Useful Chavacano phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Chabacano of Zamboanga, a Spanish-based creole language spoken in parts of the Philippines and Malaysia.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, com = common, crs = coarse, sg = said to one person, pl said to more than one person

English Chabacano de Zamboanga
Welcome Bienvenido (sg)
Bienvenidos (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Que tal? Hola!
How are you? Como esta Usted? (frm)
Que tal man usted? (inf)
Que tal man evos? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Muy bien, gracias. Y tu? (inf)
Muy bien, gracias. Y usted? (frm)
Bueno man, gracias. Y tu? (inf)
Bueno man, gracias. Y usted? (frm)
Long time no see Hace mucho tiempo no hay mira yo contigo
Por cuantos tiempo no hay mira
What's your name? Cosa di uste nombre? (frm)
Cosa su gracia? (vfrm)
Cosa tu nombre? (inf)
Cosa de vos nombre? (inf)
Vos nombre cosa? (crs)
My name is ... Mi nombre es ...
Mi nombre ...
Where are you from? De donde lugar tu? (inf)
De donde lugar usted? (frm)
De donde lugar vos? (crs)
I'm from ... De ... yo
Pleased to meet you Mucho gusto de conocer contigo
Alegre yo conoce contigo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buenas dias
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buenas tardes
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buenas noches
Good night Buenas noches
(Parting phrases)
Anda ya yo (said by the one leaving)
Hasta la Vista
Hay vene ya yo (I'll return already)
Good luck! Buena suerte
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Que tiene un buen dia
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Buen apetito
Buen aprovecho
Come ya
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Que tiene tu un buen viaje
Que tiene vos un buen viaje
Que tiene Usted un buen viaje
I don't know No sabe yo
Do you understand? Ta entende, tu?
I understand Ta entende yo
Si, ta entende yo
I don't understand Jendeh yo ta entende
Please speak more slowly Por favor habla mas despacio
Please write it down Favor escribi ese
Please say that again Favor, habla otra ves
Do you speak English? Sabe tu combersa Ingles?
Do you speak Chabacano? Habla usted Chabacano? (frm)
Habla ba tu Chabacano? (inf)
Habla evos Chabacano? (inf)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Si, un poco
How do you say ... in Chabacano? Como se dice ... en chabacano?
Como se habla ... en chabacano?
Que modo se dice ... en chabacano?
Do you speak a language
other than
Sabe tu combersa otro lenguahe, hinde lang Chavacano?
Excuse me Permiso
Con permiso
Tabih po
How much is this? Cuanto este?
Sorry Perdona conmigo
Thank you Gracias
Reply to thank you De nada
No hay de que
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Donde esta el inodoro?
This gentleman will pay for everything Este caballero hay paga para todo (frm)
Este hombre hay paga para todo (inf)
This lady will pay for everything Este dama hay paga para todo (frm)
Este mujer hay paga para todo (inf)
Would you like to dance with me? Quiere usted baila conmigo? (frm)
Quiere ba tu baila conmigo? (inf)
Quiere evos baila conmigo? (inf)
I miss you Tan triste yo kontigo
I love you Ama yo contigo
Ta ama yo contigo (frm)
Contigo ta ama (inf)
Quiere yo
Quiere yo contigo
Get well soon Recupera usted pronto!
Recupera tu pronto!
Recupera vos pronto!
Leave me alone! Deja conmigo!
Help! Socorro!
Ayuda conmigo!
Fire! Fuego!
Stop! Para usted!
Para tu!
Para vos!
Call the police! Llama con el policia!
Christmas greetings Feliz Pascuas
New Year greetings Prospero Año Nuevo
Easter greetings Felices pascua
Birthday greetings Feliz cumpleaños
One language is never enough Jendeh gayot bastante un idioma lang
Jendeh gayot bastante un lenguaje lang
My hovercraft is full of eels Mio banca lleno de anguilas
Mio hovercraft lleno de anguilas

Phrases provided by Arben Anthony Saavedra and Maria Ramona Ledesma

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