Malagasy

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Toy animals made from raffia, a native palm. Photo by gripso_banana_prune (Antony Stanley), CC BY-SA 2.0

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Why learn Malagasy?

Learning Malagasy improves the knowledge of your own language. You are at a distinct advantage in the global market if you are bilingual. Communication skills developed while learning Malagasy can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. Malagasy expand one's world view and limit the barriers between people: barriers cause distrust and fear.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Malagasy?

*** NOTES *** Malagasy (Fiteny Malagasy) is the national language of Madagascar. It is the westernmost of the Malayo-Polynesian languages, a group that spreads all the way to Hawaii and includes languages like Malay, Tagalog and Maori. Due to its geographical situation, its vocabulary and sounds have been influenced by the Swahili language, as well as by Arabic, English and French. In Madagascar, Malagasy is a co-official language with French and most Madagascans are bilingual in these languages. Malagasy is also spoken on the islands of Comoros and Réunion.

Malagasy Alphabet & Pronunciation

Aa
ـَ
Bb
ب
Dd
د
Ee
ـِ
Ff
ف
Gg
غ
Hh
ه
Ii
ـِ
Jj
ج
Kk
ك
Ll
ل
Mm
م
Nn
ن
Oo
ـُ
Pp
ڡ
Rr
ر
Ss
س
Tt
ط
Vv
و
Yy
ـِ
Zz
ي

Basic Phrases in Malagasy

HelloSalama
GoodbyeVeloma
YesEny
NoTsy misy
Excuse meAzafady
PleaseMba miangavy re
Thank youMisaotra anao
You are welcomeTsisy fisaorana
Do you speak englishMiteny anglisy ve ianao?
Do you understandAzonao ve?
I understandAzoko
I do not understandTsy azoko
How are youManao ahoana ianao?
Fine thanksTsara fa misaotra!
What is your nameIza ny anaranao?
My name isNy anarako dia
Pleased to meet youFaly mahafantatra anao

Malagasy Grammar

Malagasy Nouns

ManOlona
WomanVehivavy
BoyZazalahy
GirlZazavavy
CatSaka
DogAmboa
FishTrondro
WaterRano
MilkRonono
EggAtody
HouseTrano
FlowerVoninkazo
TreeHazo
ShirtLobaka
PantsPataloha

Malagasy Adjectives

Colors in Malagasy

BlackMainty
WhiteFotsy
RedMena
OrangeVoasary
YellowMavo
GreenMaitso
BlueManga
PurpleVolomparasy
PinkMavokely
GrayGrey
BrownBrown

Numbers in Malagasy

ZeroAotra
OneOne
TwoRoa
ThreeTelo
FourFour
FiveFive
SixSix
SevenFito
EightValo
NineNine
TenFolo
ElevenIraika ambin'ny folo
TwelveRoa ambin'ny folo
TwentyRoa-polo amby
ThirtyTelo-polo
FortyEfa-polo
FiftyDimam-polo
SixtyEnim-polo
SeventyFito-polo lahy
EightyValo-polo
NinetySivi-folo amby
Hundred-jato
ThousandArivo

Malagasy Verbs

To beHo
To haveManana
To wantManana
To needMila
To helpManampy
To goMandeha
To comeHo avy
To eatMihinana
To drinkMisotro
To speakMiteny

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Malagasy Sentences

AndAry
OrNa
ButFa
BecauseSatria
WithAmin'ny
AlsoIhany koa
HoweverNa izany aza
NeitherTsy
NorNa
IfRaha
ThenAvy eo

Useful Malagasy Vocabulary

Malagasy Questions

WhoIzay
WhatInona
WhenRahoviana
WhereIzay
WhyNahoana
HowAhoana
How manyFiry
How muchOhatrinona

Days of the Week in Malagasy

MondayAlatsinainy
TuesdayTalata
WednesdayAlarobia
ThursdayAlakamisy
FridayZoma
SaturdayAsabotsy
SundayAlahady
YesterdayOmaly
TodayAmin'izao fotoana izao
TomorrowRahampitso

Months in Malagasy

JanuaryJanoary
FebruaryFévrier
MarchMarch
AprilAprily
MayMey
JuneJona
JulyJolay
AugustAogositra
SeptemberSeptambra
OctoberOktobra
NovemberNovambra
DecemberDesambra

Seasons in Malagasy

WinterRirinina
SpringLohataona
SummerVanin-taona mafana
AutumnFararano

Telling Time in Malagasy

What time is itAmin'ny firy izao?
HoursOra
MinutesMinitra
SecondsSegondra
O clockOra
HalfAntsasany
Quarter pastAm-bolana lasa izay
BeforeAlohan'ny
AfterRehefa