First off, I’m not sure if I already discussed this in another article or not, so bear with me. Anyway, while I was playing some LoL (again?), our chat box got filled with a rather heated argument, and although I rarely take it seriously, something caught my eye that made me mad. One of the opponents was chatting in Bisaya, then one of his allies told him because he speaks Bisaya he’s stupid, and called it “Bisaya gaming”. Obviously, this touched a few nerves I also speak Bisaya a lot, so calling someone stupid because he speaks Bisaya means that I’m also stupid for speaking Bisaya.
In fact, my Dad brought up a good point, the more languages you know, the smarter you are. So let’s assume the guy from the game knows how to speak Bisaya, Tagalog and English, however he just prefers Bisaya, while the other guy only knows Tagalog and English, this would mean the Bisaya guy is smarter than the Tagalog guy.
I actually saw a video about something similar to this. What happened was, in London, an American tourist would ask someone for directions, but when the guy from London answers him, he doesn’t understand because of the accent, and thinks it’s a different language, and asks the guy to speak in English. This was a prank video BTW, and I know not everyone is like this, it’s just a stereotype, I think. It just reminds me of the Philippine language topic so much, mainly because Tagalog and Bisaya are similar languages, yet are treated very differently.
That’s one thing I like about Davao, being a place where several different cultures coexist, so people don’t mind if you speak Bisaya, Tagalog, English, a combination of two of them, etc.
Honestly, when it comes down to it, I just think those people insulting people over the Internet are just hiding behind the anonymity of it. I don’t really care about most of things they say, but there are just some things that make me mad, and judging a person based on their language is one of those things. That’s just how most people on the Internet are, they don’t care about other people, I don’t know where they get the nerve to insult people they don’t know. Well, I’m getting a bit off topic here, sorry.
Well anyway, my point is people shouldn’t judge people based on their language, like the old saying goes “Don’t jusge a book by it’s cover”, for all they know, the person they’re insulting could be the next Einstein (I’m using Einstein as an example because they consider Bisaya speakers to be “stupid”). Oh well, untill next time guys