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03:21 Sep 25, 2001
Tagalog to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tagalog term or phrase: sayang
waste of food or anything

Summary of answers provided
5 +1what a waste / what a pity
Jake Estrada FCIL CL
4too bad (Tagalog); love (Malay)
Sven Petersson



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too bad (Tagalog); love (Malay)

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Sven Petersson
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what a waste / what a pity


I am quite sure that your text is Tagalog (Philippines) in origin. "Sayang" is a one-word expression among Filipinos, particularly Tagalog speakers who are mostly in Manila, which pertains to the feeling you get when you spill something or see something get wasted.

In addition to that, "sayang" is also uttered when you fail to capitalize on an opportunity (a missed kick at the soccer goal, for example). It is especially uttered more animatedly ("SAYANG!!!") when you had it so close (for example, when you failed missed the powerball or lottery jackpot by a number (as Americans would say..."close, but no cigar...)

Hope this helps...


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    Native Filipino/Tagalog speaker and resident of Manila, Philippines since birth
Jake Estrada FCIL CL
Local time: 14:55
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in TagalogTagalog
PRO pts in pair: 32

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agree  xxxjerky: It is like saying DARN, or SHOOT!
1 day9 hrs
  -> Thanks Erik, you've got my answer canned neatly and succinctly right there... :-)
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