GAYA

Frequently alternated with kagaya.

gaya
imitation

gaya
like, similar

kagaya
similar

gayahin
to copy

paggaya
imitation

Gayahin mo ito.
Copy this.

Huwag mo akong gayahin.
Don’t copy me. Don’t do like I did.

Ginaya ko sila.
I copied them. 
I did as they did.

Ginagaya nila ako.
They are copying me.
They are doing what I am doing.


The Tagalog phrase gaya-gaya puto maya is used to mock someone who is trying to copy someone else (gaya means “to imitate”). The rice cake puto maya is sort of like a mock version of the classic puto.