Cebuano (Bisayâ)

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Why learn Cebuano?

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.

Cebuano Alphabet & Pronunciation

A a
(ey)
B b
(bi)
C c
(si)
D d
(di)
E e
(i)
F f
(ef)
G g
(dyi)
H h
(eyts)
I i
(ay)
J j
(dyey)
K k
(key)
L l
(el)
M m
(em)
N n
(en)
Ñ ñ
(enye)
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NG ng
(endyi)
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O o
(o)
P p
(pi)
Q q
( kyu)
R r
(ar)
S s
(es)
T t
(ti)
U u
(yu)
V v
(vi)
W w
(dobolyu)
X x
(eks)
Y y
(way)
Z z
(zi)

Basic Phrases in Cebuano

HelloKumusta
GoodbyePanamilit
YesOo
NoDili
Excuse mePasayloa ko
PleasePalihug
Thank youSalamat
You are welcomeLipay ka
Do you speak englishMasulti ba nimo ang English?
Do you understandKasabot ka?
I understandNakasabot ko
I do not understandWala ko kasabot
How are youKumusta ka?
Fine thanksMaayong, salamat!
What is your nameUnsa imong pangalan?
My name isAkong ngalan
Pleased to meet youMalipay nga makigkita kanimo

Cebuano Grammar

Cebuano Nouns

ManTawo
WomanBabaye
BoyBatang lalaki ( )
GirlBabaye
CatIring
DogIro
FishIsda
WaterTubig
MilkGatas
EggItlog
HouseBalay
FlowerBulak
TreeKahoy
ShirtSinina
PantsPantalon

Cebuano Adjectives

Colors in Cebuano

BlackItom
WhitePuti
RedPula
OrangeOrange
YellowDalag
GreenBerde
BlueAsul
PurplePurpura
PinkRosas
GrayAbohon
BrownBrown

Numbers in Cebuano

ZeroZero
OneUsa
TwoDuha
ThreeTulo
FourUpat
FiveLima
SixUnom
SevenPito
EightWalo
NineSiyam
TenAdunay
ElevenNapulog onse
TwelveNapulogduha
TwentyKaluhaan
ThirtyKatloan
FortyKap-atan ka
FiftyKalim-an
SixtyKan-uman
SeventyKapitoan
EightyKawaloan
NinetyKasiyaman ka
HundredGatusan
ThousandLibo

Cebuano Verbs

To beAron
To havePagbaton
To wantGusto
To needNanginahanglan
To helpSa pagtabang
To goMoadto
To comeNga moabut
To eatMokaon
To drinkMoinom
To speakAron isulti

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Cebuano Sentences

AndUg
OrO
ButApan
BecauseTungod kay
WithUban
AlsoUsab
HoweverBisan pa
NeitherDili
NorNi
IfKung
ThenUnya

Useful Cebuano Vocabulary

Cebuano Questions

WhoKinsa
WhatUnsa
WhenKanus-a
WhereDiin
WhyNgano
HowGiunsa
How manyPila
How muchTagpila

Days of the Week in Cebuano

MondayLunes
TuesdayMartes
WednesdayMiyerkules
ThursdayHuwebes
FridayBiyernes
SaturdaySabado
SundayDomingo
YesterdayKagahapon
TodayKaron
TomorrowUgma

Months in Cebuano

JanuaryEnero
FebruaryPebrero
MarchMarso
AprilAbril
MayMayo
JuneHunyo
JulyHulyo
AugustAgosto
SeptemberSeptyembre
OctoberOktubre
NovemberNobyembre
DecemberDisyembre

Seasons in Cebuano

WinterTingtugnaw
SpringTingpamulak
SummerTing-init
AutumnTingdagdag

Telling Time in Cebuano

What time is itKanus-a kana?
HoursKa oras
MinutesMinuto
SecondsSegundo
O clockGabii
HalfKatunga
Quarter pastQuarter ang milabay
BeforeSa wala pa
AfterPagkahuman