Cebuano Grammar

The Cebuano grammar allows you to manipulate the vocabulary to obtain multiple forms of a word. The grammatical rules below are the most important in Cebuano and help connect words or shape the structure. We start with the prepositions:

And: ug  Audio Under: ilawm  Audio
Before: wa pa  Audio After: humana  Audio
Inside: sulod  Audio Outside: gawas  Audio
With: uban  Audio But: pero  Audio
For: para  Audio From: gikan  Audio
To: inig  Audio In: sa  Audio


Questions and Adverbs

To ask questions, use the following:

What?: unsa?  Audio Who?: kinsa?  Audio
How?: giunsa?  Audio Why?: nganu?  Audio
Where?: asa?  Audio

Some of the most important time adverbs:

Never: dili jud  Audio Rarely: panagsa  Audio
Sometimes: usahay  Audio Usually: sa kanunay  Audio
Always: kanunay  Audio Very: kaayo  Audio


Most commonly used pronouns in Cebuano:

I: ako  Audio You: ikaw  Audio
He: siya  Audio She: siya  Audio
We: kita  Audio They: sila  Audio

To express the possession of something [possessive form]:

My: Ako-a  Audio Your: imuha  Audio
His: iyaha  Audio Her: iyaha  Audio
Our: Ato-a  Audio Their: ilaha  Audio

Grammar in a sentence

Some random verbs to show how it's being used:

I speak English: makasulti ko ug Ingles  Audio
You speak French: makasulti ka ug Prench  Audio
He speaks German: makasulti siya ug German  Audio
She speaks Italian: makasulti siya ug italiano  Audio
I visited France: nibisita ko sa Pransya  Audio
I will drink milk: muinom mi ug gatas  Audio


Some extra grammatical structures:

I understand you: nakasabot ko nimu  Audio
I don't understand you: wa ko kasabot nimu  Audio
I don't speak French: di ko musulti ug French  Audio
This is my house: ako ni balay  Audio
That restaurant is far: kana nga kan-anan kay layo  Audio
No problem: way problema  Audio

The above Cebuano grammar can provide tools to use in coordination with the Cebuano vocabulary to obtain some popular Cebuano phrases.

Cebuano Phrases

Cebuano Vocabulary


Did you know? Grammar can help you increase your vocabulary dramatically. Grammar is like a tool which helps you manipulate words in a sentence by changing the shape and location of a word to create something new out of the old one.