Yoruba Gender

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.

man
man
arakunrin
woman
woman
arabirin
husband
husband
oko
wife
wife
iyawo
boy
boy
omokunrin
girl
girl
omobirin
father
father
baba
mother
mother
iya

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
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.

son
son
omokunrin
daughter
daughter
omobirin
brother
brother
arakunrin
sister
sister
arabirin
grandfather
grandfather
baba-baba
grandmother
grandmother
iya-iya
child
child
omode
children
children
awon omode

Expressions in Yoruba

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

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

Yoruba Plural   Yoruba Plural

Yoruba Numbers   Yoruba Numbers



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