In the Philippines, there are several career opportunities available but the sad truth is that only a few hires are reported. Business process outsourcing, media, hospitality and tourism jobs, for example, require English proficiency as these are the people-oriented type. Even technical and vocational jobs consider fluency in the English language a great asset, as they are in demand here and abroad. Government employees and those in very basic admin positions need constant usage of proper business English, should they deal with foreign visitors or investors or their companies have plans of expanding globally.
Whether in an ordinary person’s environment or in a world dominated by famous local celebrities, mockery of bad English is pretty much evident. Mispronounced words and poor grammar by a Filipino get a lot of flak from other Filipinos who think they know better, while native English speakers coming to the Philippines to live and/or work who struggle to speak in straight Tagalog are perceived as cute and acceptable by the Filipino community. Between two Filipinos who have proven skills in oral and written English, they are sometimes subject to discrimination among peers as to who belongs to the “sosyal” (posh) and the parvenu set.
More often than not, in a business setting, Filipinos use English in formal interactions done personally and over the phone. If there are common errors occurring during person-to-person dialogues, there are about the same number of boo-boos when it comes to phone conversations.
Here are the top ten examples of the usual mistakes Filipinos commit whenever they make a call or they’re on the receiving end, and the corresponding proper ways of expressing their statements to the other person:
The Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines commits to what seems to be a never-ending cause of providing enough decent jobs for Filipinos. It may be pleasing to hear that more than a hundred thousand jobs are available to date, yet it cannot be denied that numbers are still growing in terms of both unemployment and underemployment.