I tend apologize in advance of my highly possible mistakes. I often reason out that English isn’t my mother tongue—which is true btw, it’s not! But the validity of this excuse is starting to wear off! I could just polish my English thoroughly to avoid sounding like a broken record. Sounds logical, right? Right!
I’m not totally uncomfortable with English tbqh. I use it casually! It’s hard to converse here without throwing English words or phrases here and there, especially communicating with kids and professionals nowadays. I even find it kinda rare to hear a person here speaks Filipino fluently (a la your Francisco Balagtas professor in University type of fluent!) than Taglish (Tagalog + English) and I think that’s kinda hindered me a bit of totally and properly grasping the two languages.
When I started this blog I knew that the language I’ll be using is English. Apart from it’s an outlet, I’m very vocal of my other reason that I want to improve my mediocre English skills. And continuously using this language is a great practice. I’m not completely unknowledgeable; almost everyone here knows how to communicate in English. And English is one of our official languages and taught in all educational levels. Most academic subjects are in English (but explained in Taglish but books are still in English—so yeah, you’re pretty screwed if you can’t comprehend!) As I said even kids these days know—so naturally in fact, but how but to able to communicate efficiently is my target. Though I think I’m nowhere near my objective…based on personal assessment! Plus internet lingo is just way too twisted to learn the rigid correct way.
And honestly I find typing in English a lot easier than it is to type in Filipino. Did you know how lengthy some Filipino words are? Lengthy! Too many syllables! I prefer speaking in Filipino/Taglish but I am most comfortable typing in English, so it was no brainer there that when it comes to blogging English is the language to be!
Even though I do not aspire to become a popular blogger, and I don’t actively pursue wide audience, I do still want the people who stumble across my blog, may it accidentally or not, to (AT LEAST!) understand my thoughts. And English is our lingua franca so another great reason to use it! There are just lots of pros than cons to me. And honestly the proofreading part of my content is the taxing one than it is to express my thoughts in English (I usually missed out my tenses and spelling so aaaah~!!!) Yes, in that area I have lot of work to do (but I’m way too lazy to spend time on that task, ugh! I just type and type without even reading it sometimes. ) Ah, self you never cease to amaze me with your slothfulness!
I really admire people who blog in their own language! I came across a few and they seemed to be really excelling at it! I did try reviewing in Filipino before and rereading it I felt ashamed with how many mistakes it has! LOL and it’s very evident that I slipped in and out of the two languages too effortlessly it sounded weird (I think that’s how I normally talk in RL though I made a sad attempt to sound more Filpino-ish, if that’s even a word) So yeah, I prefer English as my blogging language! But I’m not closing doors to anything. I have already done it before so who knows I might write a blog post in Filipino again—or maybe I can finally write non-fragmented thoughts in another one…though don’t hold your breath as my third language I’m wishing to master is still far from decent! LOL 日本語はそんなに難しいなぜ？でもがんばります！