It is Crazy when you do not know Feminine from masculin
For the French who are hearing, it is amusing, charming, naive, smiling, refreshing, but not at all crazy.
Sorry I am getting frustrated with 90% of my interpenetration and then find I have la instead of le and les now know Les is for more than One so Slowly getting there, sorry so want to learn French
Hang in there Kenneth, It is so great to see how you have progressed.
So I am passing on congratulations to you for persisting with your French learning, and also giving you some lingots for further encouragement.
Also thank you for being respectful also of others in our community and showing such patience and kindness to others.
It gets better, promise. Learn new words with the indefinite articles, un and une as though they are a part of the word, as indeed they are. Memorize them together. You will save yourself a lot of headache later! With time it will feel more natural to use the correct gender with the words that you have reviewed over and over. They will become "glued" into your brain.
Lindakanga put together some great links and her advice is excellent.
Lastly, be patient with yourself. You will make mistakes- lots of them! Oh well! Laugh, learn, and move on.
Amusant ? Je devrais être un comique, sans aucun doute je fais rire beaucoup les Français ! ;-)
Pas un rire moqueur, alors. Un sourire, comme celui que procure le jeune enfant quand il découvre la langue et qu'il devient poète sans le savoir... Un attendrissement, tu provoques un attendrissement. les Français sont de grands tendres ☺
J'avoue que les Français provoquent le même sentiment lorsque je lis leurs messages en anglais, un attendrissement et un fort désir de les aider.
Brilliant, do you realize, the communication between the peoples contributes to tenderize nations! The humanity is great.
No, not if your native language doesn't classify words as feminine and masculine, except in pronouns.
Yes, as an English speaker I understand where you are coming from.
However for myself, this is also one of the things I LOVE about learning other languages. That it gives you different ways to think about the world.
There are many other languages that also have this characteristic in them.
I will come back here in a moment to and give you some other references that might interest you about this topic in relation to French in particular.
It is such a pleasure to meet you Kenneth. And also to see your determination also to learn a language. It is one of the best adventures I have been on.
A student in class today asked almost the same question you have asked here, and I have promised to gather some resources for him as well. So I greatly welcome this question you have posed here.
This is probably a good place to start.
Also there is this reference list of nouns that I have ordered to approximately match this course in Duolingo. Nouns in duolingo
Also , before you take your next lesson in Duolingo, I would like to recommend that you take time to read the "Tips and Notes" related to each task. I also often like to read them after I do a lesson. And sometimes I have them opened in a separate internet page, while I do a lesson.
Also for myself , I love writing notes. For me, writing my own notes also assists my understanding, as well as helping me move my learning from short term memory, into long term recall memory.
Long term recall memory is the one that once you get information into this subconscious memory, it is there for you to use. It is what allows you to be able to have a live conversation. And one of the ways to get information into subconscious memory - is just simply to keep on practicing. There are a few other ways as well. Yet still practicing is one of the most used ways. And it is how we get to store most of our information.
And also keep on doing what you are doing. Keep asking questions and searching for the answers.
Along those lines - it is also good to search in our discussion forums for if someone else has already asked that question, and it has been answered. This is also an excellent way to enhance your important serendipitous learning. I love serendipitous learning. It is like an adventure.
I often make inferences on whether a French word is masculine or feminine based on certain hints. For example, a word will most likely be feminine if it ends in "ère", "elle", and sometimes "e" (but not always). A masculine word will sometimes end with "eur" or "eau". It's just one of those things in a language where it's hard to short-cut your way through it. I just try to remember all words that are feminine and masculine, and I understand your pain of forgetting the gender of a word.