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.
- 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.