Malagasy Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Malagasy. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Malagasy.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Malagasy conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Malagasy
I speak English
miteny anglisy aho Audio
you speak French
miteny frantsay ianao Audio
he speaks German
miteny alema izy Audio
she speaks Italian
miteny italianina izy Audio
we speak Arabic
miteny arabo isika Audio
they speak Chinese
miteny sinoa izy ireo Audio

The past tense in Malagasy conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Malagasy
I visited France
nitsidika an'i frantsa aho Audio
you visited Italy
nitsidika an'i italy ianao Audio
he visited Morocco
nitsidika an'i marôka izy Audio
she visited China
nitsidika an'i sinina izy Audio
we visited Mexico
nitsidika an'i meksika isika Audio
they visited Kenya
nitsidika an'i kenia izy ireo Audio

The future tense in Malagasy conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Malagasy
I will drink milk
hisotro ronono aho Audio
you will drink coffee
hisotro kafe ianao Audio
he will drink tea
hisotro dite izy Audio
she will drink water
hisotro rano izy Audio
we will drink apple juice
hisotro ranona paoma isika Audio
they will drink tea
hisotro dite ry zareo Audio

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear Audio
sofina
eye
eye Audio
maso
mouth
mouth Audio
vava
nose
nose Audio
orona
hair
hair Audio
volo
face
face Audio
tarehy
head
head Audio
loha
heart
heart Audio
fo
hand
hand Audio
tanana
fingers
fingers Audio
ratsan-tanana
leg
leg Audio
ranjo
feet
feet Audio
tongotra

Travel Phrases in Malagasy

Imagine yourself in some Malagasy speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Malagasy
Can you help me?
afaka manampy ahy ve ianao? Audio
Can I help you?
afaka manampy anao ve aho? Audio
Where is the airport?
aiza ny seranam-piaramanidina? Audio
Go straight
mandehana mahitsy Audio
Then
avy eo Audio
Turn left
mihodona miankavia Audio
Turn right
mihodona miankavanana Audio

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Malagasy was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Malagasy Vocabulary   Malagasy Vocabulary

Malagasy Audio   Malagasy Audio



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