meaning of "aya"

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Andrew Powrie

meaning of "aya"

Post by Andrew Powrie »

Hello

Can someone please tell me what 'Aya' means in Cantonese.

Many thanks

HKB

Re: meaning of "aya"

Post by HKB »

its can be use in place of "oops" or "ouch!" and sometimes "oh crap!"

Guest

Post by Guest »

I think it's Vietnamese.

Guest

Post by Guest »

Anonymous wrote:I think it's Vietnamese.
It's not.

Guest

Post by Guest »

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:I think it's Vietnamese.
It's not.
Go to Vietnam and you will hear too many different versions of aya, eeya, hay ya. What makes you think it's not.

Guest

Post by Guest »

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:I think it's Vietnamese.
It's not.
Go to Vietnam and you will hear too many different versions of aya, eeya, hay ya. What makes you think it's not.
We're talking about the Cantonese "aya". What makes you think it's vietnamese in origin? :roll:

Guest

Post by Guest »

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote: It's not.
Go to Vietnam and you will hear too many different versions of aya, eeya, hay ya. What makes you think it's not.
We're talking about the Cantonese "aya". What makes you think it's vietnamese in origin? :roll:
When they first time heard that word from Cantonese, they understood clearly.

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Re: meaning of "aya"

Post by iris_ian »

Andrew Powrie wrote:Hello

Can someone please tell me what 'Aya' means in Cantonese.

Many thanks
i am a contonese.i think your spelling is wrong.
i guess it refers to yes

jilang
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Post by jilang »

Hi

I don't think "aya" is from Cantonese because I've heard it used by non-cantonese people as well. It could just be a general thing people say that's not part of any language but just an expression that was developed and people found it was something that helped them express themselves (kind of like when people want to swear when they're frustrated).

I think "aya" is the equivelant of a sigh.

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Post by x3ilyboo »

it's pronounced "aiya". @_@;
it's often used in the place of "omg," "sh*t," and yeahhhhhhh.

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Post by naturegirl »

well if u mean ai ya , that's 哎呀 and also used in mandarin

and then there is hai ya which means yes, and is used a lot.
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Re: meaning of "aya"

Post by muthan »

It could just be a general thing people say that's not part of any language but just an expression that was developed and people found it was something that helped them express themselves.

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