that moment when "pasto" in Portuguese means that grass you give to cow to eat...
It means both. It's the same in Spanish (cocina). Kind of like how "cook" can be a person or a verb in English. You just have to figure it out by context.
You can use cucina (la cucina, the citchen) as a noun. But also as a verb in "lei cucina", she cooks.
In everyday Italian can you just say "He cooks meal"? Instead of "he cooks THE meal"?
Ahaha! It made it so it tricks you into saying the boy food the food! Luckily, I didn't fall for that. XD
"Cucina" isn't feminine. It's a verb. The "-a" ending doesn't always mean "feminine."
Here's a table of regular verb endings: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blverbs01.htm Hope it helps with other verbs too. Wish there was a grammar lesson here!
Me, too. I think this is a shortcoming of the Duolingo and other "natural" language teaching methods, that they don't give you a quick base of knowledge to work from, or the ability to see things side-by-side to see/notice the patterns better and remember them. The natural way is good, but it's better if you supplement it with a bit of rote memorization so you're not confused at the start.