2.1.3. Colors

Nouns and adjectives in Macedonian have three genders in the singular:

  • masculine (машки род),
  • feminine (женски род), and
  • neuter (среден род).

When you want to describe a noun using an adjective or adjectives, you have to make sure that the gender of the adjective (i.e. the adjective ending) matches the gender of the noun. For example, бел фустан 'white dress' (masculine), бела боја 'white color' (feminine), бело куче 'white dog' (neuter).

The demonstrative ова 'this' can be used to point something out, as in the example: Ова е куче. 'This is a dog.' The full range of demonstratives in Macedonian will be explained in another unit.

What next?

    • You can practice the vocabulary for colors with Quizlet.
    • You can practice the vocabulary of colors with this game from the Victorian school of languages: Color the butterflies (click here
    • Do you want to practice describing people? Try the skills of the amazing fortune teller Baba Vangya (click here).
    • Want to hear the vocabulary of these tutorials in context? Try this audiocast: Describing objects and people. When you're done, don't forget to come back to the Learn portion of the website.
    • Want to find out how to describe what color(s) are you favorite? Purchase our book or iBook - My Favorite Colors (click here).
    • Ready to move on to another topic? Move on to the plural of masculine nouns (click here).

Зборови

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