Feminine

Basque Lesson 5 (Feminine and Clothes)

Duration: 30 mins

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The 5th Basque lesson teaches the use of the gender by creating the feminine from the masculine form. In addition to that, I included a vocabulary list about clothes and finally common phrases about origins. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Basque Classes.

Feminine

Knowing how to derive the feminine from the masculine form is very useful. It can make it easy to have a conversation about family members, pets, or professions. An example would be: "man", "woman", "Cat (fem.)", "cat (masc.)" etc.

Below is a list of 12 masculine and feminine forms that you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Basque, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Masculine vs. Feminine in Basque

Feminine Basque
Boymutila
Girlneska
Mangizona
Womanemakumea
Fatheraita
Motherama
Brotheranaia, neba
Sisterarreba, ahizpa
ActorAktorea.
ActressAktoresa.
Cat (Masc.)Katua.
Cat (Fem.)Katua.

Now we will try to implement some of the forms above into full Basque sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Basque Gender in a Sentence

English Basque
He is tallBera altua da.
She is tallBera altua da.
He is a short manBera gizon bajua da.
She is a short womanBera emakume bajua da.
He is GermanBera alemaniarra da.
She is GermanBera alemaniarra da.
Japanese men are friendlyGizon japoniarrak jatorrak dira.
Japanese women are friendlyEmakume japoniarrak jatorrak dira.

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Clothes

Below is a list of 20 words related to clothes and wearable accessories. Memorizing them by heart can make it easy for you to shop for clothes and maybe get some good bargains.

Clothes List in Basque

Clothes Basque
Beltgerrikoa
Clothesarropak
Coatberokia
DressSoinekoa.
GlassesBetaurrekoak.
GlovesEskularruak.
Hattxanoa
Jacketjaka
Pants (Trousers)prakak. Pantaloiak.
RingEraztuna.
Shirtalkondara
Shoeszapatak
Socksgaltzerdiak
SuitJaka.
Sweaterjertsea
TieKorbata
Umbrellaaterkia
Underwearazpiko arropa
Walletzorroa
WatchErlojua. Ordularia.

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Daily Conversation in Basque

Finally, these are a couple of phrases used in conversations to express where you are from or where you live etc. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Basque Phrases page.

Common Expressions in Basque

Do you like my dress?Nire soinekoa gustatzen al zaizu?
I lost my socksNire galtzerdiak galdu ditut.
It looks good on youOndo geratzen zaizu.
She has a beautiful ringBerak eraztun polita dauka.
These pants (trousers) are longPraka hauek luzeak dira.
These shoes are smallZapata hauek txikiak dira.
Where are you from?Nongoa zara?
I'm from the U.SEstatu Batuetakoa naiz. .....-koa naiz.
I'm AmericanAmerikarra naiz.
Where do you live?Non bizi zara?
I live in the U.SNi estatu Batuetan bizi naiz.
Do you like it here?Gustoko duzu hau?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: It has been estimated that the number of actively spoken languages in the world today is about 6,000..

Congratulations! You finished your 5th lesson in Basque about masculine, feminine, and clothes. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Basque Lesson 6. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Basque homepage.

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