Posted September 6, 2009on:
One will normally have no problem communicating with the average educated Negrense because they can speak and understand at least two languages, i.e., English and Filipino, aside from their Hiligaynon or Ilonggo dialect. There are some who could speak Cebuano or Kinaray-a, dialects of these ethnic groups of the neighboring islands.
For purposes of light and casual conversational Hiligaynon, it is interchangeably referred to as “Ilonggo” or “Inilonggo”. The real “Ilonggo” as a dialect or native refers to the dialect spoken and the people coming from Iloilo City in Panay Island as opposed to those coming from Negros Island, particularly Negros Occiental (thus, Negrense).
However, it is also advisable if a non-Hiligaynon speaker could have a working knowledge of some of the usual, everyday words used by the Negrense.