A suggestion to supercharge learning of gender
I would like to suggest--for languages where gender is important for endings and word forms--that it would be incredibly helpful to speed learning if the popup definition hints also contained the gender abbreviation. For example, in learning German from English. If I run the cursor over ¨Kind¨in an exercise example, the literal translation ¨Child¨pops up. If that was ¨Child n¨ or in the opposite situation ¨Kind n¨to show that it is neuter, it would be a constant reminder. I believe it would help get the word into long term memory and improve the correct choice of adjective, article or modifier.
I think it I better to learn the gender in the target language ie learn "das Boot" and "der Bus".
Yes, I was a little shocked when I answered 'translate "child" to German' with 'das Kind' and was told I was wrong! I was always taught with the der/die/das included to mark the gender.
The abbreviation should probably be in either a different color or font, or in parentheses.
Yes, certainly. When you hover over a word, it should both say the case of the word and list the other forms.
But what about languages like Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) where there are gender neutral pronouns, what would Duolingo do then??
Agree, and I would also appreciate it if Duolingo would give both American and British words/spellings (and say which is which). e.g. Hose: pants (A.); trousers (B.) and Ehre: honor (A.); honour(B.)
And Shaksespearian English, and Chaucerian English, and Dickensian English. Sheesh, why are they so slack?
Sorry. (And my example is German so it is necessary to capitalise to "Hose" as it is a noun).