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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 ?

July 23, 2014



It would also be great if you could select to practice inversely, i.e. to show the words in English and have to write them in German. Maybe this comment should be in a new discussion...


That's my biggest issue: I can read the German well and remember it in English, but I have a much harder time going from English to German. Your inverse practice idea would help a lot with this.


Agreed- great feature, could still be improved. Thanks, DL! :-)


It would be great to do so and also to have some practices designed to train us more about the articles and maybe some more explanations about how the changes must be applied to them.


Oh my god, yes please. It's also very difficult to learn the gender when your mother toungue already has gender, and those differ from german.


Je suis absolument d'accord, c'est vrai, le français choisit si souvent un autre genre grammaire que l'allemand, c'est pas facile!


Un autre genre grammatical :-)


No, that's just an illusion. I'm pretty sure that everybody has a hard time with them. I actually think that those who don't have them in their native languages actually have a harder time as they also have to understand why are they necessary and how they actually work.


I didn't want to say that "we" had a harder time, only that it was confusing. Learning the genders is indeed hard for everyone, which ever native language one may have.


Yes, I am constantly forgetting der/die/das. In a perfect world there would be an option to play audio when flipping to new card. I retain better when I hear it. Unless there is that option and I just cannot find it.


Nope, your not missing it. It isn't there. I would like the same thing :)


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


I agree. and sometimes verbs are capitalized? that's a little confusing


Which verbs? essen is a verb but Essen is a noun.


Verbs can be substantivated (made into nouns) in German. E.g.:

Es tut gut zu schlafen. Das Schlafen tut mir gut.

Ich mag nicht mehr lernen. Das Lernen macht mir heute keinen Spaß.


I agree, the noun Leiter for example; Der Leiter and die Leiter are two very different things that I confused with during the lessons.


Yes, excellent idea. I suggest it differentiate the word from the article in some way. For example, maybe the word could appear in bold font and the article in normal font.


If it could show multiple translations (ex: tragen - to carry, to wear) that would be very helpful. I also noticed that even if I click "I was wrong" it still strengthens the word. Shouldn't it, if anything, remove strength so Duolingo gives it to us more often to practice?


Definitely this. I want to be able to identify words that I'm struggling with and reduce their strength to make them come up more regularly in practice. This would seem like a good way to make that happen if the "I was wrong" option reduced the word strength


If you want such a noble feature, forget about Duolingo and join Memrise. It offers exactly that!!!


Probably, but I don't have it yet :(


Under 'Words' should be on the right side 'Review Flashcards'


It's only available to a few users at the moment, I think.


The flashcard don't show the article, only the noun.


Yes, and to avoid confusion. For example, "essen" versus "das Essen". It would also help, little by little, to drill genders into the skull.


Lower case is the verb, while the upper case indicates the noun..


Except that mistakes in the vocabulary cause some nouns to be rendered in all lower case.


And they should be capitalised. It annoys me whenever I don't see a noun in German capitalised.


You're likely to see many nouns duplicated in your Words list, one version capitalized and one not.


check this post for flashcards with more then 29.000 words : https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3850280

and upvoted so everyone can get it


I agree and emailed duolingo regarding this very subject. I have yet to receive a response.


Please let us know if you get any response from Duolingo team. Positive or negative.


Yes, absolutely. In fact, all of my hand written cards do. I have the German word on the front, and the gender on the back with the translation. It's the only way I'm going to get the hang of gendered nouns.


I just started making my own flash cards with a flash card app today. I have the noun in English on one side and the noun in German with its articles (definite and indefinite, nominative and accusative, singular and plural). I also have the noun in plural form.


What app do you use? :)


I use Mnemosyne (mnemosyne-proj.org), but Anki is another popular one.


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.




How do I find the flash card function?


It's being tested right now so some users have it on a trial basis. If you have access to the "Words" tab, there should be a "Review flashcards" button.


I definitely agree!!


yep, i was willing to post the same thing


Yes. The article use has been my biggest hurdle learning German.


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.


I am unable to find this function, I think it is still in beta.


Literally my first thought, not sure how this didn't get brought up while they made it.


I agree. I sometimes get the definite articles mixed up.


Yes i have wanted this feature for months it would make my week


I do not agree. I think it's better to force the brain to remember the genders. It shouldn't be so easy. Everyone must focus on the noun's ending. There are some rules to study, for example if the noun ends with KEIT or UNG then it is feminine.


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'm making my own flashcards at cram.com + I am not getting the link to any flashcards here yet for some reason. Maybe it's because I'm on firefox, but I do not have a flashcard function.


Couldn't agree more!


I just discoverd flashcards and was about to report the same issue but fortunately found this thread firt. This feature is a must have for learning German.


PLEASE Yes. This is the hardest thing to learn coming from a language that doesn't have noun gender.


Now Flashcard Function is disabled again. It is not appearing under word tab.


I'm new here and I probably shouldn't be asking this question on that topic, but where is this flashcard feature?


I'm confused. I've been on duolingo for a little while but I don't know which function your referring to. Are you talking about the questions in the lessons when it asks you to translate a single word with the article?


:) I can understand all of you. But the articel aren´t the most difficult things in german. Trust me I know it :). Don´t give up. It´s like the articel by learning portugues. I try and try and try to remember them. Someday you get it!


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.


What flashcard function are you guys talking about? Am I missing something?


Yes! Knowing the articles is super important in German. I really think it necessary to have them on the flashcards. Please please please!


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


can't agree more!!!


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.


you could quizlet and create your own class on quizlet there is flashcards and more


Same for Welsh, please. The grammar mentions the existence of feminine and masculine nouns, but not once in the entire course is a single noun ever explained!

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    How is Madchen a neutral word! "Das", I do not understand D;


    There are some common noun suffix that can help you a bit to determine more of the nouns gender -chen is for neutral gender.

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