False Friends among Philippine Languages

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*The list is expanding, thus more words will be added in the coming days. Check this thread regularly for the additional false friends.* List last updated: a total of 228 words with 53 additional words as of February 08, 2011

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No TitleFalse Friends among Philippine Languages*The list is expanding, thus more words will be added in the coming days. Check this thread regularly for the additional false friends.* List last updated: a total of 228 words with 53 additional words as of February 08, 2011One factor that creates problems in communications between the speakers of different Philippine languages are the terms called false friends. False friends are words in two languages or dialects that look and/or sound similar, but differ in meaning. False friends could also be called false cognates. For example, British English uses fish and chips for a popular takeaway food in UK but for American English speakers, they called the food fish and fries for chips have a different meaning to them.In Philippine languages wherein 180+ local languages or dialects are being used, there are a number of examples where a word in one language will have a greatly different meaning in another language. Being unfamiliar with these false friends might cause miscommunications which happened in numerous cases in conversations between different Filipino tribes.Some false friends might differ in pronunciations, though.AabayIn Hiligaynon, this means bridesmaid/groomsmen.In Ilocano, this means beside a person or a thingabotIn Tagalog, this means to reach out.In Ilocano, this means a hole.agaIn Tagalog, this means early.In Cebuano, this means morning.agasIn Tagalog, this means flowing or ble

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