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.
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.
mwana ya yakala
mwana ya nkento
mpangi ya yakala
mpangi ya nkento
nkaka ya yakala
nkaka ya nkento
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|
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