How to say “beautiful” in Chamorro?

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This lesson will teach you how to say that something or someone is beautiful in Chamorro.

“Beautiful” in Chamorro

When it comes to describing people, you would say bunita for females and bunitu for males.

bunita
beautiful, pretty, lovely

bunitu
handsome

NOTE: The word bunitu , from Spanish bonito, is often used as a general term to describe things as beautiful or pretty. When saying that a performance or movie was great or nice, it is often referred to as being bunitu. Chamorro musician K.C. DeLeon Guerrero’s sings how the day is beautiful in his song Bonito na Ha’ane.

Usage examples:

Bunita na palao’an si Maria.
Maria is a beautiful lady.

Bunitu na movie i Braveheart.
Braveheart is a good movie.

Bunitu magagu-ña si Denise.
Denise has pretty clothes.

When describing places or settings, you can also use  gefpå’go, which means the same thing as bunitu.

Gefpå’go na lugåt iya Hawaii.
Hawaii is a beautiful place.

“You’re beautiful” in Chamorro

Bunita hao.
You are pretty.

Gof bunita hao.
You’re very pretty.

Na buninita hao.
You’re so pretty.

The word atånon means good-looking or attractive. The word is rooted in the word atanmeaning “to look”, and the suffix -on, meaning “to be capable of”. So literally, the word atånon means “capable of being looked at”, implying that something or someone is “pleasing to the eye.”

Atånon na taotao si Juan.
Juan is a good-looking man.

 

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