Learning English has always been a part of Filipino education. It is mainly because of the Americans liberating the Philippines from Spanish abuse for about 400 years. For that, it was almost a psychological effect on Filipinos that Americans are good, and, they want to learn something good like the English language. So, this is how things went on after that:
- Many Filipino families talk to their children in English at a very young age, sometimes even when they are still in the womb.
- All around the country, you will see signs, directions, advertisements, and printed materials in English.
- Many television and radio stations have English broadcasts
- Many newspapers, magazines, books and reading materials are in English.
- English is still the main medium of instruction in schools.
- Generally, Filipinos learn by listening to people talking in English.
- A good majority of Filipinos prefer English songs, movies and television shows.
- Instructions on how to do things, like owner's manuals, are usually in English text.
- Most companies hiring employees interview them in English.
- Most companies still use English text in communicating with employees and clients.
There are a few good schools that are able to teach students to speak almost native-like English. The Philippines is now the top Business Process Outsourcing (BPO or Call Center) country because of the light the accent when speaking in English.