18 Filipino Words You Can’t Translate To English

18 Filipino Words You Can’t Translate To English

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What it means: It’s what you feel when you’re not really angry at someone, but you’re not really happy about them either. Usually felt towards a special someone.

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What it means: It could roughly mean ‘enough’, but it doesn’t quite cover the essence of the word. It could be an expression when you don’t feel like explaining what you feel or mean in detail.

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What it means: An intense tenderness, sweetness, and affection rolled into one word.

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What it means: An intense urge to pinch something or someone really cute. It could also be an expression of anger, so use with discretion.

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What it means: A Filipino superstition where, usually, an unsuspecting child could suffer from an illness when greeted or complimented by strangers.

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What it means: Refers to people who are hot-headed, easily angered, or sore losers.

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What it means: Refers to people who are overly dramatic.

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What it means: Used negatively, it could refer to someone pesky and annoying. But it could also be used to describe someone or something funny and playful. Again, use accordingly.

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What it means: That feeling of being on cloud nine, butterflies in your stomach, or hoity-toity. Usually associated with ~romantic~ feelings.

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What it means: An expression usually uttered to someone who just experienced something amazing.

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What it means: A person who is too shy to express or pursue amorous desires.

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What it means: Usually used when asking a particular chronological placement of a person, event, or thing.

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What it means: A comfortable set of clothes usually worn at home, away from the judging eyes of people who might judge you.

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What it means: According to lolo and lola, it’s a “medical” phenomenon manifested by numbness or tremors caused by exposure to cold water after a tiring activity.

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What it means: To eat a food item that’s usually eaten with rice on its own.

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What it means: The feeling of being satiated after eating a particular food over and over again.

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What it means: An irrational craving for something, usually a food item. Often associated with pregnant women.

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What it means: Doesn’t really mean anything but it is usually affixed to a sentence denote emphasis or contrast.

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