Somali Adjectives

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Somali Adjectives: An Adjectives in general is an attribute added to a noun to describe what it is or what it is not. Adjective means “Sifo”  or “Tilmaan” How can you recognize Somali adjective words? One way to understand is to look at the end of word. If you see words that end with one of the following words,  chances are these words are adjectives and they describe a noun:

  • Leh
  • Badan
  • Daran
  • Xun
  • Leh
  • Lahayn
  • Yahay/Tahay

Check these Somali Words

Badan Daran Leh Lahayn  Xun/Bad
Naxariis badan Naxariis Daran Qiimo leh Qurux Lahayn Sumcad Xun
Farxad Badan Xushmad Daran Qurux leh Aaminaad lahayn Camal Xun
Dheerar badan Arxan Daran Arxan Leh Arxan Lahayn Dhaqan Xun
Edeb badan Edeb Daran Ebed Leh Edeb lahayn Ebed Xun
Kulayl badan Gar daran Xaas leh Dhib lahayn Tayo Xun
Daah badan Tabar Daran Gaashiyo Leh Ur lahayn Dhadhan Xun
Macaan badan Ayaan Daran Sharaf leh Uur lahayn Dhar Xun
Cusbo badan Aayo Daran Naxdin Leh Daaqad lahayn Gaajo Xun
Sheeko badan Wax tar Daran Sonkor Leh Balwad Lahayn Nin Xun

I didn’t not translate the words above because I just used it as an example to show some of the adjectives that can be found in Somali. If you even need what the above words mean, do not hesitate to ask.

There are many many other adjectives that don’t fall in the same category as the ones above. Also some Some Somali Adjectives are little bit flexible for example: Beautiful means “qurux badan” in Somali, So qurux badan/ Quruxsan/ Qurxoon and Qurux leh can all mean the beautiful.  One of the ways you can learn Somali is to approach and learn suffixes and prefixes of the words , so that if you come across the word “Qurxoonaan jirtay” you have at least some sense of what the word is referring to.

 Somali Adjectives

Below, you can find examples of short sentences and their meaning in Somali language.

 

Word English/Somali Example English Tusaale Soomaali
Expensive/Qaali This car is expensive Gaarigaan waa qaali
Happy / Faraxsan I am so happy Aad baan u faraxsanahay
Educated/ Waxbartay She is an educated woman Waa naag wax baratay
Black/ Madoow I am black Waxaan ahay madoow
White/ Cadaan I am white waxaan ahay cadaan
Blue/ Buluug The sky is blue Cirku waa buluug.
Green/ Cagaar The grass is green Cawsku waa cagaar
Red/ Guduud The blood is red Dhiigu waa guduud
Yellow /  Jaalle My nails are yellow Cidiyahaygu waa Jaalle
Brown / Kaffee My eye are brown Indhahaygu waa Kaffee
Beautiful / Qurxoon Their house is beautiful Gurigoodu waa qurxoon yahay
Loud / Cod dheer This is aloud music Waa muustiko cod dheer
Shy / Xishooda I am a shy person Waxaan ahay qof xishooda
Good/ Fiican You are a good boy Waxaa tahay wiil fiican
Rich/ Lacag leh He is a rich man waa nin lacag leh

 Also check out Somali Nouns  Lesson.

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