Kongo Gender

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

man
man
yakala
woman
woman
nkento
husband
husband
bakala
wife
wife
nkento
boy
boy
mwana yakala
girl
girl
mwana nkento
father
father
tata
mother
mother
mama

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
Kongo
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
mwana na mono ya yakala ikele mwana ya nzonkanda
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
mwana na yandi ya nkento ikele mwana ya nzonkanda
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
yandi kele na mpangi ya yakala ya nda
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
yandi kele na mpangi ya nkento ya nda
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
bampangi na yandi ya bayakala bo kele bana ya fioti
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
bampangi na yandi ya bankento bo kele bana ya fioti

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
mwana ya yakala
daughter
daughter
mwana ya nkento
brother
brother
mpangi ya yakala
sister
sister
mpangi ya nkento
grandfather
grandfather
nkaka ya yakala
grandmother
grandmother
nkaka ya nkento
child
child
mwana
children
children
bana

Expressions in Kongo

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

English
Kongo
What do you mean?
nge ke zola kutuba inki?
I don't understand
mono ke bakisa ve
I don't know
mono ke zaba ve
What is that called in Kongo?
nki bo ke binga yo na kikongo?
What is this?
yai ke nki?
What does that word mean in English?
ngogo yai ke tendula nki na angele?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
lolula mono

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

Kongo Plural   Kongo Plural

Kongo Numbers   Kongo Numbers



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