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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Visayan
Continent: Asia
Country: Philippines
Region: Western Visayas, Mindanao and Hawaii
Countries Where Spoken: 130,000 (1981 Wurm and Hattori).
Countries Where Official: Philippines
Native Speakers: 11,000,000
Speakers Total: 22,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Hiligaynon at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Hiligaynon at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Hiligaynon: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Hiligaynon: 0
Three Letter Code: HIL
Alternative Names: Llonggo
Summary: Hiligaynon is an Austro-nesian language spoken in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines and is concentrated in the provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz but is also spoken in the other provinces of the Panay Island group, including Antique, Aklan, Guimaras, and in many parts of Mindanao including Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and parts of North Cotabato.

It is spoken as a second language by Karay-a speakers in Antique, Aklanon and Malaynon in Aklan, and Capiznon in Capiz.

There are approximately 7,000,000 people in and outside the Philippines who are native speakers of Hiligaynon, and an additional 4,000,000 who are capable of speaking it with a substantial degree of proficiency.

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