German grammar - gender: is it der, die or das?

Learn how to work out whether a German noun is masculine, feminine or neuter.
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Instructed by Angelika Davey Language / German
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course has been updated in February 2016.

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

Do you remember if the 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 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 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.

What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • 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.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
About this course
Preview
01:09
Article

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

Useful dictionaries
Article
Those extra little letters and how to write them?
Article
07:01
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.
02:53
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.
Section 2: Masculine nouns
Nouns which are always masculine
04:03
Nouns which are usually masculine
04:28
13 pages

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.

Know your gender - der
5 questions
Section 3: Feminine nouns
Nouns which are always feminine
Preview
08:43
Nouns which are usually feminine
04:00
22 pages

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.

Know your gender - die
5 questions
Section 4: Neuter nouns
Nouns which are always neuter
03:53
Nouns which are usually neuter
05:41
14 pages

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.

Know your gender - das
4 questions
Section 5: Compound nouns
What is the gender of compound nouns
Preview
04:41
1 page

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.

Know your gender - compound nouns
4 questions
Section 6: New words and nouns with more than one gender
What about new words? Who or what decides on the gender of these words?
04:58
1 page

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

Section 7: Test yourself
1 page

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.

Let's see how much you remembered ;-)
5 questions
Is this it?
Article
Bonus: Where do we go from here?
Article

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Instructor Biography

Angelika Davey, experienced German tutor & translator teaching on & offline

Once upon a time there was a little girl in Germany who had this idea of moving to England as soon as she was grown up and to make all English people like the German language. Then she wanted to be an air hostess, a ballet dancer, a famous singer ……

Fast forward to the present and this little girl hasn’t quite achieved what she wanted, but …

Angelika is a qualified teacher and native German speaker from Lower Saxony in the North of Germany, who moved to England in 1982. She has been teaching German since 1991. Her students are private and business clients, school children and adults in evening classes, with the youngest student being 3 years old and her oldest 80!

Angelika has written four kindle books, one in German and three in English, she translates from English to German and vice versa, and she teaches either face-to-face or via Skype - and now also on Udemy!

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