Learning English: More Fun in the Philippines

Apart from its well-loved tourist attractions and trademark Filipino hospitality, the Philippines is a country that promises a more productive and memorable experience to every non-native English speaking tourist by means of comprehensive and cost-effective ESL (English as a Second Language) training.

There are several reasons why the Philippines can be called a prime territory for “educational tourism”: more affordable tuition fees despite being one of the top ten English-speaking nations (third to be exact, according to the local Department of Tourism), lower cost of living, and constant exposure to residents who speak and write English as required in the business world and everyday living. A major chunk of the country’s population are highly meticulous when it comes to the English language – particularly in terms of spelling, grammar and intonation – as today’s hot jobs dealing with foreign clients (e.g. jobs in the hotel and outsourcing industries) require above-average comprehension and fluency in English with an American, British or neutral accent.

The quality of Philippine-based ESL classes is being trusted by most Europeans and fellow Asians especially South Koreans, who make up the most number of visitor arrivals beginning in 2008. Not only they get to know the basics, but they are also given opportunities to apply what they learn as most of the subjects taught in the country’s best schools and universities are in English. Furthermore, the Department of Tourism came up with a Philippines ESL (English as a Second Language) Tour Program as an all-in-one package for foreign students to be more familiar with ESL and Philippine tourism at the same time.

For those who prefer to focus on mastering English, whether for business communication or casual setting, there are training centers recognized by the Department of Education that offer complimentary and discounted customized courses administered by Filipino and foreign instructors. In no time, students will be speaking and writing English in the same capacity as native English speakers such as Americans, Brits, and Australians.

(24) Comments

  • sara December 17, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    thanks for providing this information really it is helpful

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  • Jerl S. Rey August 12, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.” This is the tag line of Department of Tourism that attracts foreign to uniquely experience the culture and traditions of Philippines. One that is really common to all Filipinos is being Hospitable yet we have more than that.
    Truly, Filipinos are easy to adapt and adjust on whatever culture or environment he / she maybe in. Filipinos are also known of being ‘Matiisin.” (enduring or long suffering). With this, Filipinos, not only English but also other languages. The Philippine government continues to support its constituents with the help of the Department of Tourism to generate more job opportunities to sustain its growing economy. English language is commonly used medium of communication to any other foreign visitors. I also agree that even the neighboring countries are willing come here and learn English. At the end of the day, they settle here and began to see the possibility of having good business. Again, It is as good as generation of labor among the Filipinos. I should say, “It’s REALLY more fun in the Philippines.”

  • Herschelle Marquez August 13, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    Information is very good to know. It is very uplifting as a Filipino. Filipinos become used to the language. In school, teachers and students converse in English and grow consciousness with the grammar and pronunciation. In industries environment, English becomes the medium of communication because it is the language that is comprehensible between Filipinos and foreigners.
    BPO industry, which contributes for the GDP of our country, is fast growing. Numbers will show not just by observations. They choose Filipinos to work for them because we are versed in speaking English and our native tongue is easily adaptable with the accent.
    I, once, had an encounter with an Indian student during an enrollment period in a university. I asked her why she took the risk of flying from India to Philippines to get education. She said that the tuition for a medicine course is 600% cheaper than in India, if to convert in terms of peso. Books are in English. Lectures are, too. She pointed out that Filipinos are good in speaking English than Indians, understandable, clear and coherent than them. She can get used to people speaking English in a lot better way and help herself learn, too.
    Well, that is very astonishing. There are so many times I love being a Filipino. I appreciate Philippines as venue of learning. Our country offers bigger rooms of opportunities in learning the English language and become nature speakers of the language.

  • Ma. Jelyn Gayo August 13, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    I’m glad that we are being recognized as one of the top Ten English-speaking nations today. I don’t wonder that much since we’ve been taught to speak and read English since we first step on our respective schools. Aside from that, OFW’s enormous count compare to other nationalities working abroad can easily communicate with different kind of race across the globe trough our English-speaking fluency which made it easy for international community to notice our capability. I completely agree with the writer’s article as it’s really more fun in the Philippines.

  • Maisie A. Chavez January 16, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    “It’s more fun in the Philippine”. We often hear this quotation positively. Most especially in learning English here in the Philippine, because many foreigners are coming here to study English because they believe that Filipinos are good teachers compared to other nation. And most especially it is cheaper to study here than in any other country.

  • Renee Evangeline M. Granadino February 2, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

    It is a privilege and honor to be part of a non-English speaking nation that teaches quality English education to other non-English speaking nationalities. The article speaks well of the facts why mostly prefer to study in the Philippines. Our hospitality, low cost of living and the quality of education are the key factors why foreigners enjoy studying here. These are also the reasons why our BPO industry is growing each year even beating India in terms of the size of outsourcing investments made by different international companies.

  • Emma Claire P. Claveria February 2, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Indeed, everything is more fun in the Philippines, including learning English. As observed, the number of foreign students in the country is essentially growing. Everywhere you see some students from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and some from the Arab countries. Our country is not only rich in natural resources and scenic tourist spots, but we are a people of diverse culture. We may be Filipinos but we have embraced the English language like ours.

  • Hazel Faye S. Cuba February 6, 2015 @ 9:17 am

    Being one of the top ten English speaking nations allows the Philippines to attract more tourists to visit the country. Aside from our beautiful sceneries, unique Filipino cuisine, hospitable and optimistic character, I believe that foreigners find it easier and more enjoyable staying in our country because they can easily communicate with us Filipinos. Knowing and using English breaks the barriers in communicating with foreigners. “It’s more fun in the Philippines” says it all.

  • Roderick Aguisanda February 7, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

    The Philippines is an English friendly country, with its people familiar with the language that it is being used almost every day. Students get used to the language since it is used every time in class discussion. This method can prove to be effective when used for a long time. Amidst the errors committed by students, this method of learning the English language can be fun because a person will not learn by himself, instead, his classmates and friends can correct his mistakes and vice versa which can further improve the person’s skill in speaking the English language.

  • Marie Therese A. Bahala February 8, 2015 @ 3:04 am

    Indeed, Philippines has become a site not just for tourists but also for foreign students. It is an honor to be recognized as the third among ten English-speaking nations. It isn’t surprising as even toddlers nowadays are being taught by their parents english at home while tagalog in school. That’s why neighboring countries such as Korea and Japan among others, either import their students in the country or hold online teaching services for convenience. The Philippines just killed two birds with one stone, getting recognized for English and attracting foreigners to our lands with possibilities of investing.

  • Nina Galang February 8, 2015 @ 4:12 am

    It is true that here in the Philippines we are using English as our second language. Even common people who weren’t able to finish school can speak on it even though it’s “barok”. Many of the tourists feel that they are welcome here because of our eagerness to break the language barrier. I am proud to know that our neighbors recognized us as one of the “Learning English-language Destination” in the world.

  • Joel O. Rosuman February 8, 2015 @ 4:36 pm

    The Philippine Government must provide incentives to schools and training centers that can give comprehensive and cost effective English training to its citizens in support to tourism and outsourcing industries. These industries are major contributor to our economy, hence, the need to develop Filipinos to have above-average comprehension and fluency in English. Filipinos must learn English proficiency to bridge the communication gap to English speaking foreigners coming or doing business to the Philippines. By effectively addressing their needs and demands, we can now say, ” Its more fun in the Philippines”.

  • Nelbem J. Santillan February 8, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

    The Philippines warm welcome to different nationalities is always amazing. I just love the idea that the Philippines is open to share what she has to other Asian nations. The Philippines ESL (English as a Second Language) Tour Program is heating two birds with one stone,first, to teach foreign students to be more familiar with English Language and secondly, to promote Philippine tourism.

  • Josephine Tolentino February 9, 2015 @ 9:48 am

    I agree that learning English in the Philippines is more fun because we learn in different ways and English language is used in every corner of our community. Also, Filipinos had the foresight to understand the value of keeping the language imposed on us during the U.S. occupation of the Philippines. While the US helped plant the seeds for learning English, it was our country itself that took enough interest to dedicate resources and attention to maintaining the language after the Americans left. Filipinos are very dedicated to learn more of what they have already known and it is an honor that I am a Filipino.

  • Annabie Galaura February 9, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    True indeed that it is more fun learning English in the Philippines. Aside from the fact that education here is affordable, Filipinos are very hospitable to foreigners and visitors. I am proud that Philippines ranked 3rd as English speaking nations. This is because of the effort of the government particularly the Department of Education to have Philippines as the prime territory of “educational tourism”. Foreigners are motivated to study here because of affordable tuition fees, lower cost of living, and students are constantly exposed to residents who speak and write English. This educational tourism does not only improve the lives of the foreigners better understand English but also help the lives of the Filipinos through employment and Philippine tourism.

  • Leo Wilfred R. Caban February 9, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

    Learning is more fun in the Philippines because Filipinos love to learn the most modern and more recent form of knowledge. Our country is said to be the melting pot of races wherein foreigners from different countries love to stay in the island, we mingle with them at the same time learning their languages in order to communicate with them fluently. A farmer who lives in the countryside can speak English when talking to a foreigner. This is one way of showing our hospitality to the visitors and shows the versatility of every Filipino.

  • Pamela G. Mendoza February 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

    The Philippines is considered as one of the best place for students to study completely in English at affordable prices and high quality education. Also DOT came up with the Philippines ESL Tour Program. It makes studying English more fun and exciting through creative ways of learning. Truly it’s more fun learning in the Philippines.

  • Annabelle G. Mercado February 9, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

    Learning is more fund in the Philippines. The English language is our second language because almost all books are printed in this language. We had access to it in the limitless way especially if we love reading books and sometimes in a way we forgot that we are in the Philippines. We are exposed to it so much by being an “”armchair traveler ‘”.

  • ARNEL T. GALLOR February 9, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

    It is more fun to learn the English language here the Philippines. It is also cheaper or affordable compared to other countries that offers this course. Local English teachers are also friendly, hospitable and very well equipped with knowledge and skills. These reasons attracts lot of foreign student as mentioned in the article above.

  • mylene dominguez February 10, 2015 @ 6:50 pm

    It’s more fun in the Philippines because there are so many things to discover. The rich culture and the beautiful places in the different provinces have so much to offer. Prestigious universities and colleges can be found in the different key cities of the country. It is why learning is more fun in the Philippines. Students from all over the world come to the Philippines to study because of the high standards of education, cheaper tuition fees and an atmosphere conducive to learning.

  • Chrischelle Mae R. Jumarang February 10, 2015 @ 6:53 pm

    I agree that English is widely spoken here in the Philippines that’s why we can offer the same quality English education at a much affordable cost and besides learning English language here in the Philippines become more exciting and fun because the participants get to see the beautiful sceneries of the Philippine and immerse to the local culture of a Filipinos.

  • Ma. Loida A. Rosario February 10, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

    In the Philippines, aside from Tagalog, English is also universal language. Wherein English is a subject in all levels in school and part of curriculum/requirement to complete a course. The Philippines has been regarded among the largest English Speaking nations as a proof that most BPOs were based and employees were Filipinos, also we were the largest number of users of social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learning English is really more fun in the Philippines.

  • Krizia Karla A. Tanqueco February 10, 2015 @ 7:55 pm

    It is more fun in the Philippines because Filipinos are well known to its ability to converse well particularly in speaking English. It is very evident that Filipinos are included in the top speaking nations because as you go around the cities in the country you would meet people capable of speaking the foreign language.

  • JUANITO U. UROLAZA JR February 10, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

    Nowadays, It’s more fun to learn the English Language here in the Philippines. It is cheaper and affordable for foreign individuals just like Korea to enrol English Language compared to other countries that offers this course. Also, they attract most with our friendly and hospitable nature. Above all, Filipinos are equipped with knowledge and skills.

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