Gender and capitalization

I miss the correction when I don't capitalize nouns. This appears to have been an "improvement" made several months ago and I consider it a step backward.

Also, particularly in early lessons, why only ask for the noun without its companion definite article, e.g. "Wasser" or "Brot" instead of "das Wasser" or "das Brot"? I get that it's more accessible for speakers of non-gendered languages (English) but it's a fundamental concept and so much is dependent on knowing noun gender I feel it is a disservice to the student not to introduce it at the very beginning.

11 months ago

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I agree -- the capitalization of nouns and the genders are extremely important issues in German.

And I think that one should indeed learn the nouns with their definite article in the nominative case right from the start, as a unit. Duolingo should support that.

11 months ago

I agree. A missing capitalization does not need to be an error, but at least a correction would be in order.

11 months ago


From my personal experience, it also works remarkably well, you simply get a feeling for the articles if they are learned from the start. Trying to memorize it later is futile and a waste of time. This is why I use a third party application to learn the nouns first.

BTW does anyone know when DL would actually implement the option for more English -> German? I thought there was a talk about some skills level? Thanks.

11 months ago

I think it makes sense- in English only proper nouns(names, places, etc.) must be capitalized.

11 months ago

maybe in German it is different- but this is my personal experience, and it might differ for some.

11 months ago

It is different in German; all nouns are capitalised. That's why it's a problem that Duolingo doesn't tell us we're wrong for doing it the English way when typing in German.

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