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#1: CEBUANO ALPHABET AND PRONUNCIATION. BY THE END OF THIS LESSON YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO: - Pronounce the letters in the Cebuano alphabet - Read and write Cebuano words. THE CEBUANO ALPHABET (ABAKADA).

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1 cebuano alphabet and pronunciation

#1: CEBUANO ALPHABET AND PRONUNCIATION

BY THE END OF THIS LESSON YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO:

- Pronounce the letters in the Cebuano alphabet

- Read and write Cebuano words

the cebuano alphabet abakada
THE CEBUANO ALPHABET (ABAKADA)
  • Abakada (alphabet). The abakada or the Cebuano alphabet consists of twenty letters in the following sequence:
  • a, b, k, d, e, g, h, i, l, m, n, ng, o, o, r, s, t, u, w and y
  • Note that k follows b and ng (new and different letter!) follows n.
cebuano vowels
Cebuano vowels.
  • The Cebuano vowels are a, e, i, o and u.
  • The Cebuano vowel sounds are slightly different than English vowel sounds.
  • The closest sounds to the five vowel sounds of Cebuano are:
  • a as in far, father (ah, like ‘‘Ah ha! Eureka!’’)
  • e as in end, bed (eh, like an old man saying ‘‘Eh sonney!’’)
  • i as in eve, marine (ee, like ‘‘Eek, it’s an eel!)
  • o as in obey, hope (oh, like ‘‘Oh my goodness!’’)
  • u as in food, moon (ooh or ew, like seeing a painful football injury)
cebuano consonants
Cebuano consonants.
  • The consonants are pronounced with the sound of a at the end:
  • Ba, Ka, Da, Ga, Ha, La, Ma, Na, Nga, Pa, Ra, Sa, Ta, Wa and Ya
the consonant ng spelled nga
The consonant Ng (spelled nga).
  • The ng sound is different to most English speakers because to them, the `n` and `g` are two different letters. The Cebuano letter ng is one consonant and has neither the `n` nor the `g` sound. It is pronounced in the same syllable.
  • It is pronounced by saying an ‘‘nga’’ sound from the back of the throat, while leaving the tongue on the bottom of the mouth. Avoid the temptation to have the tongue touch the top row of teeth.
  • The initial nga sound can be practiced by selecting a phrase with the correct sound (say -- sing a song). Then leave off the initial consonants (say –ing a –ong). Keep practicing until it comes with ease.
cebuano language objective 1 cebuano alphabet and pronunciation syl
CEBUANO LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE #1CEBUANO ALPHABET AND PRONUNCIATION(SYL)
  • The pronunciation of ng at the end of words is fairly simple, as in the English word sing or lung, but its pronunciation within a word is a little more challenging.
  • Most English words with internal `n` and `g` consonants usually have the `n` and `g` separated into two different syllables (ex. Man-ger, en-gine, en-glish, or man-go).
  • In English the `ng` combination is only found in the middle or end of words. In Cebuano, the consonant ng may appear at the beginning, middle, or end of words (such at ngalan, paingon, or ang).
  • The closest English words with the inside ng sound are longing, singing, or hanger (pronounced with the `g` sound).
spanish adopted letters
Spanish adopted letters.
  • There are letters not found in the Cebuano alphabet used in the language because of foreign languages. The following letters are taken from the Spanish alphabet:
  • ch sounds more like `sh`, as in the Spanish name Chavez.
  • j sounds more like `h`, as in the Spanish name Jose.
  • ll sounds like `lly`, as in the Spanish name Padilla
  • n sounds like `ny`, as in the English canyon.
  • rr rolling r sound
  • x sounds like `h`, as in the Spanish name Roxas
english adopted letters
English adopted letters.
  • The following are English adopted letters:

c, ch, f, j, q, v, x and z

other adopted letters
Other adopted letters.
  • ts - this sounds like the `ts` in the English hats
dipthongs
Dipthongs.

The Cebuano dipthongs are complex sounds that are combinations of simple vowel sounds and semi-vowels.

  • iy - as in pew diyutay (small amount)
  • ey - as in bait reyna (queen)
  • ay - as in hi balay (house)
  • aw - as in brow adlaw (day)
  • oy - as in boy baboy (pig)

Other complex sounds are:

  • dy - as `j` in dyip (jeep)
  • sy - as `sh` in misyon (mission)
cebuano language objective 1 cebuano alphabet and pronunciation syl1
CEBUANO LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE #1CEBUANO ALPHABET AND PRONUNCIATION(SYL)

READING AND WRITING CEBUANO WORDS

  • There are two skills involved in learning and becoming functional in a foreign language:

1) Reading written language and pronouncing it correctly, and

2) Writing the words your hear correctly.

  • A few ideas and a simple three step rule can help you develop both skills in Visayan.
cebuano syllables
Cebuano syllables.
  • Cebuano is not a truly-written language, which means that generally, a Cebuano word is spelled just as it is pronounced.
  • Each syllable and vowel is pronounced separately and distinctly. One Cebuano syllable will consist of either a vowel (V), a vowel with a consonant (CV) / (VC), or a vowel between two consonants (CVC). This makes reading in Cebuano much easier than English because the words can be easily broken into syllables.

CVC-CV-CVC VC CV-CV-CV VC VC-CVC CV CVC-CV-CVC

Nag - pa - lit ang la - la - ki og ga - tas sa tin - da - han.

(The boy bough milk at the store.)

CV-VC-CV CV CV-CV CV CV-CV-CV-CVC VC-CV

Mo - ad - to ba si - ya sa Pi - li - pi - nas ug - ma?

(Will he/she go to the Philippines tomorrow?)

the three step rule
The three-step rule.
  • A simple three-step process can help you read new words.
  • First, focus on the vowels in the new word (every syllables has one vowel). Thus, a word with three vowels (ex. merkado) also has three syllables (mer-ka-do). The vowels form the skeleton of the word.
  • Second, connect the vowels to the consonants and fill the flesh on the skeleton.
  • Finally, dress the word by adding correct stress and intonation.
stress
Stress.
  • Stress in Cebuano roots is usually placed on the next-to-last syllable, though this is not always the case. Knowledge of where to place a stress usually requires experience with the word. Many words have a different meaning when the stress is shifted.
  • STRESS ON FIRST SYLLABLE:

hapon - afternoon

basa - to read

kita - we (incl.)

  • STRESS ON SECOND SYLLABLE:

Hapon - Japan

basa - wet

kita - to see

cebuano language objective 1 cebuano alphabet and pronunciation syl2
CEBUANO LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE #1CEBUANO ALPHABET AND PRONUNCIATION(SYL)
  • Intonation.

Like in English, generally raise your tone for questions and requests, let your tone fall or level off for statements, commands, and responses, and suspend your tone for series and non-final phrases.

  • Glottal catch.

The glottal catch or the abrupt changes in the duration of syllables can also change the meaning of some words. The glottal catch is an abrupt closing of the throat. Thus, the last sound in the syllables is cut short. This occurs almost exclusively when the word ends in a vowel.

  • CATCH ON FIRST SYLLABLE: :

sala - living room

wala - left

basa - to read

  • CATCH ON SECOND SYLLABLE

sala - sin

wala - no; none

basa - wet

*Note: The glottal stop, for all intents and purposes, acts as a silent ‘‘t’’ consonant.

pronunciation practice
PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE

Practice pronunciation by reading aloud

the following Cebuano words:

  • Cebuano - Cebuano ebanghelyo - gospel
  • dili - not, no (future) Ingles - English
  • kauban - companion wala - one; no (past)
  • Pilipinas - Philippines lalaki - male
  • salamat - thank you misyon - mission
  • babaye - female walay sapayan - you're welcome
  • misyonaryo - missionary oo - yes