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Idea to make the Russian course better

JackyDW
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I'm having a hard time getting the right words to use in the lessons because Russian has three genders which aren't given when a new word is introduced. Would it be possible to start adding the genders for nouns as they are introduced in the drop-downs so that we can learn the genders with the nouns?

Sorry if this is annoying or not the right place to put this. I didn't feel like hunting through dozens of pages to find if I can or cannot post this here.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/notdeadluna
notdeadluna
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Read the grammar notes in each lesson.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackyDW
JackyDW
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What am I looking for?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sialia2
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If you go to the tenth lesson, Possessives and Gender, a table shows the word endings that identify the respective gender (for singular nouns in the nominative case). These notes can be a helpful start, although they are not available using the app.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackyDW
JackyDW
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My point is that there should be one of those things where is says at the bottom of the list that drops down when you hover on a word "GENDER: MASCULINE/FEMININE/NEUTER," not a chart you have to search for.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arthur0703
arthur0703
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Russian is more easy to use unlike other European lagnuages. When you learn Russian words, you don't need any special notes, you just need to memorize the chart. Russian is not like French or German - the gender rules are much easy. The gender notes are usually unnecesary in Russian.

But I agree with you when we speak about exceptions and difficult points: the words that end with a soft consonant.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/opinion_ow
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I absolutely agree with the author. Genders of the noun aren`t systemically arranged in Russian. Sometimes flexions which stand for a neuter noun may also denote a masculine noun ("Кофе", м. р. although it sounds like a neutral noun). There are lots of such examples. Therefore the morphological characteristic of gender is determined at the lexical level. You cannot predict such things. It would be better to actually do what the author is suggesting.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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You are right that there are some exceptions. But not many in Russian. The table in lesson ten covers most things. The only big question is most (but not all, such as feminines in -ость) nouns ending in -ь in the nominative, which can be masc. or fem., and the little question is masc. nouns in -a/-я, although that is fairly guessable. Exceptions to rules, such as кофе, are very few.

My guess is it would be very labor intensive for the course developers to label *all the nouns. But it might be nice to have marked the few words that do not follow the simple rules. Or you can just get them wrong once, do the lesson over, and learn from experience, as now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

This would be a big help.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/russtang
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I agree

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Geniellamas

Russian gender is very easy compared to other European languages. You'll get the hang of it.

2 years ago