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.

Good idea. :slight_smile:

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

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

Isn’t that the story system?