Learn Pangasinan:  Noun Phrase Linky-Links

Look here’s a bunch of  common nouns.  I’m listing them with definite article say, which means “the for singular objects.

The list is short because this post isn’t really about nouns, it’s about making the linky-link with other nouns and adjectives.

Some Common Nouns

  1. say aso the dog
  2. say pusa the cat
  3. say pusit the squid
  4. say ugaw the kiddo
  5. say abong the house, the home
  6. say kaiba the companion, friend
  7. say dalanan the street, the road
  8. say buek the hair
  9. say eges the belly, the tummy

So if you want to link any of these nouns together in a noun phrase relationship, you have to use a linky-link.  Here are the noun linky-links in Pangasinan:

Linky-links for Pangasinan: 

  • If the first word ends in a vowel, jam the linky suffix -n onto the first word.
  • If the first word already ends in an -n, make it end in linky suffix -y instead.
  • If the first word ends in a consonant, separate the two words with the linky particle na.

Now you can link a bunch of those nouns above together.

  • say abong na pusa the cat’s house
  • say kaiban aso the dog’s companion
  • say eges na pusit the squid’s belly
  • say dalanay ugaw the kiddo’s street

You may have noticed that my English equivalents all came up as possessive apostrophe-“s,” which is one way we link nouns together in English. It’s not the only way we do it in English, so don’t get too hung up it. What you need to know is that you need a suffix or a particle to link nouns in a noun phrase relationship.

If you’re from Santo Tomás, La Unión, you can use a slightly different set of linkers:

  • If the first word ends in a vowel, jam the linky suffix -n onto the first word (same as standard Pangasinan).
  • If that first word ends in -s, use the linky particle na.
  • If the first word ends in a consonant, jam the linky suffix -a onto the first word.

Here’s what you get:

  • say abonga pusa
  • say kaiban aso
  • say uges na pusit
  • say dalanana ugaw

There, easy.  If you want Santo Tomás flavored Pangasinan like I do, you’re going to end up having to know the standard way too, so you can understand your friends in Dagupan. It’s a minor difference.

Now that you know how to link nouns to each other, it’s time to link adjectives to nouns. The rules will look very familiar.

  • If the adjective ends in a vowel, use linky suffix -n.
  • If the adjective ends in a consonant , use the linky particle ya.
  • If the adjective ends in an -an, make it end in -ay instead.
  • For Santo Tomás style, use -n for vowels, and -a for consonants and don’t worry about adjectives that end is -s, they can take -a as well.

Some Common Adjectives

  • baleg big
  • melag small
  • ambanget stinky 
  • bangad naughty, willfully-disobedient
  • bastos naughty, disrespectful, rude
  • dugyot filthy
  • pilipino
  • andeket black
  • ampoti white
  • maabig nice
  • narasan hungry
  • buwag greedy, gluttonous 

Ok, now you can link these handy adjectives to the noun above!  You can say things like Say baleg ya abong, say pilipinon ugaw, say andeket ya pusit, say narasay ugaw, say dugyota pusa. 

Try saying these things:  The white house, the greedy squid, the naughty dog, the rude friend, the big belly.  Make your own combinations!

At first, you’ll be looking back and forth between lists, and using analysis muscles to figure out which linky-link to use.  Keep practicing until you’ve got linky-links in muscle memory.

Noun and Adjective Linkies

The Road Again: Back to LA

There are a couple of more selfies to share from my time in Vegas.  Mama and I went to Downtown Vegas on my last night there; played some video poker at a bar, and then walked along Fremont Street.  Then we drove down Fremont street, which used to be dangerous, but it was several blocks before we saw any police activity!   
  

The next morning I started my drive back to LA.  I stopped in Baker to clean my windshield, and in Barstow for a double-double animal style.    

  
    
Driving in the Mojave desert is a trip.  There are parts of the drive where your windshield is a huge view of a desert planet, and you’re just skimming across a narrow ribbon of engineering.  Sometimes your on a flat, and the mountians ring the horizon, and the road looks like it goes to the edge of the earth.  Other times you’re in the mountain passes and you can see for sixty miles; so far that the distance starts to fade into the vapor mirage.  

The high desert ends with Victorville, and then it’s the San Bernadino Forest.  After that it’s Planet Freeway.  

I have to end this blog post because the picture above is making me hungry.  

Roadtrip to LA 2015: Quality Time

My sister spoke at the now-famous social security rally where Bernie Sanders got pre-empted by #blacklivesmatter activists.  As soon as that was over, my sister and I bolted; I said “goodbye, Seattle” and we hit the road.  

We stopped for coffee in Olympia, which is our hometown, but I barely remember the place.  My sister had to give me directions to a coffee shop.  

Our next stop was Salem, Oregon.  We found a Korean restaurant and ordered too much food.  Soondubu, grilled mackeral, mool naeng myun.  They were super nice there, and they gave us a sweet orange, peeled and shaded with cocktail umbrella.  

Later, we got to our hotel in Eugene and crashed. The next morning I got up early, but my sister slept in, so I gassed up the car and did some laundry and some light exploring, got coffee, etc.  There was a little bit of culture clash when I got out of my car and reached for my wallet to pump my own gas… and the attendant called from the other side of the lot, “I’ll be right with you!”  and I remembered that regular people don’t pump their own gas in Oregon, it’s a thing. “Forgot I was in Oregon,” I said to the attendant.  He wasn’t that impressed.  

We had a long drive ahead of us, so we got a big American breakfast at an Elmer’s Diner.  Doesn’t look like much!    

We hit a rest stop somewhere along the way, and took this selfie at a pitstop.  By the way, my sister’s guns are straight fire and not at all being pushed up by the car door.    

We stopped for lunch in Ashland, Oregon, and had lunch on the Calle Guanajuato, which is a fancyish pedestrian lane.  I had a burger at some restaurant where the servers were attractive and not very sharp.  I think by this time I was starting to feel a tickle in my throat.    

Before leaving Ashland, we took a drink at the Lithia Spring, which is naturally fizzy and high in sulfur.  I’ve had it before, and I warned my sister that at first it is gross, but then you keep trying it to remember how gross it is, which is enjoyable.  

My sister said that it tasted like pennies in a pickle jar, like blood, like a bloody nose… Eventually the little bottle that we took lost its fizz and turned green, so I threw it out at a rest stop in Dunnigan, California.  

Anyway, eight hours of driving later, we were in Daly City, hanging out with Auntie R and Uncle R, Cowsins F&D and J, and our nephew little E.    
    

We had dinner there, and breakfast the next morning, and then we hit the road.  By then, I had a full-blown cold.  We stopped in Atascadero, CA for an hour or so too see my sister’s friend and her new baby.  They had a beautiful house and a beautiful mellow new son, and I felt bad for being sick.  We did take pictures but I didn’t take any with my phone, so nothing for the blog.  

Not long after that, we stopped in Los Olivos and bought some wine and olives for pasalubong.  As we got to Pismo Beach I asked my sister, “how long until we get to the coast?”  She answered that we were about to see the money shot, and then bam, the mountains parted and the Pacific Ocean view filled the windshield, as we came down the mountain.  

We drove along the coast, and got off the highway in Santa Barbara, and had a burger in Summerland at a burger shack.  
    
    

We made it to J’s house in Pacific Palisades that night, and I was too sick to be coherent, so I crashed while my sister stayed up and chatted with J and her sister L and the three dogs and the two boys.  It was so so so nice of J to let us crash there!  How do I not have any photos on my phone of our stay there?   

   

  

   

   
The next morning I got gas (big mistake in Pacific Palisades) and then took my sister with me to go apartment hunting.  We saw some gross places in Glendale.  It was discouraging.  After we saw the last apartment, I asked my sister to take me to Griffith Park Observatory. 

Below is a photo with the Hollywood sign (top left corner, white smudge in the hillside), plus a selfie on the rooftop and one from inside the Planetarium.  We saw a show about Viking astronomy which was narrated by a live actor and over-animated.     
   

Later we met up with my sister’s friends for dinner, and took these selfies.      

  

  

The next day was the day my sister flew out of Burbank, so rather than resume the apartment hunt, I declared a goof-off day.  So my sister took me to her favorite seafood market on Redondo Pier and we ate uni.

 

We also had camarones en aguachile and tako poke, both of which were served with tostadas.    
    

Here’s the police sniper we saw. 
  

We put our toes in the Pacific and then walked on the Pier.      
  

My sister saved room for a corndog at Craig’s Hot Dog.  As he was hand-dipping it, he told us that the whole Pier was going to get fancied up and redone, and that he probably wouldn’t be there by next year.  He said that people wanted to upscale it, like Pike Place Market in Seattle.  Obviously, these people don’t know shit about Pike Place Market in Seattle, which is textbook case for NOT upscaling.  
  

After Redondo we had time to kill, so we played a game called “Drive Through Neignborhoods We’ve Heard of.”  We drove through Manhattan Beach (didn’t find parking), Compton, South Central, Watts, and wound our way up to Koreatown, and by then it was time for lunch, so we stopped at a ramen place and got rice and takoyaki… everything but ramen!  

After that we went to Burbank and took this selfie at the airport drive.  I was sad that my sister was leaving!    
  

I went back to J’s place to crash, and had a lovely dinner al fresco near the pool with J and the charming dogs.  

The next morning I dragged myself out of bed and drove another hour back to Glendale to resume the apartment hunt.  I parked at a cafe and started calling places on Zillow.  

The first place to call me back was my first choice; 30 minutes walk to work, all luxury amenities, a little far from the trendy bars so no dorm-like shennanigans.  I went to see the place, and it was awesome in every way!  Except for electric stove, which I will adapt to, ugh.  Anyway, I applied for the place and got accepted, so mission accomplished; I have an apartment in Glendale now.  

I drove the hour back to J’s house and packed my things, said goodbye and headed to Vegas.  Here’s a selfie I took at the bluff over the Pacific at Pacific Palisades before heading off.    
  
Next:  Quality Time in Vegas.