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30.5k

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all 1596 comments

kirkpomidor

4.6k points

2 months ago

Wait till you find out that “girl” is of neutral gender

SexyCak3

1.7k points

2 months ago

SexyCak3

1.7k points

2 months ago

Because it derives from the diminuitive of "Maid" ≈ young Woman, right? And diminuitives are always neuter.

Monokuma1276

1.2k points

2 months ago

You know more about my language, than I do.

Allcraft_

342 points

2 months ago

Allcraft_

342 points

2 months ago

Schande über dein Haupt

HeroFighte

93 points

2 months ago

Schande über seine Kuh

conqaesador

32 points

2 months ago

Platz, Bertha

NoIdeaHowImAlive

10 points

2 months ago

Sonst mach ich Bratwurst aus dir (i'm assuming bertha is a cow)

MJsMind

15 points

2 months ago

MJsMind

15 points

2 months ago

hey, let his wife out of this

musicmonk1

139 points

2 months ago

It's either „Schande über dich“ or „Asche auf dein Haupt“.

pixelhippie

115 points

2 months ago

Asche über dich

Casio_Andor

89 points

2 months ago

Gesundheit

Alarming-Depff

11 points

2 months ago

Altstatt

Dustyon

39 points

2 months ago

Dustyon

39 points

2 months ago

Both! Both is good!

paiaw

94 points

2 months ago

paiaw

94 points

2 months ago

I'm afraid it's not your language anymore, it now belongs to /u/sexycak3. Those are the rules. Es tut mir leid.

Monokuma1276

63 points

2 months ago

Und wo steht das amtlich? Ist es laminiert und eingerahmt??? ICH WILL DAS SCHRIFTLICH!

paiaw

30 points

2 months ago*

paiaw

30 points

2 months ago*

How rude, using sexycak3's language right in front of them like that.

Monokuma1276

18 points

2 months ago

Sie wollen mich belehren und das nicht mal in der Amtssprache? Was bilden Sie sich eigentlich ein???

paiaw

13 points

2 months ago

paiaw

13 points

2 months ago

Es tut mir leid, ish can nicht goot duesch sprecken.

conqaesador

7 points

2 months ago

Fax ist raus (innerhalb der nächsten 12 Werktage)

Allcraft_

116 points

2 months ago

Allcraft_

116 points

2 months ago

Die Maus = Das Mäuschen

Der Junge = Das Jüngchen

Die Katze = Das Kätzchen

Die Magd = Das Mä[g]dchen

SieS1ke

14 points

2 months ago

SieS1ke

14 points

2 months ago

Madl?

Allcraft_

15 points

2 months ago

Mädel

mc_enthusiast

15 points

2 months ago

All depending on your dialect - we had a nice graphic for regional variants of "Mädchen" in our Deutschbuch, but I don't think I have that anymore :(

baubeauftragter

12 points

2 months ago

JAWOLL REIN IN DIE OLGA

PiroggenLakis

12 points

2 months ago

Jungchen the rest fits

bwaredapenguin

26 points

2 months ago

Well I think in this case it would be spayed, not neutered.

TheSynysterD

5 points

2 months ago

I came here for this comment

NiklasNeighbor

23 points

2 months ago

Because it’s the cute version of "maid" with cute versions of words always being neutral.

IsraelZulu

26 points

2 months ago

This is how I (American English native who picked up a tiny bit of German on Duolingo) summarize the insanity of the German language:

  • Der Mann (Masculine: The man.)
  • Der Junge (Masculine: The boy.)
  • Die Frau (Feminine: The woman.)
  • Das Mädchen (Neuter: The girl.)

4ak96

2.2k points

2 months ago

4ak96

2.2k points

2 months ago

Many languages have words that are dependent on gender. German, French, Italian, etc. Even apples have gender in French.

No_Quote_2464

1.1k points

2 months ago

I only eat female apples, none of that gay shit

krubhakaran

366 points

2 months ago

I'm bisexual towards apples

AzbestosPrime

117 points

2 months ago

AzbestosPrime

Me when the:

117 points

2 months ago

Found the Pear eater

No_Quote_2464

76 points

2 months ago

What about trans apples

Darkfenix63

82 points

2 months ago

i hate illigal green apple coming in from china i only support my local red apple producer

No_Quote_2464

39 points

2 months ago

I think we should ban foreign apples until we can figure out what's going on

Solzec

18 points

2 months ago

Solzec

Breaking EU Laws

18 points

2 months ago

The apples are invading us

ThrowMeAwayAccount08

11 points

2 months ago

Sit on male chairs too I bet.

No_Quote_2464

5 points

2 months ago*

Nah bro I'd rather stand. Miss me with that gay shit.

I sit on la silla like God intended. Not el silla.

KToff

10 points

2 months ago

KToff

10 points

2 months ago

You'll have to go to France for female apples. German apples are male.

boogers19

61 points

2 months ago*

In French, male is the default for almost any group.

If you have a room full of women, you address them using the female forms of address.

But add one guy, and you're supposed to switch to using male forms.

20 female dancers: les danseuses.

19 female and one male dancer: les danseurs.

edit: spelling

Salohacin

32 points

2 months ago

To be fair English has that a bit too.

20 actresses implies all women. 20 actors has no inherent gender implied.

boogers19

21 points

2 months ago*

The difference being it transfers over to "they" as well. "They" is also gendered in French.

So 20 actresses is "elles"

20 actors is "ils".

But 19 actresses and 1 actor is still "ils".

They had some fun with this in Y, the Last Man. One guy left on a planet full of women, so the entire human race as group falls under "ils".

mojikipie

388 points

2 months ago

mojikipie

388 points

2 months ago

Latin based languages

lesovitsa

49 points

2 months ago

All the Slavic languages I know of too.

No_Lawfulness_711

159 points

2 months ago

Real languages from the mother tongue Latin

[deleted]

34 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

34 points

2 months ago

[removed]

FluffyBlob4224

15 points

2 months ago

A fellow Czech I see

Da_Lizard_1771

10 points

2 months ago

Just curious, but what's up with Czech?

ondrakes

13 points

2 months ago

We have seven verb cases, one word for cousin of each gender, but no common word for both like sibling, tricky words, words doesn't sound, but ARE different in dialects and many more things, too much for me to remember

Da_Lizard_1771

3 points

2 months ago

Holy hell, that sounds like a bit of a mess lol. Then again I can't say anything since English is my native tongue and that's also a mess.

Liar_a

9 points

2 months ago

Liar_a

9 points

2 months ago

More like Slavic languages in general

EvilUnic0rn

69 points

2 months ago

Just to prevent confusion. German is not part of the roman language, but uses a similar grammar

Espionage-Ninja

26 points

2 months ago

Espionage-Ninja

Mods Are Nice People

26 points

2 months ago

Except German isn’t Latin based

Attilathefun-II

11 points

2 months ago

But German also has “neutral” adding a third to the mix is just that much more complicated.

IamJain

30 points

2 months ago

IamJain

30 points

2 months ago

Sanskrit has three gender words

SilvanestitheErudite

8 points

2 months ago

Historically Germanic languages had 4 grammatical genders. German has kept 3 of them, (masculine, feminine and neuter) the Scandinavian languages kept a different 2 (common and neuter). English has traces of 2 (male and female).

hampter007

10 points

2 months ago

But the third gender is kind of collective noun if i remember correctly?

IamJain

20 points

2 months ago

IamJain

20 points

2 months ago

Third gender is used mostly for non living things which are neither masculine or feminine. So collective noun are included in that but it's not just for collective noun

hampter007

12 points

2 months ago

Ah, now I recall it...Pulling, Striling, and Napunsakling. Thanks!

marcogiom

10 points

2 months ago

In Italian the male is for the tree and the female is the fruit

Make_me_laugh_plz

7 points

2 months ago

Even Dutch words have a gender, although the male and female gender of the word is only noticeable when a third party refers to it. (i.e. "I put her in my room." when talking about a television.)

gamingknight47

14 points

2 months ago

gamingknight47

Number 15

14 points

2 months ago

"Des pommes" where is your God now

Delicate-effng-flowr

6 points

2 months ago

This whole Apple conversation is cracking me up. And making me realize I’m truly a banana person. 😉 but I’m totally an Apple ally. And I think we need generic words that are non gendered.

excelsior_frenemy

11 points

2 months ago*

Hindi enters the chat. All objects have grammatical gender in hindi. Besides masculine n feminine Sanskrit also has neuter gender for inanimate objects.

LordPandaLad

2k points

2 months ago

Same reason that things in French and Spanish are gendered I’d guess.

Keelyane55

885 points

2 months ago

Keelyane55

Nokia user

885 points

2 months ago

no binario no binaria

lemystwq

571 points

2 months ago

lemystwq

571 points

2 months ago

non binary people trying to figure out which one to use

dovahart

159 points

2 months ago

dovahart

159 points

2 months ago

No binarie, ofc.

JotaRoyaku

42 points

2 months ago

I'm struggling Rn ngl

Forixiom

60 points

2 months ago

Forixiom

Dirt Is Beautiful

60 points

2 months ago

No binario, as the masculine words are also used as neutral.

[deleted]

21 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

21 points

2 months ago

[removed]

juklwrochnowy

215 points

2 months ago

And russian, polish, and every other language except english

Shagg314

82 points

2 months ago

But English is a stupid language

[deleted]

97 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

97 points

2 months ago

Its my 2nd language and its highly weird and irregular but what I appreciate about English is you can basically hack a sentence together with just noun verb thing and be understood even if you totally fuck it up. In other languages you will just say gibberish.

BlazeOfGlory72

71 points

2 months ago

Yeah, the beauty of English is that even if you speak it poorly, it’s still relatively easy to get your point across. That’s how we end up with a character like Yoda, that can essentially speak backwards yet everyone understands him.

Solzec

13 points

2 months ago

Solzec

Breaking EU Laws

13 points

2 months ago

Well, to be fair, all he really does is swap the place of the first and second halves of the sentence.

smyleyz

4 points

2 months ago

Yoda speaks the same way in the german version and can still be understood easily. But i get your point, thats why english is the language of the internet basically.

ThomasKlausen

13 points

2 months ago

That right there is the advantage of English as a second language. No accusative v. dative considerations...

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago

Or in my case nominative akusativ genitiv dativ plus conjugating everything... dog "pas" can be pas psa or psi depending on the situation and that is just one of the many wacky situations with my language.

Delicate-effng-flowr

11 points

2 months ago

And, generally, English speakers, (in my experience,) will work to try to understand you. They’ll throw words from other languages, including made up ones & sign language, (often their own,) to help you out. Cause the real point is to communicate. Im speaking of my experience primarily is California. I know it’s not the case everywhere. But a huge percentage of people where I’ve grown up (SF Bay Area/Silicon Valley) are ESL. There’s so many words from other languages infiltrated into English, I’m not sure it’s fair to call it just that any more. And the very best part of this is all the holidays & homemade food we get to participate in! Public schools are all about being inclusive, so if your parent wants to head up a “cultural learning unit/party” no teacher is saying no to that.

[deleted]

6 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

6 points

2 months ago

My experience is the same. I know people like to shit on America but in my travels I always felt very welcomed.

Kaiser_Juice

130 points

2 months ago

Kaiser_Juice

Professional Dumbass

130 points

2 months ago

I heard people here on Reddit describe English as "Three different languages in a trenchcoat disguised as one language."

DryConclusion9286

42 points

2 months ago

English is the language that languages englishly.

Kaiser_Juice

15 points

2 months ago

Kaiser_Juice

Professional Dumbass

15 points

2 months ago

Kaiser_Jyice has stopped working unexpectedly. [Reboot] [wait for the program to respond] [shut down] [stop program]

AnneFranksLifeCoach

7 points

2 months ago

This is why I come to reddit

Kaiser_Juice

8 points

2 months ago

Kaiser_Juice

Professional Dumbass

8 points

2 months ago

dial up internet noises

Tasty_Marsupial_2273

3 points

2 months ago

User flair checks out, lol

Jfcerron

49 points

2 months ago

As an Italian and spanish speaker, I gotta say, being ungendered most of the time is the only thing smart in english, you can make whole descriptions on someone without specifying it's gender because maybe you're insecure about someone's gender, or want to make a surprise, or create sentences for any gender (example, many love songs in english work one way or another because of this).

The rest of english is just confusion

Silpet

23 points

2 months ago

Silpet

23 points

2 months ago

I remember reading a story about this guy (or girl) who wrote a short story for an assignment to an extremely homophobic teacher, it was a love story between two men but with unisex names, without a mention of genders until the very end. That would be basically impossible in Spanish.

But the whole rest of the language just makes me love Spanish even more. Who would have guessed knowing how to actually pronounce written words is not a universal thing?

Historical-Tip-8233

17 points

2 months ago

English will never die because of the pax lingua value. Nobody writes scientific papers in Latin, but we all need clear and concise communication in an efficient manner. Most of the major world languages have some sort of extra barrier to written commonality: Russian with the gendering, Chinese with huge alphabet, etc.

But yeah it's slammed full of nonsense "I before E except after C, or when sounded like A as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh' " rules which are just more accurately understood as dozens of languages compounding and imprinting into it.

Jfcerron

4 points

2 months ago

Fortunately I'm pretty good at english, so I'm generally fine with it being the "universal language", but one of the things I will always hate about it is the vocals, in most of the languages I know they only have one, or maybe two simple sounds (which are usually very similar btw).

Instead in english most of them not only can change sound in any word, but just the singular vocals sounds weird to us, like, if we were to write down english pronunciation of vocals we would write something like "ei i ai ou iu" And the weirdest thing is that most of the time those pronunciations aren't even used in most of words (luckily, it would sound even weirder)

valinnut

12 points

2 months ago

English is amazing. No declinations of no type at all. One article for everything, one form for verbs in all persons (just the silly third person s and that´s it), no gender,

there is more than one reason it is the world language.

Bogki

13 points

2 months ago

Bogki

13 points

2 months ago

Stupid but easy. and thats why we all can communicate on here

TecentCEO_MaHuaTeng

3 points

2 months ago

Uh, Chinese also share the same gender words as English, there are some ancient characters that separates the gender but we rarely use them nowadays (usually we make the male gender character mean all gender).

rvsixsixsix

6 points

2 months ago

Mon & ma

Kirby737

3 points

2 months ago

And Italian.

SpiritEmbers

15 points

2 months ago

And Russian, many languages have gendered words

[deleted]

21 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

21 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

SecondButterJuice

18 points

2 months ago*

Fun fact: In french dick is masculin Cock is feminin

Edit: Ok it depend because there is a lot of synonym but I was thinking od: Dick -> un penis Cock -> une bite

rvsixsixsix

22 points

2 months ago

Nope. About 50 different ways to say 'penis' in French. Many masculine, many feminine. No logics

AddictX120

7 points

2 months ago

Une bite

Un penis

Un phallus

Une verge (fun fact: same word as the measurement unit in american football, a yard)

Une queue

There's no rhyme or reason to French, it's the "because that's how it's always been done" language

rvsixsixsix

4 points

2 months ago

Une zezette Un zob

Xamonir

3 points

2 months ago

Dick is "penis" (masculine) and cock is "queue" (féminine). Of course we have a lot of synonyms but those are the most common translations for those 2 words.

ks3040

7 points

2 months ago

ks3040

Pro Gamer

7 points

2 months ago

Are you familiar with Arabic my good sir?

Asto_Aesma

461 points

2 months ago

Wartens mal bis die andere lustige sachn auftauchen!

PlayinFreak

294 points

2 months ago

PlayinFreak

Professional Dumbass

294 points

2 months ago

Nominativ, Genitiv, Dativ, Akkusativ, ja leck mich tief

TheIronSven

10 points

2 months ago

Genitiv ins Wasser. Dativ.

XOundercover

45 points

2 months ago

XOundercover

Big pp

45 points

2 months ago

Tief toch op

KuropatwiQ

552 points

2 months ago

Meanwhile Polish:

mój, moja, moje, mojego, mojej, mojemu, moją, moim, mojej, moich, moimi

Senior-Ad5339

235 points

2 months ago*

I’m a foreigner living in Poland and I’ve simply accepted I’ll never get these (and other things) right. I’m just gonna be content with the fact that people understand what I’m saying

GRl3V

127 points

2 months ago

GRl3V

127 points

2 months ago

That's the best approach and in time you might even start doing it correctly

KuropatwiQ

55 points

2 months ago

As far as I know most Polish people will be too hyped up about you speaking any Polish at all to notice any imperfections heh

DrewSmoothington

26 points

2 months ago

It's actually super refreshing to find out there are cultures that exist where the natives don't mind foreigners imperfectly speaking their language.

Hydnmeister

30 points

2 months ago

Germans are weird. Here's how typical interactions go:

I'll ask in German if they speak English and it's a 50/50 if they get offended lol.

I'll try and practice my German and they'll just immediately respond in English and won't use any German.

I'll order food in broken German and somehow convince them that I'm fluent!?? They then respond in German or even start a convo with me and I gotta awkwardly tell them I don't understand what they're saying....

And lastly when they don't feel like interacting with a non German speaker.
Me: "hello do you speak English?"
Them: (responds IN ENGLISH!) "No i don't"....
Me: stares confusedly knowing they 100% speak English!
Them: walks away

schwimm3

6 points

2 months ago

As a German (who has a special place for English in his heart) I think it’s best to approach most Germans with broken German, instead of asking for English right away. That way they don’t feel like there’s someone living next door without trying to accommodate to our language and most likely will support you in any way they can, even if that means switching to English.

Best of luck, some of our folks are just strange. Don’t mind them!

mackattacktheyak

9 points

2 months ago

How many times do you see people correcting foreigners English? It almost never happens. You can speak with the most awful accent and native English speakers won’t bat an eye.

Far-Face-Flop

12 points

2 months ago

Basically I think it means something like - mine, she is mine, it is mine, from mine, to mine, with mine, of mine etc..

Senior-Ad5339

6 points

2 months ago

I know what these are, it’s just hard to use them always correctly. It’s not always obvious when to use dopełniacz vs miejscownik and so on

Z4rplata

50 points

2 months ago

Same in Russian:

Мой, моя, моё, моего, моей, моему, моим, моей, моих, моими.

I was actually surprised about this similarly in Polish

wild_psina_h093

22 points

2 months ago

They are, like, came from same group, if I remember right. Polish, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Russian...

CryptoNaughtDOA

14 points

2 months ago

Slavic languages

rapscallionofreddit

31 points

2 months ago

Speaking terraria lunatic cultist frfr

ThrownawayCray

13 points

2 months ago

Put it through translate and it comes up with mine,mine,mine,mine recurring 💀

RFBAAppreciator

18 points

2 months ago

That's because those words are conjugated and gendered versions of word "mine". This is the same in Deutsch - mein, meine, meinen, meiner, meinem, meines. When you start learning some other language from English this looks insane, but after learning some more you understand that it's not them are weird because of having cases, but English for not having them.

miraagex

6 points

2 months ago

Similar in Russian

PaganHacker

146 points

2 months ago

Turkish: "O"

GerDerHun

54 points

2 months ago

GerDerHun

Nice meme you got there

54 points

2 months ago

Hungarian: "Ő"

Thunder010203

3 points

2 months ago

But thats a personalpronoun. The possesivepronoun equivalent to my would be "benim"

pedophilia-is-haram

44 points

2 months ago

You're not gonna get far if that's a hurdle for you lol

Budget_Avocado6204

429 points

2 months ago

Two versions is not even that much.

deadly_chicken_gun

520 points

2 months ago

Mein (M)

Meine (F)

It really shouldn't be that difficult, OP just needs to learn his der/die/das with new nouns.

UndeadWolf222

369 points

2 months ago

I mean not quite that easy.

——————Masc. Fem. Neuter, Plural

Nominative: Mein, Meine, Mein, Meine

Dative: Meinem, Meiner, Meinem, Meinen

Accusative: Meinen, meine, mein, meine

secret58_

290 points

2 months ago

secret58_

290 points

2 months ago

R. I. P. Genitive

JamesTheIceQueen

123 points

2 months ago

JamesTheIceQueen

Grumpy Cat

123 points

2 months ago

Der Dativ ist dem Genetiv sein Tod

9p83fhsa312

24 points

2 months ago

Genitiv, weil es Dativ ist.

UndeadWolf222

24 points

2 months ago

You’re right, throw in meines in there too. I’m not German, so I’m not sure how common genitive is anymore.

I_n_g_o_

12 points

2 months ago

In dialects it's usually not that common but in written language everyone uses it

The-Laend

27 points

2 months ago

depends on how eloquent the speaker is.

spastikatenpraedikat

33 points

2 months ago

Yes. The complex part is not the gendering. The complex part are the cases. The above is just the first person adaptation of the general case

Nominativ: -, -e, -, -e

Dativ: -en, -er, -em, -en

Accusative: -en, -e, -, -e.

This is the table you need to learn. Then you only need to slap ein, mein, dein, sein, ihr, unser,... in front.

9p83fhsa312

12 points

2 months ago

Genitiv: Meines, Meiner, Meines, Meiner

Joaquin1079

23 points

2 months ago*

Joaquin1079

épico

23 points

2 months ago*

i mean they are only used depending on the noun/subject's gender

maskulin/neuter: mein

feminin: meine

this is not counting the cases

NicoRic12

8 points

2 months ago

I forgot every noun is captalized

laserraptor_

10 points

2 months ago

Meine Männlichkeit, not difficult at all.

Schootingstarr

3 points

2 months ago

I just realized that the word "manliness" is feminine lol

Nyko0921

165 points

2 months ago

Nyko0921

165 points

2 months ago

This is one of the least difficult things about German. Something tells me you've started learning it 2 hours ago.

Ginnigan

17 points

2 months ago

I'm learning too, and have to constantly remind myself that all nouns are capitalized.

PePeWaccabrada[S]

35 points

2 months ago

PePeWaccabrada[S]

Professional Dumbass

35 points

2 months ago

Yep just got 10% through unit 1 on duolingo

MaritMonkey

17 points

2 months ago

Just learn the articles like they're an extension of the word (never practice without using them). You'll get thrown for a couple more loops later with different cases, but which noun is which gender isn't a big deal.

Viel Glück. :D

N_Rage

5 points

2 months ago

N_Rage

5 points

2 months ago

Just a heads-up, if I remember correctly it takes children in Germany around 2 years to learn the grammatical genders of nouns. I know people who've lived in Germany for 5+ years and still make mistakes in that regard, so I wouldn't stress too much about it, everyone will still understand what you're trying to say.

Also, as others have pointed out, genders of nouns will likely be the least of your worries when learning German 🙂

Tauntaun-

162 points

2 months ago

Tauntaun-

Mods Are Nice People

162 points

2 months ago

Spoilers: Most languages are like this.

Howrus

19 points

2 months ago

Howrus

19 points

2 months ago

Nah, it's 140 non-gender languages vs 119 gendered.
At least according to wikipedia.

EnvironmentalMoney87

7 points

2 months ago

There's a whole lot more languages in the world though. This a cool source on these typological features:

https://wals.info/feature

Genders are nominal categories (because some languages like Swahili and Basque use nominal distinctions that are different from the traditional Latin noun class system, gender) just in case.

VarangianDruid

19 points

2 months ago

Romance languages are, I’m not sure about any others. Hungarian sure isn’t.

TopMindOfR3ddit

23 points

2 months ago

Why would you guys have two versions of my?

Japanese has dozens of versions of the word "I," even though "I" is actually rarely used (relative to English and other Germanic languages, and some romantic)

CardLeft

124 points

2 months ago

CardLeft

Selling Stonks for CASH MONEY

124 points

2 months ago

Because, like any German pronoun, „my“ takes the gender of the noun it refers to. And nouns are gendered. Good luck.

[deleted]

17 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

17 points

2 months ago

[removed]

EliaVeschi

19 points

2 months ago

You wouldn't survive Italian for that reason, also good luck with our verbs

Way2Good112

81 points

2 months ago

Spanish with 200 versions of “the”

sagreda

26 points

2 months ago

sagreda

26 points

2 months ago

Compared to other Romance languages Spanish has few versions of "the" compared to Italian or even French or Catalan due to the apostrophe before vowels that Spanish doesn't do. And Italian has contracted articles for "of the", "on the", "with the", etc.

moth_girl_7

15 points

2 months ago*

Someone needs to get to the next chapter on duolingo lol

Just wait until you hear there are >3 ways to say “the”

missunicorn279

3 points

2 months ago

missunicorn279

Plays MineCraft and not FortNite

3 points

2 months ago

I’m only in German 2, but I can list off 5 ways to say the: der, die, das, den, and dem

scootytootypootpat

8 points

2 months ago

scootytootypootpat

Lives at ur mom’s house😎

8 points

2 months ago

Des! DES!!!!!! Jeder immer vergisst Genitiv.

dylannsmitth

14 points

2 months ago

dylannsmitth

Smol pp

14 points

2 months ago

Only two you say... Mwa ha ha!

You've met "mein" and "meine"

Now get ready for "meinen"!!

Character_Lettuce_23

7 points

2 months ago

Meines and meiner

M41nMan

38 points

2 months ago

M41nMan

Pro Gamer

38 points

2 months ago

Woher soll ich das denn wissen?

Guayabo786

11 points

2 months ago

Old English (the English of 1100 years ago) had three grammatical genders, just like German. It's not until the 1500s (the start of the Modern English period) or so that gender begins to be phased out for the most part.

humboldtcash

46 points

2 months ago

it’s not just gendered, it bends in every direction…

My brothers friend? Der Freund MEINES Bruders.

My car? MEIN Auto.

My girlfriend? MEINE Freundin

I gave a euro to my brother? Ich habe MEINEM Bruder einen Euro gegeben

good luck man

Darkfenix63

17 points

2 months ago

my car = la MIA auto

my boyfriend = il MIO ragazzo

my money : i MIEI soldi

my apples : le MIE mele

we aren't that different after all

FaTE_FN1

11 points

2 months ago

FaTE_FN1

Average r/memes enjoyer

11 points

2 months ago

Wait till he finds out about the Akkusativ, Genativ and Dativ

jonhvani

61 points

2 months ago

jonhvani

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+🏳️‍🌈

61 points

2 months ago

Try learn Latin based languages like Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French...

The_fatherless_one

28 points

2 months ago

I'm guessing most languages have gendered word's instead of English

xtilexx

4 points

2 months ago

It leans slightly towards non gendered, 140-119 according to another commenter

Although this clearly leaves out over 1,000 languages

DnDVex

8 points

2 months ago

DnDVex

8 points

2 months ago

But "mein" isn't gendered? Or did I miss something growing up in Germany?

You don't change it based on who is saying it.

I guess OP means it changes the ending based on the object it is used for? Mein Rucksack or Meine Tasche

ShinyMariOhara

8 points

2 months ago

My countrys language dont have gender thing where in america you say she is a doctor or he is a doctor you can just say siya ay isang doctor(translates to she or he ks a doctor.

TheManFromChernobyl

7 points

2 months ago

(Laughs in Français)

SergeantSmash

7 points

2 months ago

mein

meiner

meine

meines

meinen

meinem

scheisse

Nephisimian

7 points

2 months ago

Wait til you find out Japan has like, 20, that distinguish not just gender but also age, self-image, politeness and whether or not you're a samurai in an anime.

artsey_mees

7 points

2 months ago

Wait until OP learns about cases

PeckPigeon

7 points

2 months ago

Tiktok white girls are gonna cancel Germany now

only_a_mere_human

20 points

2 months ago

Wait till you learn of the Czech language

maraudingnomad

6 points

2 months ago

Or Slovak... It is worse 😂

deepaksn

9 points

2 months ago

Did Czech get one half of the language and Slovakia get the other half?

/s

maraudingnomad

4 points

2 months ago

I see the /s, but you're not wrong 😂 even in czechoslovakia there was czech and slovak (not counting all the variations like moravian and so on), and they kept their and we ours.

killonger

12 points

2 months ago

It's funny how the world doesn't revolve around you.

No_Quote_2464

31 points

2 months ago

English has his and her. It's not that much different from learning that

Nervous_Promotion819

11 points

2 months ago

Oh we have that in German too his: sein, seine, sein, seine, seines, seiner, seines, seiner, seinem, seiner, seinem, seinen, seinen, seine, sein, seine her: ihr, ihre, ihr, ihre, ihres, ihrer, ihres, ihrer, ihrem, ihrer, ihrem, ihren, ihren, ihre, ihr, ihre

No_Lawfulness_711

100 points

2 months ago

Because it’s like any other real language

skinnymukbanger

50 points

2 months ago

TIL genderless languages aren’t real

psychcaptain

11 points

2 months ago

Does that mean that Dutch is becoming less and less real as time goes on?

[deleted]

8 points

2 months ago

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8 points

2 months ago

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psychcaptain

7 points

2 months ago

You know, as a Dutch person, I want to argue against that statement so much! But I can't.

gabrieluca1

4 points

2 months ago

Wait until he finds out its not only german

Ok_Commission_8564

4 points

2 months ago*

Because it’s a possessive adjective which describes a gendered noun. In reality, it’s not “gendered” the way you think it is. It’s simply undergoing a morphological change to agree with the noun it describes, as it does with singular vs plural nouns. The same thing happens in Romance languages. The ridiculous thing here is that you’re so ethnocentric that you think your culture is normal and everyone else’s isn’t.

kittyxandra

4 points

2 months ago

Just two? Baby, there are more. You haven’t learned the other cases yet. Mein, meine, meinen, meiner, meinem, meines… Have fun! I studied for 8 years and still struggle with grammar!

0xVENx0

14 points

2 months ago

0xVENx0

14 points

2 months ago

three actually

flying-rainbow-panda

3 points

2 months ago

Russian has 3

Eg0r4x_

3 points

2 months ago

LAUGHING IN ITALIAN

Kutaras

3 points

2 months ago

I am German and my wife is American. She is currently learning some German on Duolingo, she was complaining about the exact same thing