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Tagalog Buddy: Uncertain Responses

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I believe that today’s Tagalog Buddy lesson might be the most important thing you can learn if you plan to live in the Philippines. I recommend that you check out the video and pay attention!

Tagalog Buddy

If you decide to move to the Philippines and live here, you will quickly learn that if you ask a person a question, their answer might not be definitive. If you ask a yes or no question, the answer might not be clear-cut.

A person who says yes might really mean no. A person who says no might really mean yes. It can be maddening. They will really keep you guessing.

However, if you know how to speak the language in the area where you are living, you have an advantage. Instead of answering simply “yes” or “no” they have more words. They have a word that means 100% yes, they have a word that means 80% yes, and so on. If you understand these words, you can set your expectations better and have a better idea of whether they answer is definitely yes, or just a possibility. This can be very helpful.

Try your best to memorize these words! They will come in handy if you are living here and help you properly know what to expect. This could be a lifesaver!

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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