Learn Ilocano

Ilocano, also called Iloko and Iloco, is the third most spoken language in the Philippines. Its speakers are mostly found on Luzon island and Mindanao. In a country where so many languages are spoken, about two million people also speak Ilocano as a common second language. As part of the Austronesian family, Ilocano has links to languages ranging from Hawaiian to Malay to Malagasy. It has absorbed a lot of words from Spanish and English, as well as Hokkien and Sanskrit.

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Fun facts about Ilocano

Locals know this language as Samtoy, from 'sao mi ditoy' or 'our language here'.

Modern Ilokano speakers tend to use their traditional numbers to count from 1 to 9, and Spanish numerals for higher numbers.

The name Ilocano is derived from 'i-' meaning 'from', 'looc' or 'bay' and the Spanish ending '-ano'.

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