Learn Cebuano

Cebuano is known by many names: Binisaya, Bisaya, Sebuano, Sugbuanon, Sugbuhanon and Visayan. It is a language spoken in the Philippines, mostly in the Central Visayas, Eastern Visaayas and Mindanao. 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. Standard Cebuano is based on the dialect of south east Cebu.

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Philippines

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Malayo-Polynesian

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Fun facts about Cebuano

Historically, there were more speakers of Cebuano than Tagalog, but Tagalog, spoken in the regions around the capital city, was chosen as the official language.

It is important to put the stress in the right place in Cebuano. Dápit means 'place', while dapit means 'to invite'.

English words borrowed into Cebuano are spelled according to native pronunciation: brislit for bracelet, drayiber for driver, and hayiskul for high school are common ones.

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