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Sus! Maryusep: Let's Learn Common Bisaya Expressions

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Bisaya, or Cebuano, is a dialect that is commonly used in the Visayan region of the Philippines. It is also used in other parts of Mindanao, but there are different kinds of Bisaya, but they're still classified as Bisaya LOL. But what I am about to share with you all today are the common Cebuano phrases and expressions that are usually expressed by Cebuanos in their everyday lives. I bet kuya ed @TengoLoTodo will be interested in this one since he likes to learn new Tagalog and Bisaya words.

We Cebuanos are very expressive; we can't say a single sentence without adding an expression, especially when it comes to cursing words. Not just Cebuanos, but most of us Filipinos. 


[AMBOT]

"Ambot" can be used in a variety of situations by Bisaya speakers. It technically means "no idea," but it can also be applied in a variety of other ways. It can also signify "I don't know" or "I'm not interested."

For example:

" Did you know that they ended their relationship yesterday?"
" Ay! Ambot lang uroy!" [ "I don't know"] or ["I'm not interested"]

or it could be like this ["Ambot sa imo!"]

I have seen other non-Bisaya speakers use this expression as well. Just like Ate @Ruffa , sorry ate, you're the first person that comes to my mind that usually says the expression "ambot" HAHA.

[ MIRISI / GABAAN/ GABA ]

"Mirisi" denotes that whatever happened to that individual was for the best, which frequently occurs when something unpleasant occurs. "Good for you!" is another translation. "You got what you deserved!" The word "Gabaan" or "Nagabaan" means also the same thing.

For example:

["He got bitten by a dog for stealing someone's bicycle last night."]

["Mirisi! na gabaan!"] "He got what he deserved!"

[ SABA DIHA / HILOM OY ]

"Saba Diha" is a derogatory term, however, it is not particularly negative. It literally means to stifle or shut off someone's speech. This term is sometimes used by Bisaya speakers to convey disagreement on a topic. "Hilom oy!" is another expression for this one which basically means "Shut up!"

For example:

[" Nanguyab man daw si Jon nimo? yieehh"] "I heard Jon is courting you? yieehh"

["Saba diha oy!'] "Shut up!"

[ KANANG KUAN ]

"Kanang" or "Kuan" are Bisayan terms that are used universally. It can be both a noun and a verb. This is frequently used when a person is unable to specify anything or find the appropriate word. "Yung ano" is the Tagalog term for this one.

For example:

["Gi kuan lage ni kuan si kuan"] or in tagalog ["Inaano ni ano si ano"]

["He/She did something to someone"]

[ PUHON ]

"Puhon" signifies "God willing" or "maybe someday." When you're hoping for something to happen in the future, you use this term. I'm hoping for a bright and prosperous future. God's perfect time.

For example:

["Ma successful engineer rako puhon"]

" I'll be a successful Engineer someday"

[ SIMBAKO ]

"Simbako" roughly translates to "God forbid". It is said to reverse the words that entail impending misfortune. We Cebuanos usually knock on anything but wood to take away misfortunes, or we say "simbako palayo" so that it will not going to happen. It's like a "sumpa," a curse. 

For example:

[" You hate him that much, maybe in the future you ended up together"]

[ Sus! intawn simbako palayo!]

[ MAO/ BITAW ]

The terms "Mao" and "bitaw" do not have any literal meanings. These are terms that are used to show agreement. You can also say "mao bitaw" to combine the two words.

For example:

["I heard all bisaya people are all pretty and good-looking"]

[" Bitaw! sakto na, tinuod jud na"] "Yup! that's right, that's absolutely true!"


These aren't just all. There are still lots of Bisaya phrases and expressions that are commonly used by Cebuanos and Bisayas. Maybe I can make another part of this one. But I'm not sure yet when will I e able to write about this. I hope you learned something from this one LOL.

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So yung mirisi/gabaan is like "Buti nga sa'yo"?

Kaaliw I learned a lot of new Bisaya words today. Haha.

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2 months ago

Korek! mao. hahaha Or pwede din yung short term nalang na "Gaba" HAHAH

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2 months ago

Love this and bookmarked, in the meantime I remember being told bitaw can be used as a reply meaning ... really. Salamat for the mention I will be back to study when I am not at work like I am now 😉

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2 months ago

You're welcome kuya ed, it's nice seeing you learning and also using some of our bisaya words haha

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2 months ago

Can I just say na I'm hearing how we, bisaya speakers, the tone when I read the words? Hahaha

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2 months ago

Proud bisaya here hahaha. Pinaka ganahan nako nga word sis kay Puhon 🤗. Puhon kaloy an.

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2 months ago

Purong tagalog po pero saba diha lang di ko alamm dyan. Hahahaa dami ko pong kaibigan na ginagamit ang bisaya na diyalekto kaya po nakakaintindi ako kahit papaano pero di ko po kaya mag salita ng dirediretso gamit ang bisaya po.

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2 months ago

honestly madali lang yung bisaya talaga. At oo, pansin ko na andaming mga taong nagsasalita o gumagamit ng bisaya words kahit hindi bisaya, ang dali nilang natuto haha

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2 months ago

I'm saving this article for when I have the time to learn new words hehe

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2 months ago

dali lang talaga aralin yung bisaya, pramis HAHAHA

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2 months ago

Ambot lang Yung alam ko dyan hahaha.

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User's avatar Yen
2 months ago

pareho kayo ni ate ruffa hahahah. may alam din po kayong curse words na bisaya?

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2 months ago

Wala hehehehe. Yung pastilan ba?

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User's avatar Yen
2 months ago

Just now I know the meaning of puhon, I'm not totally illongo but I understand Gamay lang Ang aKong bana ay illongo pero ka inchindi ko gamay Cebuano.

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2 months ago

ka intindi ko gamay sang ilonggo kasi tito is from bacolod

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2 months ago

Seriously, I enjoyed reading this new words. They are also sweet to pronounce because I keep pronouncing them along 😁😁

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2 months ago

honestly princess, the only word that is sweet to pronounce is the word "Puhon" the rest are just uhmm in different pronunciation hahha

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2 months ago

I'm not Bisaya but i know a little bit words like puhon and ambot sa imo 😂 HAHA because of the influenced of the social media lol. But anyway, thank you for sharing! I learned another words again!

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2 months ago

those are common words na din kasi na pati non bisaya speakers ay gumagamit na non HAHAHAH

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2 months ago

It's cool. I've learned my firsts Bisaya expressions today, thanks! :)

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2 months ago

it's nice that you've learned something! you're welcome cocola !

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2 months ago

Kahinumdom ko sa bana sa akong ig-agaw sis. Naglibog siya unsa daw pasabot anang karun taudtaud. Diba daw ang "karun" is karun gyud ( as in now na) unya ang "taudtaud" is unya pa. So, unsa man jud daw kuno, karun o unya pa.hahahahhaa

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2 months ago

giahak HAHAHAHHA mao bitaw sa, kalibog gyud aning bisaya oy. Maypa mo ingon nalag "Unya taudtaud" hahaha

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2 months ago

Ambot lang talaga alam ko dito ee hahaha. How about "I love you" ganon? Pano yun?

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2 months ago

Mahal kta or I love you is "Nahigugma ko nimo" kasi "gugma" means love. char HAHAHHA

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2 months ago

Ohhh, ang hirap tandaan ahahaha

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2 months ago

Hahaha Giapil unta nimo ang word na "ADI" Hahaa. Nice content ate Jinifer.

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2 months ago

AHAHHA wait- unsa nang "adi" oy? karon pako kasugat ana HAHAHHA

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2 months ago

Ayy Wala diay ka kabalo ana ate? Hehhe. Expression mana dria saamua.

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2 months ago

Relate gayud ko ani sis. Hehehe mga bisaya gayud sis..😅 Kanang Puhon cge gayud pangutana akong partner kay wa kasabot unsa daw ng Puhon kay cge ra daw ko banggit ug puhon.😅

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2 months ago

sige lang ta anig puhon mayng lawas haha. Dili diay bisaya imo partner?

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2 months ago

Ang kuan ni kuan jud oi😅

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2 months ago

mao lage te, gi kuan ni kuan HAHAH

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2 months ago

Maiintindihan ko na ba ang mga meme na may caption na bisaya? Charr

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2 months ago

HAHAHHA madali lang naman intindihin yun lalo na kapag may words o kahit isang word ka na naintindihan, ma gegets mo na yung yung whole sentence

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