How to Remember German Genders Efficiently

So you’re making some good progress with your German, but you just can’t seem to remember the genders.

And, as if having three different genders weren’t enough, they change depending on the context, too!

It’s not always that easy! The German for girl, isn’t feminine. Photo by Melvin Thambi on Unsplash

So, what’s the best way to go about it?

Well, for the most part, memorizing the noun and it’s gender as a package deal is a good starting place. But sometimes even though you’ve spent time memorizing and reviewing vocab, you say the wrong thing when it comes down to the crunch.

After trawling language learning forums and reading up, here are our favorite ways to solidify the gender of German nouns in your memory.

As always there is more than one way but it takes a little trial and error to figure out which one will work best for you.

Literally Associate Genders with Gender

This quirky mnemonic technique works by associating different vocabulary with something or someone you associate with each gender. For example, you choose a hyper-masculine person, in the Duolingo forums someone mentioned about Mr. T, and you associate them with other masculine vocabulary.

So, when you learn the word skirt (der rock), you imagine Mr. T wearing a frilly skirt. We don’t take credit for the idea but it certainly evokes some interesting visuals. If you learn more than one language which uses genders though, this might get tricky in the long run. So, ideally, you’d choose a German-speaking person or character, like Arnold Schwarzenegger to associate those particular genders with one language.

Associate Different Genders with Different Colors

Another easy way to differentiate between genders when you study is by associating them with different colors. Categorizing and associating new vocabulary like this helps your brain to create stronger memories. Choose a color for each gender and stick with it. That could be blue for masculine, green for neutral and red for feminine.

Use Flashcards

Flashcards really are a foolproof study aid. There’s a reason so many language learners use them to learn and review vocabulary. The trick is to review at regular intervals so you don’t forget. And, obviously, in this case, make sure to add the gender to your flashcards, ideally, using a color scheme like the one mentioned above.

 

How to Find a Vocabulary Learning Method that Works for You

Struggling to figure out the most effective way to study vocabulary for you?

Every learner, teacher, blogger, and language expert seems to have their own theory about what works best when it comes to learning new vocabulary.

But what works for one person may not work well for another.

So, how can you know which method is the right method for you?

Keep reading to find out for yourself.

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5 Blogs by Language Learners That Inspire and Motivate

The road to learning a language may be well-trodden but and each and every traveler’s journey is undoubtedly unique.

But despite the differences, you’re never really alone. In fact,  a lot of language learners share the same types of experiences and frustrations.  

These 5 blogs tell 5 different stories and show 5 different perspectives, each inspiring in their own way.

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How to Learn a Language from Scratch in 2018

Decided 2018 is your year to master a new language? It’s never been easier with so many fantastic resources available to learners. Don’t want to commit to studying a language in the traditional sense? No problem! Keep reading to learn more about how to get started on your language learning journey using your smartphone as your main instructional tool.

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10 Spanish Curse Words and Expressions that’d Make your Grandma Blush

When it comes to Spanish curse words, there’s a subtle art to swearing. Whether it be venting in a moment of frustration, expressing enthusiasm or making an exclamation of pain or disgust, Spanish-speakers sure know the power of an emphatic expletive.

Sometimes, a dirty look just isn't enough. Express your feelings of anger and frustration with these Spanish curse words.
Sometimes, a dirty look just isn’t enough. Express your feelings of anger and frustration with these Spanish curse words. Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash

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Best Language Learning Apps Comparison: Reji vs Memrise vs Duolingo

Nowadays, the app market is flooded with options for language learners. There are flashcard apps, dictionaries, complete courses, grammar exercises, games, the list goes on… You’re sure to be spoilt for choice whatever it is you’re looking for. We shouldn’t complain, but sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming. So, how can you choose the best language learning app for you?

In this blog post, we take a look at the pros and cons of 3 popular language learning apps on the market: Reji, Memrise, and Duolingo.

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