Philip Newton (pne) wrote in linguaphiles,
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How to say, “I am pregnant” (as a male) in other languages?

One of the more bizarre things I know is how to say “I am pregnant” in Albanian… with the grammatically-correct masculine form (jam i shtatëzanë), since I’m male.

How would one say that, as a male, in other languages?

Also, if you would, please note whether this doesn’t work (for some reason) and/or whether it’s possible to say it but it’s not clear that it’s a masculine form. And if there’s a literal translation that’s not immediately obvious, please let me know about that, too!

As an example of the former, the Maltese would theoretically be jien tqil, but I think this would only be understood as “I am heavy”. In the feminine form (jien tqila), it (also) has the idiomatic meaning of “I am pregnant”, but I imagine that most speakers would not make that leap when hearing the masculine form, since that would be an unusual thing to say. (Compare what happens when you stick “Jien tqil.” and “Jien tqila.” into Google Translate Maltese to English.)

As an example of the latter, in Greek, έγκυος (pregnant) is diptote (like other compound adjectives), so even the feminine form has the “masculine” ending, and you can’t tell whether the -ος ending is because the speaker is masculine or whether it’s just because this particular adjective only has two (rather than three) sets of gendered endings. Or in German, predicative adjectives aren’t declined at all, so ich bin schwanger could be any gender at all.

I suppose French would be je suis enceint and Spanish, estoy embarazado?

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