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.
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.
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|
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