Friday, February 17, 2012
CHAMORRO EXPRESSIONS : BENGBENG GI TALANGA-HO
In English, we have the rather plain statement, "I've been hearing," or "Someone told me."
But, in Chamorro, we say "Bengbeng gi talanga-ho," "It buzzes at my ear," like a bee buzzing around the ear.
Bengbeng = to buzz, or hiss. Talanga = ear.
Påle' Jose in the clip talks about how a man says he's been hearing that the Pope was coming to Guam.
Or, a man complains to his friend about the price of gas on Guam.
Then his friend says, "Cha'-mo inestototba sa' bengbeng gi talanga-ho na ti apmam para u ma rebåha i presion i gasolina." "Don't be upset because it's buzzing in my ears that soon they will reduce the price of gas."
If only! I mohon!