Malagasy Feminine

If you're trying to learn Malagasy Feminine you will find some useful resources including a course about genders: Feminine and Masculine... to help you with your Malagasy grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Malagasy. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Malagasy Feminine

Learning the Malagasy Feminine is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Malagasy language. But first we need to know what the role of Feminine is in the structure of the grammar in Malagasy.

Malagasy feminine refers to female qualities attributed specifically to women and girls or things considered feminine. The complement to feminine is masculine.

Grammar Tips:

In Malagasy, there is no distinction between a feminine or a masculine noun, adjective or even pronoun. The context tells you if it is about a male or a female. Some time the word “lahy” (male) and “vavy” (female) is added. Here are some examples:

Zanaka lahy (son) becomes zanaka vavy (daughter), mpianatra lahy (student masc.) becomes mpianatra vavy (student fem.)

Note that some words cannot change into feminine; examples: Lehilahy (man), dadatoa (uncle)


Here are some examples:

English FeminineMalagasy Feminine
Femininevehivavy
he is happy faly izy
she is happyfaly izy
he is AmericanAmerikanina izy
she is AmericanAmerikanina izy
manlehilahy
womanvehivavy
fatherray/dada
mothermama/ neny
brotherrahalahy
sisterrahavavy
uncledadatoa
auntnenitoa
bullomby dia
cowkisoa
boylehilahy/ ankizilahy
girlvehivavy/ankizivavy

Notice the structure of the Feminine in Malagasy.

List of Feminine in Malagasy

Below is a list of objects, can you determine whether they're feminine, masculine or plural in Malagasy? Memorizing this table will also help you add very useful and important words to your Malagasy vocabulary.

English VocabularyMalagasy Vocabulary
objectszavatra
bathroomefitrano fisasàna
bedfandriana
bedroomefitrano
ceilingtafo trano
chairseza
clothesakanjo
coatakanjo ambony lava
cupkaopy
desklatabatra
dressraoby
floortany
forksotro rovitra
furniturefitaovana ao an-trano
glassvera
hatsatroka
housetrano
inkranomainty
jacketpalitao
kitchenlakozia
knifeantsy
lampjiro
lettertaratasy
mapsaritany
newspapergazety
notebookboky fandraisana naoty
pantspataloha
papertaratasy
penpenina
pencilpensily hazo
pharmacytrano fivarotam-panafody
picturesary
platelovia
refrigeratorvata fampangatsiahana
restauranttrano fisakafoanana
rooftafo trano
roomefitrano
ruglamba firakotra/bodofotsy
scissorshety
shampoosavony fanasàna loha
shirtzipo
shoeskiraro
soapsavony
socksbà kiraro
spoonsotro kely
tablelatabatra
toilettrano fivoahana/trano fidiovana
toothbrushborosy nify
toothpastedantifrisy
towelseriveta
umbrellahelo
underwearatin'akanjo
wallrindrina
walletfasiana vola
windowvaravaran-kely
telephonefinday/telefaonina

Feminine and Masculine have a very important role in Malagasy. Once you're done with Malagasy Feminine, you might want to check the rest of our Malagasy lessons here: Learn Malagasy. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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