Waray and English/Lexical selection

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Example 1: Liwat

Waray Sentence English Translation
Katápus, pinamútus hit dáhun hin ságing ngan ginlúlurutuq na liwat. Then it’s wrapped up in banana leaves and cooked again.
Pirupilyu liwat at nga bátaq. That child was rather mischievous, wasn’t he?
Bákay kay Amirikánu ka, gindubli liwat níya an iya prisyu. Just because you’re an American, he doubled the (lit. his) price.
A, díriq gad liwat it hira paprihu maglimbung. Maydaq gad man liwat mga buútan. Oh, they’re not all cheats. Some are honest too. (Lit. There are also good.)
Lábut pa, titápuq man liwat ha ak it ak sarakqan dinhi. Besides, the family with whom I’ll be staying intends to meet me anyway.
  • Again -> na liwat
  • Rather [adj.] -> liwat
  • Just because [so–and–so]/is the case [predicate] happens -> bákay kay...liwat
  • However, on the other hand -> liwat


  • [Particle dismissing something as not worth worrying about: ‘anyway’] -> liwat

Example 2: Man

Waray Sentence English Translation
Bákay kay Amirikánu ka, gindubli liwat níya an iya prisyu. Just because you’re an American, he doubled the (literally his) price.
Ádaq man in bungtu. Álin na itu? There’s a town. Is that Allen?
Mánu, salámat na laq. Maydaq ku man ngayqan sinsilyu. Thanks anyway, sir. I see I have the change.
  • Since, because -> Man
  • [Particle used when the speaker is pointing out something] -> Man
  • [Particle used on discovering something: ‘oh yes, I see] -> Man ngayqan

Example 3: Han

Waray Sentence English Translation
Kun asya man itu, makúkúhaq ku na it báduq han Lúnis? In that case, can I get the dress on Monday.
Ay, didtu ak kan balay han akun sangkay. Oh, I was at my friend’s house.
  • On, at [with days of the week] -> Han
  • At, on [past time] -> Han