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Things Filipino Moms Say Vs. What They Actually Mean

25 nanay expressions, translated.

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1. "Psst!"

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What nanay really means: Please come here.

2. "ANAK!"

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What nanay really means: "GET OVER HERE!"

3. "Isa... Dalawa..."

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What nanay really means: "I'm counting to three to scare you, but I'm not really going to do anything to you when I get to tatlo."

4. "Hay nako!"

What nanay really means: "God, give me the coffee to change the things I can change, and the wine to accept the things I can't."
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What nanay really means: "God, give me the coffee to change the things I can change, and the wine to accept the things I can't."

5. "Bahala ka na sa buhay mo."

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What nanay really means: "Do whatever you want, but you better do what I told you."

6. "O, SIGE PA."

What nanay really means: "You want to keep going? TRY ME and see what happens. (Answer: nothing. Maybe palo.)"
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What nanay really means: "You want to keep going? TRY ME and see what happens. (Answer: nothing. Maybe palo.)"

7. "Sino tinetext mo?"

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What nanay really means: "Are you hiding something? That better not be someone you're dating."

8. "Close the air con!"

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What nanay really means: "Turn off the air conditioner. Gusto mo ikaw ang magbayad ng Meralco?"

9. "Where is the ano... ano... ano..."

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What nanay really means: "I need help with something. But you have to guess what it is."

10. "Saan ka naman pupunta?"

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What nanay really means: You better not be going anywhere tonight.

11. "Sige ka—may mumo dyan!"

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What nanay really means: "Wala naman talagang multo sa labas, pero stay home na lang, ha?"

12. "Naasan ka na?"

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What nanay really means: "I don't really care where you are. Come home now."

13. "It's almost midnight na. Sa labas ka pa?

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What nanay really means: "It's actually only 9:00 p.m. I just rounded up."

14. "Manang-mana ka sa tatay mo!"

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What nanay really means: "Everything bad about you is clearly from your father only. Not me. Never me."

15. "Ano? Sasagot ka pa?"

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What nanay really means: "If you talk back at me, I'm going to yell at you for talking back. If you don't respond, I'm going to yell at you for ignoring me."

16. "AHHHHHH!"

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What nanay really means: "AHHHHHH I'm fine."

17. "ANAK NG PUSA."

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What nanay really means: "I'M MAD AT YOU."

18. "ANAK NG TINAPAY."

What nanay really means: "I'M REALLY, REALLY MAD AT YOU."
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What nanay really means: "I'M REALLY, REALLY MAD AT YOU."

19. "Anong 'busog'? Taposin mo yung pagkain mo! Maraming nagugutom na bata!"

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What nanay really means: "Why don't you like my cooking? :("

20. "ANO BA!"

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What nanay really means: "DON'T LOOK AT ME."

21. "HOY!"

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What nanay really means: "LOOK AT ME."

22. "Ibig mong sabihin...?"

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What nanay really means: "I'm about to twist whatever you just said to make you look like the bad guy."

23. "Bakit hindi mo 'ko i-add sa Facebook?"

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What nanay really means: "Are you ashamed of me? I feed you. I clothe you. I gave birth to you."

24. "Study first. Wag muna mag-boyfriend."

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What nanay really means: "No boyfriend, no problems. Trust me."

25. "Papunta ka palang, pabalik na ako."

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What nanay really means: "Nanay knows best."

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