Word for the Travel Wise (12/15/06)

Philippines FlagHmm… I could be wrong about this slang out of the Philippines, but looking at this long list of slang words and their notes it would seem I am very correct. Just don’t go running around using this one until you’ve gotten triple confirmation from some very fluent in P.I. slang folks. One could certainly try it with the ladies and if the answer results in a slap to the face or silly giggle you may have nailed it right on the head. I welcome anyone with this particular language background to clue me in as to if this is indeed correct.

Today’s word is a Tagalog word used in the Philippines:

bubelya – boobs

Tagalog is one of the major languages in Central Philippines and part of the Austronesian language family. For some reason I was surprised by the number of free GOOD resources available to prospective Tagalog student. Wikipedia has great background info on the lingo as well as related languages, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Waray-Waray, and Cebuano. Mongabay pretty much covers all the really good, up and running links to sites that help teach Tagalog, after checking out a few I’ll do the favor of pointing the best out. The first is an interactive language and Filipino culture resource site tools are provided for both teachers and students. A pretty intense breakdown on local slang and how it is derived can be found here. Travel Lang has word and phrase generator that spits out all the basic words you’d use while visiting.

Past Filipino/Tagalog words: taon, kalye, alak, masarap, sayaw, kapayapaán