Swahili Gender

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.

man
man Audio
mwanamme
woman
woman Audio
mwanamke
husband
husband Audio
mume
wife
wife Audio
mke
boy
boy Audio
mvulana
girl
girl Audio
msichana
father
father Audio
baba
mother
mother Audio
mama

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
Swahili
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
mwanangu ni mwanafunzi Audio
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
binti yake ni mwanafunzi Audio
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
ana ndugu mrefu Audio
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
ana dada mrefu Audio
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
ndugu zake ni vijana Audio
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
dada zake ni vijana Audio

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 Audio
mwana
daughter
daughter Audio
binti
brother
brother Audio
ndugu
sister
sister Audio
dada
grandfather
grandfather Audio
babu
grandmother
grandmother Audio
nyanya
child
child Audio
mtoto
children
children Audio
watoto

Expressions in Swahili

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? Audio
I don't understand
sielewi Audio
I don't know
sijui Audio
What is that called in Swahili?
kile kinaitwaje kwa kiswahili Audio
What is this?
nini hii? Audio
What does that word mean in English?
nini maana ya neno hili kwa kiingereza? Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
pole Audio

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

Swahili Plural   Swahili Plural

Swahili Numbers   Swahili Numbers



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