Cal Interpreting & Translations (CIT) offers Filipino (Tagalog) interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Filipino (Tagalog) language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Filipino (Tagalog) language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Filipino (Tagalog) language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Filipino (Tagalog) language, as well as of the culture and history of the Filipino (Tagalog) people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

The Filipino (Tagalog) Language

Filipino, otherwise known as Tagalog, is the official language of the Philippines. It is estimated that 15 million people speak Filipino and is spoken in other countries besides the Philippines, such as Canada, the UK, the US and Hong Kong. Spanish was the official language of the Philippines until the early 1900s. Once the US occupied the Philippines, schools started using English and in 1935, the English language became an official language, along with Spanish. In the 1930s, the government decided it wanted an official language. It took an existing native language, Tagalog, and in 1973, Tagalog, along with English, became the official languages of the Philippines. In 1987, after leader Ferdinand Marcos’ regime fell, Filipino became the official language of the Philippines. Today, the Filipino language is almost all Tagalog, a language spoken largely in the Manila region of the Philippines. Almost 30% of Filipinos speak Tagalog as a first language, while the others speak it as a second language. The word “Filipino” reflects the history that is associated with the language.

Filipino is used in education, but many consider English to be more important in schools. Most Filipinos can speak English. Cinema and broadcast media are in Filipino but most print media is done in English. Considering it’s Spanish influence, about 40% of the language is composed of Spanish loanwords or words with Spanish origin.

There are native languages in the Philippines. Each language has about 1 million native speakers. They are: Cebuano, Tagalog, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Waray-Waray, Kapampangan, Bijol, Albay bikol, Pangasinan, Maranao, Maguindanao, Kinaray-a and Tausug. Within these languages are hundred of dialects.

Classification of the Filipino Language

Filipino is based on Tagalog and is classified as an Austronesian, or Malayo-Polynesian, language. Since this family of languages is one of the largest families of languages, it is divided into two groups: Central-Eastern and Western Filipino is in the Western family. The language is officially known as Filipino, even though many refer to it as Tagalog. Tagalog is the native language of the Tagalog people, who are native to the Philippines. Considering that Tagalog is not always spoken, it is more proper to refer to the language as Filipino.

History and Development of Filipino

The first written sample of Tagalog can be found from 900 AD. In the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, parts of Tagalog, Sanskrit, Malay and Javanese were found. A Christian Doctrine is the first known book to be written in Tagalog. Two versions of this book were created, with one in the Latin alphabet and the other in Baybayin script. Baybayin is an ancient writing of Tagalog that existed before the Spanish arrived in the Philippines. As the Spanish occupied the Philippines, the written language progressed as Spanish missionaries and clergy members helped work on manuals and guides. This helped to bring the language to be more steady.

Fun Facts about the Philippines

  • The Philippines are made up of over 700 islands
  • Between 120 and 175 languages are spoke in the Philippines
  • The Philippines got their name after King Philip II of Spain
  • The Philippine eagle is the largest eagle and the official bird of the country
  • The Philippines is the only nation in Asia that is majority Christian
  • According to Filipino culture, it is considered rude to open a gift right after it is given
  • The yo-yo originated from the Philippines
  • The English word “boondocks” is based on a Filipino word meaning ‘mountain’
  • Jellyfish Lake in the Philippines has over 13 million jellyfish and is over 12,000 years old.
  • 11% of the population work overseas.