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Learning the Language (An Sakong Pag-adal ki Tamang Bikol)

Learning the Language (An Sakong Pag-adal ki Tamang Bikol)

Bicol is perhaps the most romantic and most flexible language I can speak and understand. Being a writer, I could not help but wish to be able to use it as a means for literary expression. In the past, I have sat down and read books at the university’s Center for Bicol Studies, partaken in forums merely for the sake of conversation and chatter in the language.<br />
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Books alone are never sufficient, for language has its rules and yet it is dynamic and ever evolving, but along with participation in the forums, I was able to be come up with <a href=”http://goldimyrr.blogspot.com/2010/08/nothing-major-major.html”>a Bicol adaptation of one of the poems I have already written in English</a>. This was published back to back in a literary folio in our department, in which luckily, I happen to be a member of the publication staff.<br />
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At leaving the university however, nothing has followed. Over the years, I have continued to write, but in the language I have trained for half of my school life. It is absurd that when we speak of writing in the native tongue, my hands fall into a hush. It is by lack of diligence in study and eagerness in communicating in Bicol that too many writing opportunities in the language have passed for me, I admit, and it is sad that there are pieces left unwritten for lack of proper words to write.<br />
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Today, <a href=”http://goldimyrr.blogspot.com/2010/10/sharpening-pencil.html”>I set my mind to start again</a>, and begin by reading the works of renowned Bicol writers. I go back to reading the blogs of Jose Dalisay and Vicente Nierva. Of Kristian Cordero, I have yet to look into his writings.<br />
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For now, The Midnight Writer will have to sleep, <strike>and tonight, post the remaining parts of the Autumn Fireflies series–the last of which is “Pagkasulnop Minabangui”, <a href=”http://goldimyrr.blogspot.com/2010/08/nothing-major-major.html”>to mark the new avenue that this blog and its writer is heading to at the turn of the season</a>.</strike>

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