People Are Posting Mind-Blowing Observations for #BuwanNangWika

Did that "nang" throw you off?

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(SPOT.ph) We know, we know: We used "nang" incorrectly in the headline—but sshhh, we're checking to see how many people noticed. August is Buwan Ng Wika, after all, and if you're still not sure when to use "ng" or "nang," well, now is the perfect time to learn!

With all the stuff going on in 2020, we missed doing the usual celebrations for Buwan ng Wika—such as reaching into the baul for traditional clothes your youngers sibs can wear to school—but that isn't stopping people online from shining a light on how cool Filipino languages are! The hashtag #BuwanNgWika is popping up on Twitter, accompanied by some mind-blowing observations on everyday words. Think about it kind of like those random shower thoughts you get when you see totally normal things in a completely new light.

The trend seems to have started after one Twitter user, Angelica Reyes, posted an interesting thread about the word "katarungan" and its implications. There's always that question of whether language makes culture, the other way around, or a mix of both, and the #BuwanNgWika is bringing the discussion back—aside from simply giving us mini-galaxy brain moments. We round up some of the coolest thoughts and observations we saw online for #BuwanNgWika.

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And in case you needed an online guide, the digitized version of the UP Diksiyonaryo is available, too—oh, and this guide on usual grammar mistakes ("ng" vs. "nang" included!).

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They're two very different concepts.

Law students, what say you?

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Anyone else just learn about "Tárong"?

This feels like it needs a *mic drop*.

Lasco also posted this thread about words you can really feel.

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It's a wonderful alternative to "patay."

And this is on the other side of the spectrum.

Who would have thought?

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Turns out the word can be pretty motivational!

This sounds like a poetry prompt.

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