Bismillah. This is the 4th lesson on “Tausug 101: Learning Bahasa Sug” by Anak Iluh. For lists of lessons, please go to: Lists of Lessons.
|COMMON NOMINATIVE PRONOUNS in BAHASA SUG|
|1st Person (speaker)||Singular||
|Plural (including the listener)||
Kita niyu or
|Plural (excluding the listener)||
|2nd Person (to listener)||Singular||
|3rd Person (absent)||Singular||
It can be observed that these pronouns are indeed similar with the Tagalog Pronouns, except in some of it such as Kitaniyu (“Tayo” in Tagalog) and Kamu (“Kayo” in Tagalog). Learning these pronouns will surely be a ‘no-sweat’ thing for Filipino learners and those who are already fluent in Tagalog.
To get a better picture of how these pronouns are used, here is a short Tausug Conversation (this is an example of a quite informal conversation between two peers):
Maryam: Indah, hisiyu kaw yan? Indah, who are you?
Yusra: Aku hi Yusra. I am Yusra
Maryam: Ikaw ka in anak hi abu’ hadji Del? Are you a daughter of Aunt Hja. Del?
Yusra: Huun, aku in magulang. Yes, I am the eldest.
Maryam: Pila kamu magtaymanghud? How many are you (siblings)?
Yusra: Tuw. Babai kami katan. Three. We are all girls.
Maryam: Hain na in mga manghud mu? Where are your sisters?
Yusra: Yadtu sila ha iskul. They are at school.
Maryam: Hi Fairodz, grade pila na? What grade is Fairodz now?
Yusra: Grade six na siya. She is now in Grade six.
Maryam: Marayaw isab nakapagkila kita. It is good that we met each other.
Yusra: Huun sa. Biya’ naglayu’ na kitaniyu Your right. We have been far from
katan yan. each other (for a while).
Due to some technical problems (which includes the inability of the author to record the audio in a female voice), the audio file for this conversation will be released next week. Thank you very much for your kind considerations. 🙂
Here are the new Tausug words we learned today in this lesson:
Hisiyu = Who Manghud = Younger sibling
Pila = How many Yadtu = There
Anak = child (son/daughter) Nakapagkila (r.w. Kila) = to Know or to Meet
Abu’/Babu’ = Aunt Katan = All
Magulang = Elder child Naglayu’ (r.w. Layu’)= Become far