The Ifugao Tuwali

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Name: Jovel Francis P. Ananayo
Language Name: Ifugao (Tuwali)
Location: Southern Ifugao Province, Philippines
Number of Speakers: about 30,000 (according to Ethnologue)
Language Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian
Other languages in Ifugao: Ayangan, kalanguya, Ilocano, Tagalog, English
National Language: Filipino (Tagalog)
Languages used at school: English, Filipino (Tagalog), Ifugao
Ifugao Tuwali is a language used in daily conversations among the Tuwali ethno-linguistic group. Although it is a minority language in the Philippines, Tuwali speakers are proud to use their language. However, with the ongoing globalization scenario, many words from other languages such as English, Tagalog, and Ilocano are now mixed with the Tuwali language. This is especially true for majority of the younger generation Tuwali speakers. Furthermore, parents now tend to speak in English or use mixed English and Tuwali words when talking to their kids. For this reason, children imitate the language of their parents. Another recent trend is the increasing use of Tagalog by the youth in their daily informal conversations. This doesn’t mean that they are not proud of their language; they are just going along with mainstream fashion due to media influence. Most Tuwali speakers can speak and understand at least four languages which include their native language (Tuwali), Ilocano, Tagalog, and English. Hence, visitors who are non-Tuwali speakers can always communicate not only with the Tuwali group but with the Ifugao people using any of the aforementioned four languages.

Ifugao (Tuwali) Counting

Oha one
Duwa two
Tulu three
Opat four
Lima five
Onom six