194: How do you remember the gender of nouns?

<p>Ali asks: "How do you remember the gender of nouns?"</p> <h2>Episode Summary:</h2> <ul> <li>Unfortunately, noun genders just have to be remembered</li> <li>At first it seems like an impossible task, but keep going, and you will start to know instinctively which is which</li> <li>You will inevitably make some mistakes, but you will be forgiven!</li> <li>If you use mnemonics, try creating some way of visualising the gender of the word</li> <li>In practice, you can guess the gender of many words using generalised rules (see below)</li> <li>Interestingly, the gender of words can vary between romance languages. For example, "planet": la planète (Fr), el planeta (Es)</li> </ul> <p>Examples in French, taken from the <a href= "http://frenchyourway.com.au/gender-of-french-nouns" target= "_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">French Your Way</a> site: The following words are generally masculine:</p> <ul> <li>Nouns ending in “_sme” Example : le communisme, le capitalisme, le marasme</li> <li>Nouns ending in « _et » Examples : un ticket, un garçonnet</li> <li>Nouns ending in « _euil » Example : le cerfeuil (chervil), un écureuil, un fauteuil, un cerceuil (coffin)</li> </ul> <p>The following words are generally feminine:</p> <ul> <li>Nouns ending in « _tié” Examples: une amitié, la moitié, la pitié</li> <li>Nouns ending in « _ée » Examples: la journée, la soirée, une vallée, une fée (= fairy) Exceptions: words rerived from Greek, such as: le musée, le trophée, un scarabée, un lycée</li> <li>Nouns ending in “_tte” Examples : une bouillotte (a warm water bottle), une fourchette, une maisonnette, une fillette Exception :un squelette</li> </ul> <h2>Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:</h2> <ul> <li><a href= "http://frenchyourway.com.au/gender-of-french-nouns">French Your Way</a> - a helpful website about learning French!</li> </ul> <h2> </h2> <h2>Start Speaking Today:</h2> <p>I’d like to thank <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTalki</a> for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes</a></p> <h2>Do you have a question?</h2> <p>Ask me your language learning questions by <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">clicking here</a>, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/itunes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">please subscribe to the show on iTunes</a> to get automatic updates.</p> <hr /> <p>Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…</p> <ul> <li><strong>Share the episode</strong> using the social media buttons around you</li> <li><strong>Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes</strong> (<a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/review" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">click here to do that</a>)</li> </ul> <p>iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!</p>


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