Masbateño language

Masbateño language
Spoken in Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas
Native speakers 600,000  (date missing)
Language family
Language codes
ISO 639-3 msb

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 and Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), both spoken on Panay. It can be considered a Bisakol language, meaning a language intermediate between Visayan languages and Bicolano languages.


Masbateño has sixteen consonants: p, t, k, b, d, g, m, n, ng, s, h, w, l, r and y. There are three vowels: i, a, and u/o. The vowels u and o are allophones, with u always being used when it is the beginning and sometimes end of a syllable, and o always used when it ends a syllable. This is one of the Philippine languages which is excluded from [ɾ]-[d] allophone.


Who are you? - Sin-o Ka?

What is your name? - Nano/Ano an pangaran mo?

When is your Birthday - San-o ka nabuhay?

Where do you live? - Dein ka naga-estar?

Cat - Miya/Misay

Dog - Ido

Cow - Baka

Pig - Orig (piglet) Anay (mother pig)( baboy )

Rat - Iraga

I hate you - Urit ako sa imo

I love you - Namomo-ot ako sa imo (bicol)

I love you - Palangga ta ikaw (Masbate Main Land)

Ant - Sirum (Masbate Ticao Island)

Ant - Hormigas (Masbate Main Land)

Delicious - Masiram (Masbate)- manamit

Difficult - Malisud

Annoying - Kabaradli!!!

Come here - Apiki didi / kumadi didi

Ugly - Maraot

Beautiful - Katahom or Kaayo

Smoke - aso

Cloud - dampog

Brave - maisog

Coconut fruit - botong / lubi (matured coco)

Manure - udo

Road - kamino

Play - kanam / hampang

Unpleaseant smell - kabaho

Run - dalagan

Scary - kaharadlok

Bread - pan

Water - tubi

Weird - ibahan

One - isad/usad

Two - duwa/duha

Three - tolo

four - upat

five - lima

six - unom

seven - pito

eight - walo

nine - siyam

ten - napulo

Boy - lalaki

girl - babaye

dress - bado / yamit

priest - padi

far - harayo

wide - halu ag / haluwag

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