Learning bisaya (cebuano)
The cebuano language is the most spoken of the bisayan languages (20 million total) and the second most spoken language of the philippines.
Cebuano is spoken in cebu, bohol, negros oriental, western parts of leyte, some parts of samar, negros occidental, palawan, biliran islands, southern region of masbate island and mindanao.
Some dialects of cebuano have different names to the language. ethnic groups from bohol may refer to cebuano as bol-anon while cebuano speakers in leyte identify their dialect as kana.
Speakers in mindanao and luzon refer to the language simply as bisaya.
A few important bisaya (cebuano) words / phrases:
how are you? :- kumusta ka naman
come again :- balikbalik
can i help you :- unsa may ato?
is anybody home? :- maayo! maayo!
suit yourself :- ikaw lang
handsome :- guwapo
beautiful :- guwapa
what is this? :- unsa ni?
who is that? :- kinsa na?
who are you? :- kinsa ka?
what is your name? :- unsay imong ngalan?
it’s hot :- init ka’ayo
where are you going? :- asa ka padulong?
good morning :- ma'ayong buntag
good afternoon :- ma'ayong hapon
good evening :- ma'ayong gabi'i
what do you want? :- unsa ba ang imohang kinahanglan?
Asa ang = Where is?
Unsay (Unsa ang) = What is?
Unsa = What?Common Questions/Statements
Are you tired? - "Gikapoy ka?"
I'm not yet tired - "Wala pa ko gikapoy"
Yes, I'm tired now - "Oo, gikapoy na ako"
I don't get tired - "Dili man ko gakapuyon"
Where is your friend? - "Asa imong higala?"
He is in his room - "Naa sa iyang kwarto"
In his class - "Tua sa iyang klase"
He's not here - "Wala dinhi"
I don't know - "Ambot lang"
He's left already - "Gilakaw na"
Do you know him? - "Kaila ka niya?"
Yes, I know him - "Wala ko makaila niya"
I forgot his name - "Nalimtan ko ang iyang ngalan"
Maybe, next year - "Basin sa sunod tuig"
I'm not sure - "Dili ko sigurado"
Not yet; no - "Dilipa; dili"
Where are the Keys to your car - Asa ang yabi (or yawe) sa Sakyanan or Kotse
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