Newbie question


I am very new to this language.... I'm trying to understand the difference in some of the dialects that would be used in Northern Mindanao/Iligan region. So I know there is Tagalog, then Bisayan is a dialect? How does Cebuano fit in to this?

What is a person living in the Northern Mindanao area likely to speak?


bisaya commonly refers to cebuano, but...

Hi~! (This is going to be long, sorry!)

So when someone is saying that someone else or a language is Bisaya, they are usually/commonly implying the Cebuano dielect (yes, DIALECT). However, Binisaya is a more general linguistic term to refer to all Visayan dialects, which includes the Visayas, Mindanao, and some regions of Luzon.

If you are unfamiliar with the difference between a language or a dialect, a language is usally referring to a whole other system of words, syntaxe, grammar, etc. Korean and Chinese are two different languages, like Tagalog and Binisaya. However a dialect is a slightly different form of a langauge that is usually based on regional differences, with slight differences in words or phrases or syntaxe, but with a similar overall system. Busan Satoori Korean and Standard Seoul Korean are dialects, like Cebuano Binisaya and Hiligaynon Binisaya.

For example, I am Davaoeño which means that I speak a form of Binisaya that has more flexible grammar rules, some retainment of archaic pronunciation, and a LOT of mixed Tagalog words. However, my father is Cebuano which is more rich, pure, and has sturdier grammar rules with newer/abbreviated pronunciation.

In Northern Mindanao, people are more likely to speak standard Cebuano, but there is also Hiligaynon, Binukid, Tagalog, and English.

There should also be an article on this website about the differences between saying Bisaya, Cebuano, and Binisaya.

Hope this helps!!