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Cebuno and Tagalog are known as the most used languages throughout the Philippines. Tagalog is the official languages of the Philippines. Another is English. Tagalog is the language Filipinos mostly use amongst themselves. People feel more at home with their native language whereas English still feels "artificial."  To communicate on a personal level, one can learn Cebuno or Tagalog and both are often mixed with English. 

If you are visiting the Philippines, it is highly recommended to learn a few words or phrases.  This could help you relate more to the Filipino culture as well as gain accord with the locals.  We have compiled a list of helpful words and phrases that could make your visit a little easier.  

 

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Basic Cebuno & Tagalog: These are the ones most commonly used by visitors and tourists.

 

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

 

 

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

accept 

angkon

tanggap

 

 

lunch

Pani-udto

tanghalian

afternoon

hapon

hapon

 

 

map 

mapa

mapa

snack

merienda

merienda

 

 

medicine

Medisina

gamot

apple

mansana

mansanas 

 

 

mirror 

Samin

salamin

ask

mangutana

tanong

 

 

money

Kwarta

pera

aunt

tiya

tiya 

 

 

morning

Buntag

umaga 

banana 

saging

saging 

 

 

mother

Mama

nanay

bank

bangko

banko

 

 

moviehouse

Sinehan

Sinehan

beautiful

gwapa

maganda

 

 

name

Pangalan

Pangalan

bed

katre

kama

 

 

near

Duol

malapit

beer

beer

beer

 

 

newspaper

Diyaryo

diyaryo

English

4Cebuno

Tagalog

 

 

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

blanket

habol

kumot

 

 

noon

Udto

tanghali

book 

libro

libro 

 

 

now

Karon

ngayon

bottle

botelya

bote

 

 

occupation

Trabaho

trabaho

bread

pan

tinapay

 

 

of course

Siyempre

siyempre

breakfast 

pamahaw

almusal 

 

 

old

Tigulang

matanda

bus

bus

bus

 

 

older brother

Kuya

kuya

buy

palit

bili 

 

 

older sister

Ate

ate

car

awto

kotse

 

 

paper

Papel

papel

change (money)

sukli

sukli

 

 

pay

Bayad

bayad

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

 

 

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

cheap

Barato

mura 

 

 

pen

Bolpen

bolpen

cigarettes

Sigarilyo

sigarilyo 

 

 

peso

Piso

piso

clean

Limpyo

malinis

 

 

pillow

Unlan

unan

cold (weather)

Tugnaw

malamig 

 

 

place

Lugar

lugar

dangerous

Delikado

delikado

 

 

please

Palihug

paki

daughter

Anak

anak 

 

 

police

Pulis

pulis

delicious 

Lami

masarap

 

 

priest

Pari

pari

dinner

Panihapon

hapunan

 

 

question

Pangutana

tanong

doctor

Doctor

doktor 

 

 

repeat

Balik-balik

ulit

drink

Inom

inom 

 

 

restaurant 

Restawran

restawran

eat

Kaon

kain

 

 

ride

Sakay

sakay

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

 

 

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

envelope

Sobre

sobre 

 

 

right

Tuo

kanan

expensive 

Mahal

mahal 

 

 

room

Kwarto

kwarto

fan

Paypay

pamaypay

 

 

road

Karsada

kalsada

far

Layo

malayo

 

 

room

Kwarto

kwarto

fare

Pamiliti

pamasahe

 

 

say

Sulti

sabi

father

Papa

tatay 

 

 

seat

Lingkuranan

upuan

fever

Hilanat

lagnat

 

 

see

Makita

makita

food

Pakaon

pagkain

 

 

shirt

Kamisin

kamiseta

friend

Amiga/amigo

kaibigan

 

 

shoes 

Sapatos

sapatos

fruits

Prutas

prutas 

 

 

sit

Lingcod

upo

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

 

 

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

gasoline

Gasoline

gasolina

 

 

sleep

Katulog

tulog

gas station

Gasolinahan

gasolinahan

 

 

soap

Sabon

sabon

get

Kuha

kuha

 

 

son

Anak

anak

give

Hatag

bigay

 

 

soup

Sabaw

sopas

go

Adto

punta 

 

 

speak

Sulti

salita

good

But-an

mabait 

 

 

stop

Hunong

tigil

goodbye

Panamilit

paalam

 

 

store

Tindahan

tindahan

happy

Lipay

masaya

 

 

student

Estudyante

estudyante

here 

Diri

dito 

 

 

sweet

Tam-is

matamis

help

Tabang

tulong

 

 

swim

Langoy

langoy

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

 

 

English

Cebuno

Tagalog

hello

Kumusta

kumusta 

 

 

table

Lamisa

mesa

house

Balay

bahay

 

 

taxi

Taksi

taksi

how

Unsaon

paano

 

 

teacher 

Tigtudlo

titser

hungry

Gutom

gutom

 

 

thanks

Salamat

salamat

husband

Bana

asawa

 

 

thirsty

Uhaw

uhaw

ice

Ice

yelo

 

 

time

Oras

oras

jeep

Dyip

dyip

 

 

toilet

Kasilyas

kubeta

last 

Katapusan

huli

 

 

towel

Tu-alya

tuwalya

later

Unya

mamaya

 

 

umbrella

Paying

payong

leave

adto

alis

 

 

wait

Hulat

hintay

left

Wala

kaliwa

 

 

wake up

Nagmata

gising

liquor 

ilimnon

alak 

 

 

yesterday

Gahapon

kahapon

 

Useful Phrases:

Now that you have learned some basic words, put them to use with these useful phrases

Formal Greetings  

English

Cenbuno

Tagalog

Good morning

Maayong buntag

Magandang umaga

Good afternoon

 Maayong udto

Magandang Hapon

Good evening

Maayong gabii

Magandang gabi

How are you, sir/madam?

Kumusta naman ka?

Kumusta ho kayo?

Goodbye

Adiyos

Paalam

Informal Greetings

English

Cenbuno

Tagalog

Hi, or Hello

Kumusta

Kumusta

Hi Juan, how are you?

Juan, kumusta ka?

Juan, kumusta ka?

Fine, And you?

Maayo, ikaw?

Mabuti naman, ikaw?

Goodbye

Sige

Sige

Letís go

Tana or Adto nata

Tayo na or Halika na

Other English Phrases Commonly Used 

English

Cenbuno

Tagalog

Thank you

Salamat

Salamat

Youíre welcome

Walay sapayan

Walang anuman

No thanks

Dili, salamat

Hinde bale na lang

Donít bother

Ayaw ug kabalaka

Ipagpaumanhin ninyo ako

Please repeat

 

Pakiulit

Personal Questions Sometimes Asked

English

Cenbuno

Tagalog

Do you speak English?

Kamao baka mosulti ug English?

Nagsasalita ka ba ng Ingles?

Are you married?

Minyo naba ka?

May asawa ka na ba?

Where do you live?

Asa man ka nagpuyo?

Saan ka nakatira

How old are you?

Pila naman ang imong edad?

Ilang taon ka na?

Where are you from?

Taga-asa  ka?

Tagasaan ka?

Where is the bathroom / CR?

Asa  ang kasilyas?

Nasaan ang banyo?

Where is the restaurant located?

Asa ang restwaran?

Nasaan ang restawran?

Where is the exit?

Asa ang padulong sa gawas?

Nasaan ang labasan?

Where is the telephone?

Asa man ang telepono?

Nasaan ang telepono?

Can you repeat that again please?

Usba ra ang imong gisulti?

Pwede bang pakiulit?

Wait a minute?

Kadiyot lang?

Sandali lang

I donít know

Wala ko kahibalo

Hindi ko alam

I donít understand

Wala ko kasabot

Hindi ko maintindihan

Iím tired

Gikapoy  ko

pagod na ako

Iím sleepy

Katulogon  ko

inaantok na ako

Iím hungry

Gigutom ko

gutom na ako

Iím thirsty

Uhaw ko

Uhaw na ako

   

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