
    go
    grow
    handle
    happen
    hate
    have
    head
    hear
    hear
    help
    hide
    hit
    hold
    hope
    hurt
    identify
    imagine
    improve
    include
    increase
    indicate
    influence
    inform
    intend
    introduce
    invite
    involve
    join
    jump
    keep
    kick
    kill
    knock
    know
    know
    last
    laugh
    lay
    lead
    learn
    leave
    lend
    let
    lie
    like
    limit
    link
    listen
    live
    look
    lose
    love
    make
    manage
    mark
    matter
    may
    mean
    measure
    meet
    mention
    might
    mind
    miss
    move
    must
    need
    notice
    obtain
    occur
    offer
    open
    order
    ought
    own
    pass
    pay
    perform
    pick
    place
    plan
    play
    point
    prefer
    prepare
    present
    press
    prevent
    produce
    promise
    protect
    prove
    provide
    publish
    pull
    push
    put
    raise
    reach
    read
    realize
    receive
    recognize
    record
    reduce
    refer
    reflect
    refuse
    regard
    relate
    release
    remain
    remember
    remove
    repeat
    replace
    reply
    report
    represent
    require
    rest
    result
    return
    reveal
    ring
    rise
    roll
    run
    save
    say
    see
    seem
    sell
    send
    separate
    serve
    set
    settle
    shake
    shall
    share
    shoot
    should
    shout
    show
    shut
    sing
    sit
    sleep
    smile
    sort
    sound
    speak
    spend
    stand
    start
    state
    stay
    stick
    stop
    study
    succeed
    suffer
    suggest
    suit
    supply
    support
    suppose
    survive
    take
    talk
    teach
    tell
    tend
    test
    thank
    think
    throw
    touch
    train
    travel
    treat
    try
    turn
    understand
    use
    used to
    visit
    vote
    wait
    wake up
    walk
    want
    warn
    wash
    watch
    wear
    will
    win
    wish
    wonder
    work
    worry
    would
    write