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Conversational Ilonggo: Common Expressions

Posted on: September 13, 2009

(Click here for pronunciation guide.)

a-GAY! :  ouch!

AY! :  expression of surprise

AY, a-HAY! / AY A-hay! – expression of pity or dismay

AY, NA-no? :  literally, “huh, what happened?”; expression of surprise at the result of an unexpected or wrong decision

a-YOS! :  alright!

am-BOT? : I don’t know. (innocently)

am-BOT! :  I don’t know! (condescendingly)

ba-LA :  asserting or agreeing with something ; allegedly

da-SON? :  then? / next?

ga-LI^? :  really?

GID / GUID (pronounced GID):  indeed

ha-LA! :  oh! / hullo!

HAM-ot:  amused

HOY! : hey! (considered impolite; the polite way is to address a person by his name or nickname)

HU-o:  yes

HU-o ba-LA:  yes, really / allegedly, yes

HU-o GID:  yes, indeed

IN-di^ ba-LA:  allegedly, no

IN-di^ GID:  no, indeed;  never

ka-NA-mi^:  so nice

TA-pos! :  (it’s) the end! / i’m doomed!

TI^? :  so? / and then?

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