Discussion in 'Tagalog and Filipino Languages' started by Roshini, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. Roshini Senior Member

    what does siguro mean? How to use it in a sentence?
  2. Pivra Senior Member

    it probably means Sure.... since Seguro.... means sure in Spanish
  3. Good guess, but it is actually used more as an adverb meaning, "perhaps," "maybe" or "probably." Hopefully someone can back me up on this..and you're right, it it from Spanish. I found some examples:

    "Napa-paranoid lang siguro siya." He/she is probably just being paranoid.

    Siguro siya'y naghahanap parin ng kaligayahan. Siguro siya'y malaya na. Siguro siya'y naririyan lang, naghihintay, nagaabang. Siguro nga. Siguro nga." I think "siguro" in this sense is being used more as "maybe." Here's my translation: "Maybe he/she is still looking for happiness. Maybe he/she is already free. Maybe he/she is over there, waiting, expecting. Maybe, maybe" Hopefully someone can offer a better translation. I'm still learning. :)

  4. Roshini Senior Member

    Thank you so much Pivra and Chriszinho85. I really appreciate it. maraming salamat kayo.
  5. SofiaB Senior Member

    English Asia
    sigurado=sure. siguro=maybe(but beleived true)
    baka= maybe(either yes or no)
  6. SofiaB Senior Member

    English Asia
    Chriszinho85 yes good examples: maybe(but beleived true) or probably
  7. Roshini Senior Member

    Can I have some more examples please.
  8. wEi-wEi Senior Member

    siguro = was used whenever a person was uncertain or not sure at something.
    synonyms: baka; but siguro is like 70% sure while baka is 50% sure

    if you're going to use it in a sentence, the person who's talking must say somethin unsure... like:

    maybe i can fix it. = siguro(maybe) magagawa(can fix) ko(me/i;short term of "ako") iyan(if you have an object pointing at something or you're distinguishing somthing use "iyan").

    **it depends on the approach 'coz meaning can change when used in different approach like:

    maybe dogs can talk? = baka(maybe) ang aso(dog) ay nakakapag-salita(can talk)? *the 'ang' and 'ay' was used to conjunct the sentence to make it sounds good*

    another ex:
    Q:do you love me? = Q:mahal mo ba ako?
    A:maybe... = A:siguro...

    **the person is uncertain that's why he/she answered that way.

    if you still not sure, just ask maybe i can explain it more.
    kung hindi mo parin ma-gets, sabihin mo lang siguro ma-eexplain ko pa sa iyo ng mas maliwanag.
  9. Roshini Senior Member

    Oo po, hindi ko parin ma-gets. Is that right? Anyway, please give me more examples, as easy as possible.
  10. araceliearambula New Member

    Español y Tagalo, Filipinas
    i believe that the filipinos use of the word "seguro" historically comes from the malay cultural trait to give reassurance to others by telling them that everything is "sure", just to promote good social relations, even though realistically, it may be not.

    i get confused with this also because i speak spanish more than tagalog, and whenever i hear the word "seguro" in tagalog, my spanish way of thinking applies and i assume that they mean "for sure", and then i remember that it means "maybe"

    it's just like the way i would use the word "leche", i forget sometimes that the spanish word for milk is a swear word among filipinos, curious myself as to the origins of that...
  11. SofiaB Senior Member

    English Asia
    Do to its appearance as male end of relations
  12. MariadeManila

    MariadeManila Member

    Tagalog - Philippines
    hi there...just stick to this...
    siguro really means "maybe" to us
  13. araceliearambula New Member

    Español y Tagalo, Filipinas
    thanks mariademanila, you're sweet :)
  14. hikari37lito Member

    It's because man has two kinds of leche("milk") the good leche that is essential semen the other one is the bad leche that is stinky or spegma in medical term.
  15. Cracker Jack Senior Member

    In Spain, leche can mean a lot. The first thing that comes to mind is milk. But leche can also be vulgar for semen. Leche can also be used in the following contexts:

    1. to be cranky, bad tempered, having no humor at all (mala leche)
    Tiene mala leche hoy.

    2. a blow or buffet (colloquial)
    Se le da una leche al paciente.

    3. a cool thing (colloquial).
    Esto es una leche. (referring to a sports car)

    4. stupidity, frivolities (colloquial)
    Nos pasamos bien haciendo leches durante el viaje.
  16. siminona New Member

    United States, English
    Wow, I never knew that about "leche." :) It's interesting how the meaning of words change over the years. The word "siempre" has also changed to mean "of course" or "for sure" instead of "always." Is that right?

    But I think in many ways, the form of Spanish used in the Philippines hasn't changed much at all. They still use "old-school" formal 16th century Spanish. What do you guys think? Does anyone know of any examples?

    Thanks for an interesting thread.
  17. Well, in terms of pronunciation, words borrowed from Spanish with "ll" are still palatalized, similar to "lh" in Portuguese. So for example, words like "mantequilla," "silla, " and "cuchillo" are spelled "mantekilya," "silya" and "kutsilyo" in Tagalog.

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