dirty translation

My friend Jeanix and I challenged our American friend Dan to show off his command of the Tagalog language. We asked him to translate to English a Tagalog song popularized by the Pinoy rock band Asin. Dan has lived in the Philippines for ten years and has managed to be conversant in both Tagalog and Cebuano. Quite impressive, actually.

Me (singing): Wala ka bang napapansin sa ating mga kapaligiran?
Dan (reciting his translation): Don’t you notice anyone from among your ‘barkada’?

Jeanix: Anuba, this isn’t a love song!
Me: And, hello! ‘Barkada’ is not English!

Next line, please.

Me: Kay dumi na ng hangin…
Dan: The air is dirty…

Jeanix and me: Good! Good!

Me: …pati na ang mga ilog natin.
Dan: Our… eggs… are also dirty?

Anuraw?! HAHAHA!

And just like that. The song will never ever be the same to me again.


  1. If Dan can already translate english jokes to tagalog and make me laugh by it, then he’s fluent in my book 😀

    oh yes! 🙂 and it was an honest mistake! haha. he wasn’t even trying to be funny 😉 sillyserious


  2. parang original na dolphy and panchito routine ah!

    hahaha! onga no! wait, aren’t we too young to remember that tandem? hehe 🙂 sillyserious


  3. That was funny! :)) This is my very first hearty laugh in Canada. HAHAHA!

    flue! 🙂 sorry i missed ur despedida… i’m honored to have given you your first hearty laugh in Canada 🙂 ingat ka jan! sillyserious


  4. waaaaaahahahaha
    what a funny man… my balls are itching hehehe.. i think they’re dirty too…

    spare us the details, dude! haha! thanks for dropping by 🙂 sillyserious


  5. you should get him to translate bisaya words like “hilas” “atik” “da! lahi!”and “wakakuyapi?!” Hehe, even I can’t do it.

    lisoda ana oi! 🙂 sillyserious


  6. wahahahah! nai-imagine ko ang eksenang ito!!! waaaah! 🙂

    btw aleks, dropped by OMF Lit yesterday, katuwa! Ang ganda ng book shop. bought some Hiyas kiddie books on sale (P20 each). yung iba sa kin, yung iba pang-regalo. katuwa! 🙂


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