Der= Masculine Die= Feminine and Das= Neuter Instead of remembering a word like "Junge" or "Mädchen", get used to memorizing "Der Junge", and "Das Mädchen" while you're still learning the basics. I'm still a beginner but I'm having to re-learn all the nouns because I didn't take the time to remember that.
Doesn't Manner or other masculine words take 'den' in accusative case? (as opposed to your suggestion that they take 'die')
I can't tell... is "Tee" pronounced like English "tea"? I hear a slight "tih" sound... it's hard for me to say it in‐between tee and tih.
"In between" is how I hear it too. The vowel sounds in German do not always have exact equivalents in English (and anyway, depending on your English accent you will find personal ways of transcribing the sound).
I hear regular voice say 'duh' for 'der'. Slow voice says 'dya' for 'der'. Just a bit ago, the voice said 'dair' for 'der'. With such variation, how are we to know which is correct?
This question was to pronounce "Der Tee" using the microphone. Two attempts saying "derr" or "dair" elicited a "Try again". The 3rd time I pronounced "Der" like the female voice ("day-uh") and it accepted it. Duolingo using regional dialects, inconsistently, is problematic, IMO. Should we just go ahead and drop all "R" sounds. I mean, "dwop" them? Du fwist? Zuckah? Weally?
Is the 'der' not used often for Tee? Because when we were given the image of tea, instead of having 'Der Tee' it just had 'Tee' while coffee has 'Der Kaffee'. Seen that done at least twice with Tee.
Okay. But this wasn't one of the learning sentences. It was the vocabulary 'flashcard' at the beginning of the lesson. In all the other 'flashcards' given, the other words had 'der/die/das' with them. Tee was the only one without.
Is there a simple rule of thumb why in singular form some nouns are masculine, feminine or neuter? I thought tea was feminine. Probably a naive question but anyway...
Basically no -- grammatical gender is essentially arbitrary.
(And not even consistent between languages that have grammatical gender. For example, German considers "sun" feminine but "moon" masculine, while French speakers would assign those nouns exactly the opposite genders.)
I remembered from school: "Sachenamen auf 'e' sind weiblich, außer See, Tee und Kaffee." The names for things ending on 'e' are female, except sea, tea and coffee. Perhaps there are more exceptions.
"Tee" is masculine. You need to look at right entry. What you're referring to (das Tee) is an anglicism, which is used in golf. It's that little thing you place the golf ball on.
Why is tea masculine? Is there a reason or is it just one of those things you have to remember?
Every noun in German language doesn't have a rule when it comes to its gender. You just have to remember it.
In general: you can't. You just have to look it up and memorise it.
(For example, what gender is Leiter? Answer: it can be either masculine or feminine, depending on the meaning -- die Leiter is "the ladder", der Leiter is "the leader". So you can't generally tell from the shape of the word what gender it will be.)
i don't know about you guys but i could not understand his pronunciation and i clicked the slow button like 30 times. each time it sounded like he said "dear tay" i assumed he was saying "der" so i got that part correct and wrote "te" since i couldn't tell what the last word was. it didn't occur to me he was saying "tee" until after i surprisingly got it right. (one letter off which is why i got it right...)