• kallurayameera2019-01-03 at 19:22

    Hallo.

    How do we know a word is maskulin, feminin, or neutrum? Is there a logic behind it?

     

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2019-01-03 at 23:54

      Hallo Meera,

       

      unfortunately, there is not much logic behind it. The best solution is to just learn the gender, the article, with the noun whenever you learn a new noun. I will give some tips on how to memorize the gender here, on day 3. Also take a look at the worksheet below that video which contains some more tips.

       

      The list of words you see in this videos is just for you to get familiarized with German words in general, you don’t need to learn them all now. 🙂

       

      Learning the gender of words is one of the most difficult aspects of the German language. It will be tough at the beginning, but I promise everything will come easier as you advance. 🙂

       

      Viele Grüße, bis bald,

      Juliane

  • Shubh2018-02-22 at 10:17

    While pronouncing ‘S’, sometimes it’s pronounced as ‘Sh’ and sometimes as ‘Z’. Example: Stadion as Shtadion and Symbol as Zymbol. Also, S is pronounced as English S .Example: Souvenir. Is there any particular rule? How will we come to know how to pronounce  S based on words?

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2018-02-22 at 11:36

      Hallo Shubh!

       

      Yes, the pronunciation rules are not always so obvious, especially at the beginning. But what you can remember for now is that when an “s” is followed by a “t” or a “p”, then it always takes the sound “sh” – which is also the sound of the letter combination “sch” in German. So, in all of the following examples, the “s-sound” is like “sh”:

      – Stadion

      – Sport

      – Schule (school)

       

      When the “s” is standing alone, it usually has this “pure” “s-sound”.

      – Symbol

      – sagen (to say)

      – Rose 

       

      If you always say your answers out loud and repeat after me in the videos and also listen to my audio files, you will soon get a better feeling for what is pronounced in what way. I might also add some additional pronunciation exercises later this year.

       

      All the best, viele Grüße und bis bald,

      Juliane

      • Shubh2018-02-22 at 15:50

        Okay. Thank you 🙂

  • Neda2017-10-30 at 14:06

    Dear Juliane,

    I did mark this lesson as complete but stil making mistakes with articles.

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2017-10-30 at 14:17

      Hi Neda,

      it’s fine. In this lesson, the focus is not on the articles, it’s just to get a feeling of what German sounds like. If you repeat the words and try to match my pronunciation that’s all you need to do for now. 🙂

      Bis bald,

      Juliane

  • Veera Venkat Raju2017-03-21 at 00:06

    Question: How do you distinguish between M, F and N? How do you allocate different nouns as M, F and N? The allocation of the articles seems to be different from English? Is there a trick to allocate the articles to M, F and N Nouns?

     

    Thanks

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2017-03-21 at 08:48

      Hi Veera,

      thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there is no other language in which the nouns have the same articles as in German.

      There are some tricks, like when a noun has the ending “-tion” it is feminine, or all seasons are masculine, but other than that, you will have to learn the gender for each noun individually. That’s why it is important, when you encounter a new noun, to learn “der Computer” and not just “Computer”.

      I explain this in a little more detail and give some tips on how to best remember the articles in the video in lesson 1.5.

      Viele Grüße,

      Juliane

      • Veera Venkat Raju2017-03-21 at 23:42

        Great! Thanks for your reply.

        Best Regards,

        Venkat

         

         

      • Aniekan Inyang2018-05-08 at 07:48

        Hello Juliane,

        Are we to believe that learning the nouns with their articles make it stick in our memory over time since there are no basic rules to learning it?

        Regards,

        Aniekan

        • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2018-05-08 at 13:00

          Hello Aniekan,

          yes, start by learning the nouns with their articles. This will be very important for future grammar rules and you will get the opportunity to practise the gender then. With repetition, practise and time they will stick. 🙂

          Viele Grüße und bis bald,

          Juliane