English- Cebuano

Proud that I am of my first language which is Cebuano, I would like this language to be known to everyone, and spur interest to those who aren’t familiar about it. For that matter, I will be devoting a page solely for learning Cebuano. You can click English – Cebuano page for updates.

I will only put which doesn’t have a tagalog equivalent. Tagalog is one of the official languages in the Philippines, the other one is English.

For example:
MondayLunesLunes is no longer necessary since it has an equivalent in tagalog.

SundayDominggo – In tagalog, it’s Linggo. That would be the last tagalog word here. Remember, this is exclusively for English – Cebuano learning *winks*.

Before I start, I thank and give credit to C.S. Canonigo, the writer of the book English – Cebuano Made Easy. I purchased the book at Book Sale. I based this tutorial on that book.

Ok, let’s start!

Pronuciation guidance:
a can be pronounced as a in alamo
u can be pronounced as o in ursula
i can be pronounced as e in illiterate

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Days (Mga Adlaw)
English – Cebuano
Sunday -“ Dominggo

English – Cebuano
Sun – Adlaw
Moon – Bulan
Star – Bitoon
Earth – Yuta, Kalibutan
Cloud – Gabon, Panganod
Rain – Uwan
Shower – Talithi, talisik, taligsik
Thunder – Dalogdog, dogdog
Lightning – Kilat, liti, lipak
Flood – Lunop
Earthquake – Linog
Rainbow – Balangaw, bangaw

English – Cebuano
Spring – Tingpamulak
Summer – Ting-init, tig-init
Autumn – Tingdagdag
Winter – Tingtugnaw, tigtugnaw

English – Cebuano
Zero – Sero, wala
One – Usa
Two – Duha
Three – Tulo
Four – Upat
Six – Unom
Ten – Napulo, Pulo
Eleven – Napulo ug usa, or can be shortened to napulo’g usa
Twelve – Nagpulo’g duha
Twenty – Baynte

Everyday Conversation
English – Cebuano
Good day – Maayong adlaw
Good morning – Maayong buntag
Good noon – Maayong udto
Good afternoon – Maayong hapon
Good evening/night – Maayong gabii
Thank you – Salamat; salamat sa imo, salamat nimo
Thank you very much – Daghan kaayong salamat; salamat kayo
You are welcome – Wala’y sapayan
Please – Palihug
Come in – Dayon
Welcome – Maayong pag-abot
Excuse – Tabi
I am sorry – Gikasubo nako, Pasayloa ko
At once – Karon dayon
Later on – Taod-taod
By and by – Unya
Who – Kinsa
What – Unsa
Where – Asa
When – Kanus-a
What else – Unsa pa
Who else – Kinsa pa
Where else – Asa pa, Hain pa

English – Cebuano
I – Ako
We – Kita
You – ikaw (singular); Kamo (plural)
Yours – Imoha
Wife – Asawa
Husband – Bana
They – Nila
Fellow – Bai

Common Questions
English – Cebuano
What is your name – Unsa imong pangalan; Unsa’y pangalan nimo
Where are you – Asa ka
Where do you live – Asa ka gapuyo; Asa imong balay
Who are you – Kinsa ka; Si kinsa ka
What are you – Unsa ka man; Unsa man ka
What are you doing – Unsa’y imong gibuhat
How are you – Kumusta ka man
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend – Naa ka ba’y uyab; Aduna ka ba’y uyab
Where do you go to school – Asa ka ga eskwela
Where did you graduate – Asa ka ni graduate

Common things
English – Cebuano
Table – Lamisa
Chair – Bangko
Door – Purtahan
Broom – Silhig
Food – Pagkaon
Rice – Luto; Kan-on


  1. Hello guys …Have a good day!
    As a Cebuano , I am very grateful and proud of you of making this site.This is very helpful….I salute you! and keep going …

  2. Hi, guys – I really appreciate this site! My fiancee is Cebuano, and I really want to be able to speak to her in her native language. Yours is the first site I’ve seen that tells me what I want to learn – how to say things!

    And I am eager to explore your archives – I know I will spend a lot of time in your many pages!

    Salamat kayo

    Ken Baugh

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