Here is a big help for SOME noun genders
I can't remember where I read this, but it has helped me a lot! Remember these tips:
Any word ending in heit, keit or ung will always be feminine. I say always because that is what the book said, and it has been true so far...
Any word ending in chen or lein will always be neuter. Same as above, this has always been true so far....
Now these may not sound like much, but just those tips have helped me tremendously in picking the correct genders for the articles....
I know there are more, but these are the ones I know for sure work!
Good luck! Viel Spaß!
Yes, there are some hints you can take to help you with that. This page shows you quite a few of them: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Gender/Gender.html
I'm always grateful for tricks like these. Interestingly, whilst as you say, things ending in lein are neuter, der Lein (the Flax) is masculine. :)
Those damn exceptions...
It is true though where -chen or -lein is used as a diminutive (ie not Lein). :)
Yes, you have to know that it is used as a diminutive. There are some words that end in "chen" that are not neuter: