Swahili Feminine

If you're trying to learn Swahili Feminine you will find out that Swahili actually doesn't have a gender. So there is no masculine or feminine... But you still need to know how to deal with that fact. Below are some tips and examples. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Swahili. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Swahili Gender

As we mentioned before, there is no Swahili gender which is good news (compared to other languages).

While in English it is known that feminine refers to female qualities attributed specifically to women and girls or things considered feminine. The complement to feminine is masculine. In Swahili, nouns are not masculine, feminine, they might be all considered "neutral".

Grammar Tips:
There are no genders in Swahili, no feminine and no masculine. This applies to adjectives as well as nouns.


Here are some examples:

English GenderSwahili Gender
FeminineUke
he is happyamefurahi
she is happyamefurahi
he is Americanni Mmarikani
she is Americanni Mmarikani
manmwanamme
womanmwanamke
fatherbaba
mothermama
brotherndugu
sisterdada
unclemjomba
auntshangazi
bullng'ombe ndume
cowng'ombe
boymvulana
girlmsichana

As you can see from the example above, there is no structure of the Feminine in Swahili.

Gender in Swahili

Below are examples of some vocabulary words that you can try to memorize to help you boost your vocabulary.

English VocabularySwahili Vocabulary
objectsvitu
bathroombafu
bedkitanda
bedroomchumba cha kulala
ceilingdari
chairkiti
clothesnguo
coatshati
cupkikombe
deskdawati
dressmavazi
floorsakafu
forkuma
furnituresamani
glasskioo
hatkofia
housenyumba
inkwino
jacketkoti
kitchenjikoni
knifekisu
lamptaa
letterbarua
mapramani
newspapergazeti
notebookdaftari
pantssuruali
paperkaratasi
penkalamu
pencilpenseli
pharmacyduka la dawa
picturepicha
platesahani
refrigeratorjokofu
restaurantmkahawa
roofpaa
roomchumba
rugrug
scissorsmakasi
shampooSabuni ya nywele
shirtshati
shoesviatu
soapsabuni
sockssoksi
spoonkijiko
tablemeza
toiletchoo
toothbrushmswagi
toothpastedawa ya meno
towelkitambaa
umbrellamwavuli
underwearchupi
wallukuta
walletmkoba
windowdirisha
telephonesimu

Feminine and Masculine are absent from Swahili, therefore they don't need very special attention. Once you're done with the Kiswahili gender lesson, you might want to check the rest of our Swahili lessons here: Learn Swahili. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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