The star of the 1996 American family-comedy film Matilda — Mara Wilson — is learning the Tagalog language.
On Twitter, Mara asked a question in Tagalog about the meaning of the word “naman.”
She wrote: “Ano meaning ang ‘naman’? Salamat.” She added: “It does not seem to mean ‘yes.’”
Ano meaning ang “naman”? Salamat— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 12, 2020
It does not seem to mean “yes”— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 12, 2020
When asked by one netizen if she knows how to speak Tagalog, she replied: “I’m like a week into learning it!”
I’m like a week into learning it!— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 12, 2020
The now-32-year-old actress likewise revealed the online resource she’s using to learn the language.
Several Filipino on Twitter said “naman” can be interpreted as “again,” “really” or as word of reaffirmation.
When told by a Filipino Twitter user that she’s maganda or “beautiful” with a reaffirming “naman,” she replied: “Hahahaha, salamat!”
Mara’s tweet likewise elicited “surprised” responses from several others Filipinos on Twitter including Saab Magalona who wrote: “Looool nagulat ako nag-Tagalog si Matilda.”
Looool nagulat ako nag-Tagalog si Matilda https://t.co/YolccMqM9r— Saab (@saabmagalona) July 12, 2020
Mara, whose movie Matilda where she played the titular role as Matilda Wormwood has become a cult favorite, retired from acting in 2000 but eventually returned in 2012 and played various roles in television. She also played Robin Williams’s youngest daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire.