Interview Series “ENGLISH AND ME”① PHILIPPINES
|タイトル||Interview Series “ENGLISH AND ME”① PHILIPPINES|
|English is one of the official languages in the Philippines . The other is Filipino. Both English and Filipino are used in government, education, print, broadcast media, and business. In most towns, the local indigenous language is spoken.
We are interviewing Lea Sanchez, a young lady born and raised in the Philippines. She loves Japan very much, and regularly goes to see the sights and Arashi (a Japanese idol group).When you talk to Lea you would think she was from the United States.
---- When did you first encounter English?
The earliest time I can remember that I encountered English would be from cartoons (Disney, Cartoon Network, and the like). Then there's learning it in nursery/kindergarten, too. I've been hearing English all around as far as I can remember.
---- How often did you speak in English when you were in kindergarten?
To be honest, I'm not too sure I remember myself. But whenever I see our old home videos I seem to be speaking English well enough. I used to speak with an accent closer to a typical Filipino's, but now I can speak closer to an American's.
--- How did that change?
I think it changed around high school, at the time my sisters started talking with that accent. My sister had flown to the states for a few months and came back speaking that way. It must have rubbed off on me.
--- Having encountered English from a young age, how do you think it affected your life?
English has been very interwoven into my life, from school, to ordering in restaurants, to composition of research papers and presenting reports. Having a good accent sets me apart from other people, and speaking confidently because of how used to speaking it I am helps me when I want to be taken seriously. There was a point in time, even, when I rarely ever spoke in Filipino.
--- Please let us know what are your dreams for the future.
My biggest dream perhaps is to be a translator or interpreter someday. Even though English is a universally used language, not everyone can speak it. I would like to bridge the gap between those who can and cannot speak, so we could all understand each other.
--- Lastly, what is English to you?
English is a language that connects. It is the language I use to speak to all my friends from other countries--Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Austria, Sweden, USA. English helps me communicate with all these people from different backgrounds, with different histories and it's amazing.
--- Okay, thank you and I hope you keep connecting with people around the world and spread your passion.