Admit it or not, Most Filipinos are not familiar with grammar rules in Filipino language. When in fact, it should be a must to know and understand because it is our mother tongue.
Some even quipped that Filipinos are more familiar with English grammar than our own.
But, this foreigner, Will Ni, on his Facebook account showed his love and amazement on the intricate yet beautiful language.
He started his post on describing Filipino speakers as incredible and absolutely intelligent.
During my time here in the Philippines (7 years so far), and trying to learn the Filipino language, I have come to the realization that Filipino speakers are, in fact, incredibly and absolutely intelligent.
Filipino has such an unusually complicated system. They use words like "ang", "ng", "nang", "ay", "ba", and countless other short, 2-4 letter words that are impossible to translate individually in English. They use so many affixes in verbs, nouns, like "pa-", "-um-", and "-an" that somehow completely change their meaning. English doesn't have that. Dutch (my first language) doesn't have that. Filipino also has different accents on words like "baSA", which means "wet", and "BAsa", which means "read". Also, it has two words for "we", like "kami", and "tayo", which I don't know the difference of either up to now.
Filipino speakers juggle around countless affixes, stress accents, and small random words, and yet they can still understand it so intuitively, like it's second nature. They don't complain about how convoluted and intricate it is, and they don't have to understand what the concrete difference between "ang" and "ng" is, they just... know it.
They even have a word called "po". Po means absolutely nothing, it just makes your sentence more polite. It makes it more formal. Using the word "po" actually makes it so much more complicated, because if you don't use "po", you're automatically being informal/impolite. But if you are using "po", and if you use it correctly, it makes you sound kinder, more intelligent, and creates a sense of respect between you and the person you are talking to. One word is the difference between formal, and informal speech. There's nothing like that in English! To be polite, we just speak in a softer, nicer tone, we use hand gestures, and generally in English we don't make a big deal out of being polite. But in Filipino, the word "po" is incredibly important, not just because it's more polite, but because it's a very difficult word to use, and you have to memorize the grammatical rules for using "po".This is a perfect reflection that should let you realize to love your own local language.
And you know what? I think it's beautiful. Filipino truly is a language of beauty. All of you have a gift. Being able to communicate to one another using such a complex and unusual language so fluently and confidently deserves so much praise and applause. Please love your language, because it is so intricate and special, and you know how to use it, and that is a sign of intelligence. Maybe you aren't good at math, or at science, or at activities, or at drawing, but you can speak Filipino, a language of beauty, intelligence, and respect; and you should be very proud of that fact.