Yes! (fist pump) Reached level 25 in German.
I've reached level 25 in six languages, but German has definitely been the hardest. I think the difficulty is in memorizing the gender of each noun and, with that, the different cases. Most languages have noun genders, but the German noun genders seem to be more random than other languages. I still have a lot to learn, but it's fun. Thanks again to the Duolingo team and contributors.
I'm just a few hundred points away from reaching level 25 German, so I can relate to your hard earned accomplishment. However, to do this with 5 other language as well is most impressive! My hat is off to you sir.
Thanks for the compliment! I just love studying languages and Duolingo makes it fun, though I use other resources as well.
Go slowly ... work on words in your grammar so you can start building vocabulary. But don't try cramming or racing through stuff. If you get like that then just take a break for a day then come back again.
Grammar can be daunting so go slow and try to really understand what they are teaching. Use many sources books, other web sites, to really understand the material. And there are sites where you can practice words to work on that vocabulary too.
Also, I find it easier to group like nouns together and write them down and test myself.
Example : Die Tiere ( the animals)
10 Der Nouns<pre>
10 Die Nouns<pre>
10 Das Nouns
This is what I did on my first list I created .. I broke it into the three parts -- -- memorizing one part at a time then moving onto the next one.
Just think of the Genders as three different kinds of nouns .. Masc - Fem - Neuter
could also be called First -- second -- third
Anoun -- Bnoun -- Cnoun
it is just three different kinds of nouns that just so happen to have the labels of
Masculine -- Feminine -- and Neuter.
You must remember them correctly - it matters because of the meaning of the word matters. One word could be the same but the article changes its meaning.
One word like Die Frau could be the subject of a sentence but once it is changed to der Frau it is now the indirect object and something else just became the subject.
I suggest, just accept it as a given just like it math we accept the fact you can't divide by zero - its a give. In German there are three kinds of nouns - - its a given period. All the complaints won't be changing that.
I suggest, decide if you really want to learn this language because if you are having so much trouble now -- it will only get tougher as you go. I am not too far along and it is starting to get tougher for me.
I hope you stick with it and I hope you can just get through this part ...
Don't study alone, read books/consume other media and challenge yourself to turn off the subtitles and to pick things up from context, listen to German music, watch EasyGerman on Youtube, focus on grammar, and have fun!!
Like I said, it has been a difficult language for me compared to others I've studied. Memorization is key, especially the nouns and their genders. Like any language, it gets easier with a lot of practice.
There is nothing to understand. German nouns have genders. You need to learn them when you learn the words. That's all.
Yes - they matter.
In the short answer.. yes.
There is 'The Nominative Case' which is probably where youre at right now in the duolingo course.
Lets focus on the word "Das Madchen" which is singular for "The girl" If you change the gender of the article to feminine (die) it becomes "the girls" - "die Mädchen"
It will get alot more complex as you go on, but not to worry! It will make more sense if you pour every drop of blood sweat and tears into it! (Im just kidding, lol)
Each noun has a gender (the): der, die, or das. Yes, it matters - Like the French la, le or Spanish el, la, or Danish den, det; but I find German to be more difficult to memorize because it doesn't seem to follow a pattern, in most cases. Good luck!
Where do the genders come in? Can i just say der frau? Or do i have to say die frau?
They are part of the language. You cannot say der Frau (in the nominative anyway - you will say der Frau in Dative). You cannot just ignore the genders in German - if you are planning to, better drop the language and learn another one that does not have grammatical gender.
Dative case is when you're talking about something in the context of "to or from". So if I say "I give the ball to the boy", the boy would have to be dative >> Ich gebe dem Jungen den Ball"
Yo dawg, I heard you liked declensions. So i put a wiki chart on a duolingo discussion just for you! lol (please dont let this overwhelm you. Just do the duolingo thing for a bit and if you need a refference. We gottcha' boiiiiiiiii.)
If you say 'Der Frau' I think that is in Dative case. So, it matters I believe.
Congrats :) Once you start to get better with the language, you almost can guess most of the genders of words you do not know - and for the few you cannot, there is a dictionary :)
jameswcpa, great example of perseverance in your language learning! have a lingot!
I have the exact same problem with noun genders since there is no rule to apply like there is in other languages.. So I 've trying to memorize the noun and its gender all together