Welcome to the fifth Yoruba 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 Yoruba 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 - Yoruba|
|my son is a student|
[masculine + noun] omokunrin mi je omo ile-iwe
|her daughter is a student|
[feminine + noun] omobirin mi je omo ile-iwe
|he has a tall brother|
[adjective + masculine] o (okunrin) ni arakunrin ti o ga
|she has a tall sister|
[adjective + feminine] o (obirin) ni arabirin ti o ga
|his brothers are young|
[plural masculine + adjective] awon arakunrin re kere
|his sisters are young|
[plural feminine + adjective] awon arabirin re kere
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 Yoruba, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.
|English - Yoruba|
|What do you mean? kini o ro?|
|I don't understand ko ye mi|
|I don't know emi ko mo|
|What is that called in Yoruba? kini a npe iyen ni punjabi?|
|What is this? kini eyi?|
|What does that word mean in English? kini itumo oro yi ni geesi?|
|Sorry (if you made a mistake) o ma se o|
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