Sunday, September 20, 2009

Conversational Ilonggo: Unique Words and Their Loose Translations

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BU-raw: woke up late

ta-li-AM-bong: art

tu-YAW: enchanted / bewitched

i-KA*: (prefix) the equivalent of -th as in i-ka-pi-TO, or seventh

*However, you can't properly translate the question, "Ika-pila ka nga bata?"

i-ka-pi-LA: refers to an ordinal number, thus, ika-pila the question is asking for the ordinal number of the child (ba-TA^) in relation to his or her siblings.

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