Kpelle

Kpelle-Adjectives (basic)

Kpelle-Adjectives

Here is a quick lesson on how to use adjectives in Kpelle.

Position: You place the adjective after the word they modify.

Example: Noun-House (pere); Adjective-kete (big)= Pere kete=The big house

Pere (house) lelee (good) ka (is) ti (that)= Pere lelee ka ti=That is a good house

Try on your own:

Adjectives (note these do not involve tones/pronunciation identifiers):

Small=keni; guro-teee

Sick=kole; kolo-fela-nuu

Beautiful or nice=lelee

Old=polo

Angry=kpeyee

Be faa= hot (as in temperature)

Kole= cold

Nouns:

Pane=bowl

Kopu=cup

Kwala=monkey

Koli=leopard

Nan=father

Kolo-pere=school

nun=head

 

Now put into short sentences:

  1. The small bowl=
  2. The nice, old father
  3. The hot cup
  4. Kwala keni ka ti
  5. kolo-pere lelee
  6. nun faai

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