Malayalam Gender

Welcome to the fifth Malayalam 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 Malayalam to help you practice your daily phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

man
man Audio
പുരുഷന്‍ [pu ru sśene‍]
woman
woman Audio
സ്ത്രി [setherei]
husband
husband Audio
ഭര്‍ത്താവ് [bhere‍thethav]
wife
wife Audio
ഭാര്യാ [bhareya]
boy
boy Audio
ആണ്‍ കുട്ടി [aṇe‍ ku ṭeṭei]
girl
girl Audio
പെണ്‍ കുട്ടി [peṇe‍ ku ṭeṭei]
father
father Audio
അച്ഛന്‍ [achchhne‍]
mother
mother Audio
അമ്മ [amem]

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
Malayalam + Pronunciation
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
എന്‍റെ മകന്‍ വിദ്യാര്‍ഥി ആണ് Audio
[ene‍ṟe mekne‍ veideyare‍thhei aṇ]
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
അവളുടെ മകള്‍ വിദ്യാര്‍ഥി ആണ് Audio
[aveḷu ṭe mekḷe‍ veideyare‍thhei aṇ]
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
അദ്ദേഹത്തിന് ഉയരമുള്ള സഹോദരന്‍ ഉണ്ട് Audio
[adedehethetheine uyeremu ḷeḷe sehoderene‍ uṇeṭ]
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
അവള്‍ക്കു ഉയരമുള്ള സഹോദരി ഉണ്ട് Audio
[aveḷe‍kku uyeremu ḷeḷe sehoderei uṇeṭ]
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
അയാളുടെ സഹോദരന്മാര്‍ ചെറുപ്പമാണ് Audio
[ayaḷu ṭe sehoderenemare‍ cheṟu pepemaṇ]
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
അയാളുടെ സഹോദരിമാര്‍ ചെറുപ്പമാണ് Audio
[ayaḷu ṭe sehodereimare‍ cheṟu pepemaṇ]

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
മകന്‍ [mekne‍]
daughter
daughter Audio
മകള്‍ [mekḷe‍]
brother
brother Audio
സഹോദരന്‍ [sehoderene‍]
sister
sister Audio
സഹോദരി [sehoderei]
grandfather
grandfather Audio
അപ്പുപന്‍ [apepu pene‍]
grandmother
grandmother Audio
അമമുമ്മ [amemu mem]
child
child Audio
കുട്ടി [ku ṭeṭei]
children
children Audio
കുട്ടികള്‍ [ku ṭeṭeikḷe‍]

Expressions in Malayalam

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

English
Malayalam
Pronunciation
What do you mean?
എന്താ ഉദ്ദേശിക്കുന്നത്?
[enetha udedeṣeikku nenethe?] Audio
I don't understand
എനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലായില്ല
[eneikk meneseseilayeilel] Audio
I don't know
എനിക്ക് അറിയില്ല
[eneikk aṟeiyeilel] Audio
What is that called in Malayalam?
അതേങ്ങനെയാ മലയാളത്തില്‍ പറയുന്നത്
[atheneneneya meleyaḷethetheile‍ peṟeyu neneth] Audio
What is this?
ഇതെന്താണ്
[ithenethaṇ] Audio
What does that word mean in English?
ആ വാക്കിന് എന്താണ് ഇങ്ങ്ലിഷ്
[a vakkine enethaṇe ineneleisś] Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
ദുഖിക്കുന്നു
[du khikku nenu] Audio

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

Malayalam Plural   Malayalam Plural

Malayalam Numbers   Malayalam Numbers



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