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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/knhan076

Das Madchen = Girl, but Boy = ?

Why is " girl" so commonly used in the lessons but not "boys"?

Just an observation!

March 30, 2013

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lynoure

My guess is that das Mädchen - die Mädchen is used more in the beginning because it's easier that der Junge - die Jungen, but I don't know it that is the reasoning. Other reason might be to display that word genders are not always what one might expect.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

I'm not sure whether this is done intentionally or not. But if so, the two main reasons I see (and already mentioned by Lynoure) are:

  • It's good for English native speakers to be exposed to 'das Mädchen' a lot since it's very counter-intuitive for them to use the neuter gender for girls

  • 'Junge' follows weak declension and not the more common strong declension. It can be confusing for learners if they are exposed to both schemes too early.

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