Saturday, June 30, 2007

bisaya kong dako!

relaxing in between war breaks, i happen to pass by gwapito.com and was very impressed by his efforts to spread bisaya – the language of central and most of southern philippines. you see, more people consider bisaya as their mother tongue though everybody understands tagalog. before i go further let me define some words here.

filipino
-the austronesian language that is based on tagalog, draws its lexicon from other philippine languages, and is the official language of the philippines.(may also refer to the native of the country)
tagalog
-the austronesian language of the tagalog on which filipino is based.
bisaya/binisaya
-a member of the largest ethnic group indigenous to the philippines, found in the visayan islands.
-the austronesian language of the visayans.

based on the above definitions, our official language is predominantly tagalog. i can’t make a statement though, as to why tagalog was declared the wikang pambansa back 1939(or 1937?) by pres. manuel quezon, other than he is also tagalog himself. (no discrimination here) based on the map below(by wikipedia) bisaya and its dialects are widely spoken in the philippines a compared to tagalog. since the declaration is already done centuries ago and all schools are using filipino/tagalog as one of the two media of instruction(the other one is english), us visayan bloggers will be spreading our language through our blogs.

katagalugan

kabisaya-an(kabisay-an)

bisaya/binisaya is actually made up of several dialects with cebuano being widely spoken. other's include boholano, surigaonon, waray-waray, masbatenyo, ilonggo and other dialects.

so, let's start. we will use cebuano here in my blog. here are some common words/phrases from gwapito.com:

Everyday Conversation
English – Cebuano

Good day – Maayong adlaw
Good morning – Maayong buntag
Good noon – Maayong udto
Good afternoon – Maayong hapon
Good evening/night – Maayong gabii
Thank you – Salamat; salamat sa imo, salamat nimo
Thank you very much – Daghan kaayong salamat; salamat kayo
You are welcome – Wala’y sapayan
Please – Palihug
Come in – Dayon
Welcome – Maayong pag-abot
Excuse – Tabi
I am sorry – Gikasubo nako(expressing regret), Pasayloa ko(as an apology)
At once – Karon dayon
Later on – Taod-taod
By and by – Unya
Who – Kinsa
What – Unsa
Where – Asa
When – Kanus-a
What else – Unsa pa
Who else – Kinsa pa
Where else – Asa pa, Hain pa


i have also made a list of words in english-tagalog-bisaya translation below.


body parts:
english - tagalog - bisaya
head - ulo - ulo
hair - buhok - buhok
forehead - no'o - agtang
ear - tenga - dalunggan
eyebrow - kilay - kilay
eyelash - pilik'mata - pilok
eye - mata - mata
nose - ilong - ilong
cheek - pisngi - aping
lip - labi - wa'it
mouth - bibig - ba'ba'
teeth - ngipin - ngipon
tongue - dila - dila
chin - baba' - suwang
neck - le'eg - li'og
nape - batok - tangkugo
shoulder - balikat - abaga
arm - braso - braso
elbow - siko - siko
hand - kamay - kamot
finger - daliri - tudlo
nail - kuko' - kuko'
palm - palad - palad
chest - dibdib - dughan
breast - suso - totoy
rib - ??? - gusok(help on this please hehe)
tummy - tiyan - tiyan
belly button - pusod - pusod
hip - bewang - hawak
genital(both) - ari' - kinataw
butt - puwet - lubot
thigh - binti - paa'
knee - tuhod - tuhod
calf - ??? - bagtak(help on this please hehe)
ankle - sakong - tikod
leg/foot - pa'a - ti'il
sole - talampakan - lapa'lapa'

some tagalog and bisaya words are actually the same but i can't conclude that bisaya descended from tagalog or vice versa. i'm sure of one thing though, the malay-speaking balangay communities had most of their settlements in central philippines and most of our languages are from those natives.

i am not proposing that bisaya shall be our wikang pambansa(national language). gwapito.com and i are aiming for education, awareness , to lessen discrimination and to celebrate our ethnicity and comments are welcome.

more word translations will follow soon or you can read a blog of pure bisaya here.

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fairygodflower says: and a little game here for non-visayan speakers. para nman hindi boring ung post ever! cge mare, simulan mo na...

bitchywitch says: sa mga wa-ing alam sa bisaya i-translate ang sumusunod at ilagay sa comment. cge go:
(1)"taste me!"
(2)"try me"
(3)"bitch"[not the female dog]
(4)"i like your pants"
(5)"are you gay?"
(6)"bisaya kong dako"
Language is a social art.
-Willard Van Orman Quine

13 ang nakibaka (comments):

cant_u_read said...

panalo ang idea, aries! luvin it! luvin it! ang alam ko lang i-transalte sa quiz mo ay ung #5: "tuyab ka?" hehehe! i learned from the best. i learned from dan (and anna and jing fegi!)

harold said...

aries, unsay binisaya sa pupil?

MANDAYA MOORE: Ang bayot sa bukid said...

(1)"taste me!" - tilawi ko
(2)"try me" - suwayi ko
(3)"bitch"[not the female dog] - aries hehehe - buring, burikat, pampam
(4)"i like your pants" - ganahan ko sa imo pantalon
(5)"are you gay?" - bayot ka ba?
(6)"bisaya kong dako" - bisaya na man na sya daan- -- sa english-- i'm a full-blooded bisaya

empress maruja said...

Napag-aralan namin ang isyu tungkol sa national language chuchu. Hindi naman talaga Tagalog ang national language, but Filipino (which is supposed to be pinaghalo-halo ng mga wikang Pinoy). It just so happened na Tagalog ang ginawang standard sa lexicon and grammar mainly because this is spoken in the capital (like in China na ang Mandarin, which is spoken mainly in Beijing, ang ginawang national language).

I don't agree how other people call Cebuano and other regional languages as mere "dialects". Kyungengot ang mga ganon mag-isip.

MANDAYA MOORE: Ang bayot sa bukid said...

ano ba ang batayan para matawag ang isang bagay na language o dialect?

aries said...

Hello all,

i will be replying all ur questions and posting more answers on the next BINISAYAentry. i just hope i wont be busy next week...

just keep the comments coming. zalamat ever!

Pisanu for BISEAN said...
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Pisanu for BISEAN said...

This post is most interesting. It goes to show your social awareness and all.

Language "preservation" is a noble cause. You can start it here on your blog if you want to.

But the idea has to be supported by your fellow Visayan too. When I was in Mindanao Island, I learned they speak the Bisaya language -- BUT, what they try to teach me are Tagalog words. (and spoke to me in English).

Shouldn't they teach me Bisayan?

***If a dialect is spoken by more than a million people -- it's elevated to a "language".

***from our textbooks in Thailand --"the great languages of the Philippines; Tagalog, Ilocano, Bicolano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Tausug, Hiligaynon...

See? We know!!!!

Anonymous said...

actually 3 Wika sa Visayas ang Lingua Franca ng Pilipinas: Cebuano, Hiligaynon, at Waray.

Ginawang Tagalog ang Pambansang Wika noon, mainly dahil Tagalog ang presidente. Malaking kontrobersiya ito noon dahil kung si CP Garcia naman daw ang nanalo e malamang na Cebuano ang Wikang Pambansa.

Bukod dito, ginawang Tagalog ang Wikang Pambansa dahil:

1. Ito ang wika ng Manila na economic at political capital ng bansa.

2. Hindi nahahati-hati sa mga wika at/o dayalekto ang Tagalog, di tulad ng Bisaya na kapag sinabing Bisaya meron pang Hiligaynnon, Waray, Cebuano, etc.

3. Ito rin kasi ang ginamit na wika nina Rizal, Mabini, Aguinaldo, mga pangunahing tauhan ng rebolusyon.

4. May mayabong na literary tradition ang Tagalog. Andiyan si Balagtas na nag-revolutionize talaga ng panulaang Tagalog noon.

Bagamat hindi ako naniniwala sa mga nasabing rason ng Surian ng Wikang Pambansa sa pagpili sa Tagalog bilang Wikang Pambansa, may effort naman silang palawakin at payamanin ang wikang pambansa. Kaya nga noong 1973 at 1987, pinagtibay ang Filipino bilang Wikang Pambansa. Ibig sabihin base ito sa lahat ng wika ng Pilipinas at English at Espanyol. Base rin ito sa ideya ng Lingua Franca. So for example, yung paraan ng pagsalita ng Cebuano e may 'mag', pwede na niya itong gamitin.

hal:

Tara, kumain na tayo - Tagalog

pwede nang gamitin ang:

Tara, magkain na tayo - Filipino batay sa Cebuano.

May mga salitang panrehiyunal na rin ang ginagamit na sa Filipino, tulad ng 'gahum' kasi wala siyang exact na katumbas sa Tagalog so ito na mismo ang ginagamit sa akademya.

ayun.

aries said...

wow galing galing naman. now i'm obliged to post next week hehehe

@ pisanu-they do have a good reason of teaching you tagalog instead of bisaya-cebuano. i'll discuss it on the next binisaya entry

@anon-thank for the needed info. pakilala ka naman.

schmuck said...

magbinasaya na ko sa umaabot nga lagda sa akong blog. salamat aries hehe :P

dazedblu* said...

astig nakakloka ang translation, in fairness nagamit ko siya... ;)

Q The Conqueror said...

ay diay. Nabuang ako din hi. Lol.

I agree talaga. Dapat Bisaya ang national language natin. Despite the fact as Anon said na "isa lang" ang Tagalog and spread out ang Bisaya between Cebuano, Ilonggo and Waray, the thing is, THEY ALL UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. :)) My mom, for example, can speak the three languages with ease dahil konti lang difference. Dami pa jud mga Bisaya ha mindanao. :D

Dapat imove ang capital to CEBU! woot! hehehe.