Tagalog compound words have meanings that are different from the original meanings of the individual words combined. For example, balat (skin) and sibuyas (onion) when joined together (balat-sibuyas) means "sensitive" or literally, "onion skinned". Spot some Tagalog compound words in your translated text. Below are some of these words used in English-to-Tagalog translation for a more idiomatic transfer.
Abot-kaya- (reach;capable) [adj., adv.] affordable, within the budget
Abot-langit - (reach/up to; sky) [adj.] too much, superlative degree, very deeply felt [abot-langit ang hinanakit]
Abot-tanaw- (reach;view) [adj.] near
Akyat-bahay - (climb;house) [n.] burglary, burglar [with "gang" - Akyat-bahay gang] an organized group of robbers.
Bahay-bata - (home;child) [n.] the womb; where a fetus develops
Bantay-salakay - (guard;attack) [n., adv., adj.] opportunist; to steal or seize something by force and in a surprising manner, after the victim has long been manipulated to believe that the perpetrator can do nothing wrong.
Basag-ulo - (break;head) [n.] A fight
Basang-sisiw - (wet; chick) [adj., n.] pathetic; vulnerable; poor and powerless; wanting for mercy
Hawak-kamay - (hold/held;hand) [adj., adv.] helping each other, as support or hedge to withstand difficult situations
Hampas-lupa - (slap/whip;earth) [n., adj, derogatory] very poor
Matang-lawin - (eyes; eagle) [adj., n.] critical, observant, circumspect
Pasang-krus - (carry;cross) [n., adj., adv] cause of undeserved heaviness, unwanted burden
Sampay-bakod - (to hang on a line;fence) [n., adv., adj.] unwanted regular guest, vagabond imposing oneself on others
Sangangdaan - (branch road) [n.] crossroad
Salong-guhit / Salungguhit - (catch;line) [n.] underline
Teyngang-kawali - (ears; frying pan) [adj., adv.] playing deaf, indifferent
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