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Filipinoism Essay

1359 words - 6 pages

Call Center Project

A Project Paper
Presented to the Faculty of the
College of Information Technology
University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos

In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Degree
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology



I. Introduction.

In call centers, which is a booming industry in the Philippines,‘Filipinoism‘ is a term taught by trainers to classify some English words being used by Filipino natives. These words may not be grammatically incorrect, but may confuse some native English speakers, as it is a shortcut (English) term or literal translation from Filipino words/phrases, which is not ...view middle of the document...

There are hundreds of Filipinoism phrases that are commonly used by Filipinos. To avoid using such, avoid thinking in context of the first language and do not translate phrases word for word but context wise. Be familiar with English grammar and sentence construction. “To be understood clearly one must learn to speak fluently. Speaking fluent  English efficiently and effectively requires constant exposure to the language. Listen, read, speak & write in English as often as you can, wherever you can!”
II. Main.

Popular examples of Filipinoism used by Filipinos:
Free subscription of | Preposition use | Free subscription to |
Come again? | Mistaken as a sexually explicit term (‘cum again’) | I’m sorry I didn’t get quite get that / Excuse me? / I’m sorry would you please say that again? |
It’s for free | Inappropriate word use (for) | It’s free. / It’s free of charge. / We’re sending it to you for free. |
Hold your line/For awhile… | Sounds absurd (Hold your line), Caller would expect a longer waiting time (for awhile) | Would you mind if I put you on hold for a second? / Please hold |
Open/close (for appliances, office equipment and lights) | It’s like referring to an item for repair | Turn on/off |
Yes, I’ll wait. (in response to “Do you mind waiting?”) | Confusing mainly because of the “YES” word | No, not at all. / No, I don’t mind at all. |
Anything? | Sounds vague | Is there anything I can do for you? / How may I help you? |
I’ll ask her an apology. | Confusing/illogical | I’ll apologize to her. / I should make an apology. |
We accept repairs. | Sounds unprofessional, too inviting | This shop repairs cars/cellphones. |
Tuck out | Term not recognized in American/British English | Untuck |
He was salvaged. | Misuse of the word “salvaged”, which means saving something from being destroyed | He was assassinated. |
C.R. / comfort room | Word not found in the English dictionary | restroom, powder room, bathroom, shower room, toilet |
I commute to work every day. Getting a car is just too expensive, not to mention fuel too. | Misuse of the word “commute”, which means to travel to a certain place on a regular basis regardless of the vehicle | I commute to work either by car or bus. |
Fall in line | Term not recognized in American/British English | Get into line / Line up / Make a line |
Fill up this form | “Fill up” means pouring something until completely filled | Fill out this form |
Thank you for that/this one. | Sounds confusing and impolite | Thank you for the information. / Thank you. |
Currently, I live there right now. | Redundant (“currently” and “right now”) | Currently, I live there. / I live there right now. |
Could you repeat that again, please? | Redundant (“repeat” and “again”), inappropriate use of “please” in a sentence that is obviously a command | Could you repeat that?/I beg your pardon |
Bottomless | Term not recognized in...

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