Welcome to the fifth Swahili 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 Swahili 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 - Swahili|
|my son is a student|
[masculine + noun] mwanangu ni mwanafunzi
|her daughter is a student|
[feminine + noun] binti yake ni mwanafunzi
|he has a tall brother|
[adjective + masculine] ana ndugu mrefu
|she has a tall sister|
[adjective + feminine] ana dada mrefu
|his brothers are young|
[plural masculine + adjective] ndugu zake ni vijana
|his sisters are young|
[plural feminine + adjective] dada zake ni vijana
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 Swahili, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.
|English - Swahili|
|What do you mean? una maanisha nini?|
|I don't understand sielewi|
|I don't know sijui|
|What is that called in Swahili? kile kinaitwaje kwa kiswahili|
|What is this? nini hii?|
|What does that word mean in English? nini maana ya neno hili kwa kiingereza?|
|Sorry (if you made a mistake) pole|
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