Navigating Between the 3 Serbian Genders: Masculine, Feminine, Neuter
Serbian language learners are great detectives as they know about the 3 Serbian genders: masculine, feminine and neuter
Being a language learner is very similar to being a detective. Language learning requires the ability to look for clues and patterns. Once you recognize them and understand them, then they will take you to the next stage of your language development – fluency.
It’s a tall order, but an enjoyable one if you stay nice and relaxed, strategic in your studies, and enjoy the ride.
3 Serbian Genders: Masculine, Feminine, Neuter
- žena (woman or wife) – feminine
- dete (child) – neuter
- čovek (man) – masculine
Serbian Words & Endings
Serbian Gender Category – The Rule of Thumb
- Singular nouns that end in a consonant (meaning a “non vowel”) in their 1st case (Nominative) are masculine
- Singular nouns that end with an “a” in their 1st case (Nominative) are feminine
- Singular nouns that end with an “e” or an “o” in their 1st case (Nominative) are neuter
Serbian Gender – Practice
- dan (day)
- knjiga (book)
- mleko (milk)
- dan (day) – masculine
- knjiga (book) – feminine
- mleko (milk) – neuter
It’s important to learn the gender of the words in Serbian and not only the meaning of the words because this will help you later on when you start making sentences in Serbian.
People who only use flashcards or apps to learn Serbian words, have a hard time correctly making sentences in Serbian. So if you are learning Serbian or you are starting out, make sure you are learning Serbian words and their gender as well.
Hope this helps you!
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