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BISAYA, OR NOT TO BISAYA?

Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by Crane op, Dec 22, 2020.

  1. djfinn6230

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    Maayong Pasco sa tanan! Have a great holiday everyone!


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    I don't know.
    I have never bothered, my Filipina wife (and kids) have better English than me.

    But I do have a large group of male Filipino friends, I should learn so following with interest.
     
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    I'd like to learn enough to at least be able to get the gist of a conversation. I find that when I want to say something to the wife and she's in conversation with another local, I never know when their conversation is at an end (not that their conversations ever do actually end, until they are asleep, but if you understand what is being said, you can gauge the flow and find the right place to speak).
     
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    I would add if your filipina gf/wife speaks Tagalog or Cebuano/Visaya live in a matching mother tongue region.
    If not she will find the other expat wives talking in their mother tongue and feel out of the group.

    My lady (from a Tagalog area) has learnt enough Visaya here to understand it but is shy to talk it so sticks to Tagalog and her close Visayan friends will talk in Tagalog just for her.
     
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    I just don't take notice of what anyone except myself says about me IN ANY LANGUAGE - people can speak a load of:
    • Afrikaans: kak
    • Amharic: ቀጥል
    • Arabic: تبا
    • Azerbaijani: говно
    • Bashkir: гавно
    • Belarusian: лайно
    • Bulgarian: лайна
    • Bengali: বিষ্ঠা
    • Bosnian: sranje
    • Catalan: merda
    • Cebuano: sh*t
    • Czech: hovno
    • Welsh: cachu
    • Danish: lort
    • German: Scheiße
    • Greek: σκατά
    • Esperanto: merdo
    • Spanish: mierda
    • Estonian: pask
    • Basque: kaka
    • Persian: گه
    • Finnish: paskaa
    • French: merde
    • Irish: cac
    • Scottish Gaelic: sh*t
    • Galician: merda
    • Gujarati: છી
    • Hebrew: חרא
    • Hindi: गंदगी
    • Croatian: aktivnosti
    • Haitian: kaka
    • Hungarian: szar
    • Armenian: սահմաններում
    • Indonesian: sial
    • Icelandic: skítur
    • Italian: merda
    • Japanese: sh*t
    • Javanese: telek
    • Georgian: sh*t
    • Kazakh: говно
    • Khmer: លាមក
    • Kannada: ಶಿಟ್
    • Korean: 똥
    • Kyrgyz: говно
    • Latin: mauris
    • Luxembourgish: Scheiße
    • Lao: ອຶ
    • Lithuanian: šūdas
    • Latvian: sūdi
    • Malagasy: diky
    • Mari: мушкын отыл
    • Maori: sh*t
    • Macedonian: срање
    • Malayalam: നാശം
    • Mongolian: баас
    • Marathi: कचरा
    • Hill Mari: гавно
    • Malay: sial
    • Maltese: ħajja
    • Burmese: ဟာ
    • Nepali: बकवास
    • Dutch: sh*t
    • Norwegian: dritt
    • Punjabi: sh*t
    • Papiamento: mira
    • Polish: gówno
    • Portuguese: merda
    • Romanian: rahat
    • Russian: говно
    • Sinhalese: ජරාව
    • Slovak: hovno
    • Slovenian: sranje
    • Albanian: mut
    • Serbian: настави
    • Sundanese: sh*t
    • Swedish: skit
    • Swahili: sh*t
    • Tamil: கதை
    • Telugu: ఒంటి
    • Tajik: говно
    • Thai: อึ
    • Tagalog: tae
    • Turkish: kahretsin
    • Tatar: говно
    • Udmurt: гавно
    • Ukrainian: гівно
    • Urdu: گندگی
    • Uzbek: axlatni
    • Vietnamese: sh*t
    • Xhosa: sh*t
    • Yiddish: דרעק
    • Chinese: 狗屎

    about someone they don't know. Btw, am I still on-topic? :smile:

    I had to replace 'i' with '*' or sh it changed to 'poo'.
     
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    Years ago before we decided to live here full time i had a notion to learn the language, as my working conditions included being on a floating steel island for 28 days at a time i had plenty of time on my hands, i started an online course of Tagalog and as there were a few Filipino crew on board i used to try a few phrases on them, most of the time this was met with laughter from them, very discouraging, i was not sure if the laughter was because i was mispronouncing things in a funny way or if they were taking the p1ss or if they were getting nervous that i might know what they were saying.
    During my time off we would often spend time here and i would observe my wife interacting with locals and locals interacting with each other and it seemed to me as if most of the time they did not have a clue what each other was saying, for example it took a long conversation to get a coke with no ice, 1st attempt coke came with glass of ice, 2nd attempt glass and ice taken away and bottle left, 3rd attempt my wife had to go to the bar and ask for an empty glass or a straw, got a straw.
    After witnessing many similar incidents i decided i did not have the patience for this and gave up all endeavours to learn the language.
     
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    Coke walang ice> Coke without ice.
     
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    Yes i know, sounds easy.
     
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    I only know a few words of bisaya maybe 30/40 words, even less of Tagalog words. First words of Bisaya I learned.. waly kwater dong (spelling) No money boy.
     
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    I would say, in my street-Visayan, “Gusto ko sa Coca Cola ug ice”. Go ahead, criticize lol, I know it would be understood.


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