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Hiligaynon phrasebook

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Hiligaynon or more known as Illongo is spoken in the Western Visayas region as well as in South Cotabato in Mindanao, in the Philippines. It is a part of the family of Visayan languages. The language contains much of Spanish loanwords. It is also known as Illongo because much of the speaker originate in the province of Iloilo and has a total of 11 million speakers making it the 3rd most spoken native language in the Philippines.

Pronunciation guide

Pronunciation is similar to Tagalog and Capiznon.

Vowels

like 'a' in "apple"
like 'e' in "bed" (often silent at the end of a word)
like 'i' in "fin"
like 'o' in "dog"
like 'oo' in "hoop"

Consonants

like 'b' in "bed"
like 'k' in "kid"
like 'd' in "dog"
like 'ph' in "phone"
like 'g' in "go"
like 'h' in "help"
like 'dg' in "edge"
like 'c' in "cat"
like 'l' in "love"
like 'm' in "mother"
like 'n' in "nice"
like 'p' in "pig"
like 'q' in "quest" (with "u", almost always)
like 'r' in "row"
like 'ss' in "hiss"
like 't' in "top"
like 'v' in "victory"
like 'w' in "weight"
like 'cks' in "kicks", 'h' in "help"
like 'y' in "yes", like 'ie' in "pie"
like 'z' in "haze"

Common digraphs

ay 
like 'ai' in "chai"
aw 
like 'ow' in "cow"
ey 
like 'ay' in "say"
iw 
like 'iw' in "eew"
ow 
like 'ow' in "row"
oy 
like 'oy' in "boy"

Phrase list

Basics

Hello. 
Hello. (Same as in English)
Hello. (informal
Hi. (Same as in English)
How are you? 
Kamusta ka na? (KaMOOStah KAH nah?)
Fine, thank you. 
Ma-yu man ako. (Mah-YUH man AKOH)
What is your name? 
Ano ang pangalan mo? (Ano ang paNGAlan moh?)
My name is ______ . 
Ang pangalan ko ay si ______ . (Ang paNGAlan koh ay si ______.)
Nice to meet you. 
Nalipay ako makilala ka. (NaLIpay AKOH makilala KAH)
Please. 
Palihog. (PaLIhog)
Thank you. 
Salamat. (SaLAHmat)
You're welcome. 
Wala sang anuman. (WaLA sang anoMAN)
Yes. 
Hu-o. (Hu-Oh)
No. 
Indi. (INdi)
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. ( )
Goodbye 
. ( )
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( ?)
Help! 
 ! ( !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? ( ?)

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Money

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