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Useful Chavacano phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Chabacano de Cavite, a Spanish-based creole language spoken in parts of the Philippines and Malaysia.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, com = common, crs = coarse, sg = said to one person, pl said to more than one person

English Chabacano de Cavite
Welcome Bienvenida
Hello (General greeting) Ola
How are you? Que tal tu?
Reply to 'How are you?' Bueno tambien, y tu?
Long time no see Talda ya niso no ta mang-mirahan
What's your name? Cosa tu nombre?
My name is ... Mi nombre ...
Where are you from? De donde tu?
I'm from ... Do ... yo
Pleased to meet you Alegre yo cunuci cuntigo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buenas dias
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buenas noches
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buenas noches
Good night Buenas noches
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Adios
Bye
Goodbye
Good luck! Buen suerte
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Buen salud
Have a nice day Buen dia
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Cumi Ya
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Feliz viaje
I don't understand No yo ta intindi
Please speak more slowly Platica tu despacio
Please write it down Escribi tu esi
Please say that again  
Do you speak Chavacano? Ta platica tu Caviteño?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Si, umpoco
How do you say ... in Chavacano? Quilaya ta habla ... na Caviteño?
Excuse me Perdona me
Excuse me
How much is this? Cuanto esti?
Sorry Perdona me
Sorry
Thank you Gracias
Reply to thank you De nada
Nuay aquel
Where's the toilet? Donde esta el bano?
Donde esta el casillas?
This gentleman will pay for everything Esti hombre di paga todo
This lady will pay for everything Esti mujer di paga todo
Would you like to dance with me? Quieri tu baila cunmigo?
I love you Ta ama yo cuntigo
Get well soon Quida bueno tu ensiguida
Leave me alone! No istorba cunmigo!
Help! Ayuda cunmigo!
Fire! Quema!
Stop! Para!
Call the police! Llama cun el pulis!
Christmas and New Year greetings Feliz Pascua y Prospero Ano nuevo!
Easter greetings Feliz Semana Santa
Birthday greetings Feliz Cumpleano
One language is never enough Un lenguaje no bastante
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mi banca lleno di malabanos

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