Masbateño (Minasbate)

Masbateño is a member of the Bicol-Bisayan branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken mainly in the province of Masbate in the Philippines by more than 600,000 people. It is closely related to Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) and Waray-Waray.

Masbateño is taught in some schools, and is used in newspapers and on the radio. There is a Masbateño dictionary and grammar, and a translation of part of the Bible.

Masbateño alphabet

Masbateño alphabet


Details of the Masbateño alphabet and pronunciation supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text in Masbateño

Kun mag-ági ka
Saní na dálan
Warâ na'n balíkan

Saní na dálan
May púnò san mángga
Na punô sin búnga

An úna nag-agi
An puno ginyugyog
Takdag pati putot


Information about Masbateño | Numbers


Information about Masbateñoño_language

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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