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Gender Articles

Hallo, everyone! I just began this course a couple of days ago and I'm sitting at a level five. I finally thought I understood the how to tell what noun is der/die/das, however I'm finding myself extremely confused. I've done a bit of research through outside sources on how to make this easier for me, but it's not working.

I have looked at Wikipedia, German for Dummies, etc. and am still finding myself at a standstill. I've tried to just skip past it, hoping I can have a more clear understanding once I get further into it, however, I'm finding myself way more confused than I was.

Anyone have any tips on how to differentiate nouns with their specific gender articles, or do I have to memorize each noun with its respective article?


October 6, 2017



You have to learn them for each word (at least for many this is the only way), but for some words you can see the gender by the word itself or by the meaning of the words.

As example words ending on -chen or -lein (both endings show a dimutive) will always have the article das. For more examples like this, use google.

Other words such as the names of the months also have a set gender. So Januar, März, July, September and all others have the article der. Here you do not see it by the ending of the word, but instead of summarizing the articles for each of them, you could just remember ALL months have der as article.


Thank you for the help! I thought that I might have to learn it word for word, but I was trying to see if there was a method to determining gender.


I came across this while looking for something else. I hope it helps.



Thank you! I'll check this out and see if it helps.


Articles/gender need to be memorised for each noun. Memrise is imho better suited for such 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.

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I like the mnemonics, I should carry it on a card with me at all times! ;-)


Danke! That was very helpful. I have to print it out and keep it with me!

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