Malagasy Vocabulary

The Malagasy vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: iray  Audio Two: roa  Audio Three: telo  Audio
Four: efatra  Audio Five: dimy  Audio Six: enina  Audio
Seven: fito  Audio Eight: valo  Audio Nine: sivy  Audio
Ten: folo  Audio First: voalohany  Audio Second: faharoa  Audio

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: alatsinainy  Audio Tuesday: talata  Audio Wednesday: alarobia  Audio
Thursday: alakamisy  Audio Friday: zoma  Audio Saturday: asabotsy  Audio
Sunday: alahady  Audio Now: izao/amin'izao fotoana izao  Audio Yesterday: omaly  Audio
Today: anio  Audio Tonight: ra-alina  Audio Tomorrow: rahampitso  Audio


Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: voankazo  Audio Apples: paoma  Audio
Bananas: akondro  Audio Tomatoes: voatabia  Audio
Potatoes: ovy  Audio Onions: tongolo  Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: mena  Audio Green: maintso  Audio Blue: manga  Audio
White: fotsy  Audio Black: mainty  Audio Grey: volon-davenona  Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: sakafo maraina  Audio Lunch: sakafo atoandro  Audio
Dinner: sakafo hariva  Audio Milk: ronono  Audio
Coffee: kafe  Audio Bread: mofo dipaina  Audio


Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: be masoandro  Audio Windy: mandrivotra  Audio Rainy: Manorana  Audio
Snowy: Misy ranomandry  Audio Cold: mangatsiaka  Audio Hot: mafana  Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: lehilahy/ ankizilahy  Audio Girl: vehivavy/ankizivavy  Audio
Son: zanaka lahy  Audio Daughter: zanaka vavy  Audio
Brother: rahalahy  Audio Sister: rahavavy  Audio
Man: lehilahy  Audio Woman: vehivavy  Audio
Father: ray/dada  Audio Mother: mama/ neny  Audio
Grandfather: dadabe  Audio Grandmother: bebe  Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: trano  Audio Toilet: trano fivoahana/trano fidiovana  Audio Room: efitrano  Audio
Bedroom: efitrano   Audio Kitchen: lakozia  Audio Table: latabatra  Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: saka  Audio Dog: alika  Audio Mouse: totozy  Audio
Bird: vorona  Audio Cow: omby  Audio Horse: soavaly  Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: b kiraro  Audio Shoes: kiraro  Audio Trousers: pataloha  Audio
Shirt: akanjo ambony  Audio Sweater: akanjo ambony  Audio Coat: akanjo ambony lava  Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: anglisy  Audio French: frantsay  Audio German: alema  Audio
Spanish: espanila  Audio Italian: italianina  Audio Portuguese: prtige  Audio
Greek: grika  Audio Russian: rosianina  Audio Arabic: arabo  Audio
Hindi: hindi  Audio Chinese: sinoa  Audio Japanese: zaponey  Audio


Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: taksi  Audio Bus: bisy  Audio
Hotel: tely  Audio Reservation: famandrihina  Audio
Airport: serenam  Audio Passport: pasipaoro  Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: mpianatra  Audio Teacher: mpampianatra  Audio Pen: penina  Audio
Books: boky  Audio Page: pejy  Audio Dictionary: diksionera  Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: tanana  Audio Feet: tongotra  Audio Hair: volo  Audio
Eye: maso  Audio Mouth: vava  Audio Nose: orona  Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ambilansy  Audio Doctor: dokotera  Audio
Hospital: hptaly  Audio Pharmacy: trano fivarotam-panafody  Audio
Police: polisy  Audio Stomach Ache: aretim-bavony  Audio

As you can see, this Malagasy vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.