Helpful Surigaonon Phrases Before you Travel to Surigao del Sur
Surigao del Sur is famous for Laswitan, Britannia Islands, Enchanted River, Tinuy-an falls. So today we will explore useful phrases from that region.
The following are from Surigao del Sur’s native language called Surigaonon (southern version, there is only a northern version), also called Binisaya by the natives. Sometimes they also call these by their respective towns, like Tandaganon, Tagon-on, etc.
Basic greeting according to the time of the day.
Madayaw is equivalent to Cebuano’s maayo or good in English.
Buntag for morning, udto for noon, hapon for afternoon and dum for evening. There are some similarities with other Visayan languages as you might notice.
- Madayaw na buntag!
- Madayaw na udto
- Madayaw na hapon
- Madayaw na dum
The following common greetings are used by locals that you can also use. Different ways of responding are also shown.
To ask someone how they are doing.
- Madayaw da isab. – I’m good as well.
- Okay da. – I’m okay.
To ask someone how they are doing more aggressively.
Yaunu sa kaw? – What happened to you?
- Wara da. – Nothing.
- Tagpasuan kay langakahi! – I feel hot because it’s humid!
- Tagtignaw ako. – I feel cold
- Taggutom ako. – I am hungry
- Tag-uhaw ako. – I am thirsty
What’s your name?
Unuy imo pangan? – What’s your name?
- Ako si Roneth. – I am Roneth
- Sin-o kaw? – Who are you?
Where are you from?
Taga hain kaw?
- Taga Cebu ako. – I am from Cebu
- Taga hain sab kaw? – How about you, where are you from?
Where are you going?
Hain kaw pasingod?
- Pasingod ako sa lungsod. – I am going to the town.
- Pauli na sa bahay. – I am going home.
Have you eaten yet?
Minkaon na kaw?
- Oo, mikaon na. – Yes, I have eaten already.
- Wara pa. – Not yet.
Varieties and different levels of showing your gratitude.
There are different ways in saying thank you in Surigaonon. The most boring version is the regular Salamat.
In Surigao del sur we also use suffixes. The first level is using the suffix -ay (salamatay) which would mean thanks a little bit more. After that is using -e (salamate), it means thanks a lot. The ‘superlative’ version is the using -ers (salamaters), which is thank you very very much.
Salamat, Salamatay, Salamate, Salamaters
I hope you find this article useful. Let me know if you visited any Surigao del Sur spots!
Thanks, Roneth. The Surigaonon phrase would really be helpful if I decide on visiting your beloved province of Surigao. I always find delight in learning new words and phrases 🙂
Wow! I am learning! Very helpful as my family is planning to visit the place!
My dad is from Surigao and knows how to talk Surigaonon! Unfortunately, I don’t know how to talk Surigaonon. Might try to saying these phrases to him!
Thank you for this!
Malipayon ako na nahuman mo inin ngan naka-publish ka bisan mahinay hin duro an aton internet connection didto han aton ginkadtuan. Makalilipay inin mahibaro kita hin iba na language didi ha aton country. Also, Salamaters for the wonderful weekend. Chika na liwat kita sunod.
Hahaha. Ang struggle though! Salamat sad sa amazing the weekend. Catch up with you soon!
Humok lagi imo surigaonon..
Here are he phrases I remembered
Marajaw karajaw, bayay, inday uno… Hahahah
I’ll take note of your phrases.
Hahaha, Those phrases are from the Surigao del Norte Sir! But regardless, we can understand those as well. 🙂
I’ve always wanted to visit Surigao so this might come in handy in the future. Salamaters, Roneth!
Enchanted River is one of the best Tourist Spot in Surigao and must say I will not be surprise that this will be part of The Worlds Best Spot
It’s kinda weird that Surigaonon isn’t exactly Bisaya but there are some words that are familiar. It would be nice to use these phrases when I go there someday…