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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kcl888

Should include nouns' gender in list of words

It would very helpful to include the gender of the nouns in the list of words. The nouns' gender is just as important as the noun itself in romance languages like italian. Please make this change. It would help language learning a lot!

March 2, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Smuggins

Great idea! They should include this in the mouser over during lessons too, so that you can tell if its 'une/un/le/la' etc.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cyberchipz

Still waiting for it; the nouns showed up in lessons with the gender for about a week or so; then they're gone again. Dang it; and I only looked after making a guess... so much for learning! (sigh) I only wanted it to work on my cases... oh well. Can't figure out the cases, and do it right without knowing gender. Maybe that'll be the for the last round 5 of Duo... maybe.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

If you select a word from the words list and then select more info, it gives you the gender.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kcl888

Yes, but I still think it's better to list it right next to the noun, particuarly because some nouns use the definite article "lo" instead of the usual feminine "la" or masculine "il". It would help lots of people to memorize them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/susannah07

Hi kcl, I must have missed something. I know lo of course, but not as an article with nouns. Can you give an example? (you are talking about the Spanish language?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kcl888

Here's an example. In Italian, the noun "lo squalo" means "the shark", but is it feminine or masculine? Most nouns use "la" for the feminine definite article "the" or "il" for the masculine definite article "the". These articles show you whether the noun is feminine or masculine and help you with adjective agreement.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattPotter4

Fem. nouns are easy, la or l' article for singular and le for all plural fem. nouns. L' is used for Fem. nouns starting with a vowel. Masc: il for sing. nouns starting with 'normal' consonant, i for plural masc. nouns lo for Sing. nouns starting with S_--eg st or sq, ps, gn, x,y,z. l' is used for nouns starting with a vowel. gli is the plural form of both lo and l' articles. As you can see the hardest to not mix up is the l' forms, such as l' amica (F) and l' esempio


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

He is talking about Italian when he mentions lo, la and il. Definite articles are easier in Spanish with just el and la for singular nouns.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Smuggins

Great idea. I have to keep coming up with menomics to try and help me remember this for French. Book masculine, but letter feminine.


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    Agreed, but I have to admit not having the gender easily available has done wonders for my learning. Now I can never forget:

    Book him Danno

    Livre is masculine

    The Scarlet Letter

    Lettre is feminine

    etc, etc, etc


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Smuggins

    Interesting mnemonics!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cyberchipz

    [Gender:Noun] without knowing the proper gender for the noun, learning case form is impossible.

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