People travel for different reasons; some travel plainly for work, others go for the thrill of feeding their travel-hungry soul, while some travel to discover new places and meet new faces. 

Travelling gives us a fresh and exciting perspective on things we rarely get the chance to see. It forces us to have a fresh take on the world we live in, as we experience a new culture in every destination we visit. 

And one factor that lets us dive deep into a country’s culture is to learn how to speak the local language. It will also be easier for you to find your way around the place, plus locals love it when tourists address them using their dialects.


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Suppose you have any plans of traveling to Visayas and Mindanao, specifically Cebu & Davao. In that case, you might want to learn and practice these useful Bisaya phrases for your local travel.


  • Maayong Buntag! - Good Morning!

  • Maayong Adlaw! - Good Day!

  • Maayong Udto! - Good Noon!

  • Maayong Hapon! - Good afternoon!

  • Maayong Gabii! - Good Evening!

  • Kamusta ka? - How are you?

  • Kamusta imung adlaw? - How’s your day?


  • Salamat! - Thank you!

  • Daghang Salamat! - Thanks a lot!

  • Way sapayan - You’re welcome

  • Pasaylo-a ko - I’m sorry

  • Palihug - Please

  • Wala ko kasabot - I don’t understand

  • Wala ko kabalo - I don’t know

Basic questions and answers

  • Unsa imung pangalan? - What’s your name?

  • Pila na imung edad? - How old are you?

  • Asa ka nag puyo? - Where do you live?

  • Taga asa man ka? - Where are you from?

  • Oo - Yes

  • Dili - No

  • Wala - Nothing/None

  • Kaya nimu na! - You can do it!

When asking for directions

  • Asa ka muadto? - Where are you going?

  • Asa dapit ang (place)? - Where is the (location)?

  • Duol ra? - Is it nearby?

  • Layo na? - Is it far?

  • Pila ang plete? - How much is the fare?

  • Mao na ba ni nga lugar? - Is this the place?  

  • Liko - turn

  • Wala - Left

  • Tuo - Right

  • Diretso - Straight ahead

  • Diri - Here

  • Dira - There

Learning a new language can be challenging, but once you start understanding how the locals communicate, you appreciate their culture deeper, and you connect to them better. Start practicing now, kaya nimu na! 


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