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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oromo Gender

Ethiopian Argument | Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Welcome to the fifth Oromo 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 Oromo to help you practice your daily phrases.
man
man
dhira
woman
woman
dubartii
husband
husband
dhirsa
wife
wife
niitii
boy
boy
gurbaa
girl
girl
intala
father
father
abbaa
mother
mother
haadha

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 + RulesOromo
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
ilmi kiyya barataadha 
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
intalli se barattuudha 
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
inni oboleessa dheera tokko qaba 
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
obboleetti dheertu tokko qabdi 
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
obbolewwaan sa ijoolleedha 
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
obbolettiwaan sa ijoolledha 
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
ilma
daughter
daughter
intala
brother
brother
obboleessa
sister
sister
obboleettii
grandfather
grandfather
akaakayyuu
grandmother
grandmother
akkawoo
child
child
mucaa
children
children
mucoolii

Expressions in Oromo
Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Oromo, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.
EnglishOromo
What do you mean?maal jechuu keeti?
I don't understandnaa ngalle
I don't knowan hinbeeku
What is that called in Oromo?afaan oromootin maal jedhama?
What is this?kun maal inni?
What does that word mean in English?jechi kun afaan ingiliizitin maal jedhaa?
Sorry (if you made a mistake)dhiifama

Source: learn101

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