Communicating with your Filipina friend may be a bit difficult if you cannot speak her native language. Although learning a language can be a huge task for anyone, a few key Cebuano should not be too difficult for anyone to master.

In this article we will focus on phrases that are easy to remember when talking casually to your Cebuano friend. You can surprise her with these Cebuano phrases interjected between English phrases.

English – “Cebuano”
Is it (the weather) always this hot? – “In-ani ba kainit pirmi?”
Are you joking? – “Gabinuang ba ka?”
You are too funny! – “Kataw-anan kaayo ka!”
Take me anywhere – “Dal-a ko bisan aha”
I’m getting hungry – “Gigutom nako”
Let’s get something to eat, please. – “Mangaon sa ta beh”
How much is this? – “Tagpila kini”
Are you ready? – ” Andam na ba ka?”
Let’s go! – “Tara na!”
Do you like to sing? – “Gusto ka mukanta?”
Don’t be silly! – “Ayaw pagbinuang!”
What is showing at the cinemas today? – “Unsa’y salida sa mga sinehan karon?”
Let’s go to the beach – “Mangadto ta sa dagat”
Can we go fishing- “Pwede ba ta mangisda?”
Let’s go to the beach – “Mangadto ta ug dagat”
Do you have money?- “Naa ka bay kwarta?”
Boy, is this delicious! – “Lamia ani uy!”

When you speak these phrases out of the blue you will sure be greeted with warm laughter from your Filipina friends. You might not get the accent right from the start. But your friend will correct you and teach you how to pronounce the words properly. Remember to memorize these phrases so you can surprise your friends with them.

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