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Visayan languages

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The Bisayan or Visayan languages are a group of languages spoken mainly in the Visayas region of the Philippines. They are part of a larger language family that includes other Philippine languages such as Tagalog and several outside the country such as Malay and Indonesian, but they are not mutually intelligible with those languages and only to a limited extent with each other.

The most important of these languages is:

Cebuano is often called Bisaya by its speakers or Visayan in English. Wikipedia ranks it as the 55th most common world language by number of native speakers, at 21 million. It is the second most important local language of the Philippines, after the official language Filipino which is based on Tagalog.

There are over 30 Visayan languages; see Wikipedia for a list. The ones Wikivoyage has phrasebooks for are:

The Cuyonon language has about 120,000 native speakers in Palawan and the Cuyo Islands; we do not have a phrasebook for it.

No two of these are fully mutually intelligible, though a speaker of any of them would recognize some words and grammatical features in any of the others. Illongo and Capiznon are close enough to allow communication, but with difficulties.

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