BERLIN - A Filipino scholar published a language book that will provide German language speakers with structured lessons on Binisaya grammar and conversational dialogue.
Dr. Rey Agana, a Filipino linguistic scholar, visited the Philippine Embassy in Berlin to give a copy of his new book "Binisaya: Die Verständigungssprache in den Visayan und Mindanaoregionen der Philippinen" (Binisaya: The Language of Communication in the Visayan and Mindanao regions of the Philippines).
Agana, who formerly taught Tagalog courses at Humboldt University in Berlin, said he was motivated to develop the book due to strong demand from German spouses, second-generation Filipinos living in Germany, as well as German volunteers and development workers undertaking projects in Central and Southern Philippines.
The scholar also observed that Binisaya is experiencing a resurgence in the Philippines, with the proportion of Filipinos who identified themselves as native speakers of Bisaya or Binisaya having doubled to 10 million in 2010 from 5 million in 2000.
The Embassy's Chargé d'Affaires Mardonel Celo D. Melicor thanked Agana for his donation and welcomed his initiative to reach out to German speakers interestedin the Binisaya language.
Melicor noted that there are strong people-to-people linkages owing to the number of German-Filipino families in Germany that have members who originated from these areas. He hopes that Agana's book would be utilized by German spouses and German-Filipinos to learn the language systematically and strengthen their bonds with their families in the Philippines.