Important Phrases for Tourists: Learn it the Cebuano Way!

The Philippines is greatly dominated by Bisaya people from different parts of Visayas and Mindanao. These places also possess the most attractive and worth visiting tourist spots in the country. If you are planning to have a trip or a short stay somewhere in these parts, learning basic phrases in Cebuano is very beneficial. Possibly, you’ll find it difficult to find a ride or purchase local products without being offered the tourist price because you obviously aren’t one of the locals. Here are a few but helpful phrases you can use while you are in Visayas or Mindanao.

For Transportation:

“Lugar Lang” – when commuting or riding a public vehicle, you use this phrase to call the driver’s attention and stop because you’ve already reached your destination.

“Bayad palihog” – ‘bayad’ means payment and ‘palihog’ means, please. This is used to ask another passenger to please give your payment to the driver if in case he’s too far to reach.

“Pila man ang pasahe?” – This means “how much is the fare?”

“Asa ka muadto?”/”Asa ka manaog?” – Usually asked by the driver to let him know where you are going or where would he stop over to drop you.

For Accommodations:

“Pila man ang rate kada gabii?” – This is used during inquiry where you ask the rate of their rooms per night.

“Naa kamo extra habol ug unlan?” – This is what you say when you ask for an extra blanket and pillow.

“Kinahanglan madeposit ma’am/sir para ma reserve and room” – In English language, the receptionist will tell you something like this so they could reserve you a room. This means a need for an amount to be deposited.

For Buying/Haggling:

“Tagpila diri?” – This is a phrase you will use to ask how much a certain product is.

“Wala’y hangyo?” – Filipino people are always open for negotiation when it comes to buying different products. This is the phrase you will then need to use when asking if there can be a discount if you will buy their product.

“Pila tanan?” – How much for all?

“Kani” – This

“Kana” – That (for near)

“Kato” – That (for far)

While many Filipinos can understand Tagalog, many still have a hard time in using it, especially in Cebuano dominated places. Learning to speak in their dialect can give you an easy way of dealing with people in their places as well as doing transactions. Additionally, while making things easy for you, learning their dialect can also give you extra knowledge from the trip. It’s more fun to speak in Cebuano; it’s more fun in the Philippines!


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