German grammar - gender #1 - Is it der, die or das?
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German grammar - gender #1 - Is it der, die or das?

Learn how to work out whether a German noun is masculine, feminine or neuter.
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Created by Angelika Davey
Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • know which nouns are always masculine
  • know which nouns are usually masculine
  • know which nouns are always feminine
  • know which nouns are usually feminine
  • know which nouns are always neuter
  • know which nouns are usually neuter
  • know how to work out the gender of a compound noun
  • have a general better understanding of German nouns
Requirements
  • You should have started learning German, either with a tutor or on your own.
  • No additional material required, although you might find it beneficial if you print out the PDFs and add your own notes.
Description

Are you a German learner and struggling to work out when THE means der, die or das?

  • Do you remember if the German word for cake is der, die or das Kuchen? (it's der Kuchen)

  • Are you struggling to work out if the flower is der, die or das Blume? 

  • (It's die Blume)           And what about the car? Is it der, die or das Auto, or der, die or das Wagen?   (It's das Auto, der Wagen)

Is this really annoying you?

Then this course is going to help you by showing you which German nouns are always or usually masculine, always or usually feminine and always or usually neuter. You will also learn how to work out the gender of compound nouns and of new German words.

At the end of the course you will have a better understanding of German gender which will make life a lot easier when you learn other German grammar rules.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anybody who is learning German and who is struggling with gender.
  • It will make it easier for beginners to understand when to use der, die or das.
  • It will help those who already understand a lot of German grammar but struggle to use it because they don't know the gender of a noun.
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 01:45:12
+ Introduction
6 lectures 09:44
Your chance to reflect on what you already know and/ or what you hope to get out of this course.
What do you already know?
1 question

If this isn't your first course from me, feel free to ignore this lecture, as you've most likely seen it. Just click on the little square to the left of the lecture (In the dashboard) to turn it blue.

How to navigate inside this course
03:19

This is an often asked question, why do the Germans use der, die, das instead of just THE?

Why do we have gender?
00:49
Useful dictionaries
00:45
Those extra little letters and how to write them?
00:49
If this isn't your first course from me, feel free to ignore this lecture, as you've most likely seen it. Just click on the little grey button at the bottom right to turn it green.
About the instructor
02:53
+ Masculine nouns
3 lectures 08:31
Nouns which are always masculine
04:03
Nouns which are usually masculine
04:28

Here is a list with nouns which are masculine and which you might like to print out. I have listed as many as possible but you'll most likely come across more on your 'learn German' travels. After each category there is some space left for you to add more words as you find them. I have not translated the words into English but for an extra learning aid, you may want to find out the English meaning and add it to the pages.

List with masculine nouns
13 pages
Know your gender - der
5 questions
+ Feminine nouns
3 lectures 12:43
Nouns which are usually feminine
04:00

Here is a list with nouns which are feminine and which you might like to print out. I have listed as many as possible but you'll most likely come across more on your 'learn German' travels. After each category there is some space left for you to add more words as you find them. I have not translated the words into English but for an extra learning aid, you may want to find out the English meaning and add it to the pages.

List with feminine nouns
22 pages
Know your gender - die
5 questions
+ Neuter nouns
3 lectures 09:34
Nouns which are always neuter
03:53
Nouns which are usually neuter
05:41

Here is a list with nouns which are neuter and which you might like to print out. I have listed as many as possible but you'll most likely come across more on your 'learn German' travels. After each category there is some space left for you to add more words as you find them. I have not translated the words into English but for an extra learning aid, you may want to find out the English meaning and add it to the pages.

List with neuter nouns
14 pages
Know your gender - das
4 questions
+ Compound nouns
2 lectures 04:41

For a bit of fun, this is part of an old blog post I wrote with a compound noun for every letter of the alphabet.

An A to Z of compound nouns
1 page
Know your gender - compound nouns
4 questions
+ New words and nouns with more than one gender
2 lectures 04:58
What about new words? Who or what decides on the gender of these words?
04:58

Luckily there aren't that many German nouns with more than one gender. The attached PDF gives you a list with them.

Nouns with more than one gender
1 page
+ Test yourself
4 lectures 03:00

This infographic has been taken from a blog post I once wrote about German gender. It's a nice visual which should remind you about basic gender rules.

An Infographic with the basic rules
1 page
Let's see how much you remembered ;-)
5 questions
Is this it?
01:07
Something positive!
00:52
Work out the gender of these five new words
Test your knowledge
5 questions
Bonus: Where do we go from here?
01:00