[Suggestion] German Flashcards should include articles for nouns.
I am still relatively new but all guides to learning German i read say its really important to think of the nouns as a "unit" while learning them. Unfortunately when i want to use the flashcards for drilling it becomes basically useless because I know what the word means but DON'T know which article is proper. This accounts for 75% of my failures in lessons and I would love to improve this with the flashcards..
While I do agree that this should be changed here, you can already get this for DL vocabulary on this memrise course: http://www.memrise.com/course/335725/comprehensive-german-duolingo-vocabulary/
A million times this. The only reason I feel semi confident about everything I've learned on Duo is because of Memrise. Memrise helps drill the material in. When's the last time I saw Selbstverständlich on duo? Like 2 months ago. But I see it on Memrise every week or so, and thus, I remember it--"Of course" or "self-evident." And Memrise is in dispensable for remember genders, which becomes so incredibly important as the cases and declension become a mainstay of your tree.
I've been using Memrise since seeing this info and it's great so far. Thanks Jlesnick! Any other tips?
Other than Memrise, I think Assimil (very well regarded French program) is a great tool. You learn to understand and speak German by doing one conversation a day, about 10-15 lines. There's audio and an accompanying book. You can buy it or you can torrent it. I think it really helps both reinforce what we learn on here, and to actually formulate questions and answers in the way a German would, something that is sorely lacking here.
Thanks for information. Yes, I hear you about the conversation part. I signed up with a local German Language Group that meets up. However having something to practice conversation daily would be ideal, especially starting at the beginning level I'm at.
I want to give you a hundred lingots... I was struggling mostly with articles (''genders''), and that link is really helping me a lot. Thanks! And thanks to whoever created that course!
I've searched through the german courses on memrise and somehow never found that one. Thanks!
Here's a trick, aside from all the other great recommendations, that helps me. Never think of Der Feuerwehrmann or Das Klima as two words, always one long word. That, and memrise, is what helps me remember genders. Also remember that german's love conjunctions, and that you can always know the gender if you know the gender of the last word in the conjunction. Example
Das Land - Das Bundesland
Der Wagen - Der Mietwagen - Der Krankenwagen
Das Haus - Das Krankenhaus - Das Ferienhaus
Der Tag - Der Montag...Der Sonntag - Der Alltag
words that end in -ung, always feminine
Die Untersuchung - Die Krankenversicherung - Die Verbindung - Die Bedienung
I agree - it's essential to learn the noun with the correct article. I would also suggest that the plural form is included. When I'm learning new vocabulary on Duolingo, I always need to have a dictionary in another tab so I can check both the article and plural form for nouns.
I have a feeling this isn't implemented yet because it's not essential across all languages. Nonetheless, it's not a good reason. It's not that hard to extend functionality for special cases, if it's done correctly from the start. Just as you said, you can get the word correct, and not know the gender, which throws off DL's expectation of your knowledge level.
Here's hoping they pick up the ball and fix this one. It is essential for learning German.
I agree- but it is essential for all the romance languages, at least: French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian (I think). That covers a lot of territory!
This is one of the major fails with Duolingo. I'd suggest you do as suggested by tom-g and use another dictionary to find out what the article is and the plural form. I also find it useful to write the word and its article down so I can learn them as one unit. I use a spreadsheet so I can keep a list of all nouns with their article and their plural form for easy reference.
I agree. I just write everything down as I learn it. When I do the flashcards here, I make sure to answer using the proper gender for the word. If I hadn't written down the gender rules AND written each new word with it's article down, I would still be really floundering in the gender pool.
i agree, especially me, Indonesian user. i just compare with my poor english to find similiarity, but German really different :) .
I agree. Duolingo- please include the article and the plural on the flashcard!
...I feel like a nub. Where are the flash cards? Do you mean the drop downs that appear when you hover over a word? Halp.
Click "words" at top of your screen, then on the right side click "review flashcards".
Nope. I have 'duolingo', 'home', 'activity', 'discussion', and 'immersion'.
"Flashcards?" "Words?" I have the same as NoxSilverlight. No flashcards. I am using Chrome, by the way, but just checked ie and that's the same
I just found out that its in beta. Only some people have it, not everyone. They're testing to see if flash cards really help with the learning process.
OMG, thanks so much! This was my biggest issue. Also, I find that the spoken pronunciations are a wee bit clearer on this one. I will absolutely be using this in conjunction with Duolingo.
I have same problem, have you found out any solution to that situation?