Flashcard function should show der/die/das for each noun
I think the flashcard function should show the der/die/das for each noun as learning the genders is one very difficult aspect for a native english speaker learning german.
Anyone else agree ?
It's certainly a must with German to learn the gender of each noun when you learn the noun! I've started using memrise for my vocab learning (http://www.memrise.com/home)- they have beginners' general vocab courses on there or you can make your own vocab lists to practice. They do allow you to put in the der/die/das on nouns which is good, but they don't notice whether or not you put umlauts in and they don't recognise ss for double s (my laptop keyboard can't do foreign characters so this is a problem for me!) - but despite a few glitches it's very good for if you carry a smart phone with you and want to be able to practice a bit of vocab on the go - alongside using the duolingo app
Quizlet.com is another helpful one. I love it, it's really easy and straightforward. There's an app for smartphones, too, so it works when you're out and about as well. I believe there's also an option to have the words spoken aloud when you read them, which is helpful for learning correct pronunciation.
It should show articles in generel and not only single words. I find it very confusing to be prompted with a single word and it turns out to be a phrase (e.g.: mangeons: we are eating).
It would also be great if the meaning given would not be the least likely one, or at least not only the least likely one. And I agree, that audio would just be plain awesome. With memrise I added audio to all my vocab, because I just remember them better.
The problem with this is a lack of consistency in the German language itself as there are exceptions to the rules for endings. http://german.about.com/cs/vocabulary/a/nsuffix.htm
I find many dictionaries are lacking this also. I am currently using dict.leo.org and it shows the nominative article as well as the plural forms (plus the masculine and feminine forms for words that have both, such as der Lehrer/ die Lehrerin.)
I think it's something that would be very valuable for duolingo to adopt. It would be extra-special if they programmed it in a way where one could toggle this off, or overtime show them less and less.
I have made an app for Android that practises the gender of any noun. I think that this could greatly improve the learning process. Any feedback would be appreciated.
You can check it out here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.menthoven.duitslidwoordtrainer
Yes, definitely, especially as when we hear spoken German the endings of the articles are changing according to the case, in addition to the gender, which confuses the issue further. Like you, I thought that the gender of a noun, when it is in the nominative, should always be shown by using the gender specific article on all possible occasions on flashcards and, for that matter, in any German lessons.