Somali Present Continuous


This lesson is better viewe as pdf version Click the link: Somali Present Continuous

Hello and welcome to an other Learn Somali Language lesson. It has be a while since we posted a lesson and we apologize for the inconvenience.   Today we will learn how to form Somali Present Continuous in sentences using the same verb for different pronouns. This is to show how these verbs change depending on what pronoun is used. The pronoun row in the table below obviously shows  the pronouns.

Pronoun Indicators: In Somali language, the auxiliary verbs(am, is ,are ) are unique for each pronoun(Different from English which have (am for I/ -are for we/you and they- is for he/she) ) The second row shows these Indicators. Not only these are auxiliary verbs but it is also used alone without the actual pronoun. For example: Pronoun+Indicator+Verb ING= (Aniga waan baxayaa) which mean (I am leaving). Most of the time the pronoun is left and the indicator is used. For example: Indicator + verb ING= (Waan baxayaa) which still mean (I am leaving). The reason why pronouns are left is because the indicator is enough and shows exactly what pronoun it is and what form of the verb to use.

So form a Somali Present Continuous use one of these orders:

Indicator +Verb ING form  (The is the COMMONLY used form) Example: Way Cunaysaa (She is Eating)

Pronouns Aniga/I Adiga/You Asaga/He Ayada/She Anaga/ We Ayaga/ They
Indicator Waan Waad Wuu Way Waan Way
Verb ING form (List) + + + + + +
Baxayaa/Leaving Baxayaa Baxaysaa Baxayaa Baxaysaa Baxaynaa Baxayaan
Cunayaa/Eating Cunayaa Cunaysaa Cunayaa Cunaysaa Cunaynaa Cunayaan
Cabayaa/Drinking Cabayaa Cabaysaa Cabayaa Cabaysaa Cabaynaa Cabayaan
Seexanayaa/Sleeping Seexanayaa Seexanaysaa Seexanayaa Seexanaysaa Seexanaynaa Seexanayaan
Hadlayaa/Talking Hadlayaa Hadlaysaa Hadlayaa Hadlaysaa Hadlaynaa Hadlayaan
Soconayaa/Walking Soconayaa Soconaysaa Soconayaa Soconaysaa Soconaynaa Soconayaan
Qaadanayaa/Taking Qaadanayaa Qaadanaysaa Qaadanayaa Qaadanaysaa Qaadanaynaa Qadanayaan
Siinayaa/Giving Siinayaa Siinaysaa Siinayaa Siinaysaa Siinaynaa Siinayaan
Fiirinayaa/Looking Fiirinayaa Fiirinaysaa Fiirinayaa Fiirinaysaa Fiirinaynaa Fiirinayaa
Sheegayaa/Telling Sheegayaa Sheegaysaa Sheegayaa Sheegaysaa Sheegaynaa Sheegayaan
Shaqaynayaa/Working Shaqaynayaa Shaqaynaysaa Shaqaynayaa Shaqaynaysaa Shaqaynaynaa Shaqaynayaan
Karinayaa/Cooking Karinayaa Karinaysaa Karinayaa Karinaysaa Karinaynaa Karinayaan
Dhaqayaa/Cleaning Dhaqayaa Dhaqaysaa Dhaqayaa Dhaqaysaa Dhaqaynaa Dhaqayaan
Dhibayaa/ Bothering Dhibayaa Dhibaysaa Dhibayaa Dhibaysaa Dhibaynaa Dhibayaan
Qaylinayaa/Yelling Qaylinayaa Qaylinaysaa Qaylinayaa Qaylinaysaa Qaylinaynaa Qaylinayaan
Ilaalinayaa/Watching Ilaalinayaa Ilaalinaysaa Ilaalinayaa Ilaalinaysaa Ilaalinaynaa Ilaalinayaan
Qorayaa/Writing Qorayaa Qoraysaa Qorayaa Qoraysaa Qoraynaa Qorayaan
Akhrinayaa/Reading Akhrinayaa Akhrinaysaa Akhrinayaa Akhrinaysaa Akhrinaynaa Akhrinayaan
Duulayaa/Flying Duulayaa Duulaysaa Duulayaa Duulaysaa Duulaynaa Duulayaan
Ciyaarayaa/Playing Ciyaarayaa Ciyaaraysaa Ciyaarayaa Ciyaaraysaa Ciyaaraynaa Ciyaarayaan
Tukanayaa/Praying Tukanayaa Tukanaysaa Tukanayaa Tukanaysaa Tukanaynaa Tukanayaan
Leexanayaa/Turning Leexanayaa Leexanaysaa Leexanayaa Leexanaysaa Leexanaynaa Leexanayaan
Saxiixayaa/Signing Saxiixayaa Saxiixaysaa Saxiixayaa Saxiixaysaa Saxiixaynaa Saxiibaxayaan
Booqanayaa/Visitng Booqanayaa Booqanaysaa Booqanayaa Booqanaysaa Booqanaynaa Booqanayaan
Samaynayaa/Doing Samaynayaa Samaynaysaa Samaynayaa Samaynaysaa Samaynaynaa Samaynayaan

Indicator +Verb ING form  (The is the LESS commonly used form)Example Asaga Wuu Cunayaa (He is Eating).

 Somali Present Continuous

He is an other version of the Somali pronouns

Pronouns                               Anigu/I Adigu/You Asagu/Isagu/He Ayadu/Iyadu/She Anagu/ Inagu/We Iyagu/ They

-By looking at the table above you can see that (I and He) use the same continuous verb and so is (You and She). The other two (We and They )have their own verb ending is

Please remember the verb and pronoun/indicator agreement.

You can’t say  (Ayada wuu) you have to say (Ayada way) Also

You can’t say  (Ayada way cunayaan) you have to say (Ayada way cunaysaa).



If there is any errors or typos please contact us. Thanks



Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *