So, I began the German program yesterday and I can't believe how much I've already learned. I am learning German for no reason other than I like learning languages in general, and this program really seems to be working for me. Awesome stuff.
I'll be saying "Sie isst eninen Apfel" in my sleep before too long, haha.
I'm so excited about learning German. I find myself learning it quite quickly, too. This site is an absolutely wonderful tool to be used to learn a language on one's own. I just really wish I had a speaking partner, though, so I had someone I could practice with in person when it comes to forming sentences in real time.
You can talk on skype. I think that will be good for improving pronunciation. Do you want to chat ? If that,there are enough groups in Facebook for that. By chatting also I can also improve my spelling and learn new words and sentence structure. That is also a good step to learn better German.
You use die when the word is feminine, das when neuter and der when masculine. "Simple" as that! :D
The pro tip: Learn the articles with the words. There is no "Brot" in German. There is just "das Brot". The article is VERY essential part of the word and needs to be learned.
There are some rules and patterns that make learning a bit easier. Like all words in diminutive (-chen -lein) are neuter. "das Mädchen". Or that all words with "-keit" are feminine: "die Freundlichkeit". etc. You can find good lists that help. But there are many words that don't really fit the patterns and just need to be learned by heart. With enough exposure I would say a non-native can relatively quick learn a basic "gender sense" that tells which article sounds good. Sometimes it can be wrong, but the accuracy is way more than 33% at that point ;)