This is no ordinary illness

Discussion in 'Tagalog and Filipino Languages' started by tagalogstudent, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. tagalogstudent Member

    My gf just told me that she's sick. Nothing new, but... when she described the symptoms, she mentioned a lot of red spots all over her body.

    I'm terrified, now. Tonight (or, tomorrow, in her time zone), she's going to rent a computer that has a webcam, so I can see, exactly, what she's talking about. I'm scared that it's smallpox. Smallpox is eradicated, here in the States, but I understand that it's alive and well in third world countries like the Philippines.

    If it is smallpox, I'm going to warn her that "this is no ordinary illness," and advise her that, if she doesn't see a doctor asap, she's in serious trouble. I know that the Tagalog word for "illness" is "sakit," but how do I say that entire sentence?

    "This is no ordinary __________."

    How do I say that?
  2. DotterKat Moderator

    California, USA
    English (American)
    "This is no ordinary __________."
    Hindi ito isang karaniwang karamdaman.

    However, if you are looking at her via a webcam, you might also say:

    That is not an ordinary illness.
    Iyan ay hindi isang karaniwang karamdaman.

    Karamdaman pertains more to serious diseases while sakit is an all-encompassing term that would cover even minor illnesses like a simple tummy ache. Thus, karamdaman is more appropriate for a serious infectious disease like smallpox (which I highly doubt she has --- I have many friends who are also MDs in Manila, one of whom specializes in Tropical Medicine at San Lazaro Hospital and he has never encountered one case of small pox, at least not in Manila.)
  3. AskLang Senior Member

    Well, you can tell her either -

    Delicado yan. -or-
    Delicado yang sakit na yan.

    which is more readily comprehended the way you want it, as I see it, in Tagalog.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010
  4. mataripis

    mataripis Senior Member

    mapanganib pag may ganyang karamdaman.

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