Cebuano Phrases

The Cebuano phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: hi  Audio
What is your name?: unsa imu pangan?  Audio
Nice to meet you: maaung pakigkita nimu  Audio
How are you?: musta man ka?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: okay rako, salamat  Audio
And you?: ikaw?  Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Cebuano)?: makastorya ka ug (Iningles/ cebuano)?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: makastorya siya ug Chinese?  Audio
A little bit: ginagmay lang  Audio
How old are you?: pila na imu edad?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: trayntay tres na ako edad  Audio
It was nice talking to you: nindot kaau makigstorya nimu  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: Unsay imu buot pasabot?  Audio
I don't understand: Wa ko kasabot  Audio
I don't know: Wa ko kahibaw  Audio
Sorry: pasaylo  Audio
What is that called in Cebuano?: Unsay tawag ana sa cebuano?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: Unsay pasabot ana nga sinultian sa Iningles?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: Asa man ka gikan?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: Gikan ko sa U.S  Audio
I'm American: Americano ko  Audio
Where do you live?: Asa ka nagpuyo?  Audio
I live in the U.S: Nagpuyo ko sa U.S  Audio
What do you do for a living?: Unsa man imu panginabuhi?  Audio
I'm a student: Estudyante ko  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: pwede ko makatabang ko nimu?  Audio
Can you help me?: makatabang ka nako?  Audio
Where is the airport?: asa man ang paluparan?  Audio
Go straight: diretso lang  Audio
Then: unya  Audio
Turn left: liko sa wa  Audio
Turn right: liko sa tuo  Audio


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Good wishes in Cebuano in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: malipayong kaadlawan  Audio
Happy new year: Malipayong bag-ong tuig  Audio
Merry Christmas: Malipayong pasko  Audio
Good luck: Maayong swerte  Audio
Congratulations: Kongrats  Audio

Cebuano expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: naa koy reserba  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: naa pa may bakante nga kwarto?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: Ganahan ko ug kwarto nga bawal manigarilyo  Audio
How much it costs per night?: Pilay bayad kada gabi-e  Audio
Waiter: weter  Audio
How much is this?: tagpila man ni?  Audio
What is this?: Unsa ni?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: okay raka?  Audio
I need a doctor: nanginahanglan ko ug duktor  Audio
Help: tabang  Audio
Call the ambulance: tawagi ang ambulansya  Audio
Call the police: tawagi ang pulis  Audio
I am sick: gihilantan ko  Audio

These Cebuano phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Cebuano Vocabulary and Cebuano Grammar, you might want to visit our Cebuano Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Cebuano Vocabulary

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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Cebuano phrases.