Tagalog is the most common of the dialects of Filipino spoken in the Philippines. (The official languages are Filipino and English.) The language is phonetic, meaning that a word's spelling also indicates its pronunciation. For instance, the vowels are pronounced: ah, eh, ee, oh, ooh (a,e,i,o,u). Tagalog has its roots in other Pacific languages such as Malay and Indonesian, but some more modern words have English and Spanish origins.