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Friday, February 3, 2012

Cebuano Grammar: Travelling Locally

One of the challenges when taking a local transportation is to make sure you are conveying the right information to the driver who is not very conversant in the English language.  So often times foreigners think that the driver is trying to rip them off or is trying to get more money from them.  This is both a concern for the foreigner as it is for the driver who is embarrased to tell the foreigner that he does not understand him.  To avoid a misunderstanding, here are some useful expressions and vocabulary to help you get around town.

Local Transportation:

Tricycle            
trayk/traysikol

Minicab       
minikab

Car                     
awto

Bus                   
bus

Airplane           
iroplano

Ship                  
barko

Canoe                
baroto

Motor taxi         
habal-habal  

Jeepney           
jeepney


How much is the fare to _(name of place)_?
Pilay pliti  paingun sa ____________?
(It would help if you know the Cebuano term for local places.  You may check out the previous entries)

Here's my fare. (you say this while handing your fare to the driver)
Bayad/pliti.

 When you want to get off, You say: 

(sometimes you have to speak loud enough so the driver can hear you/or sometimes you knock on the roof of the jeep, this is common but not very appreciated.  Some jeepneys hang a string which is connected to a bulb that lights up when someone pulls the string to signify that he/she wants to get off)

Stop (only for transportations)
Para. 

Pull over, please.
Lugar lang, palihug.
Practice these expressions and commit them to your memory.  They will surely be useful if you travel around Visayas or Mindanao.

Ayu-ayo.  Kita ta sunod.

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