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Tagalog is an ancient language, with its origins steeped in mystery. The first constitution of the Philippines formalised it as that country’s language in 1897, and a quarter of the Philippines’ inhabitants still speak it as their first language. Also known as Filipino, Tagalog is spoken as a second language by the majority of the Philippines population, with a total of 96% of the population speaking it.
There are countless purposes for which Tagalog might need to be translated into another language, or vice versa. Businesses, academic institutions, the medical industry and personal customers may all need their documents to be converted from or into Tagalog. As well as being spoken in the Philippines, Tagalog is used worldwide and particularly in the United States, where data from 2007 collected by the US Census Bureau showed it to be the country’s fourth most spoken domestic language.
Tagalog features a number of idiosyncrasies that are of interest to those translating it or needing it translated, including –
- Four main Tagalog dialects have developed over time and other variations exist, though a full dialectology has not been compiled.
- Historically, written Tagalog has developed from the BayBayin writing system, from which several modern scripts are descended. However, during the Spanish rule a Latinised version of the written language became more prevalent.
- Modern Tagalog has ten simple vowels and four dipthongs. The alphabet, as revised in 1987, has 28 letters in total.
- Spanish has had a significant influence on Tagalog, with over 5,000 Spanish words borrowed and incorporated into Tagalog. This has led to an estimated 40% of everyday Tagalog being made up of Spanish loanwords.
Here at Tomedes we have a network of professional, skilled Tagalog translators. Between them they cover a vast range of language pairings including Tagalog. This means that no matter into which language our clients need their Tagalog documents translated, we have the right person in place to undertake the work. The same goes for documents in other languages, which need to be translated into Tagalog.
As Tomedes uses native translators, our rates are some of the best in the translation industry. You can see for yourself by using the instant quote tool in the menu at the top of this page.