Igbo Gender

Welcome to the fifth Igbo 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 Igbo to help you practice your daily phrases.

man
man
nwoke
woman
woman
nwanyi
husband
husband
di
wife
wife
nwunye
boy
boy
nwa nwoke
girl
girl
nwa nwanyị
father
father
nna
mother
mother
nne

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
Igbo
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
nwa m nwoke bụ nwata akwụkwọ
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
nwa ya nwanyị bụ nwata akwụkwọ
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
ọ nwere obele nwanne nwoke
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
ọ nwere obele nwanne nwanyi
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
ụmụ nwanne ya nwoke dị obele
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
ụmụ nwanne ya nwanyị dị obele

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
nwa nwoke
daughter
daughter
nwa nwanyị
brother
brother
nwa nne nwoke
sister
sister
nwa nne nwanyị
grandfather
grandfather
nna nna/nne
grandmother
grandmother
nne nna/nne
child
child
nwa
children
children
ụmụaka/ụmụazị/ụmụntakịrị

Expressions in Igbo

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

English
Igbo
What do you mean?
gịnị ka ị chere?
I don't understand
a ghọtaghị m
I don't know
a marọ m
What is that called in Igbo?
gịnị ka a n'akpọ ** na asụsụ obodo unu?
What is this?
gịnị bụ ihe a?
What does that word mean in English?
kedụ ihe a n'akpọ okwu a na asụsụ bekee?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
ndo

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

Igbo Plural   Igbo Plural

Igbo Numbers   Igbo Numbers



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