And now a few words that can serve you a long way but first a short grammar explanation. In Spanish nouns are masculine, feminine or neutral and they are usually accompanied by and article. There are several kinds of articles but for today we’ll worry only about the definite article. In English there is only one: “The”, but in Spanish there are 3, masculine, feminine and neutral. The masculine one is: “el” the feminine: “la” and the neutral: “lo” (click for correct pronunciation and try to remember as it’s used very often)
Another point to remember is that definite articles are much more often used in Spanish than in English i.e in most situations where you would say: “house” in English in Spanish you would say :”la casa“. So as a rule of thumb use the article.
How to know if a noun is feminine, masculine or neutral? well this not so easy but as a general rule nouns ending in “a” will be feminine and those ending in “e” or “o” would be masculine. There aren’t that many neutral and we’ll cover that in another lesson.
The first six are feminine: house, classroom, face, suitcase, music and movie.
The rest are masculine: car, train, watch, thief, newspaper, present, book, money, plain, and pencil.