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I have learned 2 languages that use gender. First, let me say that native speakers are remarkably patient to non-native speakers for making gender errors. So relax, they will not view you in a bad light for doing so. In fact, they will be pleased that you are making the effort to learn their language. For my first language, when inflecting the word for ...


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I'm not sure to understand what you mean by "internalize the gender". Do you mean assimilate it to use the correct gender naturally without thinking about it? This is done using the words again and again in different contexts. It will come naturally with time. As you remarked with the sea and the honey, it can be different for similar words in ...


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I've been struggling with this in French forever, the advice is to learn the article with the noun which is okay except for the elision which gives you "l'outil" and you have no idea what it is (I made the teacher mad by stating that I only use plurals so everything will be "les"). And for some reason I can't associate "un" or &...


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It's quite normal in speech to use another pronoun that what the textbook says you "should". For example, if you were talking about a motorbike, it could be das Motorrad, it could be der Töff (dialectal in Switzerland, apparently), and it could even be die Maschine. So it would be quite normal to say "es" at the start of your conversation,...


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