By Bryan Mari Argos
It’s natural – anybody from Western Visayas,whether currently or formerly residing in should love Hiligaynon to the highest level possible.
Hypocrisy is the appropriate word for people from Western Visayas who claim that Hiligaynon is something to be ashamed of. Assuming that there are no hypocrites among those of us from this part of the country, I would like to try and test how deeply in love we are with this language. If you can answer the following ten questions correctly, then your love affair with our very own language is confirmed. Go on, dive into it.
1. Give at least three Hiligaynon words that mean ‘to carry’, each word, although meaning ‘to carry’ refers to where the item is carried.
2. Give at least two Hiligaynon words that mean ‘to pinch’.
3. Translate “kakabakaba ako” into Hiligaynon.
4. “Bungkaras” is one of the many Hiligaynon words that does not have an English translation. Give an English phrase that approximates the meaning of this Hiligaynon word.
5. “Hikaplos” is a new contraction of two Hiligaynon words, give the two words used to create this contraction. (credit of “hikaplos” given to “Balikbayan Box” by Bryan Argos)
6. “Matampait” is a new contraction of two Hiligaynon words, give the two words used to create this contracted word. (credit of “matampait” given to “Langit sa Tasa” by Marcel Milliam)
7. True or false – The western equivalent of ‘ASWANG’ is ‘WITCH’.
8. What does “binalaybay” mean?
9. What word in the Hiligaynon language is a direct translation of “light rain” in the English language. Clue: this Hiligaynon word is also used to mean a newly grown plant or sprout.
10. “Ginoo” and “Diyos” are two words referring to ‘God’ in Hiligaynon, give at least one other word.
An excerpt from RATIONAL INSANITY, News Today Online Edition