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Hindi Challenges 4: Gendered Nouns

Hindi isn’t alone in having masculine or feminine genders for words; French, Gaelic, and Spanish also have genders. And as you already know, English words don’t have genders.

For example, in English, the word small doesn’t change whether we’re saying “small boy” or “small girl.” But in Hindi there’s छोटा लड़का and for feminine छोटी लड़की. The adjective takes the gender of the noun it’s describing.

Why is a table masculine and a car feminine in Hindi? No one knows.

So, how do you learn word genders in Hindi?

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