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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Important Announcement

My Beloved Students,

Please be informed that Cebuano Teacher is unable to conduct lessons from Aug 3 to 17 due to a prior engagement.  I hope to see you all on the 21st of August.  

Your teacher,

Cebuano Teacher

Akong mga pinanggang istudyati,

Nagpahibalo ako kaninyo nga dili ako makabuhat sa pagtudlo sa mga leksiyon gikan Agosto 3 ngadto sa 17 gumikan sa usa ka nahaunang kabilinggan.  Hinaut makita ko kamong tanan sa pitsa 21 sa Agosto.

Inyong maestra,

Cebuano Teacher

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How to Create and Use Infinitives in Cebuano/Binisaya

The infinitive form is one of the conjugations of verbs in Cebuano, Binisaya, Bisaya or Visayan.  It is basically easy to use because it is used as it is.  The infinitive form is very simply:

To + verb root.   In English, here are some infinitives.

In Visayan or Cebuano, these are:

to eat = mokaon
to sleep = matulog
to smile = mopahiyom
to write = mosulat
to wash = maghugas
to shower = mag-shower
to break = magbali
to drive = mag-drive

How do we use the infinitive form?  Let's take for example the infinitive form 'mokaon' which means 'to eat' in English.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Writing a Blog as an Output for Language Learners

Some language learners are very self-directed and independent.  They have a goal in learning a language and they are very focused.  They also have good analytical skills.  Sometimes, they approach language learning like learning a mathematical concept.  They try to find the formula and pattern for some statements and word formations.  They just like to challenge themselves.  One pitfall for these kinds of learners is that they also easily get discouraged. Their interests must be partnered by a teacher that can entertain their queries fast and explain deeper grammar.  These kinds of students are very challenging to teachers because they encourage teachers to be creative and to diversify his or her methods and strategies.   

I have encountered these kinds of students several times already. They can be annoying sometimes, because they like to monopolize discussions and like to be one step ahead of the others, however they give me so much pride especially if they can use the language effectively.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Effective Ways to Learn a Language: Video clips and short movies

(courtesy of Youtube)

Before I became a language teacher, I was always curious as to how we learn to speak at all.   That was my first question.  The second one was, how come we speak different languages.  Of course, they were answered as I slowly grew to maturity and understood how languages evolved and how humans acquire their language and also learn it.  

In the past post I had, I talked about different styles of learning and the preferences of each learner.  Some students learn really fast, while others learn slow.   No one is poor at languages, no one is stupid not to learn a new language, each one differs on the speed of acquisition and learning.  So don't worry if you learn slow, because if you are really determined, you will eventually learn, but it might take time.  Remember, it's on the speed and the style of learning.

After about 120 hours of language sessions and students have achieved some level of proficiency, teachers should be more creative in teaching and must use different media.  Traditional methods like dialogues, grammar sessions, games, might not be interesting to the students anymore.  Students need to be challenged and exposed to a more complex type of activity.  An example of this media would be video clips.  It is adviseable to start with short ones with contents that are simple at first.   

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Creative Ways To Learn A Language: Pinoy Henyo


Japanese students playing "Pinoy henyo" in a Cebuano/Binisaya class

A good language teacher should be skilled in making lessons less intimidating and more enjoyable.  It is a challenge for teachers to think of strategies to make lessons entertaining for students.  Let's not forget that there are many grammar items that learners need to master and use correctly.  Therefore, teachers should think of ways that students can practice grammar without being so conscious that they are practicing grammar.   Learning a language should be effortless for students.  Structures can be learned by applying them in games.  

One of the popular games that all Filipinos are familiar with is the "Pinoy Henyo."  There are many grammar items that students can practice when they do this game.  Doing the "Pinoy Henyo" can help students practice grammatical structures without consciously memorizing structures, because their goal is to win and express their thoughts.  Plus repetitive use of the structure helps learners master it, effortlessly.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Enrol for 10 hours and Get 50% Discount in the succeeding 10 hours.

CEBUANO TEACHER  is celebrating its anniversary in August 2.  In line with this, Cebuano Teacher is offering special prices to regular enrolees and new enrolees.  Enrol for 10 hours in the month of July and get 50% discount in all succeding 10 hours.  Offer is good until July 31. 2015.   

Culture Matters: A Typical Cebuano/Visayan Food: SUTUKIL, Sugba-Tula (Tuwa)-Kilaw

If you are planning to go to the Visayas region, you should familiarize yourself with the most common ways the locals would prepare their food. When you familiarize yourself with the most common food you can eat in the Visayas region, it is easy for you to order or tell the locals what you want to eat.  Whether you are a tourist or not, you should try local cuisine as part of culture appreciation.  It is bad practice to visit a different country but insist on eating hotel food or fast food.  That's no way to appreciate local culture. So when you are in the Visayas, specifically Cebu, you need to know this word: SU-TU-KIL.  Anywhere you go, you will find Sutukil restos and eateries in Cebu, because these are the three most famous food preparations in Cebu.   So what is SUTUKIL?  Sutukil is a combination of 3 words.  "Su" is the first two letters of the word 'sugba.'  Sugba means  "to grill." 

You can grill almost any kind of food, but the most common is the 'sinugbang isda' or 'grilled fish.'  Since Cebu has many coastal towns, there are many fresh seafood, like fish, oysters, clams, shrimp, crabs, etc.  There is an abundance of salty water fish, and salty water fish is more tasty than freshwater fish.  The most common way people prepare 'sinugbang isda' is simply to make a few cuts (not totally slicing the fish) on the fish's body, just like what's shown in the photo,  Prepare soy sauce (toyo) squeezed with green lemons (limonsito) as dip.  And then eat 'kinamot' (using hands) style. I swear, you'll be licking each finger and salivate every time you imagine a "sinugbang isda."