Visayan language primarily spoken in the islands of Samar and Eastern Leyte
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Waray (Winaray) is a local language spoken in the Eastern Visayas, Philippines. It is part of a family of languages called the Visayan languages.

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.

Pronunciation guideEdit

VowelsEdit

Unaccented vowels

a
near-open central unrounded vowel IPA [ɐ]; like the u in cut
e
open-mid front unrounded vowel IPA [ɛ]; like the e in bed
i
near-close front unrounded vowel IPA [ɪ]; like the i in sit
o
close-mid back rounded vowel IPA [o]; like the au in author
u
near-close back rounded vowel IPA [ʊ]; like the oo in foot

Accented vowels

a
open central unrounded vowel IPA [a]; like the a in far
e
close-mid front unrounded vowel IPA [e]; like the a in hand
i
close front unrounded vowel IPA [i]; like the ee in see
o
open-mid back rounded vowel IPA [ɔ]; like the o in off
u
close back rounded vowel IPA [u]; like the oo in soon

ConsonantsEdit

b
as in best
k
as in key
d
as in dough
g
as in gold
h
as in heat
l
as in let
m
as in me
n
as in net
ng
as in song
p
as in pea
r
as in raw
s
as in sea
t
as in talk
w
as in we
y
as in yes


Some consonants are borrowed from Spanish and English and are used in writing names of places and personal names.

c
When followed by a, o or u, it is pronounced like c in scare. When followed by e or i, it is like c in pencil
f
like f in fine
j
like h in ham
ll
although not a letter in the Philippines but of Spanish influence, pronounced as ly
ñ
like ny in canyon
q
like q in quest (always with a silent u)
v
pronounced the same way as b (see above) like b in elbow.
x
like x in flexible
like ss in hiss (at beginning of a word)
like h as in he in the family name Roxas
z
like s in supper

Common diphthongsEdit

aw
as in how
iw
as in kiwi
ay
as in high
oy
as in boy

Phrase listEdit

BasicsEdit

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.

Common signs


OPEN
bukas (boo-KAHSS)
CLOSED
sirado (sih-RAH-daw)
ENTRANCE
sarakuban (sah-rah-KOO-bahn)
EXIT
garawasan (gah-rah-WAH-sahn)
PUSH
duso (doo-SAWʔ)
PULL
hila (HEE-lah)
TOILET
uruhán (oo-roo-HAHN)
MEN
lalaki (lah-LAH-kee)
WOMEN
babayi (bah-BAH-yee)
FORBIDDEN
igindidiri (ihg-gihn-DEE-dih-rihʔ)
Hello.
.Maupay (mah-OO-pigh)
Hello. (informal)
. ( )
How are you?
Kumusta ka? (koo-MOOSS-tah kah?)
Fine, thank you.
Maupay man, salamat. (mah-OO-pigh mahn sah-LAH-maht)
What is your name?
Ano hiton imo ngaran? (ah-NAW HEE-tawn EE-maw NGAH-rahn?)
My name is ______ .
______ iton akon ngaran. ( _____ EE-tawn AH-kawn NGAH-rahn)
Nice to meet you.
.Maupay nagkilala kita. (mah-OO-pigh nahg-kih-LAH-lah KEE-tah)
Please.
Palihug (pah-LEE-hoog)
Thank you.
Salamat. (sah-LAH-maht)
Thank you very much.
Damo nga salamat. (DAH-maw ngah sah-LAH-maht)
You're welcome.
Waray sapayan. (wah-RIGH sah-PAH-yahn)
Yes.
Oo. (AW-aw)
No.
Diri. (DEE-ree)
Excuse me. (getting attention)
.ah-NIGH dow (anay daw)
Excuse me. (May I get by)
Tabi apoy. (TAH-bihʔ ah-PAWY)
I'm sorry.
Pasaylo-a ako. (pah-SIGH-LAW-ah ah-KAW)
Goodbye
Sige, sunod nala. (SEE-geh soo-NAWD nah-LAH)
Goodbye (informal)
Makadi na ako. (mah-kah-DEE nah ah-KAW)
I can't speak Waray [well].
Diri ako makarit magyakan hin ??????. (DEE-ree ah-KAW mah-KAH-riht mahg-YAH-kahn hihn ??????)
Do you speak English?
Maaram ka mag-iningles? (mah-AH-rahm kah mahg-ih-nihng-LEESS?)
Is there someone here who speaks English?
Mayda ba maaram didi mag-iningles? (migh-DAH bah mah-AH-rahm dih-DEE mahg-ih-nihng-LEESS?)
Help!
Tabangi daw ako.(tah-BAH-ngih dow ah-KAW!)
Look out!
Paghinay! (pahg-HEE-nigh!)
Good Day
Maupay nga adlaw (mah-OO-pigh ngah ahd-LOW)
Good morning.
Maupay nga aga. (mah-OO-pigh ngah AH-gah)
Good noon.
Maupay nga udto (mah-OO-pigh ngah ood-TAW)
Good Afternoon
Maupay nga kulop (mah-OO-pigh ngah koo-LAWP)
Good evening.
Maupay nga gab-i. (mah-OO-pigh ngah gahb-EE)
Good night.
Maupay nga gab-i. (mah-OO-pigh ngah gahb-EE)
I don't understand.
Waray ako makabaro. (wah-RIGH ah-KAW mah-kah-bah-RAW)
I don't know.
Diri ako ma-aram. (DEE-ree ah-KAW mah-AH-rahm)
Where is the toilet?
Hain iton kasilyas? (HAH-een ahn kah-SEELL-yahss?)

ProblemsEdit

Leave me alone.
Pabay'i ak' (pah-BIGH-ee ahck)
Don't touch me!
Ay' ak' lab'ti! (aigh ahck LAHB-tee!)
I'll call the police.
Matawag ak' hin pulis. (mah-TAH-wahg ahck hihn poo-LEESS)
Police!
Pulis! (poo-LEESS!)
Stop! Thief!
Huyo! Kawatan! (HOO-yaw! kah-wah-TAHN!)
I need your help.
Kinahanglanon ko t'im bulig. (kih-nah-hahng-LAH-nawn kaw tihn BOO-lihg.)
It's an emergency.
Emergency ini . (eh-MEHR-jehn-see ih-NEE.)
I'm lost.
Nawawara ak'. (nah-wah-wah-RAH ahck.)
I lost my bag.
Nawara ko'n akon bag. (nah-wah-RAH kawn AH-kawn bahg)
I lost my wallet.
Nawara ko'n akon pitaka. (nah-wah-RAH kawn AH-kawn pee-TAH-kah)
I'm sick.
May-ada ko sakit. (migh-AH-da kaw sah-KEET.)
I've been injured.
Napiangan ako. (nah-PEE-ah-ngahn ah-KAW)
I need a doctor.
Kinahanglanon ko'n doktor. (kih-nah-hahng-LAH-nawn kawn dawck-TAWR.)
Can I use your phone?
Puyde makahurám ti'm selpon? (POOY-deh mah-kah-hoo-RAHM teem sehll-PAWN?)

NumbersEdit

1
usa (oo-SAH)
2
duha (doo-HAH)
3
tolo (too-LAW)
4
upat (oo-PAHT)
5
lima (lee-MAH)
6
unom (oo-NAWM)
7
pito (pee-TAW)
8
walo (wah-LAW)
9
siam (SHAHM)
10
napulo (nah-POO-law)
11
napulo kag usa (nah-POO-law kahg oo-SAH)
12
napulo kag duha (nah-POO-law kahg doo-HAH)
13
napulo kag tolo (nah-POO-law kahg too-LAW)
14
napulo kag upat (nah-POO-law kahg oo-PAHT)
15
napulo kag lima (nah-POO-law kahg lee-MAH)
16
napulo kag unom (nah-POO-law kahg oo-NAWM)
17
napulo kag pito (nah-POO-law kahg pee-TAW)
18
napulo kag walo (nah-POO-law kahg wah-LAW)
19
napulo kag siam (nah-POO-law kahg shahm)
20
karuháan (kah-roo-HAH-ahn)
21
karuháan kag usa (kah-roo-HAH-ahn kahg oo-SAH)
22
karuháan kag duhá(kah-roo-HAH-ahn kahg doo-HAH)
23
karuháan kag tulo (kah-roo-HAH-ahn kahg too-LAW)
30
katloan (kaht-LAW-ahn)
40
kap-atan (kahp-AH-tahn)
50
kalim-an (kah-LEEM-ahn)
60
kaunman (kah-OON-mahn)
70
kapitoan (kah-pee-TAW-ahn)
80
kawaloan (kah-wah-LAW-ahn)
90
kasiaman (kah-SHAH-mahn)
100
usa ka gatos (oo-SAH kah gah-TAWSS)
200
duha ka gatos (doo-HAH kah gah-TAWSS)
300
tulo ka gatos (too-LAW kah gah-TAWSS)
1,000
usa ka yukot (oo-SAH- kah yoo-KAWT)
2,000
duha ka yukot (doo-HAH kah yoo-KAWT)
1,000,000
usa ka milyon (oo-SAH kah mihll-YAWN)
1,000,000,000
usa ka bilyon (oo-SAH kah bihll-YAWN)
1,000,000,000,000
usa ka trilyon (oo-SAH kah trihll-YAWN)
number _____ (train, bus, etc.)
numero han tren, bas ( )
half
katungá (kah-too-NGAH)
less
garugamay (gah-roo-gah-MIGH)
more
darudamo (dah-roo-DAH-maw)

TimeEdit

now
yanâ (yah-NAHʔ)
later
unina (oo-NEE-nah)
before
kanina (kah-NEE-nah)
morning
aga (AH-gah)
afternoon
kulop (koo-LAWP)
evening
gab-i (GAHB-ee)
night
gab-i (GAHB-ee)

Clock timeEdit

one o'clock AM
ala una'n aga-aga (ah-LAH OO-nahn AH-gah Ah-gah)
two o'clock AM
alas dos han aga-aga (ah-LAHSS dawss hahn AH-gah AH-gah)
noon
udto (ood-TAW)
one o'clock PM
ala una'n kulóp (ah-LAH OO-nahn koo-LAWP)
two o'clock PM
alas dos han kulóp (ah-LAHSS dawss hahn koo-LAWP)
midnight
halarum nga kagab-ihun (hah-LAH-rawm ngah kah-gahb-EE-hoon)

DurationEdit

_____ minute(s)
____ minuto(s) (mih-NOO-taw/ss)
_____ hour(s)
____ ka-oras (kah AW-rahss)
_____ day(s)
____ ka-adlaw (kah ahd-LOW)
_____ week(s)
____ ka-semana (kah seh-MAH-nah)
_____ month(s)
____ ka-bulan (kah BOO-lahn)
_____ year(s)
____ ka-tuig (kah too-EEG)

DaysEdit

today
yanâ (yah-NAHʔ)
yesterday
kahapon (kah-HAH-pawn)
tomorrow
buwas (boo-WAHSS)
this week
yanâ na semana (yah-NAHʔ nah seh-MAH-nah)
last week
sa usa ka semana (sah oo-SAH kah seh-MAH-nah)
next week
otro semana (awt-RAW seh-MAH-nah)
Monday
lunes (LOO-nehss)
Tuesday
martes (MAHR-tehss)
Wednesday
mierkoles (MYEHR-koo-lehss)
Thursday
huwebes (WEH-behss)
Friday
biernes (BYEHR-nehss)
Saturday
sabado (SAH-bah-daw)
Sunday
domingo (daw-MEENG-gaw)

MonthsEdit

January
Enero (ih-NEH-raw)
February
Pebrero (pihb-REH-raw)
March
Marso (MAHR-saw)
April
Abril (ahb-REELL)
May
Mayo (MAH-yaw)
June
Hunyo (HOON-yaw)
July
Hulyo (HOOLL-yaw)
August
Agosto (ah-GOHSS-taw)
September
Setyembre (siht-YEHM-breh)
October
Oktubre (awck-TOO-breh)
November
Nobyembre (nawb-YEHM-breh)
December
Disyembre (dihss-YEHM-breh)

Writing time and dateEdit

ColorsEdit

white
busag
red
pula/baga
blue
asul
black
itom/pili
brown
tabonon
yellow
dulaw, darag
green
berde

TransportationEdit

BusEdit

How much is a ticket to _____?
Tagpíra an tiket pa ____? (tahg-PEE-rah ahn TEE-keht pa ____?)
One ticket to _____, please.
Pabakal usa na tiket pa ___ (pah-bah-KAHLL oo-SAH nah TEE-keht pa ____ )
Where does this bus go?
Pakarín ini na bus? (pah-kah-REEN ih-NEE nah bahss?)
Where is the bus to _____?
Hain man an bus tikadto ha _____? (HAH-ihn mahn ahn trehn/bahss tih-kahd-TAW ha ___)
Does this bus stop in _____?
Diin ini mapondo? (dih-EEN ih-NEE MAH-pawn-daw?)
When does the bus for _____ leave?
San'o ini malarga? (sahn-AW ih-NEE mah-lahr-GAH?)
When will this bus arrive in _____?
San'o ini muabot? (sahn-AW ih-NEE moo-ah-BAWT?)

DirectionsEdit

How do I get to _____ ?
Panan-o makakadto hiton/ha ____ (pah-NAHN-aw mah-kah-KAHD-taw HEE-tawn/hah ___)
...the bus station?
estasyon han bus (ehss-TAHSS-yawn hahn booss)
...the airport?
an paluparan (ahn pah-loo-PAH-rahn)
...downtown?
poblasyon (pawb-LAHSS-yawn)
...the _____ hotel?
an hotel (ahn HAW-tehll)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate?
an konsulado han Amerika/Kanada/Britanya (ahn kawn-soo-LAH-daw hahn ah-MEH-rih-kah/KAH-nah-dah/brih-TAHN-yah)
Where are there a lot of...
Hain iton damo nga ... (HAH-ihn EE-tawn DAH-maw ngah ... )
...hotels?
mga hotel (mah-NGAH haw-TELL)
...restaurants?
mga restawran (mah-NGAH rehss-TOW-rahn)
...bars?
mga bar (mah-NGAH bahr)
...sites to see?
mag-upay nga kirit'un (mahg-OO-pigh ngah kih-RIHT-oon)
Can you show me on the map?
Puyde nimo ipakita ha akon dinhi ha mapa? (POOY-deh NEE-maw ih-pah-KEE-tah hah AH-kawn dihn-HEE hah MAH-pah)
street
kalsada (kahll-SAH-dah)
Turn left.
liko pawala (lih-KAW pah-WAH-lah)
Turn right.
liko patuo (lih-KAW pah-TOO-aw)
left
wala (wah-LAH)
right
tuo (TOO-aw)
straight ahead
diridiritso la (dih-rih-dih-riht-SAW lah)
towards the _____
ngada hiton ____ (NGAH-dah HEE-tawn)
past the _____
kahuman hiton ____ (kah-HOO-mahn HEE-tawn)
before the _____
san-o hiton (SAHN-aw HEE-tawn)
Watch for the _____.
Pangita hiton ____ (pahng-NGIH-tah HEE-tawn)
intersection
kanto (KAHN-taw)
north
amihan (ah-MEE-hahn)
south
salatan (sah-LAH-tahn)
east
sinirangan (sih-nih-RAH-ngahn)
west
katungdan (kah-TOONG-dahn)
uphill
sagkahun (sahg-KAH-hoon)
downhill
lugsungon (loog-SOO-ngawn)

LodgingEdit

Do you have any rooms available?
May-ada pa kamo libre nga kwarto? (migh AH-dah pah kah-MAW lihb-REH ngah kawhr-TAW?)
How much is a room for one person/two people?
Tag-pira ton kwarto ini hin may-ada na upod nga... (tahg-PEE-rah tawn kwahr-TAW ih-NEE hihn migh AH-dah ngah...)
Does the room come with...
Iton kwarto ini hin may-ada na upod nga... (EE-tawn kawhr-TAW ih-NEE hihn migh AH-dah na oo-PAWD ngah...)
...bedsheets?
bedsheet (BEHD-sheeht)
...a bathroom?
kariguan (kah-rih-GOO-ahn)
...a telephone?
telepono (teh-LEH-poo-naw)
...a TV?
TV (TEE-bee)
May I see the room first?
Puyde ko anay makita an kwarto? (POOY-deh kaw AH-nigh mah-KEE-tah ahn KWAHR-taw?)
Do you have anything quieter?
May-ada kamo mamirumingaw? (migh ah-DAH kah-MAW mah-mih-roo-MEE-ngow?)
...bigger?
darudakô (dah-roo-dah-KAW)
...cleaner?
maharuhamis (mah-hah-roo-HAH-mihss)
...cheaper?
barobarato (bah-roo-bah-RAH-taw)
OK, I'll take it.
Sige, kukuhaon ko. (SEE-geh koo-koo-HAH-awn kaw)
I will stay for _____ night(s).
____ la ako kagab-i nganhi. (____ lah ah-KAW kah-gahb-EE ngahn-HEE)
Can you suggest another hotel?
May-ada ka pa iba nga maaram nga hotel? (migh AH-dah kah pah ih-BAH ngah mah-AH-rahm ngah haw-TEHLL?)
Do you have a safe?
May-ada ka ligtas? (migh ah-DAH kah lihg-TAHSS?)
...lockers?
lockers (LAH-kehrss)
Is breakfast/supper included?
Upod na iton pamahaw/panngiklop? (oo-PAWD nah EE-tawn pah-MAH-how/pahn-NGIHCK-lawp?)
What time is breakfast/supper?
Ano iton oras hiton pamahaw/panngiklop? (ah-NAW EE-tawn AW-rahss HEE-tawn pah-MAH-how/pahn-NGIHCK-lawp?)
Please clean my room.
Alayun, pakihamis hiton akon kwarto. (ah-LAH-yoon pah-kih-hah-MIHSS HEE-tawn AH-kawn KWAHR-taw)
Can you wake me at _____?
Puyde nimo ako sampiton hiton ___? (POOY-deh NEE-maw ah-KAW sahm-PEE-tawn HEE-tawn)
I want to check out.
Karuyag ko na mag-check out. (kah-ROO-yahg kaw nah mahg chehck owt)

MoneyEdit

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars?
( )
Do you accept British pounds?
( )
Do you accept Euros?
( )
Do you accept credit cards?
( )
Can you change money for me?
( )
Where can I get money changed?
( )
Can you change a traveler's check for me?
( )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed?
( )
What is the exchange rate?
( )
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)?
( )

EatingEdit

A table for one person/two people, please.
(lamesa para ha duha nga tawo please )
Can I look at the menu, please?
(puyde ako kumita hit iyo menu? )
Can I look in the kitchen?
( puyde ak kumita hit iyo kusina?)
Is there a house specialty?
(ano it iyo specialty? )
Is there a local specialty?
(ano ito specialty hini nga lugar?)
I'm a vegetarian.
( vegetarian ako)
I don't eat pork.
(diri ako nakaon hin baboy )
I don't eat beef.
(diri ako nakaon hin baka )
I only eat kosher food.
( )
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard)
( )
fixed-price meal
( )
a la carte
( )
breakfast
( pamahaw)
lunch
( )
tea (meal)
( )
supper
( )
I want _____.
( )
I want a dish containing _____.
( )
chicken
( )
beef
( )
fish
( )
ham
( )
sausage
( )
cheese
( )
eggs
( )
salad
( )
(fresh) vegetables
( )
(fresh) fruit
( )
bread
( )
toast
( )
noodles
( )
rice
( )
beans
( )
May I have a glass of _____?
( )
May I have a cup of _____?
( )
May I have a bottle of _____?
( )
coffee
( )
tea (drink)
( )
juice
( )
(bubbly) water
( )
(still) water
( )
beer
( )
red/white wine
( )
May I have some _____?
( )
salt
( )
black pepper
( )
butter
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished.
( )
It was delicious.
( )
Please clear the plates.
( )
The check, please.
( )

BarsEdit

Do you serve alcohol?
( )
Is there table service?
( )
A beer/two beers, please.
( )
A glass of red/white wine, please.
( )
A pint, please.
( )
A bottle, please.
( )
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please.
( )
whiskey
( )
vodka
( )
rum
( )
water
( )
club soda
( )
tonic water
( )
orange juice
( )
Coke (soda)
( )
Do you have any bar snacks?
( )
One more, please.
( )
Another round, please.
( )
When is closing time?
( )
Cheers!
( )

ShoppingEdit

Do you have this in my size?
( )
How much is this?
( )
That's too expensive.
( )
Would you take _____?
( )
expensive
( )
cheap
( )
I can't afford it.
( )
I don't want it.
( )
You're cheating me.
( )
I'm not interested.
(..)
OK, I'll take it.
( )
Can I have a bag?
( )
Do you ship (overseas)?
( )
I need...
( )
...toothpaste.
( )
...a toothbrush.
( )
...tampons.
. ( )
...soap.
( )
...shampoo.
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen)
( )
...cold medicine.
( )
...stomach medicine.
... ( )
...a razor.
( )
...an umbrella.
( )
...sunblock lotion.
( )
...a postcard.
( )
...postage stamps.
( )
...batteries.
( )
...writing paper.
( )
...a pen.
( )
...English-language books.
( )
...English-language magazines.
( )
...an English-language newspaper.
( )
...an English-English dictionary.
( )

DrivingEdit

I want to rent a car.
( )
Can I get insurance?
( )
stop (on a street sign)
( )
one way
( )
yield
( )
no parking
( )
speed limit
( )
gas (petrol) station
( )
petrol
( )
diesel
( )

AuthorityEdit

I haven't done anything wrong.
( )
It was a misunderstanding.
( )
Where are you taking me?
( )
Am I under arrest?
( )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen.
( )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate.
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer.
( )
Can I just pay a fine now?
( )


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