I’m Filipino but my first language is English, then Tagalog second and Kapampangan third, for a few years those three were the only languages I know.
I had difficulty communicating in Tagalog with my almost-American accent, and now I’m just confusing my peers further when I started blending in a British accent because I’ve been watching British musicals in less than two weeks.
I’d start out with a soft Tagalog accent when it should have been harder, plus I’d unintentionally mix up my pronounciations and parts of a word like “Tagalog” would become “Tagarok” or “Sila nyan/ It’s their (turn)” to “Sila iyhan”
Then I’d slip into a British accent when speaking the English language and even my head’s voice has adopted a British accent. My peers already think I’m a foreigner with a similar skin tone to theirs, and now they’re convinced that I am which is not a really big deal but they do try to trick me thinking I couldn’t understand them which is shit. Like, I’d literally read a page out of our tagalog school work and they’d still think I couldn’t understand them or say I’m not a real Filipino.
As if language determines your citizenship.