Hey peeps, Just thought i might help some people out by giving them a few tips :D You can add some too if you like:
Heres an easier way of noticing masculine and feminine words: Ell(o)s, nosotr(o)s ; see they have an 'o' in them, that mean that they are masculine (male). For feminine (female) ; they have 'a' in them : Ell(a)s, nosotr(a)s.
Try taking notes; i find it easier to have words i don't know on a piece of paper so that i can revise them.
Try using resources other than Duolingo like other websites, books etc. Before i found Duolingo, i relied on this website called Babbel.com; It's a great website with all the same languages as Duolingo but it also has Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian, Norwegian and Danish. But it doesn't have all the other great things that Duo has like Immersion and Vocabulary and Discussion.
Thats all the tips for now. I might add some later on but remember, you can add some too! Greetings and Goodbye!
This is a good thread idea, but it belongs in the Spanish discussion area. You can move it by clicking "Edit" and then selecting the Spanish discussion area.
That's the general rule I use, although it doesn't work in some instances.. I think the ones where I've been tripped up are paraguas and sofa I figured they'd be feminine but they're masculine
The o/a is a good general guidline, but there are quite a few exceptions:
- la mano.
- el día.
- el sistema.
- el problema (and I think for all other -ma words).
and at least two personal names that don't fit that profile (Fruela is male, Rocío is female). It caught me by surprise the first time I encountered them.
Words ending -ión are, I believe, always female.
"La foto" (the photo, the photograph) is slightly misleading, because it's short for "la fotografía".
I put words I don't know into AnkiDroid (a flash card software using intervalled review) so I'm reminded of them at intervals and remember them better. (the iPhone/iPad version is AnkiMobile). I'm not very organised with pieces of paper :)
I absolutely agree with using other resources, I personally don't think duoLingo is (yet, at least) a complete language-learning tool. I also use audio courses, grammar books and interaction with natives.