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How to remember all these forms of articles?

[deactivated user]

    I know there is no logic, but maybe there is some mnemonic rhyme or song or whatever?

    How do you people live with it?

    P.S. Or, maybe, we could compose such song using phrases from duolingo!

    June 30, 2017



    As a non native speaker I remember that we just had to learn rows of them in high school after learning how to compose basic sentences using cases. Sometimes when you write or type them out in rows you can find patterns or tricks that make them easier to remember. I suppose native speakers learn them one at a time from a young age by exposure to people who use them in certain contexts, probably with some explicit teaching by their parents, and then study them once more when they go to school.

    [deactivated user]

      Well, in Russian we do it in such natural way, with our 6 cases and 3 (or 9) paradigms. But this does not help here somehow.


      Just keep looking at examples and gradually understand it. Looking at the grammar like some comments below can actually hurt your motivation and confuse you. Just keep doing Duolingo and other websites and you will get a feel for it.

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      one at a time:

      Das ist ein hund. x Ich habe einen Hund. x Ich gebe es meinem Hund. x Das ist ein Ball meines Hundes.

      and so on und so weiter with other genders and definite articles and pronouns. It really helps to write down short sentences like that for all the cases and learn them. Making new sentences in similar situations will then be much easier and faster for you.

      [deactivated user]

        It's 28 of them (12 for ein, 16 for das). Pretty much to remember.

        Well, just 16 is to consider ein-forms similar to das-forms

        [deactivated user]

          Here what i got:

          Das Tier ist meins. Ich habe das Tier. Ich gebe einen Ball dem Tier. Das ist ein Ball des Tieres.

          Der Hund ist meiner. Ich habe den Hund. Ich gebe einen Ball dem Hund. Das ist ein Ball des Hundes.

          Die Katze ist meine. Ich habe die Katze. Ich gebe einen Ball der Katze. Das ist ein Ball der Katze.

          Die Tiere sind meine. Ich habe die Tiere. Ich gebe einen Ball den Tieren. Das ist ein Ball der Tiere.

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