LFTW no. 1 : "Hataw!" from leanne's blog

Mabuhay! I hope this post finds you well. My name is Leanne, and I'm a Filipino. In this special angel-town blog segment, I will be telling you about my favorite words, phrases, and quirks in the Filipino language. 

Ever since I've moved to the Philippines, my favorite Filipino slang word/verb has always been "hataw" which the means something like "doing something extremely hard". 

For example, if I say that "humahataw talaga si ate girl sa dance floor", I meant that "sis is really dancing her ass off as if the rent is due." 

Unfortunately, Google Translate doesn't really understand the slang context of "hataw" and instead shows its denotative meaning, which is either "hitting" or "beating". Yikes.

Before you use this word to a Filipino, you have to make sure that they are kind enough and knowledgeable about the fact that you will be using this word in a slang context. Most likely, we are okay with that. Please do not beat anyone in real life.

That is all for Leanne's Filipino Trivia of the Week! Next week, we will be discussing about the many different Philippine words that mean "beautiful". Paalam!

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Dec 9 '22
whoa cool! i only know english so learning a slang word from another language is really cool to me! :0
Dec 12 '22
love leanne's filipino classes
Jan 21
Please share some more if you have the time! Language learning can be a lot of fun.
Jan 22
that is really cool !!! reminds me of my indonesian era hsjsjjs
Aug 13
as a fellow filipino, i've always wanted to do something like this xD like translating some funny picture and then breaking down the grammatical concepts n such
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