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

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


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

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

ek, ik, ie, ion, tät, ur, nz.

May 6, 2015

thanks for your sharing

May 6, 2015

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

we do have some really yummy hazelnOOts indeed :D

May 8, 2015

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

October 25, 2016
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