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Bikol phrasebook

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Bikol is a language spoken by people in the Bicol region on southeastern Luzon in the Philippines. It was highly influenced by the Spanish language.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

The Bicol language generally has only 5 main vowels. They are pronounced just like their English counterparts. But there are some tricky pronunciations when reading Bicol texts, like glottal stops.

  • Aa = as in father
  • Ee = as in eggplant
  • Ii = as in ink
  • Oo = as in order
  • Uu = as in oooohh (not 'u' in "under")

The ' is a glottal stop just like saying the word "butter" with a stop in the middle. (Buhh'er)

Consonants[edit]

  • Pronounced like English alphabet*

BbDdGgHhKkLlMmNnPpRrSsTtWwYy

Common diphthongs[edit]

DIFFICULTIES[edit]

  • Ng-as in 'nang'
  • mga-as in 'manga'

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


Basics[edit]

This dialect is based in and around Southern Albay dialect.

  • Hello - Hello; Musta

(inf)-Nem;Num

  • How are you - Musta ka na? / Musta na kamo? (plural)
  • Your latest? - Uno na lamang? (casual) / Uno nang balita ta dyan? (f)
  • You're Welcome - Warang uno man (f) ; Welcome tabi (casual)
  • Fine, and you? - Marhay man, ika?
  • Fine too - Marhay man ako.
  • Good Morning - Marhay na aga.
  • Good noon - Marhay na udto.
  • Good Afternoon - Marhay na hapon.
  • Good evening - Marhay na banggi / Marhay na ga'bi (Daraga accent)
  • Good luck - Good luck saimo.
  • Please - Paki____ tabi.
  • Excuse me - Tabi' po
  • Thank you - Mabalos saimo.
  • Do you speak Bicol? - Tatao ka magtaram ki Bikol?
  • Do you speak English? - Tatao ka magtaram ki Ingles?
  • Yes - Iyo.
  • No - Dai / Di'
  • How do you speak ___ in Bicol? - Pa'nu ang ___ sabihun sa Bikol?
  • Are you American/Japanese/Spanish/Chinese/Canadian/British? - Kano/Hapun/Kastila/Intsik/Kanadyan/Britis ka?
  • Bicol is such a nice place - Malanggayun ang Bikol talaga.
  • I miss you - Naulila ako sa imo / Napupu'ngaw ako saimo
  • I hate you - Habo' na ko sa imo / Anggot ako saimo
  • Nice to meet you - Maogma akong namidbidan taka.
  • You're beautiful - Magayunon ka
  • What's your name - Unung pangaran mo? / Anong ngaran mo?
  • My name is ____ - Ang pangaran (ngaran) ko ay si ____ (f) / ____ ang ngaran ko. (inf) / Ako si ____ (casual)

Problems[edit]

  • Leave me alone - Pabayae ako. / Paba'yan moko.
  • Don't touch me! - Dai mo daw ako pagparakaptan!
  • Stop! Thief! - Pundo! Paraha'bon!
  • I'll call the police - Aangalan ko ang pulis.
  • Police - Pulis
  • I'm injured - Nalugadan ako.
  • Help! - Tabang!
  • I need your help - Kaipuhan ko ang tabang mo.
  • It's an emergency - Emergency itu.
  • I'm lost - Nawawara ako.
  • Where am I now? - Sain na ko ngana?
  • I need a doctor - Kaipuhan ku ki duktor.
  • Can i borrow your phone? - Pwede ko masubli ang phone mo?
  • Can i get your number? - Pwede ko agadun ang number mo?
  • I will kill you - Gagadanun taka.
  • I'm hungry - Gutom na ako.
  • Do you know where I am? - Aram mo kung sain na ako nakaantos?
  • You're a whore - Puta ka!
  • I have no money left - Wara na akong natada na kwarta.
  • Do have some? - Igwa ka pa?
  • Sorry, I'm tired - Pasensya na, pagal na ako.
  • How much is the fare in jeepney? - Manggurano man ang pamasahe sa dyip?
  • That's expensive - Mahalun yan.
  • Can I borrow your money? - Pwede ko mairam ang kwarta mo?
  • Sure, no problem - Sige, warang problema.

Numbers[edit]

0 - Wara / Siro / Buklo

1 - Saro

2 - Duwa / Dos

3 - Tulo / Tres

4 - Upat / Kwatro

5 - Lima / Singko

6 - Anum / Sais

7 - Pito / Syete

8 - Walo / Otso

9 - Siyam / Nuebe

10 - Sampulo / Dyis

11 - Onse

12 - Dose

13 - Trese

14 - Katorse

15 - Kinse

16 - Disisais

17 - Disisyete

18 - Disiotso

19 - Disinuwebe

20 - Bainte

21 - Bente-uno

22 - Bente-dos

30 - Trainta

40 - Kwarinta

50 - Singkwenta

60 - Sisenta

70 - Sitenta

80 - Otsenta

90 - Nubenta

100 - Sanggatos

101 - Sanggatos may saro

102 - Sanggatos may duwa

500 - Limang-gatos

1000 - Sangribo

2000 - Duwang ribo

3000 - Tulong ribo

10000 - Panampulong ribo / Dyesmil

1000000 - Sarong milyon

1000000000 - Sarong bilyon

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

  • 12:00 am - Alas dose nin aga
  • 1:00 am - Ala una nin aga
  • 2:00 am - Alas dos nin aga
  • 3:00am - Alas tres nin aga
  • 4:00am - Alas kwatro nin aga
  • 5:00 am - Alas singko nin aga
  • 6:00 am - Alas sais nin aga
  • 7:00 am - Alas syete nin aga
  • 8:00 am - Alas otso nin aga
  • 9:00 am - Alas nuebe nin aga
  • 10:00 am - Alas dyis nin aga
  • 11:00 am - Alas onse nin aga
  • 12:00 pm - Alas dose nin hapon (udto)
  • 1:00 pm - Ala una nin hapon
  • 2:00 pm - Alas dos nin hapon
  • 3:00 pm - Alas tres nin hapon
  • 4:00 pm - Alas kwatro nin hapon
  • 5:00 pm - Alas singko nin hapon
  • 6:00 pm - Alas sais nin gabi
  • 7:00 pm - Alas syete nin gabi
  • 8:00 pm - Alas otso nin gabi
  • 9:00 pm - Alas nuebe nin gabi
  • 10:00 pm - Alas dyis nin gabi
  • 11:00 pm - Alas onse nin gabi
  • Minute - Minuto
  • Hour - Oras
  • Clock - Orasan
  • Seconds - Segundo
  • Quartertime - La'bus na oras
  • Shorthand - Hali'pot na kamot
  • Longhand - Halabang kamot
  • Wall clock - Pangparil na orasan
  • Grandclock - Panggarabos na orasan
  • Wristwatch - Relo

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

  • Sunday - Dominggo
  • Monday - Lunes
  • Tuesday - Martes
  • Wednesday - Miyerkules
  • Thursday - Huwebes
  • Friday - Biyernes
  • Saturday - Sabado

Months[edit]

  • January - Enero
  • February - Pebrero
  • March - Marso
  • April - Abril
  • May - Mayo
  • June - Hunyo
  • July - Hulyo
  • August - Agosto
  • September - Setyembre
  • October - Oktobre
  • November - Nobyembre
  • December - Disyembre

Writing time and date[edit]

  • January 9 2000 - Nuebe nin Enero taong dos mil

Colors[edit]

  • Blue-Azul;Asul;Blu
  • Red-Pula
  • Orange - Orange
  • Green - Bughaw / Green
  • Yellow - Dilaw / Yellow
  • Violet - Bayolet
  • Black - Itum
  • White - Puti
  • Color of rainbow - Kulay nin reynbow
  • Indigo - Indigo
  • Cyan - Sayan
  • Magenta - Mahenta
  • Maroon - Maroon
  • Yellowgreen - Dilaw asin bughaw na kulay
  • Redviolet - Pulangbayolet na kulay
  • Greenyellow - Bughaw na dilaw na kulay
  • Mixed - Hinalo
  • Hue - Kulay

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

  • How much is a ticket to___ - Manggurano an tiket paduman sa___
  • One ticket to___ please - Sarong tiket paduman sa ____ tabi.
  • Where does the bus/train go? - Sain paduman an bus/tren?
  • Where is the bus/train ? - Sain an bus/tren?
  • Does this bus/train stop in___? - Nagapundo ining bus/train sa___?
  • When does the bus/train for___will leave? - Kina'no an bus/tren magalarga paduman ___?
  • When will the bus/train arrive in___? - Kina'no magalarga paduman sa ____ an bus/tren?

Directions[edit]

  • How do I get to___? - Pa'no ako makaduman sa___?
  • Train station - Istasyon nin tren
  • Bus station - Istasyon nin bus
  • Airport - Palupadan; Airport
  • Where are there a lot of___? - Sain duman an kadakol ki___?
  • Is it far from here? - Harayo daw yan digdi?
  • Can you show me on the map? - Pwedeng ipahiling mo sako digdi sa mapa?
  • Street - Agihan / Dalan
  • Turn left - Liko sa wala
  • Turn right - Liko sa tuo
  • Left - Wala
  • Right - Tuo
  • Straight ahead - Abante sana
  • Intersection - Sabatan
  • Uphill - Patukad
  • Downhill - Parusdos

Taxi[edit]

  • Taxi! - Taksi!
  • Take me to___ please - Iatod mo ako sa___ tabi.
  • How much does it cost to take to ___? - Pira an pamasahe paduman sa ___?
  • Take me there, please - Iatod mo ako duman, tabi.

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Eating[edit]

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

  • How much is this? - Manggurano ini?
  • That's only just P1,000 - Sarong mil piso man lang yan.
  • Is this the right dress for me? - Bagay man ining bado sakuya?
  • That dress is beautiful - Malanggayon san na bado.
  • Go to the casier - Dumuman sa bayadan (cashier).
  • My money is insufficient - Di na kasya ang kwarta ko.
  • Where is the cosmetic section? - Sain an bakalan nin mga kosmetik?
  • Would you like to come with me? - Muya mong mag-iba sakuya?
  • We'll go shopping - Mamasyar kita.
  • How many stuffs will you buy then? - Pira man an babakalun mong gamit?
  • Out of stock - Wara nang butang.
  • Get some shopping cart - Kumua nin shopping cart.
  • Which is better, this or that? - Arin an mas magayon, ini o itu?
  • If you like, you may want to invite your friends to join us - Kung muya mo, imbitahun mo man su mga barkada mo na mag-iba samu.
  • How expensive! - Mahalun!
  • Can i use my credit card? - Pwede ko gamitun an credit card?
  • Shopping centre - Sentro ki pasyaran.

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

  • President - Presidente
  • Vice-President - Bise-Presidente
  • Mayor - Mayor
  • Police - Pulis
  • Traffic Enforcer - Tagakontrol nin Trapiko
  • Governor - Gobernador
  • Doctor - Duktor
  • Nurse - Nars
  • Janitor - Dyanitor
  • Worker - Paragibo / Trabahador
  • Teacher - Maestro(a)