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Vocabulary Lists Essential Idioms That Will Make You Sound Like a Native Speaker

Essential Idioms That Will Make You Sound Like a Native Speaker

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honeymoon
pulot-gata (n)
honeymoon
someone that enjoys going places
makati ang paa
someone that enjoys going places
Makati ang paa ni Ben kaya hindi mo siya laging makikita sa bahay.
Ben enjoys going places so you will barely see him at home.
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malnourished
buto't balat
malnourished
Hindi mahilig kumain si Ana kaya siya buto't balat.
Ana is not fond of eating that's why she's too skinny.
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mother
ilaw ng tahanan
mother
Mahirap mabuhay kung walang ilaw ng tahanan.
It's hard to live a life without a mother.
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two-timer
namamangka sa dalawang ilog
two-timer
Pareho nilang hindi alam na namamangka si Leo sa dalawang ilog.
They both don't know that Leo is having another affair.
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jobless
nagbibilang ng poste
jobless
Limang buwan nang nagbibilang ng poste si Ryan.
Ryan has had no job for the last 5 months.
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rich
nakahiga sa pera
rich
Nakahiga sa pera si Karen dahil sa kanyang masisipag na magulang.
Karen is rich because of her hardworking parents.
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poor and just having enough to get by
isang kahig, isang tuka
poor and just having enough to get by
Marami pa ring Pilipino ang isang kahig, isang tuka.
There's still a lot of Filipinos who are poor.
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conceited
lumaki ang ulo
conceited
Lumaki ang ulo ni Paul mula ng manalo sa paligsahan.
Paul got conceited since winning the contest.
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boasting
nagbuhat ng sariling bangko
boasting
Nagbuhat ng sariling bangko si Len nang walang pumansin sa kanya.
Len started boasting when no one paid attention to her.
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impossible
suntok sa buwan
impossible
Suntok sa buwan ang plano ni Glen pero susubukan pa rin niya ang kaya niya.
Glen's plan is impossible but he will still try his best.
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study hard
magsunog ng kilay
study hard
Magsusunog ng kilay si Pilar ngayong darating na pagsusulit.
Pilar will study hard for this coming exam.
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what have been said came true
nagdilang anghel
what have been said came true
Nagdilang anghel si Paz ng sinabi niyang mananalo ka sa lotto.
Paz said that you would win the lotto and it came true.
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get angry
nagpanting ang tenga
get angry
Nagpanting ang tenga ni Jose nung minura siya ni Ricky.
Jose got angry when Ricky cursed him.
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Hello, learners, here is the list of the above idioms / their literal English translations!


makati ang paa / itchy feet

buto't balat / bones and skin

ilaw ng tahanan / light of the house

namamangka sa dalawang ilog / rowing between two rivers

nagbibilang ng poste / counting post

pulot-gata / coined from two words honey & coconut milk

nakahiga sa pera / lying on money

isang kahig, isang tuka / one scratch, one peck

lumaki ang ulo / head got big

nagbuhat ng sariling bangko / one that lifted his/her own chair

suntok sa buwan / a punch to the moon

magsunog ng kilay / burn the eyebrows

nagdilang anghel / tongue of an angel

nagpanting ang tenga / the ears faded