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

My solution to the gender problem in French

French has genders you know. And it doesn't make our lives any easier.

But instead of memorizing every French word's gender we can memorize some patterns. If it ends in "-d" or "-p" it is almost certainly masculine etc.

So while trying to remember all of these patterns I created a simple tool for myself. After some consideration it was decided to share it with others.

Therefore I present to you French FM http://renatrafikov.com/frenchfm/ (just click "F" or "M")

It's in the stage of a prototype yet so it doesn't have lots of useful features. But you still can use it to test your knowledge of randomly displayed French noun endings and for remembering some of the exceptions.

I think it would be good to add a smarter algorithm to it so it would remember your previous choices. As for now it doesn't even remember its own choices and sometimes displays the same stuff couple times in the row.

Thinking about adding a feature of testing words apart from only endings etc.

Would love to hear your opinions and suggestions.

UPD 03/24/15 I added translations to every exception (just hover over the word) and functionality for example words is added (there is a couple of words with examples already)

Read about more updates: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7828784

March 20, 2015

28 Comments


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

It is a great app! One small problem I experienced while trying it out is that there are often important subgroups with differing gender. Example: The app teaches that -n nouns are masculine. This is true in general but has the important exception of all -tion,-sion,-gion,-nion and -xion which are feminine. I think you need to inform us of these exceptions. A great book for these kinds of rules is the The rules for the gender of French nouns.

March 20, 2015

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

A good point and a good book!

March 21, 2015

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

Thanks for the information about the book. I have ordered a copy. :-)

March 21, 2015

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

Don't buy a whole book just to learn French gender... spend 30 minutes memorising this:

http://www.fourmilab.ch/francais/gender.html

Do we have to call everything an "app"... ah, never mind, I think I'm too late to stop that nomenclature from changing :(

Good effort on the web page; important it is teaching the right things and has all exceptions! I use ANKI and memrise, instead.

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

Your list is good. Thanks.

May 18, 2018

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

This is really nice. One little deficiency I felt, was a lack of examples that came to mind. Would it be possible for you to add a few example words (non-exceptions) with the same ending? Thanks a lot!

March 21, 2015

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

Working on it! Can you suggest any data base or just list of most common words in French with genders?

March 22, 2015

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

Thanks! Nope, I've just stared learning French. But I will point you toward anything I find.

March 23, 2015

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

This is awesome! I was having some trouble remembering the genders, and this will definitely help. One thing I was a little confused about was how when I got to "-son", the exceptions that were shown were un arreté, le comité, le comté, le coté, un deputé, un eté, le paté, and le traité, which don't have "son" at the end of them... Are these words that can be turned into ones with "son" at the end?

March 20, 2015

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

That was a bug, thanks for noticing! The is a proper "té" ending now.

March 21, 2015

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

Thanks! Very helpful for learning the genders of nouns.

March 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

Thanks, this seems like it could be very useful, especially for beginners.

March 20, 2015

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

Thanks!!

March 20, 2015

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

J'aime ça! Merci :-)

March 20, 2015

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    What a cool little app! I love the simplicity.

    My only note is that I also had the issue with "-son" giving me the solutions ending in "-té". I'm guessing this is a glitch?

    Other than that, I think it's great! Bravo !

    March 20, 2015

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

    Thanks! Just fixed the "té" problem=)

    March 21, 2015

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

    Incroyable! Merci beaucoup! :D

    March 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ILoveFrench30

    This is nice! If you would keep improving it, it will be even better! Nice streak by the way! Happy 100th day!

    March 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

    That's awesome! Thanks for the suggestion!

    March 21, 2015

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

    It's good to learn the rules, but it would be better, in my opinion, to learn with examples. Like the web Listening Practices does with conjugations. You learn the rules, the conjugations, and then you try to apply your knowledge.

    March 22, 2015

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

    Thanks! Working on it. But I didn't find yet a good list of most common French nouns with genders. Any suggestions?

    March 22, 2015

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

    Maybe parsing the Wikitionary? I don't know.

    March 25, 2015

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

    Interesting. I suggest another exception to your list of -ique ending words: un moustique. ;-)

    March 22, 2015

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

    This is cool, as someone said already would be nice to have some positive examples.

    Here are some web pages that have similar rules with lists of positive/negative examples: http://www.languageguide.org/french/grammar/gender/rule.html

    March 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Booth-year3

    not bad at all.

    March 23, 2015

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

    BTW I added translations to every exception (just hover over the word) and functionality for example words is added (there is couple of words with examples already)

    Always welcome http://renatrafikov.com/frenchfm/

    March 24, 2015

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

    Might be nice to have an option to show some example words before you select the answer. I just find myself thinking of words with the ending to try and decide what it should be (I don't really want to remember them by heart).

    March 25, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafikov
    March 30, 2015
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