Welcome to the fifth Malagasy 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 Malagasy 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 - Malagasy|
|my son is a student|
[masculine + noun] mpianatra ny zanako lahy
|her daughter is a student|
[feminine + noun] mpianatra ny zanany vavy
|he has a tall brother|
[adjective + masculine] manana rahalahy lava izy
|she has a tall sister|
[adjective + feminine] manana rahavavy lava izy
|his brothers are young|
[plural masculine + adjective] tanora ny rahalahiny
|his sisters are young|
[plural feminine + adjective] tanora ny anabaviny
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.
Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Malagasy, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.
|English - Malagasy|
|What do you mean? inona no tianao ho lazaina?|
|I don't understand tsy azoko / tsy mazava amiko|
|I don't know tsy fantatro|
|What is that called in Malagasy? inona no anaran'ity amin'ny teny malagasy?|
|What is this? inona ity?|
|What does that word mean in English? inona no dikan'ity teny ity amin'ny teny anglisy|
|Sorry (if you made a mistake) azafady / miala tsiny|
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