Mary Selene Margareth D. Mizal
Speaking is one of my favorite hobbies. Being a natural extrovert, I like copying the way people talk – their accent, their pronunciation, and articulation. It makes me explore the things that I can do and still need to work on. Being an English teacher, I am easily entertained by American movies maybe because I try to parrot the way the actors say their lines so as to observe if I have the correct accent. I would have loved to learn French too. For me, it is one of the most romantic languages on earth.
Being multilingual plays a big part in a person’s career nowadays. Foreign business people here in the Philippines do not just have to know Business English, but they also exert the effort of learning the native language of, for our case, the Filipinos, so as to better understand the culture of the people and the people themselves that they would be working with. Their conversation skills improve as they progress in learning the use of proper grammar of the language that they are learning.
Celebrities such as the Brazilian-Japanese actors and models Daniel Matsunaga and Hideo Muraoka are only some of the many who popular people who have benefitted from being multilingual. They speak Portuguese, Spanish, English, and now, are studying the Filipino language at the International Language Academy Manila to cater to their Filipino followers and supporters. Accent neutralization is also part of the Filipino program.
Speaking on behalf of these renowned models, I would say that learning and speaking the language of their enthusiasts are great ways to make the latter feel valued and appreciated. I salute to all those who improve themselves not only for their personal gain but also for making their Filipino supporters feel their worth by learning our native language.
International Language Academy Manila (I.L.A.M.) is a premier language school in Makati City, Philippines whose mission is to provide quality education to professionals and non-professionals aiming to be proficient in English. The school takes pride in its ESL/EFL courses such as: Functional Grammar, Conversation, Business Writing, Business English, Pronunciation, TOEIC review, etc. which are all taught in a multidisciplinary setting to ensure comprehensive skill development in the four areas of communication (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).