Xhosa Gender

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

man
man Audio
indoda
woman
woman Audio
umfazi
husband
husband Audio
umyeni
wife
wife Audio
inkosikazi
boy
boy Audio
umfana
girl
girl Audio
intombazana
father
father Audio
utata
mother
mother Audio
umama

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
Xhosa
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
unyana wam ungumfundi Audio
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
intombi yakhe ingumfundi Audio
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
unomtakwabo omde Audio
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
unodade wabo omde Audio
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
abantakwabo bancinane Audio
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
oodade wabo bancinane 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
nyana
daughter
daughter Audio
intombi
brother
brother Audio
umtakwethu
sister
sister Audio
udadewethu
grandfather
grandfather Audio
utatomkhulu
grandmother
grandmother Audio
umakhulu
child
child Audio
umntwana
children
children Audio
abantwana

Expressions in Xhosa

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

English
Xhosa
What do you mean?
uthethukuthini? Audio
I don't understand
Andiqondi Audio
I don't know
Andazi Audio
What is that called in Xhosa?
ibizwa ntoni ngesi Punjabi? Audio
What is this?
Yintoni le? Audio
What does that word mean in English?
lithetha ukuthini eligama ngesingesi? Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
uxolo Audio

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

Xhosa Plural   Xhosa Plural

Xhosa Numbers   Xhosa Numbers



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