complete verse (John 16:18)

Following are a number of back-translations of John 16:18:

  • Uma: “They kept on asking each other, they said: ‘Why does he always say ‘Just a little while’? We do not know its meaning.'” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “What does it perhaps mean ‘not much longer’ which he said? We (incl.) do not know what the meaning is of what he said.'” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And they said also, ‘What is he talking about when he said, ‘Just a little time.’ We do not know what he is trying to say.'” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “This-aforementioned it won’t be long, what perhaps does it mean to say? We just (self-sympathy particle) don’t understand.'” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “They kept on talking among themselves saying, ‘What is meant by just a little time? We don’t understand it.'” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “What can this word mean? He says it won’t be long. We don’t know what he is talking about.'” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)