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

Der, die or das? HACKS. (Article Signals)

One of the most confusing things about German for English speakers is the gender of the noun. This hack might help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vHSJp0QlxQ

you can guess the gender of the noun by its ending

Der in. ig. ling. or. ismus + er

Die heit. ung. keit. ei. schaft .ion (i)taet. ik + ur + e

Das Tum. Chen. ma. ment. um. lein + nis

Endings with + means they arenot 100% reliable but they would work 80% of the time.

May 5, 2015

7 Comments


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

Personally, I prefer to memorise a word along with the article. I also make colorful flashcards - blue for der, green for das, red for die - and it really helps. Sure, it's good to know that all nouns with the ending -keit are feminine, but I'd rather advise guessing when the article isn't cerain.

May 5, 2015

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

It is preferable to learn the words with the article, but in the case that you run across a new word and there is no article on it, you would still want to be able to identify the gender so you can use it properly.

May 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/suffe22

ek, ik, ie, ion, tät, ur, nz.

May 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankMank87

thanks for your sharing

May 6, 2015

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

This is super helpful! I'm a native German speaker raised in the U.S. I have lots of problems with gender articles. I've found that if you speak quickly, you can get by without knowing those derdiedas. I have gotten into arguments with Americans about the gender of Nutella. When speaking with my mother about it, a native Austrian, she had no idea it was even an issue. Der = ???why Die = Correct. nuteLLA is a feminine word Das = because it's an Italian word?? A lot of words are borrowed from Italian and French. Don't call it das.

I'm sorry, I just had to rant a bit. It just got ridiculous when people that barely speak German are telling me how to say Nutella. "It's not nu:telV, it's n@-tel@. It's not made of hazelnoots." Well jokes on you we got hazelnoots in Italy so check yourself. Oh my there I go again, I'm sorry.

May 7, 2015

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

we do have some really yummy hazelnOOts indeed :D

May 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katero2014

Just saw this video too ,very useful ,thanks for posting out the text :)

October 25, 2016
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