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Cebuano is a language spoken in the Philippines. Although it is spoken natively by more people than any other language in the Philippines, unfortunately it is not
the National language. That is Tagalog due to the capital city being in the north of the Philippines. Cebuano is a distinctly different language to tagalog. There are similarities
in both languages with a fair number of words having the same origins and the grammar appears to be similar however a native tagalog speaker will not understand
a native Cebuano speaker.
Cebuano itself is really just another term for Bisaya or Visayan. Depending on the person you speak to they tend to give you a different name for the language
as it has never really been standardized. There are different dialects of bisaya but this version is as close to a standard version available. It is based on the dialect
spoken around the Island of Cebu and its main city also called Cebu.
The words you learn here will also allow you to understand people in Leyte, Bohol, Davao and many other places away from the north. Each area has its own specific
dialect of bisaya such as waray-waray, hiligaynon and these languages have different pronunciations of many words but there is still a strong understanding.
Translations :- Jugarisa Sayles, Norman Misa and Grace Misa
A few phrases you might find useful.
|komusta ka?||How are you?|
|maayo man||I`m fine|
|daghan salamat||thank you very much|
|maayong buntag||good morning|
|maayong adlaw||good day|
|maayong gabii||good evening/good night|
|kita ta (said to one person)||bye|
|kita tayo (said to more than one person)||bye|
|unsa imong gusto||What would you like?|
|gusto ko...||I like.../I want...|
|pwede ko?||may I?|
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