Somali Gender

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

man
man
nin
woman
woman
haweeney
husband
husband
nin
wife
wife
xaas
boy
boy
wiil
girl
girl
gabar
father
father
aabe
mother
mother
hooyo

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
Somali
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
wiilkeygu waa arday
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
gabadheedu waa ardayad
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
wuxuu leeyahay walaal dheer
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
waxay leedahay walaasheed dheer
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
walaalihiis waa yaryar yihiin
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
walaalihiis waa yaryar yihiin

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
wiil
daughter
daughter
gabar
brother
brother
walaalka
sister
sister
walaasha
grandfather
grandfather
awoowe
grandmother
grandmother
ayeeyo
child
child
cunug
children
children
carruur

Expressions in Somali

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

English
Somali
What do you mean?
maxaad uga jeeddaa
I don't understand
ma fahmin
I don't know
ma aqaan
What is that called in Somali?
waxaas maxaa lagu dhahaa afkaaga sheeg
What is this?
kani waa maxay?
What does that word mean in English?
muxuu yahay micnaha eraygaas af ingiriiska?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
waan ka xumahay

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

Somali Plural   Somali Plural

Somali Numbers   Somali Numbers



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