Conversational Ilonggo: Common Expressions
Posted September 13, 2009on:
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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!
HOY! : hey! (considered impolite; the polite way is to address a person by his name or nickname)
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?