How to Learn the masculine & Feminine of Spanish
Native speakers of English are not accustomed to classifying every object as masculine or feminine. In Spanish studies this is called gender. In Spansh, something like the moon or the ocean are considered masculine or feminine. That's important because when you make Spanish sentences, things like adjectives, will need to be the same gender as the object. So as you learn words in Spanish, pay attention to their gender which can be tricky at times.
Why is Masculine or Feminine important in Spanish?
Some Spanish nouns like boy and girl have obvious gender classifications, however, there are words in Spanish that represent things that in English we don't assign gender to. One example is the Spanish word for the moon, la luna. When you speak about the moon in Spanish, you need to keep in mind the gender of that thing, since other words in your sentence will need to agree in gender with the noun. So learning the gender of words is important.
What's the Best Way to Learn Masculine or Feminine in Spanish?
We've found that the best way to learn gender in Spanish is by combining it with learning nouns. So whenever you learn a new noun, you should always know, or find out the word's gender and note that down. In Spanish, "El" is used with masculine nouns and "La" is used with feminine nouns. So whenever you remember, say and write a vocabulary word, discipline yourself to use either El or La to keep the word's gender associated with the word in your mind.
Our Visual Spanish Vocabulary Connections cards use this concept by using El or La in front of every Spanish word. In addition, each card associates several words around a common category like Animals, things in the Kitchen, Restaurant, etc, so you can learn related words together.
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