Some verbs just require the dative case. Although this is not the case , some verbs feel a bit strange, and their object seems to be in the accusative case. Until now, here are the verbs that ask for the dative case: Helfen - To help Gehoren - To belong to Folgen - To follow Danken - To thank
The way the male voice often drops the final consonant sounds is irritating. I assume this is to force us to figure out the correct dative case on our own; I just think there needs to be more reinforcement elsewhere in the lessons.
For example, when we have to translate a complex English sentence from a list of German words, provide us with more than one article, so we have to find the right one, instead of always giving us only the correct article.
Unserem is the form for both neuter as well as masculine nouns, or is there a separate form for masculine? I assume that the feminine form would be
This is one aspect that I hate about Duolingo. They introduce ideas with little or no explanation and leave us to figure out everything on our own. Furthermore, in the mobile apps we don't even have access to the comment section!
Wir geben dem Kind eine Banane. --> the child is a sentence's object and takes the dative case; the banana is a sentence's object, too, and gets the accusative case; "wir"=we is the sentence's subject and sentence's subjets always get nominative.
To decide if something gets accusative or dative is tricky, while it is easy to notice that a word has to take the nominative case.