For example, as I found out the hard way, Filipinos don’t say “o” in place of “zero” in spoken English when it comes to long numbers (ex: if you read off “103” as “one oh three,” many Filipinos will have no clue what you’re talking about; you have to say “one three” or “one hundred and three”).
But Filipinas are far from stupid; they’re cunning and have their own share of stupid head games they play.
This goes back to what I discussed in point one: given that most Filipinas speak passable English, why waste your time on one who can barely grunt out Filipino culture isn’t exactly intellectual to begin with; at times, it feels like this place got frozen in time somewhere around 1987.
There’s no reason to make things hard on yourself by trying to screw a girl who isn’t smart enough to count to ten in a language she was Half the girls here dream of being married to a white guy, and when she tells her family she’s dating a foreigner, they practically high-five each other.
English is one of the official languages of the Philippines, learning it is mandatory in schools, and the government favors it when it comes to written documentation.
While few Filipinos are 100 percent fluent in English, you can hold conversations with them easily provided you tone down your use of slang and ten-dollar words.
It’s nowhere to play with men is the last minute meeting change-up.
It goes like this: you’ll start texting her, she’ll agree to meet you at place X, but then an hour before you meet, she’ll suddenly text you asking to meet at place Y instead because it’s “closer.” This is despite the fact that she had no problem meeting you at place X the night before.
a mall that is on the outskirts of town and would take me at least an hour-and-a-half to get to accounting for traffic.