Wednesday Dec 13
Facebook Twitter RSS Feed 
Support guidetocebu.com hosting and maintenance by clicking the button below. Even the smallest donations are appreciated:)

info about cebuResorts in cebuhotels in cebuNightlife in CebuTransport in Cebu

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:26

Language

Written by  Chris
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Cebuano Cebuano

Cebuano

 The Official Language for the Philippines is Pilipino or Filipino. Majority of the words though comes from the Tagalog dialect, which is widely spoken in the Luzon area. Though there have been instances of integrating Cebuano, the second most spoken dialect in the Philippines, to the official language, most of the Cebuanos still prefer to speak the Visiyan/Cebuano dialect.

Brief Background

Cebuano is of Austronesian language in origin. Around 20 million people speak the dialect. Most people in the Visayan Region speak the dialect- from Cebu, Bohol, to Leyte and some parts of Negros Oriental. Around Mindanao as well, people have given up their native dialects to speak Cebuano. Interesting to note in the language is its structure of verb subject object, which is quite unusual when you're coming from the western world.

English

Contrary to popular belief that most Cebuanos speak fluent English, it is important to take note that this has some half-truth in it. Yes, majority of the people in Cebu will understand you when you speak to them in English, However, not everyone may speak good English. With exception to Call center agents, elite students, and the "educated ones"(even then, its still not guaranteed that there will be fluency), Most of the time, Cebuanos when spoken to will reply in broken English with phrases and incomplete sentences. Usually this becomes frustrating to listen to, especially for Westerners, when expression from the Visayan language are also being mixed with English(i.e. man, ba, diay) - though i must say that the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese prefer this way since they too don't understand much English in the first place especially when spoken at a fast pace.

Most of the signages around the city is English based unlike in other South East Asian countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand where signs are often in their respective language. So if you're a foreigner you don't have to worry about getting lost in Cebu. Nevertheless, it is still useful to learn a few Cebuano phrases along the way(Refer to Speaking Cebuano Section). Aside from the fact that finding your way around will be a lot easier, building rapport with the locals is also an added plus- new friends, and maybe some freebies along the way.

Some Phrases

English Cebuano
How much? Tag pila?
Where is the Comfort Room? Asa ang CR?
What’s that? Unsa na?
What’s this? Unsa ni?
You’re very pretty Gwapa kaau{ka-a-you} ka
Too expensive Mahal ra kaau{ka-a-you}
Very Fun Lingaw kaau{ka-a-you}
You’re very annoying Samok kaau{ka-a-you} ka


Refer to the Speaking Cebuano section for more details

* For those wanting to know certain words that i have not covered yet, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last modified on Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:57
More in this category: « Food Weather »
blog comments powered by Disqus
    
Help me, Help you! Subscribe:)

Newsflash

Prev Next

Krispy Kreme in Cebu this October

Krispy Kreme in Cebu this October

Great news everyone, just found out that Kripy Kreme will now finally open on October 22, 2011. This will be the first Kripy Kreme Branch outside Mani...

Comments (0) 18 Sep 2011 Hits:10751 Newsflash

Read more

Forever 21 Will Open November 2011 in Cebu

Forever 21 Will Open November 2011 in Cebu

8/17/2011 I noticed that Forever 21 will not only occpuy the huge block on the second floor (refer to previous article for reference) but also o...

Comments (0) 18 Aug 2011 Hits:10688 Newsflash

Read more

Video of Trans Asia M/V Asia Malaysia Sinking

Video of Trans Asia M/V Asia Malaysia Sinking

I am amazed how the world has gotten so small with information literally right at our fingertips. I think by now most people would have heard&nbs...

Comments (0) 31 Jul 2011 Hits:15770 Newsflash

Read more

Forever 21 Coming to Cebu

Forever 21 Coming to Cebu

Shopaholics and Fashionistas in Cebu will be delighted to hear that Forever 21, the trendy fashion store from the US is coming here to Cebu!

Comments (0) 14 Jul 2011 Hits:19775 Newsflash

Read more

Welcome to the Awesomely New and Sexy Guide To Cebu

Welcome to the Awesomely New and Sexy Guide To Cebu

Hello Faithful Readers around the World, (or lack thereof) Welcome to the Awesomely New and Sexy Guide To Cebu! After one year in the Internet World,...

Comments (0) 07 Jul 2011 Hits:8135 Newsflash

Read more

The Amazing Show Cebu: Transgender Show

The Amazing Show Cebu: Transgender Show

Yes the girls you see in that photo above are probably gay. So just last night i was talking to my korean friend, and she was telling me how she went ...

Comments (0) 18 Jun 2011 Hits:20098 Newsflash

Read more

Advertising

For Advertising needs or you just want your products/places to be heard, don't hesitate to contact me through my mail at guidetocebu@yahoo.com

More Cebu

Prev Next

Philippines Live It Love it~

Philippines Live It Love it~

I AM an Australian who has been living in the Philippines for two years, and I found Ceres Doyo’s Nov. 25 column, titled “10 things that make PH ugly,...

Be the first to comment! 08 Jan 2011 Hits:11030 Travel Articles

Read more

Safety

Safety

General Safety Cebu is a relatively safe place to be in, killings are quite rare-probably because of the mandatory death penalty associated with it. ...

Be the first to comment! 14 Jul 2010 Hits:18685 Information

Read more

Queensland V Rama Motel Cebu

Queensland V Rama Motel Cebu

The newest addition to the Queensland Motel Empire in Cebu, Queensland V Rama offers couples a new alternative to the whole motel experience with ...

Be the first to comment! 30 May 2011 Hits:70786 Queensland Motels

Read more

Language

Language

Cebuano  The Official Language for the Philippines is Pilipino or Filipino. Majority of the words though comes from the Tagalog dialect, which i...

Be the first to comment! 14 Jul 2010 Hits:18232 Information

Read more

Speaking Cebuano 5 (Numbers)

Speaking Cebuano 5 (Numbers)

Speaking Cebuano 5 (Numbers) Being colonized by the Spanish, Japanese, Americans, Chinese, and Malays for probably the entire existence of Cebu, its ...

Be the first to comment! 10 Oct 2010 Hits:6992 Speaking Cebuano

Read more

Getting Around

Getting Around

Transportation in Cebu What to Expect Getting around an urban/rural jungle such as Cebu can be such as hassle if you don't know your way. if you're ...

Be the first to comment! 14 Jul 2010 Hits:18461 Information

Read more

Transport System

Transport System

Transport System Jeepney-   The infamous jeepney of the Philippines, truly a one of a kind transport system. These are actually jeeps u...

Be the first to comment! 15 Jul 2010 Hits:16867 Information

Read more

Speaking Cebuano 3 (Very/Much)

Speaking Cebuano 3 (Very/Much)

Speaking Cebuano 3 (Very/Much) We're now down with some basics, and you already know some common phrases in Cebuano. The thing is, you meet this...

Be the first to comment! 02 Aug 2010 Hits:10348 Speaking Cebuano

Read more

Speaking Cebuano 1st (Phrases)

Speaking Cebuano 1st (Phrases)

Speaking Cebuano 1st Lesson - Phrases Lets start with common phrases and numbers before we go on the grammar and structure of the language. 

Be the first to comment! 14 Jul 2010 Hits:6445 Speaking Cebuano

Read more

History

History

Between the 13th and 16th century Cebu then known as Zubu[7] (or Sugbo) was an island inhabited by Hindu, animist and Muslim[8] tribal groups ruled...

Be the first to comment! 14 Jul 2010 Hits:18760 Information

Read more

Mountain Resorts Directory Cebu

Mountain Resorts Directory Cebu

Cebu, geographically, is a mountainous and at the same time a swampy island. Cebu's mountain side covers more than 2/3 of the whole island, so its not...

Be the first to comment! 30 May 2011 Hits:21756 Mountain Resorts Cebu

Read more

Ling-am Massage

Ling-am Massage

Ling-am Massage One of the biggest debates in Cebu this year, Lingam massages as according to this website  "is loosely translated as "Wand of ...

Be the first to comment! 03 Aug 2010 Hits:186526 Massage

Read more