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Saturday, 02 July 2011 15:02

Speaking Cebuano 6 (Past Tense) Featured

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Speaking Cebuano 6 Past Tense

In this Guide to Cebu Lesson, we tackle on how to convert verbs to past tense. In Cebuano, there are a lot of ways to express the past, depending on the kind of mood the person is. Its a little bit complicated

 to say the least if you're a foreigner trying to tackle this lanaguage. However, as with all language learning, practice makes perfect.

 


Vocab for the Day!

English Cebuano
Jump Ambak
House Balay
Cake Keyk
Get Kuha
Receive Dawat
Hospital Ospital
Ride Sakay
Car Sakyanan
Toilet Kasilyas (CR)

 

Past tense

In Cebuano, there are a lot of ways to indicate to the listener that the tense is in past tense. By adding "ni", "ning", "naka", "gi","na" to a verb, we are converting the verb's tense to past tense. For example, when we say eat in Cebuano we say "kaon". When we add those prefixes to the verb kaon, we get "nika-on", "ningka-on", and "nakaka-on". All of this 3 past tense verbs indicate to the listener that you have already ate. However, there are still slight difference when you use each of those prefix in a given situation. For the sake of less confusion, we will tackle the basic of past tense which is the prefix "ni". There are exceptions to this rule though.

 

Examples

English Cebuano Literal
I jumped earlier niambak ko ganiha jumped i later
I swam nilangoy ko swam i
I went to my girlfriend's house niadto ko sa akong uyab na balay went i my girlfriend's house

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