Knowing the language of the place you’re traveling to has its perks. You don’t have to speak the language fluently, but being familiar with some catchphrases and basic terms like “Hello” and “Thank you” can get you a long way in getting around and making a good first impression among the locals of your destination.
The Philippines has eight major languages across its many islands. One of them is Ilocano, a native language spoken in several areas and is considered the third most-spoken language in the country. It is prevalent in Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, and SOCCSKSARGEN.
Planning to explore more of the local scene? Here are some basic Ilocano words and phrases that will definitely come in handy on your next trip to Central or Northern Luzon:
If you are not yet confident in Ilocano, ask anyone first if they can speak Tagalog or English. Below you can find how to politely say that you do not understand something or to let the person you are talking to know that you only speak little Ilocano or not at all.
In learning a new language, knowing how to introduce yourself and greet other people is a good place to start. Check out these phrases when meeting Ilocanos and converse like a local!
If there’s one thing Filipinos love to do, it’s getting together to eat. In eating out with your Ilocano friends or when invited to their household for lunch or dinner, these phrases can be useful during mealtime.
One of the best parts of traveling is seeing the sights, which usually comes hand in hand with shopping for souvenirs and experiencing the local scene. These Ilocano phrases are useful for meeting with friends, shopping for goods, using public transportation, or simply going out for errands in the area.
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