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  • SubGenre:Southeast Asian Languages (see also Vietnamese)
  • Language:English
  • Pages:222
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098377199

Learning Waray Vol. 2: Waray-English and English-Waray Dictionary

by Wilmo Orejola View author's profile page

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This Dictionary (Purulungan) of Waray-English and English-Waray words supplements grammar and syntax learning of the Waray language. There are more than 4,500 Waray words in nearly 10,000 terms defined in this Dictionary. Spanish-derived Waray words make 12% of borrowed terms, while a few come from English or American. This compilation of contemporary Waray vocabulary is the most current and comprehensive.
More than 109 million people of the 7,641-island Philippines speak about 187 native languages and dialects. Waray (wah-râi) is the fifth widely spoken after Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Cebuano, and Tagalog. The standardized Tagalog dubbed Pilipino along with English are the official languages. Efforts to integrate the indigenous languages into a unified Filipino lingua franca behind the campaign to revive the ancient Baybayin system of writing could eventually absorb and render less spoken dialects extinct. The author feels obliged to write his mother tongue for his grandchildren, share with the present Waray-speaking generation and the rest of the world this well-studied and fascinating language to learn. Learning Waray is a two-volume reference book. The first volume is a friendly introduction to the language's Austronesian origins and Spanish and English speakers' influences whose words became part of the lingua franca. The second volume, a Waray-English and English-Waray Dictionary (Purulungan), supplements the essential know-how providing common words needed to practice speaking and writing the language.
About the author
Dr. Wilmo C. Orejola is a medical doctor, a retired surgeon, inventor, and published author. His literary works include innovative scientific research articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals, a history book, An Basaynon: A History of Basey, Samar and Its People, a historical novel Ghosts of the Insurrection, an epic poem A Mat Weaver's Story: The Legend of Bungansakit, and a dozen published short poems, including the award-winning Ode to Galileo Galilei. Born and raised in the Philippines' Waray-speaking region, he resides in New Jersey with his children, families, and grandchildren
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