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Things Filipino Moms Say Vs. What They Actually Mean

25 nanay expressions, translated.

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4. "Hay nako!"

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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."


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

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


15. "Ano? Sasagot ka pa?"


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!"

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


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

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

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