Cebuano is a language native to the Philippines, where it is spoken natively by about 15 million persons. Another estimated 7 million speak Cebuano as a second language. Speakers of Cebuano are concentrated in the southern islands of the country. It is a member of the Austronesian or Malayo-Polynesian language family, similar to Malaysian and Indonesian. Several variants of Cebuano are recognized, as individual islands have evolved distinct dialects. Depending on the island, the language may be called Kana, Bol-anon or Bisaya. Cebuano is not one of the official languages taught in Philippine schools or used in government.