Basic Cebuano Phrases

Essential Cebuano

Sebuwano is a language very distinct from Tagalog, but we get enough inquiries about Cebuano that we decided to list a few basic phrases.


Maayong adlaw.
Good day.
(as a greeting)

Maayong buntag.
Good morning.

Maayong udto.
Good noon.

Maayong gabii.
Good evening.

Daghang salamat.
Thanks very much.

Oo. Dili.
Yes. No.


Lami kaayo.
Very delicious.


Don’t know.

Ambot lang.
I dunno…

Ambot sa imo!
I don’t know with you!

Learning Cebuano

usa, duha, tulo, upat, lima, unom, pito, walo, siyam, napulo
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Matud Nila (miswritten: matudnila): They Say

labnot (to pull), linalik, guod, uyab

bunog: a fish whose scientifc name is Synchiropus ocellatus

The Cebuano / Waray word usbáw is the equivalent of the Tagalog unlád.

To learn more words and phrases, visit Essential Cebuano.

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