A Is for the Alphabet
This was my first lens for the Rocket Squids Bootcamp. The weekly challenge said to create a lens for a word that starts with the letter "A." What could be more basic than the Alphabet? Then I thought that I would make it a bit more interesting by adding a cultural flair to it. Join me in learning more about the Filipino Alphabet.
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Table of Contents
A Little Backgrounder
Evolution of the Filipino Alphabet
Tagalog was proclaimed the national language of the Philippines in 1937. In his 1940 book entitled Balarila ng Wikang Pambansa, author Lope K. Santos officially introduced 20 letters. (a b k d e g h i I m n ng o p r s t u w y) This was adopted by the National Language Institute of the Philippines in 1973. The alphabet was then called "Abakada" for the letters were pronounced with the letter "a" at the end, i.e. ba, ka, da, and so on.
ABAKADA (with lyrics)
The old alphabet
"Tayo na at mag-aral ng ating A-Ba-Ka-Da"
Let us go and learn our alphabet
"Ang ating A-Ba-Ka-Da"
"Kung ito'y alam n'yo na, tayo na at kumanta"
If you already know it, let us go and sing
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ABaKaDa Alphabet Flash Cards
Modern Filipino Alphabet
(cont'd) Evolution of the Filipino Alphabet
In 1987 when Pilipino was renamed Filipino, the alphabet was reduced to 28 letters (Ch, Rr, and Ll were removed.) The modern Filipino alphabet now has 28 letters that include 21 letters from the original "Abakada" and 8 borrowed letters from foreign origin (namely C, F, J, Ñ, Q, V, X and Z).
The Filipino Alphabet (song)
"Ulitin natin ito"
Let's repeat this
Learn the Filipino Alphabet
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