Cebuano (Bisaya / Sinugbuanon / Binisaya nga Sugbuanon)

Cebuano belongs to the Philippine branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages and is spoken by about 20 million people in the Philippines. It is spoken mainly in the Central Visayas by the Bisaya people, and is also spoken in northeastern parts of Negros Occidental province, in southern parts of Masbate, in most of Leyte and Southern Leyte, in western portions of Guimaras, in parts of Samar, Bohol, Luzon, the Biliran islands, and in most parts of Mindanao. It is used as a lingua franca in the Central Visayas and in parts of Mindanao.

The language is named after the island of Cebu, where the prestige register is spoken, and is also known as Bisaya, Binisaya, Binisaya nga Sugbuanon or Sinugbuanon. Cebuano speakers are known as Cebuano in Cebu, as Bol-anon in Bohol, as Kana in Leyte, and as Binisaga or Bisaya in Mindanao and Luzon.

Cebuano was first documented by Antonio Pigateffa, and Italian explorer who was part of Magellan's 1521 expedition. Spanish missionaries started to write the language during the early 18th century, and as a result, Cebuano contains many words of Spanish origin.

Cebuano alphabet and pronunciation
A a B b K k D d E e G g H h I i L l M m
[ a ] [ b ] [ k ] [ d ] [ ɛ ] [ g ] [ h ] [ ɪ ] [ l ] [ m ]
N n Ng ng O o P p R r S s T t U u W w Y y
[ n ] [ ŋ ] [ ɔ ] [ p ] [ r ] [ s ] [ t ] [ u ] [ w ] [ j ]

Sample text in Cebuano

Ang tanang katawhan gipakatawo nga may kagawasan ug managsama sa kabililhon. Sila gigasahan sa salabutan ug tanlag og mag-ilhanay isip managsoon sa usa'g-usa diha sa diwa sa ospiritu.

Source: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/Language.aspx?LangID=ceb

A recording of this text by Jicko Racines

Another version of this text by Carla Gandong

Ang tanan katawhan gipakatawo nga may kagawasan ug managsama sa kaligdong. Sila gigasahan pangisip ug tanlag ug mag-ilhanay usa'g usa sa diwa managsoon

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Links

Information about Cebuano language and culture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebuano_language
http://www.seasite.niu.edu/Tagalog/Cebu Culture/CebuMain.htm
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/ceb

Online Cebuano lessons
http://cebuwebsite.tripod.com/adventure2.html
http://www.digitaldialects.com/Cebuano.htm
http://speakcebuano.com
http://visaya-language.blogspot.co.uk

Online Cebuano dictionaries
http://www.foreignword.com/dictionary/Cebuano/
http://www.bohol.ph/diksyunaryo.php
http://speakcebuano.com/dictionary/

Cebuano phrases
http://www.bohol.ph/article123.html?sid=ba341e93152dc3758937969cb5ed91f4
http://wikitravel.org/en/Cebuano_phrasebook
http://www.philippinesinsider.com/visayas/helpful-cebuano-phrases-and-words-for-tourists/

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