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Mommy, Tell Me About the Birds and the Bees for Spanish Nouns

birdbee“Well dear, in Spanish there are boy nouns and there are girl nouns.”

No, no, no, that’s not what this means at all.

In Spanish, all nouns are either masculine or feminine.

Masculine nouns are preceded by the article “el” (the) or “un” (a, an).

Feminine nouns are preceded by the article “la” (the) or “una” (a, an).

Masculine Noun Examples:
el carro – car
el hijo – son
el perro – dog

Feminine Nouns Examples:
la historia – history
la hija – daughter
la boca – mouth

Notice that the masculine nouns ended in “-o” and the feminine nouns ended in “-a.”  It is often, but not always, the case that masculine nouns end in “-o” and feminine nouns end in “-a.”

Due to the fact nouns are either masculine or feminine I’ll try and remember to include the appropriate article (el, un, la, una) with any vocabulary word lists I create for you.  It’s better to memorize the words with the correct article than just memorize the words alone.