Tagalog Idioms
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I Tagalog Idioms in Greetings
You can't take tagalog-idioms forgranted in your letters. However corporate or business-like, letters still need to sound personal.

Often, the translator is involved in listening to two people -- the client who speaks in his language, and the reader, who listens to the "tongue". But while the translator filters the client's thoughts using images native to her culture, idioms sometimes become scarce, and she resorts to word for word transfer. Tagalog-idioms don't always come easily during fast and rushed translations. But anybody can always improve on what has already been done.

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Minamahal na Katrabaho, or 
Mahal na Katrabaho?

The Tagalog idiom used as greeting in letters “Mahal kong (pangalan ng tao)” literally means “[to] (name of person), whom I love.” The English“dear” naturally translates to the expression “mahal kong”. The pronoun must agree of course with the number of the addresee and the one writing the letter.

In Tagalog, using the plural form of pronoun connotes respect for authority. It’s a Filipino way of addressing its elders and when talking to a stranger. Thus, instead of “na”, an objective preposition, “naming”“our”, is a more respectful way of greeting the addresee in a letter.

Thus, Mahal “naming” Katrabaho([to] the colleague “we” love), is preferred here. However, not using the pronoun (because using it will give the expression an intimate connotation) does not subtract anything from the meaning of the original.

2 In Minamahal vs. Mahal, the latter Tagalog idiom is preferred because it is more widely used in the vernacular. 

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Inuulit

alon-along buhok
naturally curly hair


bata-bata
a bit younger


dahan-dahan
slowly


gutay-gutay 
shredded/wrecked


halo-halo
mixed /dessert of mixed fruits on ice and milk


isa-isa
one by one


kanya-kanya
individualistic


laban-laban 
opponents/against each other


maya-maya 
later


oras-oras
every hour


palo-palo 
a wooden paddle for washing clothes


sama-sama 
together


usod-usod 
move a little


yakap-yakap 
hugging

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