Javanese Gender

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

man
man
wong lanang
woman
woman
wong wadon
husband
husband
bojo lanang
wife
wife
bojo wadon
boy
boy
anak lanang
girl
girl
anak wadon
father
father
bapak
mother
mother
ibu

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
Javanese
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
anakku isih sekolah
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
anak wadone isih sekolah
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
dheweke duwe dulur lanang sing dhuwur
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
dheweke duwe dulur wadon sing dhuwur
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
sedulur lanange enom
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
sedulu wadone enom

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
anak lanang
daughter
daughter
anak wadon
brother
brother
sedulur lanang
sister
sister
sedulur wadon
grandfather
grandfather
simbah kakung
grandmother
grandmother
simbah putri
child
child
anak
children
children
anak

Expressions in Javanese

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

English
Javanese
What do you mean?
Apa maksudmu?
I don't understand
Aku ora dong
I don't know
Aku ora paham
What is that called in Javanese?
Apa iku arane ing basa Jawa?
What is this?
Apa iki?
What does that word mean in English?
Apa tegese tembung iku ing basa Inggris?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
Sepurane

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

Javanese Plural   Javanese Plural

Javanese Numbers   Javanese Numbers



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