A Language of Our Own Answer Key

Answer Key

A. Let’s See What You Already Know (pages 2–3)

a.

  1. F — Filipino is mostly based on Tagalog.
  2. T
  3. F— Filipino is based on Tagalog, but is also different fromTagalog because it has borrowed many elements from foreign and
    local languages, especially English.
  4. F— The national language is important, but our local dialects are
    also important. They represent our cultural heritage and diversity.
  5. F— English is just as important as the national language. It is the
    international language and the second official language of our
    country.

b.

  1. (a). One of the reasons why Tagalog was adopted as the basis of our
    national language is because it is the language spoken in Manila,
    the capital city. (c) is wrong because the judges in the Assembly
    that decided on a national language were from different regions in
    the Philippines. (b) is wrong because Tagalog, English and Spanish
    are all equally important languages. (d) is wrong because although
    President Quezon did speak Tagalog, the decision to choose
    Tagalog did not come from him, but from the judges.
  2. (b). It is better to use Filipino or English as the need arises. Using
    only Filipino (a) will put us at a disadvantage when competing
    globally. Using only English (c) will not promote our cultural
    identity. Using neither Filipino nor English (d) will not work,
    either. Filipino and English are known to more people than any
    other Philippine language.
  3. (c). For his determination in having a national language, Manuel L.
    Quezon is considered as the Father of our National Language.
  4. (d). Having a national language is important because it promotes
    learning through teacher-student interaction, allows effective
    exchange of ideas and information, and enables people to interact
    with each other.
  5. (c). Your local dialect is just as important as English and Filipino.

B. Lesson 1

Let’s Try This 

  1.  NAME OF GIRL PROVINCE  LANGUAGE
     1. Nena  Butuan  Cebuano
     2. Minda  Batangas  Tagalog
     3. Amy  Ilocos Sur  Ilocano
     4. Lila  Bicol  Bicolano
     5. Karina  Marawi  Maranao
     6. Leslie  Samar  Waray
     7. Ana  Pampanga  Pampango
  2. The girls in the boarding house understand each other well and are in
    fact very good friends because they all know how to speak the national
    language, Filipino.
  3. Like the girls in the boarding house, all Filipinos from different regions
    with different cultures can live together in harmony and peace if they
    can understand each other through a national language.

Let’s Try This 

  1. Personal communication
  2. Education
  3. Exchange of information
  4. Teamwork

Let’s See What You Have Learned

  1. dialect
  2. eight
  3. identity
  4. social, political
  5. speak

C. Lesson 2

Let’s See What You Have Learned

  1. Incorrect. The statement should be: Even before the Spaniards came,
    our ancestors were already speaking different languages.
  2. none of the above. The first national language of the Philippines was
    English.
  3. both of the above (the first and second statements)
  4. 1987
  5. Incorrect. Filipino was made the official language of the Philippines in
    1987. It was not created then. As it is, it is still in the process of
    development up to the present.

D. Lesson 3

Let’s See What You Have Learned

a. (4 points each)

  1. Tagalog is a local language spoken in Manila and in central and
    south-central Luzon, the islands of Marinduque and Mindoro, and
    some parts of Mindanao. Filipino is the Philippine national
    language. It is based on Tagalog but contains heavy borrowings
    from other languages, particularly English.
  2. The Filipino language is meant to be a beautiful mixture of
    different words, concepts and tones from many languages used in
    the Philippines. Today, however, it is still in the process of
    development and contains very few borrowings from local
    languages. It is still based on Tagalog but it borrows heavily from
    many foreign languages, most especially English.

b. (2 points each)

  1. business transactions
    Ex. When a Cebuano fruit dealer wants to do business with a fruit
    vendor in Manila, they should speak a common language.
  2. education
    Ex. Filipino is taught in schools all over the country and many
    subjects are taught in this language.
  3. services
    Ex. A Pampango plumber and his Cebuano customer need to
    understand each other in order for the plumber to know
    exactly what needs to be done.
  4. literature and entertainment
    Ex. Many good Filipino movies, such as Muro-ami and Jose
    Rizal, are in Filipino.
  5. information
    Ex. Many television networks, newspapers and radio stations
    deliver news in Filipino.
  6. personal communications
    Ex. Filipinos from different language groups can communicate
    and become friends through a common language.

E. Lesson 4

Let’s See What You Have Learned

Answer to questions 3 and 4 are sample answers only. Your answers may
be slightly different. You can show them to your Instructional Manager for
additional feedback.

  1. the use of both English and Filipino as mediums of instruction in
    schools all over the country
  2. media; entertainment; official proceedings and functions; in
    courtrooms; in the Senate; in government offices; in business
    transactions; in math, science and technology; in dealings with
    foreigners; on the Internet; and in many other areas of Philippine life
  3. through it, they are able to work abroad, be understood by and live in
    harmony with people from different parts of the world
  4. it represents my cultural heritage and it is a reflection of the cultural
    diversity that makes the Philippines a beautiful country
  5. equally important

E. What Have You Learned?

Answers to questions A and B are sample answers only. Your answers
may be different. You can show them to your Instructional Manager for
additional feedback.

a. The Filipino language is meant to be a beautiful mixture of different
words, concepts and tones from many languages used in the Philippines.
Today, however, it is still in the process of development and contains
very few borrowings from local languages. It is still based on Tagalog
but it borrows heavily from many foreign languages, most especially
English.

b. A national language can help:

  1. a country achieve political strength and stability;
  2. in the economic growth of a nation;
  3. promote understanding and mutual appreciation among the people
    of a country;
  4. link the people of a nation wherever they are in the world, as a
    badge of national identity; and
  5. establish friendships and communication among people from
    different language groups in a country.

c.

  1. True. At present, English is still one of the official languages of
    our country. Our constitution states that Filipino and English shall
    be used as mediums of instruction in our country.
  2. False. The Bilingual Education Policy of DECS involves the use of
    English and Filipino as mediums of instruction.
  3. True. One of the reasons why Tagalog was chosen as the basis for a
    national language is because it is the language spoken in Manila,
    which is the capital city of the Philippines.
  4. False. Filipino should be spoken by all Filipinos along with
    English and their native dialects.
  5. True. A national language promotes economic, political, social and
    cultural development.