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Tagalog translation: ano kamo

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English term or phrase:Say what?
Tagalog translation:ano kamo
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16:48 Feb 12, 2001
English to Tagalog translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: say what?
What would be an informal (but not rude) way to say, "say what?!" or "what did you say?"
ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 03:12
pakiulit po?
Explanation:
Actually, the most appropriate translation of "say what?" or "what did you say" in Tagalog is "ano kamo?" ("ano" = what ; "kamo" = you said). In fact, you may want to use this translation ("ano kamo?") when speaking with a friend, a sister/brother or someone of equal age/stature. This translation is spoken as: "ah-noh ka-moh"...

However, this phrase is sometimes interpreted as a rather coarse way of saying the phrase when speaking with an elder, or with a new acquaintance, especially if the person grew up in the Philippines. For such a situation, the "safest" translation is "pakiulit po?", which means "please repeat?", (this phrase includes the Filipino word "po", which is a way of politely addressing a person, especially elders. This "po" can be added to almost any sentence/phrase and is a close equivalent to "Sir / Madam", but "provides" more respect). The phrase "pakiulit po" is spoken as "pah-kee-ooh-leet poh".

Thus, you have two options for saying "say what?" in Tagalog:

1) "ano kamo?" = when speaking with friends and people of equal age/stature


2) "pakiulit po?" = when speaking with elder people, new acquaintances, business associates, etc.

Hope this helps. Have a nice day!
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Jake Estrada FCIL CL
Philippines
Local time: 19:12
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Thanks Jake. You gave a great answer.

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napakiulit po?
Jake Estrada FCIL CL


  

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pakiulit po?


Explanation:
Actually, the most appropriate translation of "say what?" or "what did you say" in Tagalog is "ano kamo?" ("ano" = what ; "kamo" = you said). In fact, you may want to use this translation ("ano kamo?") when speaking with a friend, a sister/brother or someone of equal age/stature. This translation is spoken as: "ah-noh ka-moh"...

However, this phrase is sometimes interpreted as a rather coarse way of saying the phrase when speaking with an elder, or with a new acquaintance, especially if the person grew up in the Philippines. For such a situation, the "safest" translation is "pakiulit po?", which means "please repeat?", (this phrase includes the Filipino word "po", which is a way of politely addressing a person, especially elders. This "po" can be added to almost any sentence/phrase and is a close equivalent to "Sir / Madam", but "provides" more respect). The phrase "pakiulit po" is spoken as "pah-kee-ooh-leet poh".

Thus, you have two options for saying "say what?" in Tagalog:

1) "ano kamo?" = when speaking with friends and people of equal age/stature


2) "pakiulit po?" = when speaking with elder people, new acquaintances, business associates, etc.

Hope this helps. Have a nice day!


Jake Estrada FCIL CL
Philippines
Local time: 19:12
Native speaker of: Native in TagalogTagalog
PRO pts in pair: 348
Grading comment
Thanks Jake. You gave a great answer.

Troy
ProZ.com
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