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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
Palihog sang madali lang. (PaLIhog sang MAdali lang)
I'm sorry. 
Pasensyaha lang ako. (PAsenSYAha lang akoh)
Goodbye 
Asta sa liwat. (ASta sa leeWAT)
Goodbye (informal
Bai Bai. (Bye Bye)
I can't speak Hiligaynon/Illongo [well]. 
Indi ako makahambal sang Illongo[sang maayu]. (INdi AKOH makaHAMbal sang IilLONGo[sang maAYU])
Do you speak English? 
Makahambal ka sang Ingles? (MakaHAMbal ka sang INGgles?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( ?)
Help! 
Bulig! (BuLIG!)
Look out! 
Halong!/Lantaw-a sang maayu! (HaLONG!/LanTAW-WA sang MaAYU)
Good morning. 
Maayu nga Aga. (MaAYU NGA aGA)
Good evening. 
Maayu nga Hapon. (MaAYU NGA HAApon)
Good night. 
Maayu nga Gab-i. (MaAYU nga GAB-EE)
Good night (to sleep
Maayu nga Gab-i, Tulog na 'ta. (MaAYU nga Gab-i, TUlog na 'TAH)
I don't understand. 
Indi ko ma-intindihan/intsinde. (INdi ko mah-inTINdihan/InCHINdeh)
Where is the toilet? 
Diin ang kasilyas/banyo? (DiIN ang KAHsilyas/BanYU?)
How do you say ____? 
Paano mo hambalon ang ____? (PaANOH mo HAMbalLON ang ____?)
What is this called? 
Ano ang tawag sa ini? (Ano ang taWAG sa eeNI)
What is that called? 
Ang ang tawag sa ina? (Ano ang taWAG sa eeNA)

Problems

Leave me alone. 
Pabayaa ako. (PabahYAH-AH ako)
Go away. 
Halin 'to. (Ha-LIN 'TOH)
Don't touch me! 
Indi ko pagtanduga! (InDEE ko pagTANDUG-gah)
Police! 
Pulis! (PuhLIS!)
I'm calling the police. 
Tawgun ko ang pulis. (TawGON koh ang PuhLIS)
Stop! Rapist! 
Tama na! Maniyak! (Tahmah nah! ManiYAK!)
Stop! Thief! 
Tama na! Kawatan! (Tahmah nah! KaWAHtan!)
I need your help. 
Kailangan ko sang bulig mo. (Kay-LAH-ngan ko sang BuLIG)
I'm lost. 
Nadula ako. (Nah-DU-lah ako.)
I lost my bag. 
Nadula ko ang bag ko. (Nah-DU-lah ko ang bag ko)
I lost my wallet. 
Nadula ko ang wallet ko. (Nah-DU-lah ko ang wallet ko)
I'm sick. 
May-sakit ako. (MA-y SahKIT ako.)
I've been injured. 
Na-sugatan ako. (Nah-suGAHtan ako.)
I need a doctor. 
Kailangan ko sang duktor. (Kay-LAH-ngan ko sang DUK-tor)
Can I borrow your phone? 
Pwede hulamon ang telepono mo? (PuweDEH huLAHmon ang telePONO mo?)

Numbers

When buying Spanish numbers are commonly used.

Isa (EE-sah)
Duwa/Duha (Du-WAH/Du-HA)
Tatlo (Tat-LO)
Apat (AhPAT)
Lima (LeeMAH)
Anum (AHnum)
Pito (PEEto)
Walo (WahLO)
Siyam (SYA-am)
10 
Sampuh (SamPUH)


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Lodging

Money

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