Cebuano (Bisaya)

Cocotiers sur l'île de Mindoro
Cocotiers en montagne, île de Mindoro © Elisabeth Luquin‎

Discovering the language

Cebuano (also called binisayà or bisaya) is the mother tongue of around 16 million Filipinos in some of the Visayas islands (Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Biliran, and Southern Masbate) and certain provinces of Mindanao.
Cebuano is the second most spoken language in the archipelago after filipino-tagalog.

The courses

As part of the LLCER of filipino, the Cebuano and ilocano languages - which belong to the Austronesian language family like Tagalog - are taught in the Filipino section of Inalco's Southeast Asia and Pacific Department, at the introductory level with 3 hours per week over two semesters (78 hours in all). They alternate every other year.