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  • Bisaya Lesson 2 | Cebuano Lesson 2

    by Dr. Jessie Grace U. Rubrico

    Introducing Yourself in Cebuano

    1. Dialog 1
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    Maayong buntag kaninyo. Ako si Jessie. Ako ang inyong maestra.
    (Good morning to you. I'm Jessie. I'm your teacher)


    Maayong buntag usab kanimo. Ako si Tess.
    (Good morning to you, too. I'm Tess.)


    Ug kinsa man siya?
    (And who is she?)


    Ako si Ruby
    (I'm Ruby)


    Kumusta man kamo?
    (How are you both?)


    Maayo man. Ikaw?
    (We're fine. And you?)


    Maayo man usab
    ( I'm fine, too.)


    Taga-asa diay kamo?
    (Where are you from?)


    Taga-Batangas ako. Tagalog ako.
    (I'm from Batangas. I'm Tagalog)


    Ako taga-Iloilo. Ilongo ako.
    (I'm from Iloilo. I'am an Ilonga)


    Unsay inyong trabaho?
    (What do you do?)


    Research assistant ako sa Unibersidad sa Pilipinas 
    (I'm a research assistant at the University of the Philippines)


    Ako, propesor sa U.P.
    (I'm a professor at U.P.)


    Nganong gusto man mong magtuon ug Cebuano?
    (Why do you want to study Cebuano?)


    Kinahanglan namo kini sa among reserts. 
    (We need it for our research.)


    Kanus-a man kita magsugod?
    (When do we start?)


    Mahimo ba sa Martes?
    (Will Tuesday be okay?)


    Unsa mang orasa?
    (At what time?)


    Mga ala-una o alas dos sa hapon, kon mahimo.
    (About one or two o'clock in the afternoon, if it's okay with you.)


    O sige, magkita kita sa Martes.
    (Okay, we'll see each other on Tuesday)


    2.a Personal Pronouns in Cebuano

      Case Nominative




    Genetive 1 Gen. 2
    Number Person        
    Singular First ako/ko kanako ako + ng nako
      Second ikaw/ka kanimo imo + ng nimo
      Third siya kaniya iya + ng niya
    Dual Ako ug ikaw kita/ta kanato ato + ng nato
      Ako ug siya kami/mi kanamo amo + ng namo
      ikaw ug siya kamo/mo kaninyo inyo + ng ninyo
      siya ug siya sila kanila ila + ng nila
    Plural Ako ug kamo kita kanato ato + ng nato
      Ako ug sila kami kanamo amo + ng namo
      Ikaw ug sila kamo kaninyo inyo + ng ninyo
      Sila ug sila sila kanila ila + ng nila

    Nominative case ~ subject of the sentence
    Directional/locative case ~ object of the sentence
    Genetive cases ~ possessive pronouns; actor marker in passive sentences

    2.b Interrogative pronouns in Cebuano
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    Unsa [ + linker - y ] = What

    Unsay imong ngalan?

    What's your name?

    Unsay inyong trabaho? What's your work?

    Unsa [ + linker -ng + noun + definitizer "a" ]

    Unsang orasa?

    What time?

    Unsang adlawa? What day?
    Unsang tuiga? What year?

    Who = Kinsa (+ nothing / -y /-ng + noun + definitizer "a"] )

    Who is he?

    Kinsa siya?

    Who is the teacher? Kinsa'y maestra?
    Which child? Kinsang bataa ?

    Where = Asa

    Where is the kid?

    Asa ang bata?

    Where is my coffee? Asa ang akong kape?

    From where = Taga-asa

    Where are you from?

    Taga-asa ka?

    Where is the teacher from? Taga-asa ang maestra?
    Where is she from? Taga-asa siya?

    When = Kanus-a

    When is the fiesta?

    Kanus-a ang fiesta?

    When is Christmas Kanus-a ang Pasko

    Why = Ngano [ +/- "ng" ]


    Ngano man?

    Why you? Nganong ikaw man?

    How = Unsaon ( for contemplative )
    How = Giunsa ( for progressive / perfective

    How will you study Cebuano?

    Unsaon mo pagtuon sa Cebuano

    How did you study Cebuano Giunsa mo pagtuon sa Cebuano



    2.c Vocabulary/Common expressions
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    Afternoon Hapon
    Evening Gabii

    Good [ adjective + linker + noun ] = Maayo / Adjective

    Good evening

    Maayong gabii

    Fine ( Just Fine ) Maayo man


    Good morning to all of you

    Maayong Buntag kaninyong tanan

    Good afternoon to all of you Maayong hapon kaninyong tanan
    Good evening to all of you Maayong Gabii kaninyong tanan

    Job or Work = Trabaho /noun/

    What is their job? Unsay ilang trabaho

    How are you?

    Kumusta ka?

    How is she? Kumusta siya?
    I'm fine. Maayo man
    Is it possible? Mahimo ba?
    Where you from? Taga-asa ka?
    Where are they from? Taga-asa sila?
    Where is the teacher from? Taga-asa ang maestra


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    Using the vocabulary and the grammar you've learned so far, introduce 
    yourself in. Cebuano. A four or five liner will do. Tell me your name, where 
    you're from, what your job is, etc. 

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