Butuanon is a member of the Southern Bisayan branch of the Philippine language family. It is spoken mainly in Agusan del Norte and Agusan de Sul provinces, especially in Butuan city, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. In 2005 there were about 71,500 speakers of Butuanon. It is spoken mainly by older adults, while younger people tend to speak Cebuano.

Butuanon alphabet and pronunciation

Butuanon alphabet and pronunciation


Long vowels are written double (aa, ee, etc).

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Sample text

  1. Amo ini ang Madyaw nga Balita tukma kang Jesu-Cristo, ang Anak hong Dios.
  2. Misugod ini sumaa hong pigasuwat ni propeta Isaias: “Yani ang gidaak ko nga ipadaa ko una kanimo hasta maandam niya ang paga-agihan mo.
  3. Yaoy gaiyak ngadto taway nga kalupaan, ‘Kadyaw-a niyo ang karsada hong Ginoo; hinanga niyong tul-id ang paga-agihan niya!”
  4. Ginanaw gabunyag si Juan hong mga tawo ngadto taway nga kalupaan kaamo gawali, “Paghinulsol kaamo biya-i ang mga saa niyo kaamo pagpabunyag kamo hasta mapasaylo hong Dios ang mga saa niyo.”
  5. Ang tibo kalupaan hong Judea katsaong siyudad hong Jerusalem mikadto kang Juan hasta pagpanalinghog kaniya. Pigasugid nila ang mga saa nila kaamo pigabunyagan sila ni Juan disaon Saugan hong Jordan.
  6. Ang kaaba ni Juan hininang gikan hong balhibo hong kamelyo, panit ang sintoron niya kaamo ang pagasiabon niya don katsaong dugos.
  7. Milaong siya hong mga tawo, “Ang tawo nga mokani sunod kanako mas gamhanan pa ini kanako. Dii ako takos nga mobadbad hong liston hong sandalyas niya
  8. Mibunyag ako kaniyo hong tubig pero siya magbunyag kaniyo hong Espiritu Santo.”

Source: http://deliliving.info/2015/02/23/learning-butuanon-1/


  1. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
  2. As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
  3. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
  4. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
  5. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
  6. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
  7. And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
  8. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

Mark 1:1-8. Source: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Mark-Chapter-1/

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Bisayan languages

Aklan, Bantoanon, Bantayanon, Baybayanon, Butuanon, Caluyanon, Capiznon, Cebuano, Cuyonon, Hiligaynon, Kinabalian, Kinaray-a, Masbateño, Onhan, Porohanon, Romblomanon, Sorsogon (Southern), Surigaonon, Tausūg, Waray-Waray,

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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