Tagalog (Filipino) is the national language of the Philippines. The continuing problem is how Filipinos interpret the word ‘wise’ among many others. The present Filipino generation interprets ‘wise’ as ‘educated’ or ‘matalino’ -which is definitely wrong. Anyone could be wise without being educated right? And the root word and literal meaning of ‘matalino’ is ‘talent’ and ‘talented’.
Even I just realized I don’t know the Tagalog translation of the word ‘wise’ so I researched. And I’m glad to find out that there is a Tagalog word for ‘wise’ which is ‘PANTAS’. Make a survey and ask young Filipinos what ‘wise’ is in Tagalog. I’ll bet you that not 10 percent could give the right answer (don’t forget to give me a share of your winnings).
I know for a fact and witnessed that Philippine dialects are dying. Now I’m scared that even our national language is dying too.