The DER — DIE — DAS

If there is one thing that I stress when teaching German it is the importance of learning nouns with their articles. Like French, Spanish and many other languages German has genders. What makes German just that little harder though is that there are three genders. And the article for words in the plural is the same as for the feminine words.

What do you need to know about genders? Is there an easy way to tell genders? In some instances there are rules regarding the form of the word. These rules are great, but many words fall outside of these rules and will leave you guessing. You cannot rely on natural gender either or analogy to other languages.

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