Learning Gender

5 posts / 0 new
Last post
#1 2 December, 2016 - 14:38
Offline
Joined: 11 months 3 weeks ago

Learning Gender


Here's an obvious-in-retrospect trick for learning noun genders that I've surprisingly never seen elsewhere.

The usual advice is either to associate each gender with a location (Dominic O'Brien), or to associate words respectively with a man or a woman.

But you already have many ready-made associations for each gender -- every word you already know the gender of!

So if I want to remember a new word, I just need an image of it with any word of the same gender.

In practice, I mostly build composite images with several words. For example one of my images for Geman neuter nouns is a castle (das Schloss) made of salt (das Salz) on a river-bank (das Ufer), dissolving into the water (das Wasser).

This began with me knowing the gender of water, and associating castle with it. I've then gradually added other words as I learned them. Suppose I want to learn automobile (das auto) -- I just have to fit it somewhere in here, or into another of my neuter images.

27 December, 2016 - 16:54
Offline
Joined: 2 years 8 months ago

Good idea. :)

6 September, 2017 - 23:56
Offline
Joined: 2 months 2 weeks ago

Nice technique it seems. I've used the similar (not exactly the same) technique for memorizing words now gender, and it worked for me! :)

15 September, 2017 - 13:03
Offline
Joined: 1 year 11 months ago

.
That must be the simplest gender system that I've seen - and the best.
.

16 September, 2017 - 05:54
Offline
Joined: 2 months 2 weeks ago

Isn't that the story system?

Download our free ebook! Just click the "Sign up" button below to create an account, and we'll send you a free ebook with tips on how to get started.

Related content: