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Basic Guide to the Masbateño Dialect

Basic Guide to the Masbateño Dialect

Planning to go to Masbate Province for a visit? Is your lover a Masbateño/Masbateña? Or just curious about Masbate’s diaclect? 

Masbateño is a Visayan language spoken by more than 600,000 people, primarily in the province of Masbate in the Philippines. It is close to Capiznon variant of Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) and Waray-Waray, both spoken on Visayas. It can be considered a Bisakol language, meaning a language intermediate between Visayan and Bikol languages. – Wikipedia

Here are some Masbate dialect, words, and phrases that might be useful for your first and succeeding trips to Masbate.

W-H Questions

  • Who? – Sin-o?
    • Who are you with? — Sin-o an kaupod mo?
    • Who are you? — Sin-o ka?
  • What? – Nano?
    • What are you doing? — Nano an guina-himo mo?
    • What is your name? — Nano an pangaran mo?
  • Where? – Diin?
    • Where are you going? — Diin ka makadto?
    • Where are we? — Hain kita?
    • Where do you live? — Diin ka naga istar?
  • When? – San-o?
    • When are you leaving? — San-o ka mahali?
  • Why? – Kay nano?
    • Why are you afraid? — Kay nano kay hadlok ka?
  • How? – Pan-o?
    • How to get to Masbate? — Pan-o magkadto sa Masbate?

Common Masbateno Phrases

These are some of the helpful Masbateno phrases that can help you with your visit to Masbate.

  • I Love you – Palangga ta ikaw (Masbate Mainland)
  • I Love you – Namomo-ot ako sa imo. Namumot-an ta ikaw. (Bicol)
  • I Love you so much – Purupalangga ko ikaw (Masbate Mainland)
  • Let’s eat – Mag kaon na kita/ Karaon na kita
  • You’re (really) beautiful – Ka-ganda mo (gayud)
  • You’re (really) handsome – Ka-gwapo mo (gayud)
  • Help me please – Buligi/Buliga man ako
  • Can you teach me? – Pwede mo ako matukduan?
  • I want to learn Masbateno – Gusto ko makaaram mag Masbatenyo.
  • Good morning – Maayo na aga
  • Good afternoon – Maayo na hapon
  • Good evening – Maayo na gab-i
  • Sleep tight – Turog maayo
  • I don’t love you anymore – Dili ko na ikaw palangga
  • Can I ask a favor? – Pwede mag ngayo pabor? 


  • One – Usad
  • Two – Duwa/Duha
  • Three – Tulo
  • Four – Upat
  • Five – Lima
  • Six – Unom
  • Seven – Pito
  • Eight – Walo
  • Nine – Siyam
  • Ten – Napulo
  • Eleven – Onse
  • Twelve – Dose
  • Thirteen – Trese
  • Fourteen – Katorse
  • Fifteen – Kinse
  • Twenty – Baynte
  • Twenty One – Baynte-uno
  • One Hundred – Syen/Usad kagatos
  • One Thousand – Usad Kalibo/Karibo

We hope you learned a Masbateño word or two in this blog post.

Want to add some Masbateno words/phrases that you think might be useful to the Masbate visitors? Please comment down.

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