Filipino Glossary

In my posts I usually type Filipino words that are used in that particular show. To make things easier for both you and me, I’ve decided to create a glossary of terms.

Abangan – (AH-bang-ngan) – To watch. In the case of Filipino dramas, the previews for the next episode are called the Abangan scenes or the “scenes to watch/wait for”.

Ate(AH-teh) – The “e” in Ate is pronounced the same as the e in ‘led’. It means “older sister”.

Bahay – (BAH-hi) – House. (Added by Anonymous 2)

Gago (male) / Gaga (female) – Stupid/foolish person.

Grabe – (GRAH-beh) The ‘e’ is pronounced like the e in ‘led’. It means – grave, weighty. Let’s say your teacher gave you a lot of homework in which your expression can be: “Ang grabe naman!” Which means (but doesn’t necessarily translate to), “That’s too much!” (Added by Anonymous 1)

Huling Bantay – (who-ling ban-tai) – Last Guardian, literally.

Ikaw (EE-cow) – You (singular).

Kapamilya – The team name of the Philippine broadcasting station, ABS-CBN Channel 2. Fans of the station and the people working there call themselves Kapamilya, meaning “of the family.” Basically, ABS-CBN is interpreting that the station and the viewer are family.

Kapuso – The team name of the Philippine broadcasting station, GMA Channel 7. Fans of the station and the people working there call themselves Kapuso, meaning “of the heart.” GMA interprets the station and the viewer as people of the heart.

Kapuso VS Kapamilya – These two stations have been rivaling for years, causing viewers of the two to fight each other as well. In my opinion, they need to calm down.

Ka’yo – You (plural); see ikaw.

Kilig – (KEE-lig) – To shiver. When used in topics of love and romance, it means to shiver with delight when something romantic or cute happens. You would say, “Nakakakilig itong scene na ‘to,” which translates to, “This scene makes me shiver with delight.”

Kuya(KOO-ya) – Older brother

Lahat – (la-haht) – All, the total.

Lobo – Wolf

Nanay – (nan-AY) – The -ay is pronounced like the last part of “guy”. Nanay means Mother.

Pulang Buwan (poo-lang bwan) – Red Moon, literally.

Sige – (SEE-geh) – The ‘e’ is pronounced the same as the e in ‘led’. To go ahead, say okay, or all right. When someone asks you if you’d like to go out/do something, and instead of saying Yes/Sure, you can say, “Sige.” (Added by Anonymous 1)

Taong-Lobo – (TA-ong lobo)– Half human/half wolf.

Tatay – The -ay is pronounced like the last part of “guy”. Tatay means Father.

Teleserye – (te-le-SAIR-ye) Television series. It’s the name for our Filipino dramas. Instead of the word “drama”, it’s called a teleserye.

Tira, Tira! – (TEE-ra, TEE-ra) – Go, Go! – Kim Chiu’s character Jasmine in My Girl says this to lift her spirits up. It can be compared to Mandarin’s “Jia you!” or to Korea’s “Aja! Fighting!” I, myself, instead use, “Laban!” which literally translates to: Fight!

Tita (TEE-ta) – Aunt

Tito (TEE-toe) – Uncle

Total – (toh-tal) – To sum up, to express or tell briefly.

Traydor – (TRY-door) – Traitor.

Have I missed any Filipino words you may have seen? If so, leave me a comment! And to those that have left input, thank you!

4 responses to “Filipino Glossary”

  1. naturallysadie says :

    i also love fated to love you. GMA will air fated to love you in the philippines. I hope they give justice to the show and sub the drama correctly.

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