Keep calm and learn German plurals!
Here is a great technique for learning German nouns and German plural forms of nouns.
I think that the best way to learn the plural forms of the nouns is to learn them together with the singular nouns... ( :
Because there are too many rules about pluralizing nouns and beginners mostly get confused by these rules... so, I think that this is the best way.
So when you are learning new words, learn also the plural form of those nouns. der Spiegel, die spiegel das Buch, die Bücher die Zeitung, die Zeitungen.
What do you think?
A good idea. Another way I find helpful in learning new words is to put them into a sentence. A few examples: ich habe das Buch gelesen. Mein Auto ist rot. Meine Mutter ist nicht alt. As kids we learned words first. We learned grammar later. I find this approach most helpful in attaining fluency.
This is what I like most about Duolingo, actually. Even in English, I am always hesitant to use a word that I haven't seen used in a sentence before, preferably several. In other languages, this is doubly true, and even more likely to be a situation that I find myself in, since vocabulary tends to get learned in big lists of translations.
The fact that I immediately get to see the words used in a sentence, usually a small variety of sentences, does wonders for my confidence in terms of actually using those words.
Yes, very important. I made a big mistake yesterday guessing at the plural of a word and I turned it into a profanity! Oops! :)
Uh, okay, I was gonna try to hide my shame, but you had to ask! hahahaaha. Let's just say I was trying to talk about birds, but apparently I only knew the singular form for that word: der Vogel. When I tried to search around and come up with a plural form, well, it turned into more of a verb. Imagine adding an "en" for no good reason to the end of it as I did...and boom. My speaking partner stopped in his tracks, looked at me with very, big wide eyes and said "You can't say that!!!" :) Think of my "accidental verb" as translating to "to sex" if instead of "sex" it was a, um, a harsher word for that. One that might start with an "f" and rhymes with duck.
That was a long walk, thanks for taking it! ;)
By the way, the plural is die Vögel. And don't mix up "o" and "ö". :)
Not mixing up o and ö is even more important when talking about ornithology because this is "Vogelkunde" in German. Adding two dots can result in ... interesting situations since it turns ornithology into sexology (in a rather not so formal and polite way! Think of firetruckology ...).
:D :D I love those moments... thank you for sharing ( : Here are some lingots!