Afrikaans Gender

Welcome to the fifth Afrikaans lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Afrikaans to help you practice your daily phrases.

man
man Audio
man
woman
woman Audio
vrou
husband
husband Audio
man
wife
wife Audio
vrou
boy
boy Audio
seun
girl
girl Audio
meisie
father
father Audio
pa/vader
mother
mother Audio
ma/moeder

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Afrikaans
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
My seun is 'n student Audio
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
Haar dogter is 'n student Audio
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
Hy het 'n lang broer Audio
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
Sy het 'n lang suster Audio
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
Sy broers is jonk Audio
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
Sy susters is jonk Audio

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son
son Audio
seun
daughter
daughter Audio
dogter
brother
brother Audio
broer
sister
sister Audio
suster
grandfather
grandfather Audio
oupa
grandmother
grandmother Audio
ouma
child
child Audio
kind
children
children Audio
kinders

Expressions in Afrikaans

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Afrikaans, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

English
Afrikaans
What do you mean?
Wat bedoel jy? Audio
I don't understand
Ek verstaan nie! Audio
I don't know
Ek weet nie! Audio
What is that called in Afrikaans?
Wat noem jy dit in Afrikaans? Audio
What is this?
Wat is dit? Audio
What does that word mean in English?
Wat beteken daardie woord in Engels? Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
Jammer Audio

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Afrikaans. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Afrikaans Plural   Afrikaans Plural

Afrikaans Numbers   Afrikaans Numbers



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