What about Neuter? Doesn't Romanian have that too?
Yes it does, but it is not a „real” neuter like in the Slavic languages or German, in fact it is just a mix of both genders. Singular neuter nouns behave like masculine ones and in the plural they behave like feminine nouns.
un tunel - două tuneluri (a tunnel - two tunnels)
Oh boy. That sounds...interesting.
Are they like English, where males are masculine, females feminine and everything else neuter, or is it like German, where the gender is for the most part randomly assigned?
I'd say it's a mix of both. Nouns describing living things take their gender (i.e. vixen is feminine but fox is masculine) and others can be feminine, masculine or neutral. We have rules for some (i.e. months of the year & numbers are masculine; days of the week & times of the day are feminine; some sports & senses are neutral), with some exceptions, and you will have to pick them up as you go.
Going off on a bit of a tangent here, if you're talking about a group where there are both masculine and feminine members/objects (e.g. a class in school with boys and girls) would you use the masculine (Ei), feminine (Ele) or something else?
I recall that in French if you have a group with at least one masculine member/object then you default to the masculine.
As in French and likely other Latin languages, it defaults to the masculine. "Ei" would be used for adressing to mixed groups.
Long ago, the neuter gender used to be called "ambigen", which means that the noun's gender depends on its number. I think it's a more appropriate name though. When singular, it's masculine. When plural, it's feminine. Simple as that ! :)
yes, indeed. it is the indefinite article. "un" for masculine (or neuter) and "o" for feminine. but neuter does not have the same meaning as in English. you just need to learn them.
Does anyone have any other explanation how one could pronounce a difference between ă and â? Maybe any natives with knowledge of any other languages, rather than English (the two suggestions in the clue (Above/rosEs) don't quite work for me.
4 months late..but! For anyone trying to associate the sounds with something, these are the cues that an American colleague pointed out to me. Since I'm a native speaker, they just come naturally so it's hard to describe them.
ă - the sound you make with your mouth open when you are trying to remember something and it slips your mind. "What was his name? ăăăăăă..Gary.. or.. ăăă .. Jerry?" .
â - the actual sound of getting punched in the stomach.
Also, this link can help : https://youtu.be/zwuzvanVG40?t=17
Here's your explanation, based on the Duolingo languages you're doing: - ă sounds like the e in the word Mutter in German; -â/î (they make the same sound, the only difference is in the usage) sounds like Y in Polish; Hope this helps !
It's interesting to see so many similarities between Romanian and Aromanian!
How to type accents and other special letters using US InternationalKey board?
No, female=femelă (i.e. This monkey is female = Această maimuță e femelă) Smiliarly, male=mascul. Not to be used for humans :) When referring to people's genders, you can use feminin/masculin, but they are adjectives.