I have learned in my practice to ask my students if they have tried learning another language in the past and what strategy they used in internalizing it.  The answers I would get would vary depending on the personality type of the student and the type of learner he/she is.

There are 3 basic types of language learners:

a.  The auditory learner.   This type of student learns  a language by listening and associating words they have heard to the concepts they represent.  They learn fast by mimicking native speakers.   A language teacher can use songs  and language games for this type of students as these activities help a lot in the learner’s mastery of vocabulary.   A  teacher can introduce round songs in class and these round songs can be used as energizers. Round songs are catchy and at the same time easy to teach because their melodies are repetitive as well as the lines.  By using round songs learners memorize vocabularies easily.  Aside from round songs, language games which have repetitive lines can also assist in mastery of some components of the target language.

b. The visual learner.  When a person is a visual learner, he learns fast when pictures are used during instruction.
The person’s imagination is very active and visualizing is the most effective way for him to learn.   Visual learners appreciate activities where they can apply their visualizing capabilities like map-making, coloring and illustrating.   They can easily recall concepts when they can visualize or see these concepts in their minds.  A language teacher can use games like pictionary as a motivation for learning.

c. The kinesthetic learner.   This learner is very tactile and always on the go.  He prefers to be moving rather than talking and reading.  They are also called ‘doers’.   For teachers, this learner can be exciting because teachers can employ many possible activities either to motivate or to reinforce the learner.  Some activities that can be used by teachers for this kind of learners are competitive games and activities where their creativity can be applied in.

A person’s interest and motivation play a big role in learning a different language.  If a  person is motivated enough to learn a language, he will use all resources that he has in order to understand and speak the target language.   Resources could include printed materials, audio helpers and even native speakers of the target language.  All these can assist and hasten the language learning of a person.

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Why is Visayan Language Useful?

Posted by mercy | Survival Visayan | Thursday 15 August 2013 4:23 pm


Normally, before I formally start my language lessons, I always give my learners a short pep talk on the value of knowing Visayan, especially the Visayan that is used in the province of Cebu or the Sugbuanon language.   For those who are still confused over these two terminologies, allow me to share with you some of the ideas that I have formed regarding these two just to  eradicate your confusion.  Most people interchange the use of Bisaya and  Cebuano which should not be the case. However, because of the practice of most people in doing so, it has become the notion that Bisaya is Cebuano, much to the dismay of other proud Visayan groups.

As I have pointed out in my previous post, Cebuano is just one of the languages in the Visayan region.  So Bisaya, is but a term used to refer to someone from the Visayan region and also of those that come from the Mindanao region who also speaks any language that is primarily used in the Visayan region.  Visayan is also a term used, as well to refer to the language of the people from the Visayan region.

But I digress, this post is about the usefulness of the Visayan language, the language that is most widely used in Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Mindanao and Southern Mindanao except among the ethnic groups because they have their own ethnic language.   Because of migration  from one region to another or one province to another, Visayan also became sort of a common language in these areas of the country .

Visayan is spoken by over 20,ooo,ooo Filipinos and is the predominant language in the central and southern Philippines, so, if you plan to stay in this area of the country, I recommend that you learn Visayan as it will be more useful.  Filipino, which is the national langauge of the Philippines, is also useful.  However, the Visayans, being a proud group of people would appreciate it people would communicate with them using the Visayan language.  As the popular line would say, “when in the Visayas, speak Visayan.”

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What is Visayan?

Posted by mercy | Visayan Facts | Friday 27 February 2009 9:51 pm



Visayan is a collective term for the languages in the Visayan islands but each island or province in the Visayas region also has its own language or particular language group. For instance, the language in Samar-Leyte is Waray-waray, Hiligaynon is the language in Panay Island, and the most dominant language with a number of variations is the Cebuano language which is being used in the islands of Siquijor, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Cebu and a portion of Leyte. It is also being used in some areas in Mindanao (with a mixture of the local language) especially in northern Mindanao, eastern Mindanao, north eastern Mindanao, and some areas of central Mindanao.

The language I will be discussing in the succeeding pages will be Cebuano, which is the language in Cebu.

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