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Learn Cebuano

Covering over a thousand languages, the Austronesian family stretches from South East Asia along Polynesia and to Madagascar, but the uTalk selection will cover you for most of your travel in the Austronesian area. Austronesian languages tend to have various forms of politeness - a low form for vernacular use, a polite form and a very high, or sometimes regal, form.

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Where Is It Spoken?

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.

The Cebuano alphabet - a version of the Latin alphabet - has just 20 letters.

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