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

Learn how to work out whether a German noun is masculine, feminine or neuter.
4.8 (14 ratings)
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Created by Angelika Davey
Last updated 4/2017
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Includes:
  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
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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

This course has been updated in October 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.

Who 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.
Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
01:44:34
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Introduction
6 Lectures 10:31

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 circle to the right of the lecture (In the dashboard) to turn it blue.

How to navigate inside this course
03:44

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

Why do we have gender?
00:53

Useful dictionaries
00:52

Those extra little letters and how to write them?
00:59

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Test yourself
3 Lectures 02:20

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

Bonus: Where do we go from here?
01:12
About the Instructor
Angelika Davey
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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 six books, one in German and five 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!