Friday, March 4, 2011

Memorizing Info about German Words

Learning yesterday about the existence of German single-object transitive verbs that take the dative case, rather than accusative, forced me to update my flashcards to add a note to these “exceptional” verbs.

There are apparently several things about German words that just have to be memorized:

  • verbs:
    • accusative or dative case (for its direct object)
    • weak, irregular, or strong (for simple past tense and past participle)
    • stem-changing
  • nouns:
    • masculine, feminine, or neuter gender
    • plural form
    • genitive form

I’m sure there are more things that need to be memorized, but I haven’t been exposed to them yet. :P