Colors in Bahasa Sug

Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be with you!)

Today we will learn about the different colors in Bahasa Sug (Tausug) Here goes!

Walna’ = Colors

White = Puti‘ (pu-ti)
Black = Itum (i-tum)
Gray = Abuhun (a-bu-hun)
Blue = Bilu (bi-lu)
Red = Pula (pu-la)
Yellow = Biyaning (bi-ya-ning)
Green = Gaddung (gad-dung)
Violet = Taluk (ta-luk)
Pink = Kalas (ka-las)
Orange = Kulit (ku-lit)* or urinj/urins (u-rins)
*we now seldom hear this. Tausug would often use “orins” (o-rins) or “urinj” for “orange”

How to use them in a phrase/sentence

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Assalamu Alaykum!

yes! You read it right! The Tausug101 team* is currently working on this Youtube Channel to better help those who want to learn Bahasa Sug.

Here’s a link to our Youtube Channel: Tausug101 Videos

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Tausug 101: Learning Bahasa Sug (Intro)

Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you all!)

This is the introductory post for the series of posts “TAUSUG 101: Learning Bahasa Sug”. But before beginning our long—yet fun—journey in learning Bahasa Sug, here are some bits of information we need to know first.


Tausug, Sinug and Bahasa Sug

A lot of people always get confused with the terms “Tausug”, “Sinug” and “Bahasa Sug” (I myself got into a I-thought-I-was-right situation just lately). We come to ask “Do they mean the same thing, or are they different?” something which must be explained when we want to learn the language itself. Although the three terms are most of the time used alternately to refer to the language (which is quite wrong and confusing to do so), a clear distinction must be made between them to avoid further disorder in this world!


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Telling Time

Assalamu Alaykum!
Today in sha Allah we will talk about how to tell time in Bahasa Sūg. It’s simple so I would expect that you could learn this in a day or two.
First here are the things we need to review or learn first for those who haven’t read the other lessons.

1. The Basics of Numbers

The basic way of naming numbers in Bahasa Sūg. You can access the old post I published about this topic in: NUMBERS in Bahasa Sūg (I haven’t edited this post yet, there might be some mistakes in there). Just learn the numbers from 1-59 first, coz that’s the only thing you need to know to tell time haha.

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The Letters Ba’ and Ga’

Originally published: June 7, 2012 Thursday
Updated: January 9, 2015
Assalamu Alaykum. This is the 2nd lesson on “Tausūg 101: Learning Bahasa Sūg” by Ahmad.
Among the 17 commonly used consonants we have in Bahasa Sūg, two letters are notable of having a “special ruling” on articulating their sounds. These are the letters /Bb/ and /Gg/. Both letters can be pronounced with (1) their regular distinct sounds and (2) their special “spirant” sounds. The following rules must be learnt by anyone who wants to learn to speak Bahasa Sūg fluently.
We first published this article in July 2012 and we have found out that this lesson actually agree with the guideline by Dr. Bangahan’s “Bahasa Sūg Phonetics and Orthography” which again, we will follow for this lesson.
The rules are simple: look for the letters /Bb/ and /Gg/ and find out what precede them in a word or a sentence.

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Translations 10

Continuing our series of translating emails… Part 10

Al P. wrote:

Assalamu Alaykum Taymanghud (brother).

I hope you can help me find the meaning of this word in tausug: “CONGRATULATIONS’

Please help me utoh.. I need this word, post ku kasi ha fb kasi my wife just got pregnant… greet aku kanya in tausug..u know what mean.. hope you could help.”

Good day Taymanghud and Assalamu Alaykum.

Do you happen to understand Bahasa Sug? or are you a Tausug yourself, too? Sorry I just need to know.

As far as my little knowledge on bahasa Sug, there is NO TRANSLATION for the word CONGRATULATIONS… (or maybe there is, but its already used long time ago, and I am not aware of it, magmaaf tuud 😦 Anyways, The locals would usually use the original english term in congratulating other pipol as “congrats!” and the like. But if youwan to be more “different” you can use the Arabic term instead. you can say “Mabrook!” to mean congratulations, or better yet “Alhamdulillah!” (praise be to Allah!” for indeed that is the best way to congratulate someone.

I hope I was able to help somehow taymanghud.

Even then, let me say “MABROOK! to you and your wife! ALHAMDULILLAH, Allah had bestowed a very wonderful Blessing to both of you 😀 MashaAllah, May Allah keep your family happy and healthy. Ameen.

Salam Kasilasa!


Kylie G. wrote:
Hi Sir can I asked a favor ? can you translate these words:
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