Learn German – Episode 5: The German Articles/Genders (der, die, das)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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The German articles – frustrating, but important. It’s essential to know about these (duh) and you’ll want to always learn them with your nouns, but don’t make them your main concern 🙂

DO NOT learn all of these by heart, it’s not worth it. This list is just in case you’re interested and for a quick check, if you need it.

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  1. Raif Anass Official says:

    Hallo Katja , I have a little question for you. Do German nouns have the same Gender as English or French ones?

  2. Chad Watson says:

    Guten Tag! Frage.. near the beginning , "saglich" is used for a "gender neutral". I've also run into the word "säglich" …. is there a difference or is this just a spelling nuance? Vielen Dank!

  3. Albert Rozario says:

    She sounds like Belt from CROOD Da Da Daaaa :)

  4. Marsel Hoxhaj says:

    Good job!!!!! You are my favorite teacher

  5. Patschenkino says:

    The artikles are NOT random and they have NOTHING to do with genders. Watch http://www.belleslettres.eu/artikel/der-oder-das-blog_genus.php and read http://www.belleslettres.eu/artikel/genus-gendersprech.php

  6. Lawrance Ovarabia says:

    Wow! I'm not even into this video for 2 minutes and you've already confused the hell out of me! You introduced the word for Neutral as "Sachlich" but put up on the screen a 2nd word for it (Dinglich) which you did not bother to explain.

    You realize people FREEZE on these little things, not wanting to move on in case this turns out to be a critical oversight on your part. I get the sense that you think you're talking to teenagers since you spend a lot of time acting cute (it does not come off as charming, by the way). Understand that many who are learning a language are serious students and do not need the ditzy girl THING! I tuned into you because YOU ARE GERMAN. Not because you act cute!

  7. Mulugoyta Teame says:

    Herzlich Dank,dass sie mir geholfen haben und immer willkommen Du erklärst Alles sehr gut ich Freue mich dich Bis nächst mal.

  8. mostapha abid says:

    ich mag sehr learnen deutch von dich danke sie ist eine stimt lehrerine

  9. Mormy wolf says:

    I know it's like I have to remember the genders of random things! Like orange or something.??

  10. Sofiane Ladraa says:

    she is so cute wheb u see ger u wanna learn lol

  11. SimonHellinger says:

    Meine Dämchen und Herrchen, bitte beachten Sie: das D-Zügchen 1519 nach München Hbf, planmäßiges Abfahrtchen 15:32, hat heute leider ein Verspätüngchen von ungefähr 10 Minütchen. Viel Dänkchen für Ihr Verständnischen ;)

  12. Abd Abd says:


  13. Steven Drake says:

    Still feel comfortable making sure that as I learn the vocabulary that I just learn the article alongside it as well. Very informative. Thanks for your enthusiasm. It makes learning "Der Rock" much more understandable when you explain that you cannot associate the object or noun with gender. =)

  14. Madhav Pai says:

    "die nachricht"

  15. Alfares Alhur Fares alliel says:

    Ich möchte Ihre Hilfe bei Infinitiv mit zu .
    Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe

  16. Ash Mckinlay says:

    thank you! this video is awesome!

  17. Juan2003gtr says:

    this video sucks, really sucky way of teaching the topic, too random…but I suscribed anyway….I'll give you another chance…

  18. Lauren Mc says:

    Hallo! Ich mag deinen Kanal. Ich lerne Deutsch mit einer App Duolingo für ein Jahr und ich habe gerade entdeckt Sie Kanal. Vielen Dank für ihre informative Videos!

  19. radin reza says:

    You mentioned that German gramer and particularly the articles kills the moivation but having a great cute teacher like you is a big motivation to try to learn it! Thanks a lot for all videos and your excellent method of teachning!

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