WHY ITS DIFFICULT TO LEARN CEBUANO FROM A CEBUANO
Cebuano is more of a spoken language but does have fixed grammatical rules that can be learnt. Native Cebuano speakers are able to speak the language fluently but very few understand its structure. They know when something sounds wrong but can not explain it when you ask them. This is why we engaged trained education/instructional development professionals to design and develop our own, proprietary course of instruction that is as contemporary as the language being spoken on the streets of Cebu today!
THE EXPERIENCE OF MANY TRYING TO LEARN CEBUANO
The biggest problem students of any language face is not being able to immerse themselves in the language and culture. In the Philippines there are many distractions such as signs written in English and friendly locals all too ready to save the foreigner the trouble of speaking the local lingo. Focusing on the language, speaking only the local language and thinking in the local language are the ways the student can help themselves learn quicker and more completely. For those actually living in the Visayas this is easier than a ‘Kano’ waiting to make his next trip to Cebu to meet his girlfriend, fiancee or wife. If you are truly determined to learn though, you will find a way.
CAN YOU LEARN A LANGUAGE FROM AN eBOOK?
Of course you can. Will you become fluent? No way! An eBook based course can teach you vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and various rules, word use and so on. It is of absolutely no use for listening and speaking practise unless you use a recording device of some kind or have someone to work with you. But without the text you have nothing, so it is a foundation to successful learning of the language. Ideally, have a ‘pillow teacher’, a girlfriend, fiancee or wife who can help you learn and practise. Most language learning is by repeated hearing and saying of the words in the appropriate context; just as you learned your native tongue as a small child. Having the rules of grammar and a vocabulary on hand actually speeds up what took you several years of daily immersion to learn.