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Re: German pitfalls: genders and separable verbs

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My biggest difficulties are with genders, of course, but also with separable verbs. I have an hard time remembering the verbs which drastiacally change their meaning with the preposition.
I found a great book long ago, a "german word family dictionary", and using this I could learn to recognise 1000 words a day while the rest of the class was struggling with 10 to 100.

Sure, learn the prefixes and suffixes in detail. Many dictionaries have a special section on them at the back. And look up cognates, etymologically related words in English or French, they also help a lot. Then you always have a start on what the word might mean, and only have to learn the differences and false friends.

For gender, there are rules for only about 50% of nouns. So learning by repetition is maybe the best way.

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