Malagasy Gender

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.

man
man Audio
lehilahy
woman
woman Audio
vehivavy
husband
husband Audio
vady
wife
wife Audio
vady
boy
boy Audio
lehilahy/ ankizilahy
girl
girl Audio
vehivavy/ankizivavy
father
father Audio
ray/dada
mother
mother Audio
mama/ neny

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
Malagasy
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
mpianatra ny zanako lahy Audio
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
mpianatra ny zanany vavy Audio
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
manana rahalahy lava izy Audio
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
manana rahavavy lava izy Audio
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
tanora ny rahalahiny Audio
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
tanora ny anabaviny Audio

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 Audio
zanaka lahy
daughter
daughter Audio
zanaka vavy
brother
brother Audio
rahalahy
sister
sister Audio
rahavavy
grandfather
grandfather Audio
dadabe
grandmother
grandmother Audio
bebe
child
child Audio
zaza
children
children Audio
zaza

Expressions in Malagasy

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? Audio
I don't understand
tsy azoko / tsy mazava amiko Audio
I don't know
tsy fantatro Audio
What is that called in Malagasy?
inona no anaran'ity amin'ny teny malagasy? Audio
What is this?
inona ity? Audio
What does that word mean in English?
inona no dikan'ity teny ity amin'ny teny anglisy Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
azafady / miala tsiny Audio

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

Malagasy Plural   Malagasy Plural

Malagasy Numbers   Malagasy Numbers



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