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Lesson 6: Filipino alphabet




The modern Filipino alphabet is similar (not identical) to the Latin alphabet:

Latin a..b..c..d..e..f..g..h..i..j..k..l..m..nů.....o..p..q..r..s..t..u..v..w..x..y..z
Filipino a..b..c..d..e..f..g..h..i..j..k..l..m..n..ng..o..p..q..r..s..t..u..v..w..x..y..z
Foreign-adopted ......c........f...........j........................q..............v.....x.....z


Ethnolinguistic Note
The languages of the pre-Hispanic Filipinos did not have the consonants "c," "f," "j," "q," "v," "x" and "z." Even today you may hear many Filipinos pronounce "v" as "b" and "f" as "p."

(The Spaniards first came in 1521 to what is now the Philippines, then came back in 1565 to stay. Before then, the ancestors of today's Filipinos spoke and wrote languages similar to those in neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia.)

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