Malay Gender

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

man
man Audio
Lelaki
woman
woman Audio
Wanita
husband
husband Audio
Suami
wife
wife Audio
Isteri
boy
boy Audio
Budak lelaki
girl
girl Audio
Budak perempuan
father
father Audio
Ayah
mother
mother Audio
Ibu

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
Malay
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
Anak saya seorang pelajar. Audio
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
Anak perempuannya seorang pelajar. Audio
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
(Abang/Adik lelaki) dia tinggi. Audio
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
(Kakak/Adik perempuan) dia tinggi. Audio
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
(Abang-abang/Adik-adik lelaki) dia masih muda. Audio
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
(Kakak-kakak/Adik-adik perempuan) dia masih muda. 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
Anak lelaki
daughter
daughter Audio
Anak perempuan
brother
brother Audio
Abang/adik lelaki
sister
sister Audio
Kakak/adik perempuan
grandfather
grandfather Audio
Datuk
grandmother
grandmother Audio
Nenek
child
child Audio
Anak
children
children Audio
Anak-anak

Expressions in Malay

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

English
Malay
What do you mean?
Apa yang kamu maksudkan? Audio
I don't understand
Saya tidak faham Audio
I don't know
Saya tidak tahu Audio
What is that called in Malay?
Apa itu dalam Bahasa Melayu? Audio
What is this?
Apa ini? Audio
What does that word mean in English?
Apa maksud perkataan itu dalam Bahasa Inggeris? Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
Maaf Audio

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

Malay Plural   Malay Plural

Malay Numbers   Malay Numbers



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