Shona Gender

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

man
man
murume
woman
woman
mukadzi
husband
husband
murume
wife
wife
mukadzi
boy
boy
mukomana
girl
girl
musikana
father
father
baba
mother
mother
amai

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
Shona
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
mwana wangu mudzidzi
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
mwanasikana wake mudzidzi
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
ane hanzvadzi yakareba
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
ane hanzvadzi yakareba
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
vanun'una vake vaduku
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
vanun'una vake vaduku

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
mwanakomana
daughter
daughter
mwanasikana
brother
brother
hanzvadzi
sister
sister
hanzvadzi
grandfather
grandfather
sekuru
grandmother
grandmother
ambuya
child
child
mwana
children
children
vana

Expressions in Shona

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

English
Shona
What do you mean?
uri kurevei?
I don't understand
handisi kunzwisisa
I don't know
handizivi
What is that called in Shona?
icho chinonzii muchishona?
What is this?
ichi chii?
What does that word mean in English?
shoko iro rinorevei muchirungu?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
ndine urombo

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

Shona Plural   Shona Plural

Shona Numbers   Shona Numbers



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