https://www.duolingo.com/hadilakk

An easier and a better way to memorize genders in German??

I am so confused about the genders. I forget again and again that what is masculine or feminine or neuter. Is there any way, an easier way to memorize them??

August 24, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/UrBoiChipsAhoi

a tip i heard is that instead of memorizing the word, memorize the gender of the word, too. for example, instead of learning the word "frau" or the word "mann", try learning "die frau" and "der mann" instead.

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Fritzdeswerwer

That's funny, in Afrikaans it's, die man, die vrou en die kind. Alles is die whatever.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stusstrupp

They need to be memorised. Memrise is better for cramming and complements Duolingo very well in this regard.

Furthermore, You can use the following list of word endings and their associated gender as a rough guide:

masculine: -ig , -ling, -or, -ismus

Feminine: -ei, -keit, -ung, -tät, -ik, -heit, -schaft, -ion

neuter: -um, -lein, -tum, -ma, -ment, -chen

This list itself can be pressed into three Mnemonics. Memorise these three words, and you should be fine most of the times:

Der Iglingorismus

Die Eikeitungtätikheitschaftion

Das Umleintummamentchen

Of course, being mnemonics, these make no sense otherwise - Though I might check Prof Nachtigaller's Dictionary.

Edit: included hidden suggestion for reading list, suggested reading level B2.

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nellie58

I've used slightly different ones for 'die' and 'das': Die Heitungkeiteischaftionitätik Das Tumchenmamentiumlein

Of course they're still the same endings, just with a slightly different flow. They've helped me many times!

There are some other general rules, like: Der: Seasons, days of the week, months, most alcoholic beverages (but 'das Bier'), most mountain names

Die: Most plants, names of planes and ships

Das: Diminutives (Mädchen, Fräulein, Hündchen), nouns from verbs and adjectives (Essen, Böse), colours, most metals, most elements (six exceptions),

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hadilakk

thank you so much!!

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/schleppel

Just remember there are a lot of exceptions that don't fit into this pattern. It's a good help when you have to guess the gender of a noun, but you still have to memorize them one by one.

Sorry for that.

A German. ;)

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sialia2

Thank you for asking this question - you have elicited some very good suggestions!

August 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxBabel

There really aren't any secrets to learning a language. It's just repetition ad nauseam. When you learn and repeat the nouns, always include the definite article.

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo

Someone has posted some of the rules here, but the better way is to MEMORIZE the gender of each noun so that it is intimately connected with it.

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hadilakk

well.... God, why is it so complicated...

August 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Fritzdeswerwer

German is complicated. In English it's just the man, the woman, the child.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JennyT17

arghh i wish there was

August 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/audi314709

die-feminine der -masculine das-neuter

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hadilakk

but thats the confusing thing, because things are so randomly masculine and feminine and neuter.

August 30, 2017
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