Ibatan is the language that is spoken in the region of the Batanes Islands here in the Philippines. Actually, until just a short time ago, I had never heard of it! Did you know that here in the Philippines over 80 different languages are spoken in different parts of the country?
As I have discussed many times, I am learning Bisaya (Cebuano) myself, since it is the most commonly spoken language here in Davao where I live. I started studying about 4 to 5 months ago, and am making some nice progress toward being fluent in the language. It seems that since starting my language studies, I have become aware of a number of different language teaching resources online.
Yesterday, I got an e-mail from Tom Nixon. Tom is involved in online learning, and has been a regular reader here for some time. He even wrote a guest column a while back about online education. Tom informed me about a website where you can download language guides for a number of different Philippine languages. These guides are used by US Peace Corp volunteers who will be working in the Philippines. I downloaded and looked at the Bisaya guide, and I found it to be quite good. There are some mis-spellings and such, but overall the quality is great for a traveler! Also, the quality of the document is not great, it’s basically a scanned document, not something that is editable, but hey… the price is right! Free! Check out the various language guides available on the site!
And…. let me throw in this site as an added bonus for readers who are looking to learn more Bisaya or Cebuano. The site is not updated as often as I’d like, but it’s still a great resource. One thing that I’d like to mention here is that on this site, they often include downloadable flashcard files for the words that are included in the lesson. In order to use the flashcards you need to download and install a flashcard program called “JMemorize.” I use JMemorize in my studies and it is a great program to assist in your learning, I highly recommend it. And, again, the price is right (free).