Bisaya Learning

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If you plan on living in the Philippines, it is a good idea to learn some of the language where you will live.  If you will be living in the Central or Southern parts of the country, especially in the Visayas or Mindanao regions, the language you need to learn how to speak is Bisaya (also called Cebuano).  Basically, Bisaya and Cebuano are the same thing.  There can be regional differences, but when people say “Bisaya” they generally are talking about Cebuano, a language that originated in Cebu. Learning even a little bit of the language of your locale will help show some respect for the area and the customs of the people.

Interested in testing a sample of the course?  You can get Lesson 1, out of 60 total lessons, for free by clicking here!  Download now and try it out!

In my experience, when you learn a bit of the language and use it when speaking with the local people. they will treat you better, in a more friendly way.  You will also find that the more you learn, the more you will enjoy your life in the Philippines. I am personally fluent in Bisaya/Cebuano.  I moved to the Philippines in 2000, and finally started seriously learning the Cebuano language in 2007.  I graduated from my Cebuano course in September of 2011.  I know that learning the language can help make for a happier life in the Philippines, because that is what I experienced. I am offering a complete course in Bisaya/Cebuano so you can learn the language, or what parts of it you choose to learn.  Does the course work?  You better believe that it does!  How do I know?  Because this is the course that I used to learn the language myself.  I know that it worked well for me, thus it will surely work for you if you use it!  I can interact with Cebuano speakers with no problem using the language that I learned.  In general, unless I am conversing with a foreigner, when I go out of the house, I speak only Cebuano with the local people where I go around Davao, where I live, or other areas of the Central and Southern Philippines.  You can do it too!

What does the Course consist of?

Text Book

Text Book

Text Book

There is a complete text book consisting of 60 lessons in all.  The text book has the lesson that you need to learn, explained clearly so that you can understand it.  At the end of each lesson there is an exercise session so that you can put what you learned to use and make sure that you understand.  If you are unable to complete the exercises, that means you need to work on the lesson a bit more! The book is in Microsoft Word Format for use on your computer, or you can print it out and use it wherever you go. You may also purchase the book individually, if you don’t want or need the other materials in the course.

Electronic Flash cards

Each lesson in the book includes a list of 10 to 30 or so vocabulary words that you need to learn to complete that lesson.  Building your vocabulary in the language is the main way that you become fluent in speaking the language.  By learning the vocabulary lessons, this will help you become fluent in speaking the language. While I was studying Cebuano, I put the vocabulary lessons into electronic flash card format, and it worked great for me, that is why I am making the flash cards available to you.  My flash card system uses a computer program called JMemorize, which is a free download on the Internet.  Your Flash Cards will include instructions on where you can get the software for free to use the flash card files.  The flash card set includes one lesson for each lesson in the text book.  A few of the 60 lessons in the text book don’t have vocabulary sets, thus, there are no flash cards for those particular lessons.  But, in all, there are 56 flash cards sets in this set of flash cards. You may also purchase the set of flash cards individually, if you don’t want or need the other materials in the course.

MP3 Audio Files

MP3 Audio Lessons!

MP3 Audio Lessons!

In addition to the Electronic Flash Cards listed above, the course also has the vocabulary sets in MP3 format with the English and Bisaya/Cebuano in MP3 format.  The English is spoken by a native English speaker, and the Bisaya/Cebuano equivalent is spoken by a native speaker of Bisaya.  These files can be played on your computer, MP3 Player, iPod or whatever type of MP3 device you have.  There are 56 lessons in all. You may also purchase the set of MP3 Files individually, if you do not want or need the other materials in the course.

Order your Complete Bisaya/Cebuano Course today!

Just $149.99 for the complete course!  A big savings of $64.98 by buying the complete course!


Interested in testing a sample of the course?  You can get Lesson 1, out of 60 total lessons, for free by clicking here!  Download now and try it out!


  1. Ron Leggett says:

    Hi , your flash card audio can be received on my laptop? I have the usual Realplayer (I think) , and video playback system. Thanks

    • Bob Martin says:

      Hi Ron – Thanks for your inquiry! The flash cards use a program called JMemorize, which is a free download. The Audio lessons are MP3 files which will play fine in any audio program, including RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or virtually any other program that will play music and such.

      After paying, you can immediately download the Audio or the Flashcard files!

      Thank you again!

      • Charles Williams says:

        Bob, I have been searching for a course in Cubuano! I left my government job in the USA, after getting married to a Filipina and moved to Cebu province for approximately four years. I have an I-card and am now a permanent resident, but every effort I have tried to find a course in Bisaya has failed. The best I could find was a oversized dictionary from the National Book Store. How do I know that this course will work for me?

        • MindanaoBob says:

          Hi Charles – Thank you for stopping by and also for your interest in my Cebuano course!

          There are no guarantees in life, so I can’t promise that the course will work for you. However, I can say with 100% certainty that this is the same course that I used to learn Cebuano, and it worked for me. I am 99% certain that it will work for you too, if you apply yourself and do the work. That is the key, actually doing it. The materials are there that will teach you how to speak the language if you apply yourself, I can promise you that!

          I do wish you the best of luck in learning the language, and I am also willing to help by answering questions, or just encouraging you along the way!

          • Bisaya is very east…


            Where are you going – asa ka paingon
            Have you finished eating your dinner – human nakag kaon sa imohang panihapon?
            I’m inlove with you – naibog ko nimo.
            I’m angry with you – nasuko ko nimo…

            That’s all…

          • Bisaya is very easy…


            Where are you going – asa ka paingon
            Have you finished eating your dinner – human nakag kaon sa imohang panihapon?
            I’m inlove with you – naibog ko nimo.
            I’m angry with you – nasuko ko nimo…

            That’s all…

  2. Dave LaBarr says:

    Hi Bob,

    Do the flash card words coincide with the audio words so I can use them together for spelling and pronunciation? The audio is really great and a wonderful buy.

    Dave L.

    • Bob Martin says:

      Hi Dave – I’m glad that you found the audio lessons to be useful! Yes, the flashcards and audios do coincide with each other, and will work hand in hand!

  3. Dave LaBarr says:

    Hi Bob,

    I downloaded flash cards 1-10 and only received 1-9. Maybe I goofed it up?? I downloaded flash cards 11-20 with no problem. Also , I downloaded the audio vocab. 1-10; no problem , really great, and necessary for me. Do you have audio vocab. that I can download for lessons 11-20?

    Dave L.

    • Bob Martin says:

      Hi Dave – Thank you for your purchases. Actually, or lessons 1-10, lesson 10 is a review of all the combined words from 1-9.

      Right now, I don’t have an audio lesson for 11-20, but I will come out with one soon, and I will let you know when it is available.

  4. Dave LaBarr says:

    Hi Bob,

    I know that you said lesson 10 on the flash cards is a review of lessons 1-9 but I again purchased flash card lessons 1-10 and still only received lessons 1-9. I am short flash card lesson # 10.
    In addition, on audio lesson # 10, I don’t find any of these words contained in flash card lessons 1-9. I really wish to obtain flash card # 10 to go with my audio lesson # 10.

    Thanks in advance,

    Dave L.

  5. Bob Martin says:

    Hi Dave, I am sorry for any hassle on the lesson 10 flashcards. I have just e-mailed you a file containing all lessons 1-10.

  6. Dave LaBarr says:

    Dear Bob,

    Don’t you ever sleep? I’ts the middle of the night over there. When we visit in 2011 (Jan1- June1) I will bring you a clock so you can know what time it is.

    Yes, this download fixed me right up. Now I am 100% and I thank you much. When you finish the audio for flash cards 11-20, consider it sold.

    God bless,

    Dave L.

  7. Bob Martin says:

    Hi Dave – You are right! I could not sleep last night! :lol:

  8. Bisaya is not a language, Bisaya are the people who belongs to the Visayan ethnic groups like Ilonggo, cebuano and Waray etc..
    Waray-waray, ilonggo and the rest of the Visayan groups are Bisaya..

    • Bob Martin says:

      In the part of the country where I live, Mindanao, the Cebuano language is more commonly known as “Bisaya.”

    • Your both wrong.. Cebuano/ bisaya is not a language.. it is a dialect you see? Filipino is the language.. not bisaya.. but Mr.Bob is somewhat right.. we call our dialect here in davao “bisaya”… cebuano dialect is called bisaya here in davao..

      • Hello, thanks for your comment, but I am afraid you are incorrect. You say that Bisaya is a dialect of Filipino. Filipino did not exist until the 1973 Philippine Constitution, but Bisaya has been spoken for thousands of years. How can Bisaya be a dialect of something that it pre-dates?

        Additionally, many linguistics institutes including the Summer Institute of Languages recognizes bisaya as being a language and not a dialect.

  9. Hi Bob,
    Just saw this ad and would like to pick up the course as I reside in Davao. Is that possible?
    Thanks for your help.


    • Bob Martin says:

      Hi Tim, sure! We could meet somewhere and I would give you the course. It is all on CD for you. Let me know if that would work for you.

  10. Michael LaRue says:

    I am very interested in purchasing your Bisaya program do you have any samples of it. I would like to hear and or see what the format is like before buying. I am currently in the states but plan on moving to Negros early next year.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Michael – I am sorry, I don’t give out samples. It’s not that I am against it, but the way that the course is set up, it would be difficult to give out a small part of it for a sample.

      However, I offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you purchase the course and don’t like it, you get 100% of your money back, no questions asked, for 30 days. This should ease your mind, I hope.

  11. Hi Bob

    you can pay only through paypal?



  12. Steven Murry says:

    Hello Bob,

    Just tried to purchase the course with a Discover Card. No luck. What next?

    • Bob Martin says:

      Hello Steven,

      Sorry you had trouble with your Discover card in purchasing my Bisaya Course. I will send you an electronic invoice through a company called 2Checkout. You can pay this with your Discover Card. The invoice will be in your e-mail inbox within the next 5 minutes. If you do not see the invoice arrive, check your Spam folder in case it ended up there.

      • Steven Murry says:

        Was able to pay using my Discover using 2Checkout. Received the payment receipt. What’s the next to receive the materials?

        • Bob Martin says:

          Hi Steven – Thank you for your purchase! I am glad we were able to make that happen!

          I just e-mailed you a download link for the course.

          Thank you again.

  13. Steven Murry says:

    Download was easy. Printed a few things to get started. Plenty of material to keep me busy for quite some time.


  14. G.E.Williamson says:

    Dear Mr Martin

    I would like to purchase your bisaya course and pick up the cd from you, can we set up a time and place. Can pay for it online but would prefer not to download, am presently in Davao till mid june. I await your reply, salamat po.
    Sincerely Garth E. Williamson

    • Bob Martin says:

      Hello Garth, thank you for your comment here. I have just sent you an e-mail regarding this. Would be happy to meet you!

  15. Dear Bob,

    I am happy I found your website and the course that you are selling. I’d like to self-study but so far it was hard to find a useful course to do so. Most youtube-lessons lack quality and especially continuity!

    However, I am very sceptical to pay $149 for a download that I barely know. Therefore I’d like to ask you 2 things:
    1) Can you please e-mail me samples (e.g. pages 1-5, or 1-2 audio files)?
    2) How will your “no-questions-asked money back guarantee” work? Can I rely on that?

    Thanks for your reply and best regards,

    • MindanaoBob says:

      Hi Dan,

      I just sent you an e-mail with a sample of the text book. I hope this is helpful, please let me know if I can assist you further!

  16. Eric Pfoutz says:

    Does your learn to speak Bisaya/Cebuano book spell words frenetically? I find this very helpful with learning pronunciation.

    • MindanaoBob says:

      Hi Eric – I think you are asking if the words are “phonetically” spelled. If I am interpreting your question correctly, then yes they are, because the way the Bisaya language works, all words are spelled phonetically spelled. The course also includes audio recordings, so with that you will certainly be able to hear how the words sound.

      • Eric Pfoutz says:

        Wow did i screw that up, thank you spell check! Yes you are correct, phonetically is what I was referring to. I have tried over the years to lean other languages and have had a hard time. Phonetically spelling the words helps me sound them out. Thank you for your quick response.

  17. Hi Bob,

    could you please send me also a sample of the textbook. Are you still working out on your lessons?

    Regards, Fabian

  18. Hey Bob,

    My fiance lives in Cebu. Does this course cover the type of Cebuano spoken in Cebu. Because I want to be able to adequately communicate with her in her native language.

    Respectfully yours,


  19. Hi Bob,
    After searching for a way to learn bisaya with audio… Yours seems to be the most complete tutorial. Would you be able to send me sample of text book please so I can have a look before purchasing. Also do I receive full ownership of the ebook file which will allow me to place on multiple devices I have – my PC & iPad, etc. (unlike most ebook purchases online which do not allow this)

    • MindanaoBob says:

      Hello Ann – Yes, you receive full ownership of the eBook and may put it on as many of your devices as you wish. The only limitation is that you may not start selling copies of the book.

      A sample chapter/lesson is on the way to your e-mail.

  20. Bob,
    Thinking of purchasing your course having tried other methods with limited success. Would be interested in the full package. As with previous correspondent would appreciate it if I could get a small sample before buying

    • MindanaoBob says:

      Hello Ian – I am emailing you Lesson 1 so you can sample the course. If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder.

  21. Hi Bob

    You package contains a .JML reader for a PC. If anyone needs it, they can get a .JML reader for MAC at the following link –


    AJ UK

    • MindanaoBob says:

      Thank you AJ. I have gotten that question 2 or 3 times and I always send them a link for the Mac version.

  22. Hey Bob wonderin if you could send me a sample also ? Me and the wife are gonna give it a second try of moving back to the Phils in 3 years again . I figure learnin the language could only help. we will be movin to the CDO area and knowing the language I have seen first hand gets you some respect that a Cano usually misses out on. I figure 3 years is a good time period to get good if this old dog can learn a new trick. Thanks man

    • MindanaoBob says:

      Hi Bubba – I am happy to give you Lesson 1 for a sample of the course. There are 60 lessons in all, so Lesson 1 should give you a good idea of what the course is like. You can download it by clicking here.

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