Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Why Is Blogger Forcing Bad Tagalog Down Our Throats????

I may be forced to move Philippine Commentary to Wordpress or some other service if this problem isn't cleared up. But other Blogspot owners in the Philippines are opening up their Blogger Dashboards with a rude and nasty surprise today. All the old familiar labels of the Dashboard, the Post Manager, the Setting Manager and Template areas, as well as the Comment Threads are now rendered in the clumsiest, most literal but senseless and idiotic Taglish you've ever seen this side of the Pacific.

This must be somebody's idea of a really bad politically correct joke, someone with a Ph.D. (piled high and deeper) who believes in cultural parity or some such nonesense and is forcing Tagalog down our throats.

There was no warning that this would be implemented. Certainly I am not aware of agreeing to such a major and substantial change to the nature and feel of this blog.

And I certainly won't acquiesce. Would someone put me out of my misery by showing me that there is a simple way to get back the old Blogger interface I and my readers have known and loved for the last five years.

This is an irreconcilable difference if I am to have NO CHOICE in what language this blog represents itself in.

Is this your goddamn evil-doing Google???? Have the National Artists gotten to you too???

8 comments:

Amadeo said...

This is interesting.

Most probably explained by the use of the .ph domain.

For us using Google in the old homeland, we do get a choice between English and the local dialect.

Couldn't you open a new Blogger account that will not be in the .ph domain and export all entries to the new account?

roy choco said...

I'm not sure if this will work for you but in my blogger dashboard, at the right side panel below my profile photo there is a drop down menu for language. The default language for me is English but I was able to change it to Tagalog. You might try looking at yours, see if it's set to Tagalog and try to change it to English.

Hope this helps.

Buddy Migs said...

From the blogger buzz:

"Today we released something for Blogger that we've long wanted to do - an experimental version of the site where the early adopters among you can try out new features before they're ready for full release. We're calling it Blogger in draft because the features are almost ready for publishing, but not quite."

- experimental naman pala... maybe we could help them correct the mistakes?

DJB Rizalist said...

thanks for all the tips guys. it's not as bad as I thought.

blackshama said...

Blogger in Filipino has motivated me to write a post in the national language.

Ligaya said...

Hi Sir. It's sad that you don't like having the option to open and use Blogger with Filipino/Tagalog. It's true that it isn't a perfect national language, but it is improving. At saka masaya namang makapagbasa ng mga bagay na hindi nakasulat sa Ingles. :P

DJB Rizalist said...

Blackshama,

Binasa ko ang Ang Estado ng Agham sa Pilipinas.

Maling-mali yata ang paggamit mo ng salitang "estado" na tumutukong sa isang bansa or pamahalaan. Hindi ba lumalabas na ang titulong ito ay parang "The Republic of Science." Kuro-kuro lamang. Mas maganda siguro: "Ang Kalagayan ng Agham sa Pilipinas"

Ngunit ang talagang nakakalungkot ay ang ganiring mga halimbawa ng ating pamimilit na "puwede rin naman" ang Tagalog sa usaping hinggil sa agham. Malungkot, sapagkat hindi yata nakikita niring manunulat na walang agham na hindi nakatuntong sa balikat ng ibang taong karamihan ay hindi naman bihasa sa salitang iri. At dahil dito, walang ring ibang taong kayang tumuntong rin sa balikat ng manunulat upang isulong ang isang gawaing wala namang kinalaman sa nasyonalismo or kulturang pambansa lamang. Ang gawaing makaagham ay gawain ng tao. Naaalaala mo kaya ang kuwento ng Babel?

Ang isa pang kahangalan ay ang maling pagiisip na puwedeng magimbento o magbuo mula sa pirapirasong wika, ng isang "wikang pambansa". Kaya nga Frankenstein lumalabas ang salita ng mga pinoy, iyong Taglish na nakasasama talaga sa pagunlad ng bayan.

Iyon ang gusto ninyong mga nasyonalista kuno. Matagal na. Iyon rin ang patakaran ng mga Kastila upang bilangguin tayo ng sarili nating lubid at tanikala.

Kawawa!

DJB Rizalist said...

Sorry,
"...na tumutukoy sa isang bansa o pamahalaan"... Kung mag-Tatagalog na lang din, wastong balarila naman ang gamitin!

I guess I type in English!