Zamboanguenyo yo de Zamboanga, Chavacano yo ta Conversa


Hello!; Hi!

Buenas dias!

Good day!; Good Morning!

Buenas Tardes!

Good Afternoon!

Buenas Noches!

Good Evening!; Good Night!





Como esta usted?

How do you do?

Quetal man uste?

How are you?


Muy bien, gracias!

Very well, thank you!

or: Buenamente man, gracias!

Bueno man, a Dios gracias!

Quite well, thank God!

Y uste, quetal man?

And how are you?; And you, how goes it?

Igualmente bien, gracias!; Tambien!

Equally well, thanks!; Same!

Bueno-bueno, man!

Oh, so-so!

Okey man yo!; Okey lang!

I am okay!

Chavacano (as a proper noun, as a derivative of the Spanish adjective "chabacano," and as it is generally accepted in literature, the broadcast media, and Zamboangueños) or Chabacano (as the Spanish adjective) is the common name for the several dialects of the Philippine Creole Spanish spoken in the Philippines. The word chabacano - which the name Chavacano is derived from - is Spanish for "poor taste," "vulgar," "common," "tasteless," "tacky," or "coarse."

Chavacano speakers are concentrated mostly in Zamboanga City, in the provinces of Zamboanga, Basilan, Cavite, and in some areas of Davao and Cotabato. According to the official 2000 Philippine census, there were altogether 607,200 speakers in that same year. The figures could be much higher as the population of Zamboanga City far exceeds the census figure. Speakers are also found in Semporna, Sabah in Malaysia -- not surprisingly -- because this northern part of Borneo is close to the Sulu islands and Zamboanga Peninsula, and it was once part of Spanish Philippines until the late 19th century. Some people of the Muslim ethnic tribes of Zamboanga such as the Tausugs, the Samals, and of Basilan such as the Yakans also speak the language. In the close provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi areas, there are muslim speakers of the Zamboangueño dialect or formally known as Chavacano de Zamboanga.

Some dialects based on the nearby regions are Castellano Abakay spoken in Davao and Cotabateño spoken in Cotabato. Castellano Abakay still has two-subdialects namely Catellano Abakay Chino and Castellano Abakay Japon. There are three known dialects of Chavacano which have Tagalog as their main substrate language: Caviteño, Ternateño, and Ermitaño (extinct). The other dialects have Cebuano as their main substrate language. Zamboangueño is the dialect with the most number of speakers, being the main language and official of Zamboanga City and the de facto language of Basilan Province.

The vocabulary is predominantly derived from the ancient/oldSpanish language, while grammar is mostly based on other AusthronesianPhilippine languages such as Tagalog and Cebuano. It is used in education, print media, television and radio.

Source: Wikipilipinas

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