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Best places for Cebuano to English language exchange in Cebu

Cebuano is the Filipino dialect spoken in the Central Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines. The word "Cebuano" is derived from the Cebu Islands, where the language originated from and is predominantly spoken. Cebuano has approximately two million speakers and is growing. If you are looking to visit these areas of the Philippines, learning Cebuano would be very helpful.

Free language exchange is the process of learning a new language from a person in exchange for teaching that person a language that you already know. For example, you can ask a native speaker to teach you Cebuano if in return you help that person improve on their English skills. Free language exchange allows you to meet new people, teach what you know to others, and learn about new languages and cultures.

The Philippines is comprised of many islands and finding a place to meet for a language exchange may be daunting. Here are the top five place to hold a language exchange in Cebu.

  1. Jollibee

    Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines that is widely known for its chicken. With over 750 locations, Jollibee restaurants can be found throughout Cebu. This is the perfect place not only to meet up for a language exchange but to also try Filipino-style made foods and desserts.

  2. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in SM mall

    SM Cebu City Mall is the 4th largest mall in the Philippines and is a great destination not only for shopping but also a language exchange meet up. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a great spot inside the mall to sit down, enjoy a European roast style coffee, and learn a new a language.

  3. University of the Philippines

    University of the Philippines (UP) is one of the most prestigious universities in the Philippines and one of its campuses is located right in Cebu City. The university setting is a great place to meet people who are willing to teach and learn about any subject.

  4. My Language Café

    My Language Café is a language school that is also located in Cebu City. This school offers lessons for a variety of languages including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. A school that solely focuses on learning languages is just the right place to teach English and learn Cebuano from native speakers. To learn more about My Language Café visit:

  5. The Beach

    The number one spot to meet with someone for a language exchange in Cebu is the beach. It would be impractical to visit Cebu without visiting the beautiful island beaches that it is so well-known for. Malapascua, Bantayan, Camotes, Moalboal, and Oslob are among some of the many islands with the best beaches in the area. The ambience of the picturesque Cebu beaches makes it the perfect spot to relax, meet up, and engage in a Cebuano to English language exchange.

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