7 Comments This discussion is locked.
From my dad who learnt German, you cant tell just by looking at the word sadly... the German language revolves a lot around memorization...sorry... there are also the obvious ones though, like Sarah mentioned, but German isnt like the french language... something that could have been feminine in french could easily be masculine or neutral in German.
An answer I posted in another topic: Mädchen is a neuter word, not female. "-chen" makes it neuter and it works as a diminutive > Der Mann (the man) | das Männchen (the little man). An umlaut is added to emphasise a change in sound. Mädchen is now the standard word for girl, but its origin lies in Magd.