The Cebuano is an Austronesian language spoken by about 16 million people in the southern Philippines. The language originates from the island of Cebu. It is the second most spoken language of the Philippines after Tagalog, with which it shares a lot of words - others come from Spanish, English, Chinese and Arabic. While Filipino (Tagalog) has the largest number of speakers of Philippine languages, Cebuano had the largest native language-speaking population in the Philippines until about the 1980s. Standard Cebuano is based on the dialect of south east Cebu.
Communication skills developed while learning Cebuano can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. Knowing Cebuano provides a competitive edge in career choices Skills like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, are increased when you study Cebuano. Cebuano expand one's world view and limit the barriers between people: barriers cause distrust and fear.
How Long Does it Take to Learn Cebuano?
*** NOTES *** how long to learn? The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, the official regulating body of Philippine languages, spells the name of the language as Sebwano.