About Languages, Asking for help with Cebuano
Here are some phrases which might help you around when you're not sure about speaking different languages.
Do you speak English? - Makasulti ka ug Ininglis? (Makasulti ka ug English?)
Do you know English? - Kahibaw ka ug Ininglis? (Kahibaw ka ug English?)
Can you understand English? - Makasabot ka ug Ininglis? (Makasabot ka ug English?)
I don't speak Cebuano. - Di ko kasulti ug Cebuano.
I don't know Cebuano. - Di ko kahibaw ug Cebuano.
I can't understand Cebuano. - Di ko kasabot ug Cebuano.
I can speak a little Cebuano. - Makasulti ko ug gamay nga Cebuano.
I know a little Cebuano. - Kahibaw ko ug gamay nga Cebuano.
I can understand a little Cebuano. - Makasabot ko ug gamay nga Cebuano.
I don't understand. - Wa ko kasabot.
I don't understand anything. - Wa koy nasabtan.
Is there anyone here who can speak English? - Naay makasulti ug Ininglis diri?
Is there anyone here who knows English? - Naay kahibaw ug Ininglis diri?
Is there anyone here who understands English? - Naay makasabot ug Ininglis diri?
What does ___ mean? - Unsay pasabot anang ___?
What is the Cebuano for ___? - Unsay Cebuano sa ___?
What did he/she say? - Unsay iyang gi-sulti?
Please tell him/her ___. - Palihug ug ingon niya ___.
Generally, Cebuanos can understand if you just use the english name of the language. However, if you want to use the Cebuano translation of the language names, here are a few of the common ones:
English - Ininglis
Japanese - Hinapon
Chinese - Ininsik
Spanish - Kinatsila
Other languages can be translated by a simple rule:
1. For languages beginning with a vowel, add "in" at the beginning of the language.
2. For languages beginning with a consonant, add "in" before the first vowel of the language.
German - G+in+erman = Ginerman
Indian - in+Indian = Inindian
Korean - K+in+orean = Kinorean