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  • Lesson 1: Phonemes
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  • Lesson 4: Common Expressions and their expansions
  • Lesson 5: Common Questions and Responses

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  • Phrasebook: Numerals in Cebuano
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  • Phrasebook : Common Expressions in Cebuano

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  • Bisaya Lesson 1 | Cebuano Lesson 1

    by Dr. Jessie Grace U. Rubrico
    Cebuano Book
    Cebuano Translation

    Cebuano Sounds (Phonemes)

    Cebuano has 16 consonant and 3 vowel sounds, to wit:

    /b, k, d, g, h, l, m, n, ng, p, r, s, t, w, y, ?/ and /a, i, u/ respectively.


    These are articulated as follows:

    Eng. KeyCeb. Words Eng. KeyCeb. Words
    /b/~ bankba'ta (child) /ng/~ ringng'ipon(teeth)
    /k/~ carpetk ape' (coffee) /p/~penpapel'(paper)
    /d/~ diked alan (road) /r/~ redrelo'(clock)
    /g/~ gateg a'tas (milk) /s/~ soapsabon'(soap)
    /h/~ hoth ag'dan (stair) /t/~ tapt'wo(person)
    /l/~ lucklamas'(spice) /w/~ washwa'say(ax)
    /m/~ manmanok'(chicken> /y/~ yenya'wi(key)
    /n/~nownut'buk(notebok) /?/~ ?uh?uhamo'?(monkey)


    /a/ is low central vowel -- asu’kar (sugar), pa’pa (dad), abog’ (dust), awto (car)

    /i/ is mid-front vowel -- it has two forms: [ i ] and [ e ] -- ikaw’ (you), tse’ke (check), papel’ (paper), sek’retar,yo (secretary), tiil (feet)

    /u/ is mid-high back vowel -- it has also two forms: [ o ] and [ u ] -- tu’o (v. believe) tinu’od (true), bas’tos (ill-mannered), u’lo (head), tu’hod (knee), tubig (water)

    **Stress is indicated by an apostrophe [ ‘ ]. Stress is phonemic in Cebuano.

    • tu’o (believe) -- tuo’ (right hand)>
    • wala? (none) -- wala’ (left hand) -- wa’la (get lost)
    • a’mo? (ours) -- amo? (monkey) -- a’mo (master)


    **Common phrases

    • kape ug asukar (coffe and sugar)
    • papa sa bata (father of the child)
    • tiil ug tuhod (feet and knee)
    • relo sa tawo (the man’s watch/clock)
    • sabon ug tubig (soap and water)
    • yawi sa awto (the car key)

    [ug -- and; sa -- possessive of]

    **dialog + vocabulary and grammar notes + common expressions list

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