Somali Nouns

Welcome to the third Somali lesson about nouns. This time we will first learn about fruits and vegetables, followed by grammar rules, then food items, finally a conversation in Somali to help you practice your daily phrases.

potatoes
potatoes
baradho
tomatoes
tomatoes
yaanyo
onions
onions
basal
carrots
carrots
karooto
fruits
fruits
khudrad
apples
apples
tufaax
bananas
bananas
moos
oranges
oranges
liin macaan

Nouns Grammar Rules

In general nouns refer to a person, an object, or abstract ideas. For example: a fast runner the noun is [runner] because it refers to a person. The examples below use nouns in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Somali
do you have milk?
[verb + noun]
caano ma haysaa
I have milk and coffee
[preposition + noun]
caano iyo qaxwo waan hayaa
he has three apples
[number + plural noun]
wuxuu haystaa saddex tufaax
she only has one apple
[number + singular noun]
waxay haysataa hal tufaax kaliya
we live in a small house
[adjective + noun]
waxaan ku noolnahay guri yar
I like our breakfast
[pronoun + noun]
waan jeclahay quraacdeena

The following are nouns of food items that you might be interested in learning and memorizing.

bread
bread
rooti
milk
milk
caano
butter
butter
subag
cheese
cheese
farmaajo
coffee
coffee
qaxwo
sandwich
sandwich
rooti duuban
meat
meat
hilib
chicken
chicken
digaag
fish
fish
kalluun
breakfast
breakfast
quraac
lunch
lunch
qado
dinner
dinner
casho

Conversation in Somali

Now we finally reach the fun part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.

English
Somali
Do you speak (English/ Somali)?
ma ku hadashaa (ingiriis/afkaaga sheeg)
Just a little
in yar un
I like Somali
waan jeclahay afkaaga sheeg
Can I practice with you?
ma kula kaashan karaa
How old are you?
meeqo sanaad jirtaa
I'm thirty three years old
waxaan ahay saddex iyo soddon
It was nice talking to you
way wanaagsanayd inaan kula hadlo

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the nouns in Somali. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now check the next lesson below.

Somali Adjectives   Somali Adjectives

Somali Plural   Somali Plural



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