This is a nice resource (see "le truc des gendres" at the bottom, too): http://www.fourmilab.ch/francais/glue.html
My best to members who are students of la langue de Molière in their continued good efforts! Michael
Below is an extract from the introduction to my book - hope this provides the explanation you're looking for:
1. Each word ending is written in blue for masculine words and pink for feminine words.
2. Each page has a tab with the word ending (blue for masculine words, pink for feminine words) so that it can be used like an address book.
3. For masculine words, the page background and tab are blue. For feminine words, they are pink.
4. Each word is accompanied by a memorable drawing of a common item, to connect the word and its ending with either masculine or feminine."
Strangely enough, yesterday evening, quite independently, I was thinking about creating flashcards too! I use them frequently with my French students who are learning English - for most people, used appropriately they are an excellent learning method!
Best wishes - Hilary
Thank you Hilary! Simple and effective!
I'm trying something now - translating book reviews and just selecting two or three common words or phrases to put on flash cards - rather than *every* new word I'm not sure about or don't know. Not so overwhelming that way (read: staying clear of having a method grind to a (temporary) stop).
Have you ever seen the segment on France 2's "En toutes lettres" in which the contestants and celebrity participants have to determine if words are masculine or feminine? You guessed it - they have a heck of a time, too! (They have to answer 9 in a row correctly, or the next participant has to start from scratch.) The show is great for vocabulary. Merci encore, Michael
Sounds like a good idea! I tend to try and learn/ teach about 10 things on flashcards at a time - more than that can become overwhelming! Mind you, one of my students is determined to learn the 300+ most common English verbs, so she's got about 40 flashcards, but we work through them five at a time.
No TV at the moment Michael, waiting until I can afford to buy and install a satellite dish, necessary here to receive any TV apparently. Have TV, orange box, but no satellite dish. They say patience is a virtue :-). So, no, not seen "En toutes lettres" but understand the difficulty many French people have, even having learned them from the year dot!
Bonne continuation et bon courage!! - Hilary (most words ending in ion = F, and age = M)
You can watch episodes of En toutes lettres via the France 2 website. (Not being in France, I obviously have no access to any programmes except via the Internet.) It will be nice to have plenty to choose from, though, when the dish is in place!
Here is an interesting article - obviously applies to any language:
http://ezinearticles.com/?German-Words:-How-to-Use-a-Vocabulary-Box-to-Memorize-New-Words&id=5403175 Maybe it will be helpful to your students!
Now, I'll let you continue the countdown to the New Year (as I type)! Michael