Belarusian Gender

Welcome to the fifth Belarusian 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 Belarusian to help you practice your daily phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

man Audio
чалавек [chalavyek]
woman Audio
жанчына [ʐanchina]
husband Audio
муж [mooʐ]
wife Audio
жонка [ʐonka]
boy Audio
хлопчык [khlopchik]
girl Audio
дзяўчынка [dzyawchinka]
father Audio
бацька [batzʲka]
mother Audio
маці [matzі]

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
Belarusian + Pronunciation
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
мой сын студэнт Audio
[moy sin stoodent]
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
яе дачка студэнтка Audio
[yaye dachka stoodentka]
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
у яго ёсць высокі брат Audio
[oo yaguo yostzʲ visokі brat]
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
у яе ёсць высокая сятра Audio
[oo yaye yostzʲ visokaya syatra]
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
яго браты маладыя Audio
[yaguo brati maladiya]
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
яго сёстры маладыя Audio
[yaguo syostri maladiya]

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 Audio
сын [sin]
daughter Audio
дачка [dachka]
brother Audio
брат [brat]
sister Audio
сястра [syastra]
grandfather Audio
дзед [dzyed]
grandmother Audio
бабуля [baboolya]
child Audio
дзіця [dzіtzya]
children Audio
дзеці [dzyetzі]

Expressions in Belarusian

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

What do you mean?
што вы маеце на ўвазе?
[shto vi mayetzye na wvazye?] Audio
I don't understand
я не разумею
[ya nye razoomyeyo] Audio
I don't know
я не ведаю
[ya nye vyedayo] Audio
What is that called in Belarusian?
як гэта называецца на беларускай мове?
[yak gueta nazivayetztza na byelarooskay movye?] Audio
What is this?
што гэта?
[shto gueta?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?
што азначае гэта слова на англійскай мове?
[shto aznachaye gueta slova na angulіyskay movye?] Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
[prabachtzye] Audio

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

Belarusian Plural   Belarusian Plural

Belarusian Numbers   Belarusian Numbers


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