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A Straight Guy's Guide to Basic Bekinese

Jirits, lafang, kebsall words I learned on the job.
A Straight Guy's Guide to Basic Bekinese Jirits, lafang, kebsall words I learned on the job.

Soon after I took a job in the publishing industry, I found myself speaking another language, literally. The national language of Philippine fashion? Beks, perhaps. Here are some of the words you need to know:

Used in a sentence: “Wit ko knows!” (I don’t know.)

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Used in a sentence: “Bet ko yung bagong intern mo.” (I like your new intern.)

Used in the sentence: “Taray ng peg!” (The look you’re trying to achieve is so fierce!)

guide to basic bekinese

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Used in a sentence: “Ingat ka. Jiritang jirita si madam today!” (Be careful. She’s very agitated today.)

guide to basic bekinese

Used in a sentence: “Kebs na sa’yo!” (I don’t know with you.)

guide to basic bekinese

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Used in a sentence: “Wala siyang kyeme maghubad sa set.” (She doesn’t mind undressing on set.)

guide to basic bekinese

Used in a sentence: “Gorabels! Push mo yan!” (Go for it!)

 

guide to basic bekinese

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Used in a sentence: “Look at her new bag. Shala talaga ni madam.” (Look at her new bag. She has such expensive taste.)

guide to basic bekinese

Used in a sentence: “Ang chaka naman ng pinili mo, ‘teh.” (You chose the ugly one, sister.)

guide to basic bekinese

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Used in a sentence: “‘Shugal naman ng fooda. Gutom na ako.” (The McDonald’s delivery guy is late. I’m hungry.)

guide to basic bekinese

Used in a sentence: “Pahada ba ‘yan?” (Is he down for it?)

guide to basic bekinese

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Used in a sentence: “Saan booking mo tonight?” (Where’s your date taking you tonight?)

guide to basic bekinese

Used in a sentence: “Lafs ng lafs, sis?” (Are you sure you want to eat any more of that, sis?)

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