The gender of any country ending in "-land" is neutral. The gender of any other country (except Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Kosovo, and Lebanon, which are male) is female.
"Frankreich", "China", and "Schweden" are neuter, too, for example.
The default gender of countries is neuter.
There aren't that many countries that are masculine or feminine.
No -- "das Vaterland" is neuter, because "das Land" is neuter.
The gender of a compound noun is the gender of the last noun in that compound.
Would I be right in saying that the gender of the word in a two or more word word is always the last word in the word? That's how I understand it
Mag=like Liebe=love There is always a bit confusion for the beginners for these two words
What is difference between mag and mogen in German and their respective meaning and usage
You have to use the correct verb form that matches the subject:
- ich mag
- du magst
- er mag, sie mag, es mag; der Mann mag, die Frau mag, das Kind mag
- wir mögen
- ihr mögt
- sie mögen; Sie mögen; die Männer mögen, die Frauen mögen, die Kinder mögen
So there's no difference in meaning as such, just as there's no difference in meaning between "am, is, are" -- the form you select depends not on the meaning but on the subject.
There is no easy method, but there are some hints that can be used to aid in guessing the gender if you don't know it:
If you have no idea, guess feminine as 46% of nouns have this gender (whereas masculine is 34% and neuter 20%)