Well, I am starting something new today, and it is my intention to do it on the website every Saturday (Philippine time). I am going to be giving Bisaya (Cebuano) mini-lessons every week!
I learned to speak Bisaya back from 2006 through 2011 from a local tutor, and very close friend, Bebe Metillo. Bebe is like a sister to me, and she spent a lot of time and effort in teaching me the language. I can say, the work that I put into it paid off with a happy life in the Philippines, and knowing the language has offered me many opportunities too!
Because I have enjoyed knowing the language so much, I want to help others to learn as well. Even if you don’t take the time to learn to be fluent in Bisaya knowing just a little bit will help you become more accepted into Philippine Society, and help you enjoy your life here. I know it has done that for me!
Bisaya is what they call Cebuano in Mindanao. So, that is what I call it. In the Visayas, there are variations of Cebuano in different regions, but knowing Cebuano, Bisaya will be helpful to you if you are visiting or living anywhere in the Visayas or Mindanao. If you will be in Luzon, you probably should think about learning Tagalog to get the great benefits of knowing the language. Sorry, I don’t speak Tagalog, so I can’t be of help to you there!
If you enjoy these mini-lessons, come back to LiP weekly and pick up a new one! Or you can visit my YouTube Channel (please subscribe, and click on the “bell” logo so you get updates).