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 Spanish Gender of Nouns 

In Spanish nouns can either be masculine or femenine.

El libro the book (masculine)

La mesa the table femenine)

The ending of a noun indicates whether a noun is masculine or femenine. Bear in mind, though, that there are exceptions. 


            Noun ending in
El libro, el instructor, el aprendizaje
The book, the instructor, the learning


                Noun ending in
La casa, la dirección
The university, the house, the room 
Some masculine and femenine nouns can share the same ending


            Noun ending in
La clase, la universidad
The class the university

Here you have some common exceptions to the rules.

el mapa

el idioma

el sofá

el problema 

el día



La radio

La carpeta

La reunión

la mano

la calle


Every time you learn a new noun, make sure you learn whether it is a masculine or a femine noun. Which means, rather than learning a noun, i.e. 'casa', by itself, you learn 'la casa'.


La casa = the house. 

Always learn a new noun in a context (phrase or sentence). It's much easier to remember and you have more chances to use it in the future. 

     El libro es interesante.

    The book is interesting.

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