Part A: Description
In this lesson you will learn to greet anyone with the appropriate level of formality.
The level formality for many sentences, including greetings, is more complex than in English. But we will see here that it is quite easy to show respect or sound formal.
The first word to know is mayáp, good. Then you need the word describing the time of day: ábak morning, ugtú noon, gatpanápun afternoon, béngi night,
If you want to be formal and respectful to elderly, you need the word pu and the following construction then applies:
Mayáp a gatpanápun pu Good afternoon, sir or Good afternoon, madam showing respect for an older person.
The a simply links good with afternoon and is a compulsory link word. But an interesting phenomenon is that Kapampangan does not allow 2 vowels and so words starting with a vowel have a y added at the beginning if they are after the compulsory preposition a:
Mayáp a yábak pu Good morning, sir or Good morning, madam showing respect for an older person.
Another frequently used phrase is Kumustá which means both Hello, and How are you?. It is borrowed from the Spanish Como esta? which means exactly How are you?
Part B: Application
Given the rules here above, we can generate the following set of phrases:
|Hello, how are you?||Kumustá? (Span.)|
|Good noon (literally)||Mayáp a yugtú|
|Good night||Mayáp a béngi|
You noted that in Kapampangan one can say "good noon". Although it might sound unusual to you, this is simply used when you meet someone at noon or around lunch time.
Part C: Exercises
Translate the following English sentences into Kapampangan:
- Good afternoon
- Hello madam, how are you?
Translate the following Kapampangan into English:
- Mayáp a béngi pu
- Mayáp a yábak
Part D: Summary
You can now correctly greet anyone you meet in Pampanga, and not be perceived to be rude. Here is the list of words and greeting phrases that you have learned:
|pu||word indicating respect for the person that you talk to|
|a||link word between an adjective and a noun|
|Kumustá||Hello, how are you?|
|mayáp a yábak||Good morning|
|mayáp a yugtú||Good noon|
|mayáp a gatpanápun||Good afternoon|
|mayáp a béngi||Good night|
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