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.Learn Ilocano with uTalk
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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